Forth Bridge during construction

Described as Scotland’s Eiffel Tower, the breath-taking Forth Railway Bridge stands at Queensferry Narrows, nine miles west of Edinburgh, where it carries trains for a mile and a half over the Firth of Forth.

The cantilever structure, with three 340ft high towers, holding the double railway 150ft above the estuary at high tide, was designed by Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker, and constructed by William Arrol.

After seven years work, 55,000 tons of steel, 640,000 cubic feet of granite and 57 lives lost, the last of 8 million rivets was driven home at the opening ceremony on 4 March 1890.