Portrack Viaduct

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Portrack Viaduct (1849-1849)
Portrack Viaduct (2004-)

Opened on the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway.


This is a double track viaduct over the River Nith. The viaduct was replaced in 2004 with a new viaduct to the east of the original. New approach embankments also had to be built.

A short portion of the southern end of the previous viaduct has been retained.


Between the former Holywood station (to the south) and the former Auldgirth station (to the north) is Portrack House, famous for its annual open day when the Gardens of Cosmic Speculation are open. Within its grounds is the south end of Portrack Viaduct, over the River Nith, and a portion of an earlier version of the viaduct complete with shunter on a short section of track.

Also on the west bank of the River Nith is Ellisland Farm , the farm built by Robert Burns where he farmed and was inspired by the setting. The farm is now a museum. The nearest station is at Dumfries, around six miles to the south.


Viaduct River Nith


  /  /2003Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
New Portrack Viaduct built alongside the existing viaduct during the summer.
25/12/2003Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Portrack Viaduct replaced. Completed 26th.


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