Bridge painting finally complete
Published 09/12/2011 | 14:52
The seemingly never-ending task of painting the Forth Rail Bridge has finally been completed.
Painting the structure had been considered one of the world's perpetual tasks, giving rise to the phrase "like painting the Forth Bridge".
But now, following a 10-year programme of work, the bridge has a coat of paint which should last 20 years.
More than 1,500 people worked on the bridge during its restoration, with as many as 400 workers on the bridge in a single day at the peak of activity.
A total of 240,000 litres of "epoxy glass plate paint", the same used for oil rigs, covered the 2,467-metre bridge.
Originally opened in 1890 by the Prince of Wales, the bridge is used by 200 trains each day and three million passengers a year. Its construction created an unbroken East Coast railway from London to Aberdeen.
Network Rail said the refurbishment helps "safeguard the future of one of the country's most famous landmarks".