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Report - Forth Rail Bridge - Edinburgh - June '08

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by wee_truck, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. wee_truck

    wee_truck Guest

    Hi all – This is my first report so I hope it’s of an acceptable level of interest, also I don’t have pro camera although maybe one day!

    As title – this is of the Forth Rail Bridge.

    A few facts
    I have heard over the years (plenty of history available so I won’t say too much) a few bits and pieces of information about the bridge. I think the general story is that when the original Forth designer engineer Thomas Bouch made the Dee bridge and it collapsed after opening [incidentally that’s allegedly where the term “bodge job” came from], he was pulled off the project and it was given to the current designers. I heard that is why the bridge starts of with peers from each bank before the design change to a cantilever in the centre, but that may be a wives tale. I do know that the engineers who continued the project were sufficiently worried about it collapsing that it is in many places between 9 and 12 times over engineered.

    These pictures are from a year or two ago whilst the current contractor was (still is) undertaking a maintenance contract to bead blast the entire structure and repaint with a coating fit to last for to years.

    Quite a common subject for photography and I’ve seen a few people sneaking about at night – but here are a few day shots.



    3. - See if you can spot these from the road bridge!

    4. Inchgarvie



    7. - New vs Old


    Needless to say… the view is amazing!

    Comments welcome - good or bad, Cheers

    Just wanted to add - I did have permission to be here, and I haven't had a chance to go out sneaking about since finding the forum, just wanted to put somthing back into the forum! :)

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