Scammell 8 at the Forth Bridge by Mike Jeffries

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Despite there being larger bridges, longer bridges and higher bridges the Forth Railway Bridge never fails to awe on first sight with its massive tubular spans and lattice of steel.

Work began in 1883 and the bridge was opened in 1890, and is immensely strong, at least twice as strong as necessary because the civil engineering profession had adopted a better safe than sorry approach after the Tay Bridge disaster of 1879.
This generous over-designing, good workmanship and the use of only the very best materials available at the time have contributed to the bridge’s trouble-free life of nearly 120 years, a lesson perhaps that could be looked at today. One wonders what the bridge would look like if built today, designed by a computer, built by a contractor with the lowest tender and with some accountant responsible for the purchase of raw materials.

One could perhaps also say that Scammell’s lorries were a little over-engineered but a Scammell 8 could still manage the payload of its cheaper rivals and its basic design was so sound that it altered little over 25 years.

This view shows a Scammell 8 with a very interesting load leaving the ferry that conveyed road vehicles over the Firth of Forth before the opening of the present road bridge in 1964 half a mile upstream, which incidentally already has problems due to lack of foresight in its construction and design.

A painting like this of your favourite vehicle, British or American, in oils on canvas or board would cost about £1500.

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  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersalmost 5 years ago

    Amazing piece. This is an incredibly fascinating vehicle and the bridge behind it is amazingly unique. Masterfully rendered Mike.

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 5 years ago

    Excelent painting Mike. And a Mk1 Consul too.

  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanalmost 5 years ago

    Another super depiction of a long passed scene.

  • Thanks all, I only ever saw the bridge once but I’ll never forget the sheer size of it.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAalmost 5 years ago

    been over the Forth Railway Bridge a few times on the train as we had relatives in Dundee when I was young and living in London.

    terrific view.

  • Never been over it, just saw it from South Queensferry side years ago when I was stationed in Edinburgh.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Thanks Cee and Chris for accepting my work.


    – Mike Jeffries

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 4 years ago

    Bridege, Towers & Lighhouses Challenge
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    August 15th, 2010

  • Jo Holden
    Jo Holdenover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! Great realism.

  • Many thanks Jo for the feature and congrats to the other featured artists.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic work. I live about a mile from this wonderful bridge and have seen thousands of images of it (and taken quite a few myself) but this is a wonderfully unique view, bravo …

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 3 years ago

    lovely work

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesabout 3 years ago

    stunning work!!

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