NT5734 : Leaderfoot Viaduct

taken 4 years ago, near to Newstead, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

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Leaderfoot Viaduct
Leaderfoot Viaduct
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.

River Tweed

The River Tweed is 97 miles long and flows generally west to east through the Scottish borders. It rises at Tweedsmuir and passes through small towns like Peebles, Selkirk, Melrose, Galashields and Kelso, before entering the North Sea at Berwick on Tweed.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 29 April, 2018   (more nearby)
Saturday, 5 May, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
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Railway Viaduct 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 573 347 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:36.2475N 2:40.6808W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 575 346
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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