Letter about the construction of the Forth Bridge, c 1888.
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A letter written at The Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling, Scotland, discusing the construction of the Forth Railway Bridge, in about 1888, by an unknown author. The letter was found with the album 'The Forth Bridge In Its Various Stages of Construction And Compared With The Most Notable Bridges Of The World' by Philip Phillips. A cantilever design, the Forth Railway Bridge was built to carry two tracks of the North British Railway acros the the Firth of Forth between South Queensferry and North Queensferry. Constructed over seven years by engineers Sir John Fowler (1817-1898) and Sir Benjamin Baker (1840-1907) and completed in 1890 it was the largest steel bridge of its time. It is still regarded as an engineering marvel.