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The Flying Scotsman Crosses The Forth Bridge

Published on 6/14/2019
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"The Flying Scotsman Crosses The Forth Bridge”   is the 12th in my Tom's Vivid Views  series of original copyright press releases sent from my happy home in the sunny south of Portugal


The massive cantilever railway bridge which stretches for over a mile and a half across the Firth of Forth just west of Edinburgh is one of the two biggest bridges of its kind in the world, easily the most impressive and a wonder of Victorian era engineering. Over fifty-five thousand tonness of steel were used in its construction which took eight years before its opening in 1890. Often referred to as Scotland's Eiffel Tower, the Forth Bridge is, along with Edinburgh Castle, the country's most visited tourist attraction. 

The Flying Scotsman is the name given to the high speed rail service between Edinburgh and London which was inaugurated in 1924. The first locomotive to carry the name eventually went out of service in 1963, being replaced by diesel ones. But, in 2006, the restoration of the original steam locomotive was initiated. A long ten years and over five million pounds later, the magnificently restored loco rolled out on to the tracks to a euphoric welcome from railway enthusiasts and the general public alike; a generation of whom had never seen any steam locomotive in action, let alone the thunderingly beautiful Flying Scotsman.

Today the Flying Scotsman runs private tours all over the country and attracts tens of thousands of spectators where-ever it goes. In fact, organisers have stopped publishing its schedule, such is the clamour of people crowding to see it and bringing life to a complete standstill in the cities, towns, villages and countryside on its route.

Never was this more apparent than when the legendary loco made the iconic crossing of the mighty Forth Bridge. Over a quarter of a million people reportedly turned out to witness the unforgettable spectacle! Don't you find that incredible? You shouldn't.

You see, not only is there a heart wrenching nostalgia among many for such treasures of a bygone era, there is also an appreciation of the beauty and grandeur inherent in them and the fact that they are the physical embodiment of what started as mere seeds of imagination in the minds of their creators. The Forth Bridge and the Flying Scotsman are proof positive to all that a man's dreams can become mammoth achievements of inspirational magnificence. They show that anything is possible. People take both comfort from that and the encouragement to strive to realise their own ambitions.

As a boy I watched in wide-eyed awe from a ferry boat on the firth as a steam-hauled passenger train crossed the bridge high above me. Did the event motivate me to build in adulthood my own Forth Bridge of life and ride the footplate of my own Flying Scotsman over it? I like to think so.

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.


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THE FLYING SCOTSMAN CROSSES THE FORTH BRIDGE  is an original copyright Tom Riach press release, short and to the point. I hope you enjoyed reading it and found it informative and/or entertaining. To learn more or to get in touch with me please visit me on my website at TOMRIACH.COM

See you there! Regards, Tom.


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It took me some years to establish myself in business but I believe that in life only the most resolute of tryers will prevail and after several years of a bank account in a permanent state of cardiac arrest my perseverance began to pay!

I became a successful Business Consultant, Investment Adviser and award-winning Salesperson and Marketing Professional and I coined the term 'Creative Solutions' to describe my work in devising and implementing innovative approaches to situations in business, commerce and industry (some call it trouble-shooting). From my successes I grew my own group of small companies.

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