C5 documentary tells Forth Bridge history

Engineer Rob Bell

Engineer Rob Bell

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AS the new Queensferry Crossing inches ever closer to completion, Channel 5 travels back in time tomorrow night to explore the construction of the Forth Bridge.

A remarkable feat of engineering, the Forth Bridge was born out of the devastation that was the Tay Bridge Disaster, which claimed 70 lives. Engineer Rob Bell sets out on a journey to discover how the bridge was designed and built.

Completed in 1890, the bridge is the last of the great Victorian engineering triumphs, but Rob learns this incredible engineering achievement was paid for in blood.

More than 70 died during its construction, most falling from high girders, others suffering horrendously as they worked under pressure on the sea bed.

In unearthing the story Rob scales its 360ft towers, pours molten iron, and recreates the working conditions of the men operating 100 feet beneath the waves.

Britain’s Greatest Bridges is on Channel 5, tomorrow (Friday 14 Oct), at 9pm.