On March 4, 1890, the Prince of Wales put a golden rivet in place, thereby declaring the Forth Bridge open. Crossed by about 200 trains a day even now, the Forth Bridge is an engineering marvel that has stood the test of time. A.S.Ganesh hands you the details of how this cantilever bridge came to be…
If you are someone who lives in Kolkata, or have visited the place during one of your holidays, then you surely must have seen the Howrah Bridge. A famous symbol of the city and the State, the bridge has connected Howrah and Kolkata from 1943. With a main span of 457 m, the Howrah Bridge was the third-longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction and currently occupies the sixth spot.
Since the 19th century
Pont de Quebec in Canada with a span of 549 m and Forth Bridge in Scotland with a span of 521 m were the only ones that were longer than Howrah Bridge while it was constructed. And out of those two, the Forth Bridge has stood the test of time longer, as it came into existence in the 19th century…
EDINBURGH, Dec 10 — We leave Edinburgh while dawn is slowly painting the city still wrapped in shadows with a golden glow. Why so early? A road trip to the Scottish highlands beckons us and best we start first thing in the morning.
What will we discover? The old Scottish saying “Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye!” reminds us what will be, will be. Let’s drive and see. And a little over half an hour later, we find ourselves at Queensferry where sailboats are still docked. Queensferry where her three bridges stretch across the Firth of Forth.
The most recent bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, was opened just this August and is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. The second, the Forth Road Bridge, was the longest span suspension bridge outside the United States when it opened in 1964 over half a century earlier.
The newest addition to the Forth Estuary, the Queensferry Crossing bridge, is set to open on 30 August 2017.
People have been crossing the water at Queensferry since as far back as the 12th century, but it wasn’t until the Victorian era that it became one of Scotland’s most important transport hubs.
With the rapid expansion of the railways in the 19th century, there was huge demand for a crossing that would allow trains to move quickly between Edinburgh and Fife on the east coast route. The traditional ferry system obviously wasn’t suitable for rail transport, and proposals for a tunnel were also rejected. Engineer, Thomas Bouch, then set out plans for a suspension bridge across the Forth, and the foundation stone was laid in 1873.
Engineer, Thomas Bouch, then set out plans for a suspension bridge across the Forth, and the foundation stone was laid in 1873.