Photograph of the Forth Bridge under construction, general view from back of Newhalls Inn, South Queensferry. A view obtained to meet a continual demand for a picture showing more of the approach viaduct and less of the bridge itself. To this end it was necessary to take up a position which would considerably foreshorten the whole structure. The three cantilevers are shown quite clear of each other, and the left of the picture is bounded by a portion of the Hawes Pier. The detail of viaduct piers can here be seen to perfection, including the platforms used in connection with lifting arrangements. The piers in the foreground have a measurement of rather more than 2 inches at the base, and are about 7 inches in height, the girder about 1.1/5 inches, the Queensferry cantilever 3 inches at the base and 6.1/5 inches high. With these dimensions there should be no difficulty in forming a correct idea of the scale of this really excellent photograph. Transcription from: Philip Phillips, 'The Forth Railway Bridge', Edinburgh, 1890.
Owner: National Library of Scotland
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