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Steam across the Forth Bridge

Posted in Scotland, South Queensferry by folkestonejack on April 17, 2011

I had some vague notion that I would get up early and take some photographs of the Forth Bridge at sunrise but after a relatively titring first day I quashed that thought as I woke up bleary-eyed. Nevertheless, I was still up and about fairly early, giving me a good chance to wander around South Queensferry before most people were up. In the early morning light the Forth Bridge looked especially beautiful. As you might expect, the sheer scale and enormity of the construction really hits as you wander underneath. I took a walk out to Long Craig Pier which had seemed a promising location on the map and decided that this was the spot for me…

Royal Scot Class steam locomotive 46115 'Scots Guardsman' crosses the Forth Bridge on 17th April 2011

Royal Scot Class steam locomotive 46115 'Scots Guardsman' crosses the Forth Bridge on 17th April 2011

After the railtour had passed I headed back to Dalmeny station using the steps/path just underneath the first lengths of the bridge. I can see it on the ordnance survey map now that I know what I am looking at but I hadn’t seen it at the time. It starts with some fairly steep steps up from the coast road and then eventually hooks up with a path straight to Dalmeny station. I knew that a diesel would be following the railtour and sure enough, a few minutes after I arrived at the station I was able to get a shot of this before it headed on to the bridge in pursuit.

A West Coast Railways class 47 diesel waits for a green signal to head onto the Forth Bridge in pursuit of the railtour

A West Coast Railways class 47 diesel waits for a green signal to head onto the Forth Bridge in pursuit of the railtour

I had a while to wait for a train back into Edinburgh so sat down on the platform and basked in the sun. It was good to be able to relax once again…

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