Bothy interior at the Forth Bridge, 1997
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A railway worker inside a canteen or 'bothy' on the Forth Bridge, Fife, by Lynn Patrick, 1997. Someone has written 'rancid', 'festering', and 'phew' on the wall, possibly a comment on the state of the room. Teams of workers are permanently based on the Forth Bridge, which requires continuous maintenance. The bridge was built across the Firth of Forth, to link North and South Queensferry. Before the railway bridge was built, passengers travelling north from Edinburgh had to take a ferry. The bridge was completed in 1890, having taken 7 years to build.