NT5734 : Leaderfoot Viaduct

taken 9 years ago, near to Newstead, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

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Leaderfoot Viaduct
Leaderfoot Viaduct
View along the viaduct from the south end. A barrier and barbed wire now prevent pedestrian access to the viaduct (see Link for effectively the same view in 2007)
Leaderfoot Viaduct

This handsome and slender structure was built in 1865 for the Berwickshire Railway, which became part of the North British Railway and then the London and North Eastern Railway.
Passengers services ran on the line until August 1948 when they were suspended following damage caused by the catastrophic flooding in the area. Although passenger service resumed over the eastern section of the line, only freight traffic remained until final closure in 1965.
The viaduct comprises 19 arches, each with a span of 13 metres, and the highest of which rises 37 metres above the River Tweed. Some of the southern piers have at some stage been strengthened with straps and buttresses. It is surprising that relatively short piers are involved, not the tallest ones.
Unlike many disused railway structures, it is no longer railway property, having passed into the hands of Historic Scotland who were responsible for its restoration in 1992-95.The viaduct was Listed Category B in 1971, but upgraded to Category A in 1986.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 12 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Friday, 14 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
River (from Tags)
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Railway Viaduct 
Place (from Tags)
Leaderfoot Viaduct 
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Category A 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5735 3461 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:36.1934N 2:40.7084W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 57347 34572
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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Railway Line (Dismantled) 

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