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Tale of two Bridges South Queensferry & Edinburgh

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Scotland England Border map

Leaving England

Scotland Border stone

Distinctive stones mark the border

Scottish hills

Rain over Scotland's hills

South Queensferry Town street

The charming Forth shore side town of South Queensferry with its cobbled High Street backing onto the Forth

South Queensferry Town Hall

Old & quaint, view west

South Queensferry Orocco Pier

Mingles modern, trendy

Path beneath Town Hall

Walkway beneath Town Hall

Town gardens

Memorial garden

Cobbled street

Cobbled High Street parade, view east

Forth rail bridge from waters edge

The Forth's magnificent 1.5 mile railway bridge

Inch garvie fort

In the shadow of the mighty bridge Inch Garvie with it's ancient Fort used by Royalists to defend the important strategic area against Cromwell

Modern brick work was added during both world wars

There are some excellent images on Islands of the Forth

Tugss & Tanker

Tugs manoeuvre a tanker in the Forth

Tugs Tanker & Safety boat

Turning these monsters holds sea traffic in both directions as they are berthed at the Hound Point Terminal

Built in 1973 it's operated by BP & Forth Ports it handles up to 200 ships a year taking on crude from storage tanks just outside Dalmeny

Forth rail bridge in 1897

Completed in 1890 the above shot was taken seven years after it opened in 1897

Prior to the road bridge opening in 1964 Hawes pier had passanger/car ferries to & from North Queensferry Hawes Pier Ferry

Today it's the start point for pleasure trips into the Estuary

Wokers disembark to continue painting bridge

At the date of publication workers are close to completing a massive re-painting of the rail bridge, once completed the high specification coating is predicted to last 20 years

South Queensferry branch line

Let's take a stroll along the old South Queensferry single track branch line that ran from Ratho, via Kirkliston, Dalmeny, New Halls & Port Edgar

South Queensferry marina & road bridge beyond

South Queensferry Marina & Forth Road Bridge from the branch line path

Rail Bridge from old branch line

The old rail route closed to passengers in 1929/30 & freight to the Navel Depot by Royal Elizabeth Yard in 1966/67

Rail bridge through the trees

Commands spectacular views of the Rail Bridge

Dalmeny railway station

Dalmeny Station

Dalmeny railway station

Dalmeny Station

Dalmeny brick bridge

Waiting for a train from Edinburgh

Dalmeny train approaches

From Edinburgh serves Dundee & locally Burntisland

Closest station to Brunel rail bridge

Dalmeny is the closest station just south of the Brunel Bridge the shortest trip is to North Queensferry on the other side

View towards bridge

Let's cross the bridge

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