MHG17226 - Railway Viaduct Over River Finnan, Glenfinnan


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  • RAILWAY VIADUCT (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1560 AD to 2100 AD)

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NM98SW 2 908 813 to 911 812

North British Railway; West Highland Extension. Concrete pylon construction.
(Undated) information in NMRS.

This magnificent 21-span curved viaduct is the longest concrete railway bridge in Scotland, measuring 1248 ft (380.5m) in length; it comprises 21 semicircular arches and was opened in 1901 by the West Highland Extension Rly.
J R Hume 1977.

This viaduct was built by Robert McAlpine & Sons of Glasgow to carry the West Highland (Extension) railway across the valley of the River Finna at the head of Loch Shiel. The viaduct itself is chiefly of interest for its pioneering concrete construction.
M Smith 1994.

Opened 1.4.1901 West Highland Railway, Mallaig Extension

LOC Local Plan, Feb. 1991: P130/7.7.18. Safeguards.
J Aitken : 05/06/01.

Martin Briscoe has submitted photographs of this site to the Highland HER Flickr group. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NM 9100 8129 (344m by 118m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM98SW
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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