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  • Edinburgh
  • Fife
  • West Lothian


  • Architecture and buildings
  • Construction and engineering
  • Ships and shipping
  • Transport
  • Water and waterways


  • Amateur


  • Birrell, Harry
  • Scottish Amateur Film Festival (SAFF)


  • 1950s

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Title: river IS spanNED, the

Reference number: 1762

Date: 1950

Director: filmed by Harry Birrell

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 10.18 mins

Description: A reconstruction of the building of the Forth railway bridge using contemporary footage and stills.

The film was a prize winner at the Scottish Amateur Film Festival, 1950

Credits: Harry Birrell presents William Kelly and Robert Kerr
m. George Melachrino
This film could not have been made without the co-operation of Mr John Dunlop of the Mitchell Library Glasgow for supplying historical information; Mr H M Hunter, Public Relations Officer, British Railways, who granted permission to film on the Forth Bridge.

Shotlist: Credits (1.04) This film depicts the construction of the famous Railway Bridge over the river Forth during the years 1883-1890 (1.16) gvs Forth Bridge (1.46) shots of steam train crossing the bridge (2.21) shots of ships passing underneath the bridge and shot of the bridge itself (3.45) William Arrol & Co Ltd. gvs architects designing bridge (4.00) shots of stills of construction of the bridge at Queensferry (4.07) shots of men repairing bridge (4.10) shots of stills of construction of bridge (5.45) gvs men repairing bridge (6.44) contemporary shots of bridge and stills of bridge under construction (7.35) gvs men repairing bridge (7.44) stills of completed bridge (8.55) shots of the finished bridge (9.25) shots of steam train crossing bridge (10.05) ferry passing under the bridge (10.15) gvs Forth Bridge (10.31) The End (10.43)