Ballochmyle Viaduct

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Name and dates

Ballochmyle Viaduct (1848-)

Opened on the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway.


This is an impressive double track seven arch viaduct over the River Ayr. It is the central span which sets it apart - at 181 feet long it is the longest masonry arch of a railway viaduct in Britain. The overall length is 630 ft. The height is 164 ft.

The engineer was John Miller.


Viaduct River Ayr

External links

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


Listing: A

Nearby stations
Mossgiel Tunnel Platform
Dumfries House
Cumnock [2nd]
Cumnock [1st]
Sinclairston (Private)
Willockston Siding
Ballochmyle Quarries
Brackenhill Junction
Barskimming Quarry [1st]
Brackenhill Siding
Barskimming Quarry [2nd]
Sorn 1,2
Barony Junction
Redcraig Viaduct
Barony Power Station
Mauchline Colliery Pits Nos 1,2,4
Mossgiel Tunnel
Barony Colliery Pits Nos 1,2,3,4
Gilmilnscroft Colliery Pit No 1
Gilmilnscroft Colliery Pit No 4
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Largest Masonry Arch

The Solkan Bridge, Slovenia, has the largest masonry arch bridge at 279 ft. It is also a railway bridge, originally opened in 1906 (destroyed during the Great War and rebuilt 1927).

Early Railway Photograph

The oldest railway photograph is considered to be the colotype taken by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson in 1845 of Linlithgow station.

National Galleries - Linlithgow from station

The view is from the south of the station looking north west to Linlithgow Palace.

A second view also exists, taken further west.

National Galleries - Linlithgow from the railway station, with the Town Hall, St Michael's Church and the Palace in the centre background

The Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway was engineered by John Miller, friend of D.O. Hill.

Another early photograph taken by Hill and Adamson is of John Miller^s 1848 Ballochmyle Viaduct.

National Galleries - Ballochmyle Viaduct