NM9134 : Connel Bridge - 1981

taken 37 years ago, near to Connel, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Connel Bridge - 1981
Connel Bridge - 1981
Connel Bridge is a cantilever bridge that spans Loch Etive at Connel in Scotland. The bridge takes the A828 road across the narrowest part of the loch, at the Falls of Lora.
Connel Bridge, completed in 1903, has a span of 150m, at an elevation of 15m above the water level. The approach viaducts on each side of the bridge both comprise three masonry arches.
Originally, the bridge carried just the railway (a single track). In 1909, however, an additional train service started running between Connel Ferry station and Benderloch on which road vehicles could be transported over the bridge. A single car was carried on a wagon hauled by a charabanc that had been adapted to run on rails at St. Rollox railway works in Glasgow. This service also called at North Connel station at the north end of the bridge.
In 1914, a roadway was added to the bridge, alongside the railway line. The road occupied the western side of the bridge, with the railway running parallel immediately to the east. Due to the close proximity of road and railway, road traffic and trains were not permitted on the bridge at the same time and the bridge was effectively operated as an extended level crossing with gates. The road crossed to the opposite side of the railway at the north end of the bridge. A toll was payable by road users.
After the branch line closed in 1966, the bridge was converted for the exclusive use of road vehicles and pedestrians, and the toll was removed. Despite the railway track having been removed, the roadway is not wide enough for vehicles to pass. Traffic lights are installed at each end of the bridge to enforce one-way traffic.
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NM9134, 224 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
August 1981   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 10 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Roads, Road transport  Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 9116 3451 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:27.3804N 5:23.4497W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 9125 3485
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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