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View from the top of the Fife erection at Forth Bridge looking North at the track below.

SC 728294

Description View from the top of the Fife erection at Forth Bridge looking North at the track below.

Date 31/8/1988

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 728294

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of B 3258 CN

Scope and Content Top of Fife Cantilever from south, Forth Bridge, Edinburgh and Fife The Forth Bridge was built between 1883 and 1890 to designs by engineers Sir John Fowler (1817-98) and Sir Benjamin Baker (1840-1907) with Sir William Arrol (1839-1913) and Joseph Phillips as contractors. This massive steel railway viaduct features three double cantilevers connected by girders with a total span of 2.5 km. This dramatic view from the 110m-high double-cantilever shows the railway tracks far below on the internal viaduct, and the tubular members which support the upper girders. Internal walkways run between the top beams and cross-bracings for maintenance. Working on the bridge was hazardous, combining the perils of working high above the cold waters of the River Forth, and below water level on the foundations. In total, 57 'Briggers' (the name given to the workmen of the bridge) lost their lives during construction with many hundreds more being injured. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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