Friockheim Viaduct

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Names and dates

Friockheim Viaduct (1848-1857)
Friockheim Viaduct (1863-1867)
Friockheim Viaduct (1878-1908)

Opened on the Aberdeen Railway.


This fine eight arch double track masonry viaduct crossed the B965 ^Station Road^, Vinney Water and Lunan Water. It was on the Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction (^Friockheim Fork^) curve which opened and closed on a number of occasions.

The parapets were castellated along their length and the arches were elliptical and ribbed. It was 620 ft long overall.

It was built by the Aberdeen Railway to allow trains from Arbroath to run north to Montrose [CR] and Aberdeen.

The curve opened in 1848 but closed in 1857 due to lack of traffic, with passengers from Arbroath changing at Guthrie.

It reopened in 1863 and closed again due to lack of traffic in 1867.

Finally, with competing traffic expected on the new parallel North British Railway through Montrose opened in 1881, it reopened in 1878.

The viaduct required significant remedial work around 1902, a combination of repairs and due to the increase in the weight of locomotives. Two arches were filled in and an arch replaced with a girder over the roadway.

The curve closed again in 1908 and did not reopen. Track was lifted for the war effort in 1917. Friockheim Junction closed in 1917.

The viaduct was demolished in the 1980s.



External links

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


  /  /1847Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Viaduct built, 189m in length. (Date often given as 1840, which is very unlikely.)
  /  /1850Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction (excluded) to Glasterlaw Junction (excluded) closed. Friockheim Viaduct out of use. Guthrie used as exchange.
01/04/1863Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction re-opened. Friockheim Viaduct brought back into use.
01/11/1867Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction (excluded) to Glasterlaw Junction (excluded) closed again. Friockheim Viaduct out of use.
16/07/1878Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction re-opened. Friockheim Viaduct brought back into use.
  /  /1914Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Viaduct out of use. Line lifted in 1917 for war effort and Friockheim Junction box closed.


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