NM9081 : Glenfinnan Viaduct, 1965

taken 54 years ago, near to Glenfinnan, Highland, Great Britain

Glenfinnan Viaduct, 1965
Glenfinnan Viaduct, 1965
Seen from the morning train from Mallaig. The viaduct is Listed Category A.
Glenfinnan viaduct
The Glenfinnan viaduct carries the West Highland Line over the River Finnan, near the head of Loch Shiel. It was built at the end of the 19th Century.

The viaduct, built on a curve, is formed of 21 arches. It is built from concrete, a very early use of this material and a notable feat of engineering at the time.

The viaduct is one of the scenic highlights of the train journey from Fort William to Mallaig, giving views over the Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Shiel. As well as local diesel trains operated by ScotRail, the "Jacobite" steam trains operate across the viaduct during the summer months.

Glenfinnan viaduct has featured in a number of films, notably the Harry Potter series, and also on Scottish banknotes.

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West Highland Line
The West Highland Line is considered the most scenic railway line in Britain, linking the ports of Mallaig and Oban on the west coast of Scotland to Glasgow.
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Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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NM9081, 75 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
September 1965   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 21 May, 2019
Geographical Context
Uplands  Railways 
Building Material (from Tags)
Concrete 
Railway (from Tags)
Mallaig Extension 
Listed Building (from Tags)
Category A 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 9092 8133 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:52.5662N 5:25.9633W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 9111 8129
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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