Floating railway across the Forth

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the floating railway across the Firth of Forth which opened in 1850. This meant that trains did not have to load and unload, virtually making a continuous line between London and Aberdeen. A ramp, its height adjustable to allow for the state of the tide, conveys a train on to the railed deck of a large paddle steamer. (The Forth Rail Bridge was completed in 1882).