Banavie Railway Swing Bridge

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Banavie Railway Swing Bridge
Train crossing bridge at Banavie - geograph.org.uk - 1224706.jpg
Coordinates56°50′39″N 5°05′50″W / 56.844273°N 5.097086°W / 56.844273; -5.097086Coordinates: 56°50′39″N 5°05′50″W / 56.844273°N 5.097086°W / 56.844273; -5.097086
CarriesWest Highland Line
CrossesCaledonian Canal
History
Fabrication byAlex Findlay & Co.
Opened1901

The Banavie Railway Swing Bridge carries the West Highland Line across the Caledonian Canal at Banavie.

History[edit]

Construction of the extension from Mallaig Extension Railway began in January 1887, and the line opened on 1 April 1901.[1][2]

The bridge was manufactured by Alex Findlay & Co. of Motherwell.[3]

Design[edit]

The bridge is an asymmetric bow truss, with more reinforcement at the end where it is held.[4]

It is operated by hand, with a mechanism on the south side of the bridge.[3] It is adjacent to the Banavie Swing Bridge, which carries the A830 road across the canal.[5]

There is a speed limit of 5mph for trains passing over the bridge.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas 1971, pp. 177-178
  2. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 169. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. CN 8983.
  3. ^ a b "Caledonian Canal, Banavie Railway Swing Bridge". canmore.rcahms.gov.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Caledonian Canal, Swing Bridge (Railway), Banavie". kweimar.de. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ Google (1 January 2015). "Banavie Railway Swing Bridge" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 1 January 2015.

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