This single track viaduct crosses the River Spey to the east of Orton. Also known as Spey Bridge, one of many, or Orton Bridge.
In case of severe floodwaters, not unknown on the Spey, the bridge has high cutwaters. The bridge is 220yds long with a single metal span approached by six stone arches to the north. Joseph Mitchell's original bridge was an open box girder, through which trains ran. The bridge is 70 ft above the normal river level.
The original bridge was similar to Findhorn Viaduct [Forres].
Although the railway opened in 1858 the viaduct was not complete until early 1859 and for a short time passengers had to de-train and use the neighbouring road bridge.
This girder was replaced in 1906 with a lattice girder section. A temporary signal box was provided during the works. The new girder was manufactured by Head, Wrightson and Co Ltd. The new bridge was constructed inside the original box girder which was then removed.
Another bridge, the disused Speymouth Viaduct, is further north at Garmouth.
Drummuir Curlers Platform
| Gerbity Crossing|
Craigellachie Bridge [Road]
Coleburn Gravel Pit
Fochabers Town Shed
Glen Grant Distillery
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The plaques from this bridge are now on display at Inverness station.
I & A. J. RWY.
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Forres and Area Past and Present
Landranger (27) Nairn & Forres, River Findhorn (OS Landranger Map)
OS Explorer Map (423) Elgin, Forres and Lossiemouth (OS Explorer Active Map)
Time Does Transfix: Recollections of a Forres Railwayman