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Queen's ferry crossing completed.

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Enabling a much quicker exit from Fife.

I remember getting the ferry before the old bridge was built.:(

 

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43 minutes ago, bridgeman said:

Is this the one McGonagall wrote about?????:laugh:

super piece of engineering.

 

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The worlds first rapper. 

The Tay Bridge Disaster

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

’Twas about seven o’clock at night,
And the wind it blew with all its might,
And the rain came pouring down,
And the dark clouds seem’d to frown,
And the Demon of the air seem’d to say-
“I’ll blow down the Bridge of Tay.”

When the train left Edinburgh
The passengers’ hearts were light and felt no sorrow,
But Boreas blew a terrific gale,
Which made their hearts for to quail,
And many of the passengers with fear did say-
“I hope God will send us safe across the Bridge of Tay.”

But when the train came near to Wormit Bay,
Boreas he did loud and angry bray,
And shook the central girders of the Bridge of Tay
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

So the train sped on with all its might,
And Bonnie Dundee soon hove in sight,
And the passengers’ hearts felt light,
Thinking they would enjoy themselves on the New Year,
With their friends at home they lov’d most dear,
And wish them all a happy New Year.

So the train mov’d slowly along the Bridge of Tay,
Until it was about midway,
Then the central girders with a crash gave way,
And down went the train and passengers into the Tay!
The Storm Fiend did loudly bray,
Because ninety lives had been taken away,
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

As soon as the catastrophe came to be known
The alarm from mouth to mouth was blown,
And the cry rang out all o’er the town,
Good Heavens! the Tay Bridge is blown down,
And a passenger train from Edinburgh,
Which fill’d all the peoples hearts with sorrow,
And made them for to turn pale,
Because none of the passengers were sav’d to tell the tale
How the disaster happen’d on the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

It must have been an awful sight,
To witness in the dusky moonlight,
While the Storm Fiend did laugh, and angry did bray,
Along the Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay,
Oh! ill-fated Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay,
I must now conclude my lay
By telling the world fearlessly without the least dismay,
That your central girders would not have given way,
At least many sensible men do say,
Had they been supported on each side with buttresses,
At least many sensible men confesses,
For the stronger we our houses do build,
The less chance we have of being killed.

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Kate and I were lucky enough to be picked to walk across the new bridge this Sunday coming. 

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With family in both South Queensferry and over in Dalgety Bay and Comrie I have enjoyed regular updates on this new much needed bridge.
It looks absolutely fantastic and look forward to many more pictures to come. Great job Scotland. 
:thumbs_up:

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Hi I know it’s open but is it finished, we had the same here with the M74 at the raith junction a big hoo ha on it opening early and now months later it’s still not finished 

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Not actually opening until tomorrow morning, I will see what it is like at 7am when I cross on my commute...

Then it is closed again on Friday night for a week of celebrations, then opening again.

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I like the idea that the design incorporates a kind of wind baffle to direct the high winds above the carriageways to avoid closing the bridge to "high sided" vehicles. :yes:

Of course, maybe you could sail across from South Queensferry to Kincardine in a one-r if you get a proper gale coming in from the East :whistle: especially if it gets under your kilt?

Tartan shuttlecocks :biggrin:

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I can still remember being in Scotland visiting relatives in Kirkcaldy in 1964. We had gone across on the ferry, but were able to come back across the Forth road bridge, which had just opened.

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