How I Spent Sunday Morning!

One of my primary school class projects was on bridges.  As I was at Limekilns primary school, the bridges in question were those over the River Forth, and the timing of the project coincided perfectly with the centenary of the Forth Rail Bridge.  As a 10 year old (I think!), I was fascinated with images like this one, demonstrating the elegant cantilever structure:

Source: http://www.forthbridges.org.uk/railbridgemain.htm

The Rail Bridge was completed in 1890, with three cantilevers (each 361 feet high), 54,000 tonnes of steel and 6.5 million rivets.  The centenary was celebrated in 1990 and I can remember lots of fireworks (and what felt like every organisation in Fife using images of the rail bridge with fireworks exploding all around).  In 1996 an assessment of the bridge was made and an extensive programme of maintenance began in 1998.  Roughly that has meant that the bridge has been rarely free of scaffolding since then.  ‘Legend’ has it that the Forth Rail Bridge is continuously painted, starting at one end and finishing at the other, only to begin again from first end.  The current ‘paint job’ is more sophisticated, requiring the bridge to be blasted back to bare metal before application.

This is was the view from South Queensferry yesterday morning.  The images below were taken from the top of the cantilever at North Queensferry.

We were lucky to get the chance to go up, and even more lucky not to have to climb any ladders!  We were taken up (after safety briefing and sorting out the PPE) by elevator, and had plenty time at the top to take photos.  Fortunately it was a good morning and the safety rail and wooden boards on the platform shielded us from the worst of the wind.

It was a fantastic opportunity to get a closer look (and wonderful view) from the bridge that I’ve walked under, been across by train, stared at while crossing the road bridge, and studied at school

2 thoughts on “How I Spent Sunday Morning!

  1. You are certainly scaling the heights. Great photography. What an opportunity – you must be the envy of many non vertigo sufferers!

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