The Forth Bridge is a symbol of Scotland’s architectural, industrial, and transportation heritage. In 2015, UNESCO inscribed the bridge as the sixth World Heritage site in the country.
The cantilever Fort Bridge is part of the railway line that runs from Edinburgh through the Firth of Forth and further along the east coast to Aberdeen. 200 trains use the bridge every day, carrying 3 million passengers each year.
Construction work on the bridge took seven years and was completed at the end of 1889. The pillars are approximately 100 m (328 ft) high from their granite bases. The total length of the structure is almost 2500 m (8200 ft). Up to 5,000 people were employed on the construction site at peak times.
A scene on the bridge was filmed in the 1935 movie The 39 Steps by Alfred Hitchcock. The famous structure is also found in the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) and Need for Speed: Underground (2003).
The double-track bridge stands about 13 km (8 mi) west of Edinburgh between South Queensferry and North Queensferry in a narrow place that is formed by a rocky spur protruding from the north at the mouth of the Forth River.
I came from Edinburgh to South Queensferry exclusively to see the Forth Bridge, and I truly liked it. The red railway bridge, as a detail of the beautiful northern landscape, looks particularly impressive! Plus, I have never seen such a giant bridge before, so what I saw surprised me pleasantly.
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