Almond Valley Viaduct - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
The impressive Almond Valley Viaduct in Newbridge, which is just outside Edinburgh.On the viaduct runs the Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line.
Almond Valley Viaduct - FURTHER INFORMATION
Almond Valley Viaduct - Edinburgh visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Almond Valley Viaduct' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Lothian.
The Almond Valley Viaduct is a Category A listed building in Scotland. The railway viaduct was built in between 1839-41 by John Gibb and Son of Aberdeen for the the Edinburgh to Glasgow and opened in 1842. The viaduct carries the railway over the River Almond near Newbridge and is known locally as 'The Arches' or, sometimes, 'Ratho Viaduct'.
Almond Valley Viaduct is the longest structure on the Edinburgh-Glasgow railway. It has two parts, separated by an embankment. The eastern section has 36 segmental masonry arches each with a span of 15.2m. The western section has only 6 arches. In 1988 the pillars were reinforced with steel bands made of old rails to allow trains to cross over at increased speeds.
This picture was taken relatively close to the eastern section of the viaduct. A second Almond Valley Viaduct panorama shows the section from further away, revealing more arches.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Road: Just north of the M8 / M9 juction, at the Newbridge roundabout take the 2nd exit (A89 for Broxburn), the viaduct is on your left about 3/4 of a mile farther on.