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Posted on 06/09/2013


Photo taken on February 18, 2013



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Alloa Swing Bridge
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The Forgotten Forth Bridge

The Forgotten Forth Bridge
This run of pillars sticking out of the Forth once carried a railway bridge from Thorsk over to Alloa. The line on either side of the bridge was doubled but it reduced down to a single line for the bridge. Ships never come up this far now so if this line was ever reinstated (that'll never happen), I'd imagine they'd be able to get away with a cheaper design. Here's how the bridge looked in it's heyday.

In it's day, this was quite a spectacular bridge (it still is to an extent) and also quite advanced for it's time. Towards the far end of the bridge was a swinging section to allow ships to pass en-route to Stirling. This was powered by it's own steam engine. Here's a train-eye view of the swinging portion.

It's a shame that this bridge is largely forgotten (truth be told, I didn't know about it till a few years ago) but it's not the only abandoned estuarine bridge in the country. If you like this sort of thing, there's the Solway Firth Viaduct and the Severn Railway Bridge. Those are the only other two I can think of now but no doubt there's more forgotten bridges over our estuaries.

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Mike Davenport
Mike Davenport
What a great shot and what a great bridge that once stood here.
4 years ago.
Berny
Berny
wonderful!
4 years ago.
K-Burn
K-Burn
Thank you all. It's a shame that this is all that remains as it'd make for a great pedestrian bridge now. Currently, there's no way across the river between Stirling and Kincardine so providing a crossing here would bridge the gap... I'm sorry.
4 years ago.