Jerviston Viaduct

Location type


Name and dates

Jerviston Viaduct (1841-1890)

Opened on the Wishaw and Coltness Railway.


This was a ten arch single track wooden viaduct over the South Calder Water. The piers were stone. The viaduct was on the course of the Wishaw and Coltness Railway. Also known as the Camp Viaduct or Germiston Viaduct.

The viaduct was condemned around 1857 and replaced by a new double track stone viaduct - Braidhurst Viaduct - on the Motherwell Deviation Line (Caledonian Railway) just to the west. This deviation also improved the layout at Lesmahagow Junction north of Motherwell station.

Some use continued for minerals and the telegraph still used the viaduct.

The bridge still stood in 1890, the OS map showing it still carrying a single track but with the northern most span removed and approaching lines from either side stopping before reaching the structure.

The piers of the viaduct were demolished in 1922/3. The stone was taken to Gleneagles Hotel and used in the landscaping of the grounds.


Viaduct South Calder Water


Germiston Viaduct

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Chronology Dates

18/08/1838Wishaw and Coltness Railway
Extension south from Holytown [1st] to Jerviston (the later area of Jerviston Junction) opened to minerals. Opening delayed by the construction of the Jerviston Viaduct.
  /  /1854Motherwell Deviation Line (Caledonian Railway)
Line authorised as the Motherwell Branch. This line would improve connections at Lesmahagow Junction and bypass and replace the Jerviston Viaduct.


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

Bradshaw's Guides Scotlands Railways West Coast - Carlisle to Inverness: 5

Old Newmains and the Villages Around Wishaw

Old Wishaw

Wishaw 1896: Lanarkshire Sheet 18.03 (Old O.S. Maps of Lanarkshire)