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Painters wanted - jobs for life

By Ffynnoncadno  
The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge across the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, 9 miles west of central Edinburgh. Completed in 1890, it is considered as a symbol of Scotland (having been voted Scotland's greatest man-made wonder in 2016), and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was designed by English engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker. It is sometimes referred to as the Forth Rail Bridge (to distinguish it from the adjacent Forth Road Bridge), although this has never been its official name.

Construction of the bridge began in 1882 and it was opened on 4 March 1890 by the Duke of Rothesay, the future Edward VII. The bridge carries the Edinburgh–Aberdeen line across the Forth between the villages of South Queensferry and North Queensferry and has a total length of 8,094 feet (2,467 m). When it opened it had the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world, until 1919 when the Quebec Bridge in Canada was completed. It continues to be the world's second-longest single cantilever span, with a span of 1,709 feet (521 m).

The bridge and its associated railway infrastructure are owned by Network Rail and it is thought that it is continuously being repainted.

Tags: Scotland River forth Railway bridge Forth bridge Forth rail bridge Landscape and travel Scotland scenes Railway crossing

Voters: PhilT2, ColleenA, pablophotographer and 48 more

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ColleenA Plus
10 506 11 Australia
19 Jan 2022 8:22AM
Great photo, love the dramatic sky
kaybee 18 8.5k 28 Scotland
19 Jan 2022 8:25AM
It used to be continually painted - but a new paint has bee developed so it will only require to be done about once every 20-25 years.
The last painting job was completed in December 2011.
Jasper87 Plus
13 3.3k 164 England
19 Jan 2022 10:08AM
Spot on with the title....
RonDM Plus
8 417 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2022 11:08AM
Impressive image

Chinga Plus
12 116 3 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2022 12:04PM
Good image god sky, and a good write-up...
Isabel GrinGrin
brian17302 Plus
11 2 13 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2022 12:26PM
Great viewpoint & super image

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