Scotswood Viaduct

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Scotswood Viaduct (1839-1982)

Opened on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.


This is a disused double track girder viaduct over the River Tyne in the west of Newcastle. It was an important part of the line from Newcastle Central to Carlisle.

The original bridge had eleven timber sections from stone abutments. This bridge was accidentally destroyed in 1860.

Its replacement, the present bridge, was completed in 1868. This has five spans and a total length of 700ft.

The bridge was closed in 1982 and trains diverted via Dunston. It still stands.

When opened the line via Dunston did not exist and the incline at Redheugh was an unsuitable approach to the High Level Bridge. The newer lines allowed closure of the bridge.