Banavie Railway Swing Bridge

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Banavie Railway Swing Bridge
Train crossing bridge at Banavie - - 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
Fabrication byAlex Findlay & Co.

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


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]


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]


  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". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Caledonian Canal, Swing Bridge (Railway), Banavie". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ Google (1 January 2015). "Banavie Railway Swing Bridge" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 1 January 2015.