Friockheim Viaduct

Location type

Bridge

Names and dates

Friockheim Viaduct (1848-1857)
Friockheim Viaduct (1863-1867)
Friockheim Viaduct (1878-1908)

Opened on the Aberdeen Railway.

Description

This fine eight arch double track masonry viaduct crossed the B965 ^Station Road^, Vinney Water and Lunan Water. It was on the Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction (^Friockheim Fork^) curve which opened and closed on a number of occasions.

The parapets were castellated along their length and the arches were elliptical and ribbed. It was 620 ft long overall.

It was built by the Aberdeen Railway to allow trains from Arbroath to run north to Montrose [CR] and Aberdeen.

The curve opened in 1848 but closed in 1857 due to lack of traffic, with passengers from Arbroath changing at Guthrie.

It reopened in 1863 and closed again due to lack of traffic in 1867.

Finally, with competing traffic expected on the new parallel North British Railway through Montrose opened in 1881, it reopened in 1878.

The viaduct required significant remedial work around 1902, a combination of repairs and due to the increase in the weight of locomotives. Two arches were filled in and an arch replaced with a girder over the roadway.

The curve closed again in 1908 and did not reopen. Track was lifted for the war effort in 1917. Friockheim Junction closed in 1917.

The viaduct was demolished in the 1980s.

Tags

Viaduct

External links

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


Dates

  /  /1847Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Viaduct built, 189m in length. (Date often given as 1840, which is very unlikely.)
  /  /1850Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction (excluded) to Glasterlaw Junction (excluded) closed. Friockheim Viaduct out of use. Guthrie used as exchange.
01/04/1863Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction re-opened. Friockheim Viaduct brought back into use.
01/11/1867Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction (excluded) to Glasterlaw Junction (excluded) closed again. Friockheim Viaduct out of use.
16/07/1878Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction re-opened. Friockheim Viaduct brought back into use.
  /  /1914Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Viaduct out of use. Line lifted in 1917 for war effort and Friockheim Junction box closed.

Books


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

Aberdeen 1900: Aberdeenshire Sheet 75.11 (Old O.S. Maps of Aberdeenshire)

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire: 40 Coast and Country Walks

Aberdeen City Centre History Tour

Aberdeen City Centre Through Time

Aberdeen in Old Picture Postcards

Aberdeen in the Fifties and Sixties

Aberdeen Remembered: By Aberdeen City Libraries and Museums

Aberdeen, Inverurie and Pitmedden (OS Landranger Map)

Aberdeen: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (RIAS illustrated architectural guides to Scotland)

Aberdeenshire: South and Aberdeen (Pevsner Architectural Guides) (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland)

Aberdeenshire's Lost Railways

Angus and Kincardineshire's Lost Railways

BR Steam in Colour: London to Aberdeen from the Bill Reed Collection

Bradshaw's Guide Scotland's Railways East Coast Berwick to Aberdeen & Beyond: Volume 6

Brechin 1901: Forfarshire Sheet 28.13 (Old O.S. Maps of Forfarshire)

British Railways Steam - King's Cross to Aberdeen: From the Bill Reed Collection

Bygone Montrose: With Inverkeilor, Lunan Bay, Rossie, Usan, Ferryden, Bridge of Dun, Hillside, Dubton and Craigo

Caledonian Routes 1: Aberdeen, Strathmore Line & Branches

Cock o' the North: Aberdeen to Kyle of Lochalsh - Study in Diesel Power Through Its Various Stages

Great North Memories: Aberdeen No. 2: Scenes of the North East's Own Railway

Hidden Aberdeen: History on Your Doorstep and Under Your Feet

Joint Station: Aberdeen Station, 1867-1992

Landranger (54) Dundee & Montrose, Forfar & Arbroath (OS Landranger Map)

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Montrose The Postcard Collection

Montrose Through Time
National Series of Waterway, Tramway and Railway Atlases: Aberdeen v. 1m
On Either Side, 1939: The Train between London King's Cross & Edinburgh Waverley, Fort William, Inverness & Aberdeen (Old House)

OS Explorer Map (389) Forfar, Brechin and Edzell (OS Explorer Paper Map) (OS Explorer Active Map)

Railways Of Scotland 4: Aberdeen And The Grampians DVD - Cinerail

Railways Of Scotland 7: Perth To Kinnaber Junction DVD - Cinerail

The Montrose & Bervie Railway: A Study of Transport in South-East Kincardineshire 1770-1966

The Railways of Aberdeen: 150 Years of History: One Hundred and Fifty Years of History
The Railways of Strathmore (Perth, Forfar and Brechin)The 'Subbies': The story of Aberdeen's suburban trains 1887-1987