Alloa Swing Bridge

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Alloa Swing Bridge - Bridges of Scotland
There are few sights on the Forth as spectacular as the forty stone and riveted iron plate columns of the Alloa swing bridge, standing 24ft above HW springs, yet so little known. Sometimes referred to as “The other Forth railway bridge” it was completed in 1885 and carried regular services until 1968. The Alloa railway was double track but the bridge only carried single track (1 & 2). The swing section was moved by a steam engine to allow shipping to pass and carried a signal box on girders above the track. In 1971 the central swinging portion was removed and later the track and spans that approached it, leaving just the piers. The line was finally closed in 1978 together with the former Admiralty munitions depot at Bandeath, now an industrial estate, which was served by it.
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