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Forth Bridges Days

"🎶 The Forth for all its beauty was deep and dark and wide
For centuries the travelers stood sadly by the tide
Then Baker was the engineer to span the Forth at last
Arrol were the builders who finished bridge bewilders and enthralls us
its humpback beauty calls us
a bridge back to the past."

~ The Forth Bridge, Robin Laing, 1994

"Three bridges for three centuries!" This tartan was commissioned in recognition of and to celebrate The Forth Bridges of Scotland, the only location worldwide to have a transport bridge constructed in each of the 3 past centuries! The sett encodes through weaving widgths a representation of each of the three centuries of The Forth Bridges; the widest central white band notes a count of 20, representing the completion of the Queensferry Crossing in 2017. The widest grey bands note a count of 19 to represent the completion of The Forth Road Bridge in 1964, also providing a visual of the 2 towers of the suspension bridge with its central crosses. The widest red bands represents the completion of the Forth Rail Bridge in 1890! The Forth Railway Bridge is even represented in the Great Tapestry of Scotland! Have you crossed them all? 🌉

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The Forth Bridge  is a cantilever railway bridge across the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, 9 miles  west of central Edinburgh. Completed in 1890, it is considered a symbol of Scotland (having been voted Scotland's greatest man-made wonder iand is a World Heritage site.

It was designed by English engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker.  It is sometimes referred to as the Forth Rail Bridge (to distinguish it from the adjacent Forth Road Bridge), although this has never been its official name.  

Construction of the bridge began in 1882 and it was opened on 4 March 1890 by the Duke of Rothesay, the future Edward VII. The bridge carries the Edinburgh–Aberdeen line across the Forth between the villages of South Queensferry and North Queensferry and has a total length of 8,094 feet (2,467 m). When it opened it had the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world, until 1919 when the Quebec Bridge in Canada was completed. It continues to be the world's second-longest single cantilever span, with a span of 1,709 feet (521 m).

The Forth Road Bridge is a suspension bridge in east central Scotland. The bridge opened in 1964 and at the time was the longest suspension bridge in the world outside the United States. The bridge spans the Firth of Forth, connecting Edinburgh, at South Queensferry, to Fife, at North Queensferry. It replaced a centuries-old ferry service to carry vehicular traffic, cyclists and pedestrians across the Forth.

he Queensferry Crossing (formerly the Forth Replacement Crossing) is a road bridge in Scotland. It was built alongside the existing Forth Road Bridge and the Forth Bridge. It carries the M90 motorway across the Firth of Forth between Edinburgh, at South Queensferry, and Fife, at North Queensferry.  It opened to traffic on 30 August 2017.

For more on the Forth Bridges, click the trio!

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