Kielder Viaduct

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Name and dates

Kielder Viaduct (1862-)

Opened on the Border Counties Railway.


This is a single track seven arch masonry viaduct. The arches are skewed. It crossed the Deadwater Burn. The parapet resembles battlements, even featuring arrow-loops. There are crosses at the top of the piers, on the spandrels.

The Duke of Northumberland was the local landowner, the appearance of the viaduct was to placate him. His Kielder Lodge was a short distance from Kielder station, not far to the west.

With the flooding of the valley to the south east to form the Kielder Reservoir it now crosses the extreme north west end of the Bakethin Reservoir, separated by a weir from the main reservoir.



News items

08/05/2011Kielder scenic railway viaduct to reopen [BBC News]


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

Border Counties Railway Through Time

Border Country Branch Line Album

Branches & Byways: Southwest Scotland and the Border Counties

Hexham to Hawick: The Border Counties Railway (Country Railway Routes)

The Border Counties Railway Steam Memories 1950's-1960's: Newcastle to Reedsmouth No. 68, pt. 1