The Forth Bridges 125 Festival - 19-20 September 2015
Scotland’s iconic Forth Bridge was opened 125 years ago on 4 March 1890 by the then Prince of Wales. Designed by English engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, and built by Scottish engineer Sir William Arrol the structure – recently listed as a World Heritage Site - is 8,296 ft long and is still the world’s longest multi-span cantilever bridge. It carries up to 200 trains a day –many much heavier than in its earlier life.
North Queensferry Heritage Trust Sam Roger (Secretary) email@example.com
Paul Whittle (Vice Chairman and PRO) 01932 346549 or firstname.lastname@example.org
‘North Queensferry – Change for Darjeeling’!
In its first major publicity event in Scotland the Society joined forces with the North Queensferry Heritage Trust on 19-20 September to celebrate Indian-Scottish railway connections – the fact that the iconic Forth Railway Bridge and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway are both World Heritage sites and that many of the DHR steam locomotives were built in Scotland at the Glasgow works of the North British Locomotive Company.
With special permission from Network Rail and Scotrail, the Society decorated and re-named North Queensferry Station (just north of the famous Forth Bridge) in ‘Darjeeling Style’. In the station building there were talks, photo displays and sales stands plus a rare opportunity to visit the observation platform at the very top of the bridge.
A full report will be included in the November issue of the quarterly members magazine, ‘The Darjeeling Mail’.
Four photographs provided by DHRS member Sudan Dewan