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Loch Ken Viaduct

By TrotterFechan
The Portpatrick Railway was intended to form part of a trunk route connecting London and Belfast by railway, via the twin ports of Portpatrick and Stranraer. The line was granted Parliamentary approval on 10th August 1857 and the section from Stranraer to Castle Douglas became operational on 12th March 1861. Amongst its principal engineering feats was a viaduct over Loch Ken which was built under a separate contract by Thomas Nelson & Company of Carlisle at a price of 12,288 13s. Responsible for the design were B & E Blyth, consulting engineers.....The structure incorporated a curve of half-a-mile in radius and carried a single track over the water at an oblique angle. ..Loch Ken viaduct was the scene of an accident on 30th December 1935, when a mixed goods and passenger train derailed at its western end, although no damage or injuries were sustained.....During the Second World War, the port of Cairnryan was purpose-built as No.2 Military Port, with three harbour piers and a railway linking it with Stranraer. Millions of tonnes of ordnance and supplies came into the UK, much of it being transported over the viaduct. Then, in 1943, the railway also helped to move US troops.....The line failed to survive the Beeching cuts, closing on 14th June 1965. The viaduct is now in private ownership, but still acts as a vehicular route across the loch to connect dwellings on the west side with the main road. For this purpose the waybeams have been renewed.

Tags: Bridge Steel Fence Architecture Rust Viaduct Loch ken

Voters: Philip_H, woolybill1, mike9005 and 19 more

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woolybill1 Plus
14 37 77 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2019 9:43PM
I really enjoyed both studying the photograph and reading the history. The tones of both landscape and structure - particularly the rust! - look completely felicitous for a damp day towards the end of winter.
Not far from here stands a strong railway bridge of similar vintage and construction, although single-spanned; long disused since falling into disuse some forty years ago, it has been repainted a couple of times and is much used by pedestrians and cyclists, forming a section of the coast-to-coast cycle route. Despite the rust and the wooden waybeams the Loch Ken viaduct simply radiates more character!
A most pleasing portrayal.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
19 Dec 2019 10:18PM
And and soon there may be a bridge back to Donaghadee? And pigs might fly!! Great to read the history 😁
19 Dec 2019 11:35PM
nice shot!

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