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Lasswade Viaduct

Crossing the River North Esk at Lasswade in Midlothian, the picturesque Lasswade Viaduct was built for the Esk Valley Railway in 1867 by the infamous railway engineer Sir Thomas Bouch (1822-80). The viaduct was constructed in buff sandstone on a gentle curve and comprises six spans, each of 11.9m (39 feet), formed of segmental arches on gracefully tapered, rectangular-plan piers. It reaches a height of 22.9m (75 feet). Lasswade Station once lay between the viaduct and Broomieknowe Tunnel. The line closed in 1964 and the viaduct has been disused ever since. Today it is B-listed but currently inaccessible, although plans have been muted to bring it back into use as part of a walking route. The structure is maintained by the Highways Agency Historical Railways Estate, formerly British Railways Board (Residuary).


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