The “epic struggle” of the men who built the Forth Rail Bridge is to be examined in a new documentary which claims the construction was “paid for in blood”. The Forth Rail Bridge is the first feat of engineering to be examined in Britain’s Greatest Bridges, a new programme written by engineer Rob Bell.
He will look at why almost 70 men lost their lives building the bridge – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – which links Edinburgh to the north and carries around 200 trains every day. A spokesman for the programme said: “This incredible engineering achievement was born from tragedy and paid for in blood.
“Construction began in the shadow of the Tay Bridge disaster, which had cost the lives of 70 passengers. “Almost the same number died during the construction of the Forth Railway Bridge.”