Connel Ferry Bridge (1903-)
Opened on the Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway).
Also known as Connel Ferry Viaduct. Bridge is used rather than viaduct as the structure has a long span crossing Loch Etive, and the Falls of Lora, and is not a series of similarly sized arches.
It is a cantilever bridge with a tower on the north and south banks. Each end is approached by three arch masonry viaducts.
The halt North Connel was at the north end and station Connel Ferry nearby the south end.
Between the opening in 1903 and 1914 the railway company and council could not come to an agreement to share the bridge, although after 1909 a railway operated service operated between Connel Ferry and Benderloch stations with cars being carried on flatbed wagons.
After 1914 the bridge opened to toll paying road traffic. Traffic was single file and not allowed when trains were crossing.
Following closure of the railway in 1966 the bridge became road only and the toll lifted.
The bridge metalwork was manufactured by William Arrol at the Germiston Works.
Falls of Cruachan
Other railway and industry locations
Falls of Lora
Oban North Pier
Oban Station Pier
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