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Forth Bridges – All Three

The original Forth Bridge (the only one which needs no adjective, ie the one which carries the railway.) Taken from South Queensferry on 1/11/2018:-

Forth Bridge

Forth Road Bridge with new Forth Road Bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, behind. Taken from South Queensferry:-

Forth Bridges

Queensferry Crossing (x)

Photos from March 2017. Gap finally closed.

From South Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 49

New bridge in full, Forth Road Bridge to right:-

New Forth Road Bridge 50

From approach road to North Queensferry, Forth Road Bridge in background:-

New Forth Road Bridge 51

Northern support pillar and cable stays:-

New Forth Road Bridge 52

Northern cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 53

All three cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 54

South cable stay tower and support pillars. Work still being done where gap was closed:-

New Forth Road Bridge 55

Queensferry Crossing (ix)

These were taken in late December 2016, so I’m a bit late getting round to posting them. The first three are views from North Queensferry, the later ones are from South Queensferry.

North support pillar:-

New Forth Road Bridge 42

North cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 41

Central and south cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 43

Last gap in bridge:-

New Forth Road Bridge 44

Close up on final gap. This is the one where I heard the support pillar’s foundations had been a bit suspect:-

New Forth Road Bridge 45

Looking over Port Edgar Yacht Club:-

New Forth Road Bridge 46

New bridge in full (except for last gap):-

New Forth Road Bridge 47

Three Bridges Panorama. From left, Queensferry Crossing, Forth Road Bridge, Forth Bridge from South Queensferry side:-

New Forth Road Bridge 48, Three Bridges Panorama

Queensferry Crossing (viii)

These were taken around nine months ago before the gap in the roadway was finally closed.

From north bank of River Forth:-

New Forth Road Bridge 35

Closer view:-

New Forth Road Bridge 36

North cable stay tower and northern support pillar, from North Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 37

Central and south cable stay towers from North Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 34

These were taken at twilight a couple of days later. From South Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 38

Showing still to be completed roadway gap at south end:-

New Forth Road Bridge 39

Near full span at twilight from South Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 40

Queensferry Crossing (vi)

Photos taken on 3/6/2016.

North and central cable stay towers from South Queensferry. First Forth Road Bridge to right:-

New Forth Road Bridge 24

South cable stay tower:-
New Forth Road Bridge 25

Southern approach pillar and cable stay tower:-
New Forth Road Bridge 26

Gap between southern approach pillar and cable stay tower portion – still unfilled 7 months later:-
New Forth Road Bridge 27

First Forth Road Bridge with Queensferry Crossing behind:-
New Forth Road Bridge 28

Northern approach pillar – section now joined to north cable stay tower section:-
New Forth Road Bridge 29

Northern cable stay tower from North Queensferry:-
New Forth Road Bridge 30

Central and southern cable stay towers from North Queensferry:-
New Forth Road Bridge 31

Queensferry Crossing (iv)

Photos taken 11/2/2016.

North Support Pillar:-

New Forth Road Bridge 14

North cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 15

Service boat near north cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 16

Centre cable stay tower from North Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 17

South and centre cable stay towers and south support pillar from South Queensferry. I have read there’s a problem with this pillar as it’s leaning a bit:-

New Forth Road Bridge 18

South, centre and north cable stay towers plus first Forth Road Bridge to right:-

New Forth Road Bridge 19

New bridge seen through the original Forth Road Bridge:-

New Forth Road Bridge 20

Queensferry Crossing (i)

Queensferry Crossing is the name of the New Forth Road Bridge, now under construction. Personally I think they ought to have embraced the pun and called it the Fifth Bridge since there are now two bridges at Kincardine-on-Forth plus the Forth Bridge (the rail bridge) and the Road Bridge.

I started taking photographs in October 2014 but haven’t got round to posting them till now. The first three are from the North Queensferry side.

This is a support pillar for the carriageway on the north side:-

New Forth Road Bridge 2

The northern cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 1

Centre and southern cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 3

These three are from the South Queensferry end.

South support pillars and bridge starting to be winched out. Note temporary cable stay arrangement:-

New Forth Road Bridge 4

All three cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 5

Original Forth Road Bridge plus new crossing’s centre and north cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 6

Forth Bridge Memorial

On the way back from Dalmeny though South Queensferry I noticed a new memorial. I mentioned in this post that there was a lack of a proper memorial to those who died while building the Forth Bridge.

That omission has now been rectified.

Forth Bridge Memorial

The Forth Bridge was opened in 1890 or so and it has taken until now to commemorate by name those who died in its building.

Forth Bridge Memorial

Dalmeny War Memorial

Dalmeny is up quite a steep hill from South Queensferry (then turn right and keep going for about half a mile.)

The War Memorial is at the one road junction in the village.

This side shows Great War names.

Dalmeny War Memorial from South

The North side has Second Word War names including a woman, Dorothy Morrison.

Dalmeny War Memorial from North

According to a comment on the Scottish War Memorials website Ms Morrison was in the Auxiliary Territorial Service and is buried in Queensferry Cemetery.

South Queensferry Again

On Saturday we took a wee trip to South Queensferry really just for something to do but also to check out an antique shop we’d seen featured on the TV. (We didn’t buy anything in the end.)

Just by the jetty from where the boat trips to Inchcolm island set off there is this sculpture. The plaque mentions there is a large grey seal colony on the island.

Seal Sculpture, South Queensferry.

South Queensferry is of course dominated by the two Forth Bridges but mainly by the original (rail) Forth Bridge. The trains seem to be every few minutes one way or the other. They look like toys against the Bridge’s sheer size. Here’s one coming off the bridge to the south. The photo captured the reflections in the water quite well.

Train Coming off Forth Bridge Onto Approaches

The local shops etc make great play of the bridge connection. This is the Rail Bridge Bistro and Gift Shop.

The Rail Bridge Hotel, South Queensferry.

I like the way the Rail Bridge motif is maintained on the fencing to the left front and also on the door handles on the entrance.

The Rail Bridge Hotel, South Queensferry, Fencing

The sculpture of one of the bridge spans is to commemorate those who built the bridge.

The Rail Bridge Hotel, South Queensferry, Sculpture close

This, I believe, contains the only commemoration to those who died in its construction, who are not enumerated individually anywhere. (Edited to add:- there is now such a memorial on the pavement opposite to this.)

A couple more pictures of South Queensferry have been added to my South Queensferry flickr set.

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