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Findhorn Viaduct

A low railway bridge which crosses the River Findhorn a mile (1.5 km) west of Forres in Moray, this Findhorn Viaduct should not be confused another at Tomatin. Opened on 18th August 1858 for the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway, this represents an early example of an open-top box girder bridge. It was A-listed in 1989.

The bridge is 185.5m (608½ feet) in length and the single-track crosses the river 5.6m (18½ feet) above the water. The high wrought-iron side completely encloses trains as they cross. The three 45.7-m / 150 foot spans supported on masonry piers, with rather grand ashlar abutments, and a plate-girder arch forms a portal at each end of the viaduct. It was designed by locally-born railway engineer Joseph Mitchell (1803-83) and built by Thomas Brassey (1805-70) and James Falshaw (1810-89).

A pill box was built at the eastern end of the bridge during the Second World War to provide a defence.


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