Craigenarden Viaduct

Location type

Bridge


Name and dates

Craigenarden Viaduct (1894-)

Opened on the West Highland Railway.


Description

This is an 8 arch castellated 396 ft long viaduct on the west side of Loch Lomond. It is 58 ft high.

It is well known bridge being on a beautiful section of the Loch Lomondside road with a tight corner and narrow width. The railway was involved in the rebuilding of the road, thus the railway style stonework.

The viaduct is built with arches rather than plate girders for aesthetic reasons. Many were opposed to the construction of the railway in an area of outstanding natural beauty

The viaduct is on a gentle curve. The viaduct is of blue whinstone (the piers are stone) and mass concrete arches. This was not the first viaduct to have mass concrete arches, Falls of Cruachan Viaduct on the Callander and Oban Railway was the first viaduct in Britain to have this method of construction.

The viaduct is between Arrochar and Tarbet (to the south) and the former station at Inveruglas (to the north). Ardlui is the next station north today.

Alternative spelling are used: Creag-an-Ardain Viaduct, Creagan Ardain Viaduct.

Local

Around two miles to the north, on the east side, is the Pulpit Rock. There being no church and a small population this rock was used by a travelling minister to address the local population.

06/11/2019

Tags

Viaduct Loch Lomond



Books

All Stations to Mallaig!: West Highland Line Since Nationalisation
Argyll and the Highlands Last Days of Steam

Argyll and the Highlands' Lost Railways

Ben Nevis and Fort William, The Mamores and The Grey Corries, Kinlochleven and Spean Bridge (OS Explorer Map)

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

Iron Road to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourist Guide to the West Highland Lines

Iron Roads to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourists Souvenir Guide to the West Highland Lines

Mountain Moor and Loch on the Route of the West Highland Railway

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

Rannan Rathad Iarainn nan Eilean =: The West Highland Line

Road To The Isles Dvd: Part One The West Highland Line Between Crianlarich to Fort William, From the Drivers Cab Of A Class 37, With The Caledonian Sleeper
The Mallaig Railway: The West Highland Extension 1897-1901 (RCAHMS Broadsheet)
The New Railway: The Earliest Years of the West Highland Line

The Story of the West Highland

The Story of the West Highland: The 1940s LNER Guide to the Line

The West Highland Railway

The West Highland Railway (Railways of the Scottish Highlands)

The West Highland Railway 120 Years

Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways (Local History Series)

Victorian Travel on the West Highland Line: By Mountain, Moor and Loch in 1894

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)

West Highland Line: Great Railway Journeys Through Time

West Highland Railway
West Highland Railway (History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands v. 1): West Highland Railway v. 1
West Highland Railway: Plans, Poltics and People