A beautiful sunset, I remember this day.
This was the first time I’d been able to get down and photography in and around South Queensferry. I’ve always wanted to get close to this amazing architectural and engineering marvel. I think I might have picked possibly the coldest and windiest day to spend a few hours there. I could barely feel my face let alone my fingers which I needed to operate my camera. Luckily I saw the transition from daylight to nighttime and the switching on of the lights. It really is something to see when illuminated at night. The scale of the thing leaves you standing, staring in awe.
I hope these images, one daylight and the other night time go some way to portraying the sheer brilliance of this place.
For more information about the bridge and its history take a look at the wikipedia page.
The City Union Railway Bridge – 1899
Engineer: William Melville
In 1900 the railway system was still expanding in Scotland with keen competition between the big companies.
The two railway bridges across the Clyde were struggling to cope with traffic demands. The City Union Railway Bridge opened in 1899 in response to the demand to carry four tracks into St Enoch Station.
It was built beneath the previous bridge so that the rail traffic could continue to use the lines during construction. It is therefore rather squat in appearance. This was the first of the permanent Clyde Bridges to have a steel superstructure.
The bridge served the main routes from the south to the now demolished St Enoch Station.