Heritage Locations

Dalguise Viaduct


Impressive and charming lattice viaduct

Constructor:
Unclassified

Period of construction:
1850 - 1899

Transport Trust plaque:
No

Transport Mode:
Rail

Address:
Dalguise, Perthshire PH8 0JU

Postcode:
PH8 0JU

Nearest Town:
Dunkeld

Heritage Centre:
No


The railway northward from Perth was built by the Inverness & Perth Junction Railway whose engineer was Joseph Mitchell (1803-1883). He was the son of the Chief Inspector who had worked for Telford on the great road building programme in the highlands, and succeeded his father before turning to railways. 

This 167 km (104 miles) line between Dunkeld and Forres was constructed over difficult terrain in the remarkably short period of two years, opening in 1863. As was the case on the Inverness & Nairn, Mitchell designed some impressive bridges and viaducts.

At Dalguise the Tay is wide and liable to flood. The railway is carried over it on two close-latticed wrought iron trusses, 64 m (210 ft) and 43 m (141 ft) long. These are supported on pairs of stone piers which are carried upward as turrets with crenellated tops. The wholeappearance is both impressive and charming. It is listed Grade A.

There is another, similar, viaduct a little further north, also Listed Grade A, but without turrets. It was built by Mitchell over the river Tummel at Logierait on the former Aberfeldy branch line, sitting on private property.


Bibliography:

Awdry, Christopher, Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies, Patrick Stephens, ISBN-10: 1852600497 (1990)

Biddle, Gordon, Britain's Historic Railway Buildings, Oxford University Press, ISBN-10: 0198662475 (2003)

Biddle, Gordon & Nock, O.S., The Railway Heritage of Britain : 150 years of railway architecture and engineering, Studio Editions, ISBN-10: 1851705953 (1990)

Biddle, Gordon and Simmons, J. The Oxford Companion to British Railway History, Oxford University Press, ISBN-10: 0192116975 (1997)

Conolly, W. Philip, British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas And Gazetteer, Ian Allan Publishing, ISBN-10: 0711003203 (1958/97)

Jowett, Alan, Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day, Patrick Stephens, ISBN-10: 1852600861 (1989)

Ransom, P.J.R., Iron Road: The Railway in Scotland, Birlinn, ISBN-10: 1841587281 (2007)

Ross, David, The Highland Railway, Stenlake Publishing, ISBN-10: 0752434799 (2005)

Smith, Martin, British Railway Bridges and Viaducts, Ian Allan, ISBN 0 7110 2273 9 (1994)

Thomas, J. and Turnock, D., A Regional History of the Railways of Britain, North of Scotland, Atlantic Transport Publishers, ISBN 0 946537 03 8 (1993)



Opening Times:

Permanently viewable


How To Find:
By road: On B 898 in Dalguise; can also be viewed on A9 at Dowally

Facilities:


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