Falls of Cruachan Viaduct

Location type

Bridge

Name and dates

Falls of Cruachan Viaduct (1880-)

Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.

Description

This is a single track three arch viaduct with castellated parapets. It crosses at the Falls of Cruachan where the Allt Cruachan drops into Loch Awe, just west of Falls of Cruachan station.

The falls can be seen (briefly) from a passing train. The falls are on the north side.

This section of line is protected by the Pass of Brander Stone Signals.

The bridge's overall length is 72 ft. The engineer was John Strain.

Tags

Viaduct concrete 07/11/2019

Nearby stations
Falls of Cruachan
Loch Awe
Dalmally
Taynuilt
Ach-na-Cloich
Connel Ferry
North Connel
Barcaldine Halt
Benderloch
Creagan
Oban
Glen Falloch Platform
Tyndrum Lower
Tyndrum [1st]
Bridge of Orchy
Awe Crossing
Crunachy Siding
Tourist/other
Cruachan Power Station Visitor Centre
Pass of Brander Stone Signals
Meall Cuanail
Loch Awe [Loch]
Ben Cruachan
Stob Garbh
Drochaid Ghlas
Stob Dearg
Stob Diamh
Loch Awe Hotel
Loch Awe Pier
Cladich Pier
Sron an Isean
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.


Earliest British mass concrete railway bridge


This bridge is built in mass concrete, the earliest example of its kind on a British railway, with some stone cladding.

This approach would go on to be used on other structures, the most famous of which is the Glenfinnan Viaduct.


Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Routes 3: Stirling to Crianlarich - DVD - Oakwood Press

Callander & Oban Railway Through Time

Callander and Oban Railway (Library of Railway History)

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

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

Oban 1898: Argyllshire Sheet 98.07 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Argyllshire)

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

Scottish Central Railway (Oakwood Library of Railway History)

The Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

The Caledonian, Scotland's Imperial Railway: A History

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

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)