AN INNOVATIVE event will invite steampunk enthusiasts to take a trip back in time and marvel at the newest feat of engineering in 1890 - the Forth Bridge.

To mark World Heritage Day, the iconic structure will be host '3 Minutes in 1890: A Victorian Festival' as part of Scotland in Six, which will see Scotland's six World Heritage Sites celebrated with coordinated events for the first time.

The events, which range from a yarnbombing challenge at New Lanark to a Romans vs. Picts 5k race at the Antonine Wall in Falkirk, are being coordinated by Dig It! 2017, the year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology, along with partners from each local community.

The venue, located beside the bridge at North Queensferry station, has recently been refurbished to its original Victorian style and, as it takes just three minutes to cross the structure, the evening on Tuesday will feature three-minute entertainment, including a themed cocktail session and a storytelling with a Victorian quack doctor called 'Belladonna Mallard'.

The 18 plus party will also include a costume competition and a performance from Viper Swing, a self-described "gypsy jazz" band.

Cat Somerville, the “Victorian quack doctor”, said: "Steampunk is a wonderful genre of dress up and imaginative play for enthusiasts of all ages. It is a thought provoking area of artistry that is reminiscent of the past with one eye on the future.

"I feel that steampunk is place where art meets science, literature and exploration for afternoon tea in the conservatory, sharing innovations that blend the wild and impossible with ingenious and world changing. The steampunk genre of music is wide and varied in a reflection of this bold style."

In the lead up to the evening event, travellers will be greeted by steampunk flyer teams from 4.30-6pm at Dalmeny and North Queensferry stations. To help teleport these commuters to 1890, Dalmeny station will also revert back to its original name for the day with a "Forth Bridge" station sign.

At the time of its completion in 1890, the Forth Bridge was the longest cantilever bridge span in the world and the world’s first major steel structure. 127 years later, this Category A listed Victorian engineering icon still carries more than 200 trains a day across the Firth of Forth. The bridge was inscribed by United Nations body UNESCO in July 2015, making it Scotland’s newest World Heritage Site.

Manuela Calchini, Regional Director at VisitScotland, said: "From our buildings and archaeological sites to our diverse stories, traditions and culture – Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 is shining a spotlight on some of our greatest assets and icons as well as our hidden gems.

"Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site remains a symbol of our country’s industrial, scientific and architectural past, so it’s fitting that the Forth Bridge will be such a key part of the Scotland in Six activity. This innovative steampunk event will tell the bridge’s story in a new and exciting way and will undoubtedly appeal to both visitors and locals alike."