One of fair cities four bridges, it’s nearly 400 meters long. The original timber bridge was erected in 1849 but after problems with the foundations, it was replaced by the current iron and masonry structure in 1864 on a slightly easier curve (of 17 chains). It comprises six-iron girder spans to the East of Moncrieffe Island, ten stone arches on the island itself, and seven further girder spans to the West.
The bridge was designed by B. H. Blyth [1819-1866] and erected by Lee & Freeman at a cost of about £27 000.
The central section rests on Moncreiffe island, home to a Golf course, allotments and some fantastic wildlife. Many people don’t realise that there is a public footway alongside the railway track including steps down onto the island.
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Railway in Perth
The Scottish Central Railway was formed in 1845 to link Perth and Stirling to Central Scotland, by building a railway line to join Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The movie The Railway Man was filmed at Perth station posing as Crewe during the 1960s. The Railway Man movie (2013) by Eric Lomax, and stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, and Stellan Skarsgård.