Tuesday, 7 April 2015
F is for the Forth Bridge
Not to be confused with the Forth Road Bridge which came later, the Forth Bridge is a railway crossing which opened in 1890 to cross the Forth Estuary in Scotland. At the time it had the longest single span cantilever bridge in the world and still is in second place after the Quebec Bridge. Because it was so innovative at the time, it has been put forward to be considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The saying "like painting the Forth Bridge" to describe a never-ending task never really reflected the actual facts. However, now it is no longer true at all because the bridge has been completely renovated and has a new technical finish that should last 20 years.
The Forth Road Bridge joined it in crossing the Estuary in 1964, and later this year there will be a third bridge when the Queensferry Crossing opens.
The url on the card is now out of date though it does give a redirect to the new site for the Forth Bridges. The card itself was sent to me from the Netherlands.