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Forth Bridges Scotland

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

This evening, I am posting a video clip taken from South Queensferry of the two Forth bridges.

These bridges span the Firth of Forth. A firth is a Scottish word for bay or estuary, i.e.where the River Forth enters the North Sea.

On the left is the Forth Road Bridge, a long span suspension bridge which dates from 1964. This bridge is currently experiencing structural defects due to corrosion and is to be replaced in the medium term.

On the right is he famous Forth Rail Bridge which dates from 1890 and was completed at the cost of the lives of some 100 workmen. This was the world's first major steel bridge. It is 2.5km (1.5m) long and employs the use of double cantilevers.

Very impressive views of the bridges can be obtained from South Queensferry, itself a quaint and historic small town.




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