The Firth of Forth is located west of Edinburgh, and there are two bridges that span it - one is the modern motorway bridge and the other is the beautiful railway bridge. It's the second one that we wanted to see, and we went to South Queensferry, from where you have great views of the bridge, right after we had landed at Edinburgh Airport. It was a lovely, sunny day, and we thought it was a good idea to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Good thing we did, because it was raining the following day!
This cantilever railway bridge opened in 1890 and spans a total length of approx. 2.5 km (1.6 miles). It was the first major construction in Britain made of steel (the Golden Gate Bridge is made of steel as well). It has a similar color as the Golden Gate Bridge, however, I could not find out what the color is called (the Golden Gate's color is "International Orange"), but that painting the bridge is more or less a permanent maintenance job. During the last painting which was completed in December 2011, 230,000 m² (275,078 yd²) paint was used.
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It's an impressive bridge! While we were there, we saw several trains going over the bridge. Approx. 200 trains run across the bridge every day. It is quite busy!!!
I am not sure that you can really sleep well in these cottages under the bridge! I don't think I would rent a room in this inn. I would drink my pint there, though!
The bridge is a great backdrop for portrait photography. I am practicing portraiture pretty often these days since I want to take Kaefer's senior picture next summer myself and not hire a photographer.
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I'm linking to Texture Tuesday for the free and easy edition.
Photo cards of another famous bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge,
are available in my Etsy shop.