Braidhurst Viaduct

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Braidhurst Viaduct (1857-)

Opened on the Motherwell Deviation Line (Caledonian Railway).


This masonry viaduct carries the double track Motherwell Deviation Line (Caledonian Railway) over the South Calder Water.

This viaduct, and railway, now replace the older original route via the single track Jerviston Viaduct (1841-1890). The Motherwell Deviation allowed coal trains from the Lesmahagow lines to run north to the Coatbridge iron works via Lesmahagow Junction.

This is a double track nine arch viaduct, 203 yds long overall and 100ft high.


Viaduct South Calder Water


08/10/1857Motherwell Deviation Line (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened from Jerviston Junction (Wishaw and Coltness Railway) to Lesmahagow Junction (Clydesdale Junction Railway). The line allowed Motherwell [1st] station to be moved further west to Motherwell atLesmahagow Junction. Motherwell [1st] remained standing and Motherwell was opened in the V of the junction at Lesmahagow Junction. A large viaduct was required, Braidhurst Viaduct.