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Forth Bridge, Scotland

The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, to the east of the Forth Road Bridge, and 9 miles west of central Edinburgh. It was opened on 4 March 1890, and spans a total length of 8,296 feet.

It is often called the Forth Rail Bridge or Forth Railway Bridge to distinguish it from the Forth Road Bridge, although it has been called the "Forth Bridge" since its construction, and was for over seventy years the sole claimant to this name.

Hitchcock's Films

The 39 Steps (1935)

Cornered by the police on the Flying Scotsman train, Richard Hannay jumps from the train and hides on the bridge. The final shot of the bridge in The 39 Steps was filmed from the riverside road to the east of the bridge at South Queensferry.

For the tighter shot of Hannay hiding behind a pillar from the searching policemen, a portion of the bridge was recreated at Stapleford, Hertfordshire.[1]

The use of the bridge in the film is an artistic licence, as the bridge is north of Edinburgh and not on the route of the Flying Scotsman.[2]

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Notes & References

  1. The 39 Steps: A British Film Guide (2003) by Mark Glancy, page 39
  2. The bridge is on the Fife Circle Line which runs north to Markinch