Forth Rail Bridge

This evening, my theme is the famous Forth Rail Bridge over the Firth of Forth north of Edinburgh. Building this structure presented a great challenge to the Victorian engineers and to this today it is famous in engineering and architectural circles around the world. Key facts:

  • Based on cantilever principle and constructed with steel.
  • Designed by Fowler and Baker.
  • Contract signed 1882 with William Arrol as main contractor.
  • Construction took four years with bridge opening in March 1890.
  • About 100 men lost their lives during the construction phase.
  • The term “Painting the Forth Bridge” has found its way into the lexicon as a term meaning a never-ending job. However, a new type of long-lasting paint will render the on-going task obsolete.
  • The bridge is 1.5 miles long.

Elsewhere today, I have responded to enquiries for:

  • A tour of Hadrian’s Wall
  • A private tour from Edinburgh
  • A whisky tour to Islay

Also, received strong indication of a tour in 2011 for a large family group.

Have just posted information on Clement family history to my separate Glasgow Ancestry Blog.

The weather here today in Glasgow  has been a mix of sunshine and showers.

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