Bridge of Carron

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Bridge of Carron (1863-1968)

Opened on the Strathspey Railway.


This bridge carried both the Strathspey Railway and a road over the River Spey. Today the railway is closed but road remains open. It is also known as Carron Bridge (a name which can lead to confusion with Carron Bridge on the Glasgow and South Western Railway).

The bridge is a single arch 150 ft long comprising three cast iron ribs. It approached by stone abutments on either side with a single 25ft arch for flood waters. The single track railway was to the south and the single track road is to the north. The railway portion now carries the Speyside Way.

The engineer for the line was Alexander Gibb. The bridge was manufactured in Aberdeen at the Spring Garden Iron Works by William McKinnon and Co. Builder's plaques read 'Mckinnon & Co, Engineers, Aberdeen, 1863'.

The line closed to passengers in 1965 and completely in 1968.

This portion of the River Spey is popular with fishermen.


Viaduct footpath River Spey

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67