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Composite photograph of an artist's impression of the bridge seen from the South West shore. Insc. 'The Forth Bridge. Engineers Sir John Fowler, B. Baker Esq. Length including Viaduct 8098 Feet. Lengt ...

SC 728481

Description Composite photograph of an artist's impression of the bridge seen from the South West shore. Insc. 'The Forth Bridge. Engineers Sir John Fowler, B. Baker Esq. Length including Viaduct 8098 Feet. Length of Central Girder 350 Feet. Width of Central Girder 28 Feet. Diameter of Largest Tubes 12 Feet. Height extreme 369 Feet. Spans each 1710 Feet. Headway 150 Feet. Diameter of Piers 49 Feet. Length of three Cantilevers 5350 Feet. Width of each Cantilever top 33 Feet. Depth at end of Cantilever 40 Feet. Depth at end of Cantilever 40 Feet. Diameter of smallest Tubes 3 Feet. Contractors Tanered Arrol & Co. Copyright Entered at Stationershall.' Digital image of B 10583.

Date c. 1880

Catalogue Number SC 728481

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of B 10583

Scope and Content Lantern slide showing the 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 cantilevers connected by girders with a total span of 2.5 km. This glass lantern slide shows the bridge from the rocky shore, with two girls in the mid-ground for scale. The structure itself has been 'enhanced' by ink lines to strengthen the contrast and detail of the image for projection. Below the image is a label detailing the dimensions of the bridge. Images of the bridge were widely used on all manner of souvenir wares, photographs, slides and in guidebooks, and represented the pride people felt in this marvel of Victorian engineering. The bridge remains an important symbol of Scottish engineering and identity to this day. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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