Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch
|Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch|
The Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway was promoted by the Caledonian Railway, using the provisions of the 1896 Light Railways Act. It opened to traffic between Elvanfoot and Leadhills on 1 October 1901, with the remaining section to Wanlockhead on 19 September 1902.
A significant viaduct on the line (Rispin Cleugh viaduct) was built by Sir Robert McAlpine. It was built from concrete and was clad with terracotta bricks to improve its appearance. It was demolished with explosives in 1991 as the terracotta bricks were falling off.
The narrow gauge Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway, which is also a light railway, has been built on the track formation, west from Leadhills. Some terracotta bricks from the demolished viaduct were used to clad a signal box at Leadhills station.
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