Cree Viaduct

Location type

Bridge


Name and dates

Cree Viaduct (1861-1965)

Opened on the Portpatrick Railway.


Description

This was a five span single track viaduct over the River Cree. The bridge was unusual in having timber piers right up to the time of closure.

The contractors were McDonald and Grieve. work was difficult as the Cree is tidal at this point.

There was an accident here on the 28th of December 1922 when an eastbound mixed train split and derailed with the goods portion ending up at the foot of the embankment. The track was found to date from 1890 and the cause of the derailment the speed of the train.

The bridge was rebuilt several times. It was strengthened in 1962 with steel piling.

Little now remains of the bridge except the stone abutments at either end and some timber piles.

11/09/2018

Tags

Viaduct accident

External links

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