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Conon Railway Bridge

A fine viaduct which carries the single-track Far North line of the Highland Railway across the River Conon between Maryburgh and Conon Bridge, the Conon Railway Bridge was built in 1860-62 by Joseph Mitchell (1803-83). It was the last significant structure to be completed on what was then the Inverness and Ross-shire Railway, at a cost of £11,391. The foundation stone was laid by Miss MacKenzie of Seaforth in November 1860. It comprises five segmental masonry arches, each with a 22.25m (73 feet) span. The design is unusual in that, while the massive piers lie parallel to the river, the arches are skewed, allowing the bridge to cross the river at an angle of 45 degrees to the shore. The deck lies 13.7m (45 feet) above the river bed. Conon Railway Bridge was B-listed in 1971.

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