NJ0124 : Bridge near Boat of Ballifurth

taken 7 months ago, near to Craggan, Highland, Great Britain

Bridge near Boat of Ballifurth
Bridge near Boat of Ballifurth
The bridge carries the access road to Boat of Balliefurth over the trackbed of the Strathspey Railway, now part of the Speyside Way. As its name implies, there was a ferry across the River Spey at Boat of Ballifurth.
Speyside Way
The Speyside Way is a long-distance path linking Buckie on the Moray Coast to Aviemore in Strathspey.
The official Speyside Way web site at LinkExternal link has more information, not all of it accurate and some of it getting out of date.
Beware a similar-sounding unofficial web site ending in .org that contains inaccurate information but tends to come up in search engines well ahead of the official one!
Strathspey Railway
The Strathspey Railway ran from Dufftown to Aviemore, mostly alongside the River Spey.

It was supported by the Great North of Scotland Railway, who subscribed 100,000 towards it as well as guaranteeing its debentures, principal and interest.

The idea of such a railway was mooted in about 1860, and a Bill was presented to Parliament for its construction. The Bill received its third reading in the House of Commons on 21 March 1861, its second reading in the House of Lords on 22 April 1861, and the Royal Assent on 17 May 1861.

The line was to meet the Keith and Dufftown Railway at Dufftown and connect at Craigellachie with the Morayshire Railway.

Work had commenced by December 1861. From November 1862, tenders were invited for the construction of stations along the route.

Construction went well until April 1863, when three men were killed in two separate accidents. Angus McQueen, 45, from Skye died when, misunderstanding a warning from a colleague in another waggon, he leapt from his waggon and was crushed beneath its wheels. William Watson, 43, from Perthshire, and James Lemon, 26, from King Edward, died when they were trapped by a fall of earth in a cutting at Knockando. A third man, Angus McKay, from Skye, was injured but survived.

The Strathspey line, and the viaduct at Dandaleith linking it to the Morayshire line, were completed in June 1863, and an opening celebration was held on Thursday 27 July 1863, when a train carrying directors, shareholders, contractors and friends ran the 34 miles from Dufftown to Abernethy, where a banquet, accompanied by many speeches, was held in an engine shed, before the train took the passengers back to Elgin, Aberdeen or intermediate points.

In 1866 the Strathspey Railway became part of the Great North of Scotland Railway network.

Two new bridges were built near Nethy Bridge, one over the River Nethy and one over the River Spey, to connect the Strathspey Railway to the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway (later Highland Railway).

The line continued to serve Speyside until 1965, when it became one of many victims of Dr Beeching's cuts. Freight services continued until 1968.

In the 1980s the sections of the line between Dufftown and Ballindalloch were incorporated into the Speyside Way long distance path. South of Ballindalloch, most of the landowners exercised their entitlement to take the railway land back into their own possession when the railway no longer required it, so it was a couple of decades before the route of the Speyside Way to Grantown-on-Spey, and later to Aviemore, could be developed.

Note that the present-day heritage railway from Aviemore to Boat of Garten, which uses the name Strathspey Railway LinkExternal link does not in fact run over any part of the original Strathspey Railway which is described in this article.
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Date Taken
Monday, 5 November, 2018   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 6 November, 2018
Geographical Context
Paths  Roads, Road transport  Railways  Woodland, Forest 
Long Distance Footpath (from Tags)
Speyside Way 
Long Distance Path (from Tags)
Speyside Way 
Railway (from Tags)
Strathspey Railway 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 0188 2436 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:17.9551N 3:37.7987W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 0180 2431
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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