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Where: 37 Edinburgh Rd, South Queensferry EH30 9HN, UK

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When: 01 January 1890

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I must admit to always having been fascinated by bridges, whether it was passing over them or shooting under them they are always so impressive! When it comes to impressive few can compare with this one, the Forth Bridge in Scotland! In its day it was an engineering wonder and today, more than a century later, it remains a truly remarkable sight! Railway engineer Hargrave managed to capture an excellent view of the bridge in this image!

Photographers: Joshua H. Hargrave

Collection: Joshua H. Hargrave Photographic Collection

Date: Circa 1890

NLI Ref: HAR154

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Mar/2020 07:39:16

    Hmm ... "G. W. W." was George Washington Wilson, a Scottish photographer - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Wilson What's going on?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Mar/2020 07:52:05

    Yes! Here is the original via the University of Aberdeen - digitool.abdn.ac.uk/R/KHTR3U2T8IJS4CT86AHJLH7EPFD7NJ3MV9X... "G.W.W." took heaps of fabulous Forth Bridge photos - digitool.abdn.ac.uk/R/KHTR3U2T8IJS4CT86AHJLH7EPFD7NJ3MV9X... (4 pages) Ed. B#&&%R! Links have timed out! Anyone know how to get a permanebt url? Ed.2 - Home page - www.abdn.ac.uk/special-collections/george-washington-wils... and search for "Forth Bridge south 10285"

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    derangedlemur

    • 10/Mar/2020 08:17:30

    I'll have to check when I get home but I think that's the image used in J.F. Gairns' book "Railways For All".

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Mar/2020 09:00:55

    I think the photographer was about here, going by the hills between the spans - goo.gl/maps/96amKMzefBaZmAgb7 Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forth_Bridge , which includes an interesting animation of various notable bridges - upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/37/Comparison_of... , specially for Morning Mary!

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    Foxglove

    • 10/Mar/2020 09:04:58

    there is a flickrerer (longyester) who has recently (last week or so) posted a morning image of the rail road and new Caledonia crossing all lined in series, definately worth a visir

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Mar/2020 09:30:44

    Flickr has over 28,000 amazing photos of the bridge. I didn't look at them all, but this one seems to be from the same angle, see the 'X' in the girders at the towers. In 2017 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/janner2011/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/janner2011/31318588657/It's always a surprise to me to see how red it is!

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Mar/2020 09:35:37

    Where Hannay, played by Robert Donat, escaped from the police searching his train in the film 'The 39 Steps" m.youtube.com/watch?v=MVo7uK3vlYw at 25-mins.

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    Foxglove

    • 10/Mar/2020 10:05:54

    to beachcomber... not being checky.. but it is red paint ! leading (yes a pun in there too ) to to the saying "like painting the forth rail bridge" never-ending. it was neglected for a while and there are lots of Flickr images of the bridge in "bandages" during the period 2005 to 2015 ish

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    robinparkes

    • 10/Mar/2020 10:18:10

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove] The new coating has a life expectancy of 25 years from when it was applied. www.coatings.org.uk/article/forth-rail-bridge-cliche-redu...

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    robinparkes

    • 10/Mar/2020 10:23:31

    The bridge celebrated its 130th birthday this month.

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    Foxglove

    • 10/Mar/2020 10:38:28

    I used to photo it with its bandages on as it looked like a brontosaurus crossing the firth, now it just looks like a.... eh big bridge

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Mar/2020 10:43:16

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove I think it looks like a red Loch Ness monster!

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    Foxglove

    • 10/Mar/2020 11:54:36

    oh, yes. it was a draw to hundreds of Irish labourers.

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    John Spooner

    • 10/Mar/2020 11:58:34

    I remember walking under it in 1996 on the South Queensferry side, and bits of corroded metal were falling off. Nets had been set up to catch the bigger bits.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 10/Mar/2020 12:27:34

    the Fourth of Fifth Bridge

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    derekjmott

    • 10/Mar/2020 12:28:08

    Not sure what that has to do with Ireland. But the Nicholas Chain Bridge in Kiev might be a different matter and perhaps more relevant. Designed by Vignoles and the calculations checked by T. F. Bergin, E. Whiteford and Romney Robinson

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    Foxglove

    • 10/Mar/2020 16:31:35

    as with John Spooner above, I was under it in 99 and took some rusty souvenirs home. Later "encouraged" to "god, man throw that stuff away ya big eejit"

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Mar/2020 16:51:10

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Try this link digitool.abdn.ac.uk/view/action/singleViewer.do?dvs=15838...

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Mar/2020 17:36:16

    "G.W.W" seems to have been a Scottish version of Lawrence, although much bigger. According to Wiki, he farmed out much of the work to his staff or other photographers after about 1870. So, who is the photographer, Wilson or Hargrave? University of Aberdeen attributes picture to Wilson.

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Mar/2020 20:57:25

    Three Monty Python Victorian gentlemen illustrating the principle of operation of bridge upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ee/Cantilever_br...

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    jamica1

    • 10/Mar/2020 22:20:46

    Great bridge

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    silverio10

    • 10/Mar/2020 23:16:06

    Buenas fotos .

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    derangedlemur

    • 12/Mar/2020 09:39:38

    I've checked the railway book, and though it's a vaguely similar image, it's not the same. The one in Railways For All is credited to Valentine Ltd, which would be this chap: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Valentine_(photographer) Some of his stuff is up here: www.flickr.com/photos/alwyn_ladell/albums/72157649778918272/ And here's his Forth Bridge: www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/28029/forth-bri...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 12/Mar/2020 10:21:46

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That last link has hilarious variations to the height, length, and spans of the bridge, compared to G.W.W.'s above. And it shows the building apparatus and temporary stairs at right have gone. The NLI "circa 1890" date is right.

1 year ago 2001:8004:c80:5a8d:c8ed:df76:e724:afe9 suggested this image location is 55.9898, -3.39429

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