Shankend Viaduct

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Shankend Viaduct
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Coordinates55°20′44″N 2°45′22″W / 55.345435°N 2.756149°W / 55.345435; -2.756149
OS grid referenceNT 52144 05972
CarriesWaverley Line
CrossesLangside valley
LocaleScottish Borders
Heritage statusCategory B listed
Height18.3 metres (60 ft)
No. of spans15
Construction end1862
Opened1862 (1862)
Closed6 January 1969 (1969-01-06)

Shankend Viaduct is a former railway viaduct in the Scottish Borders just over six miles south of the town of Hawick. It is a category B listed building.[1]

It carried the Edinburgh-Carlisle main line of the North British Railway, the Waverley Line, on 15 stone arches across the shallow Langside valley and the Langside burn. It has a maximum height of 18.3 metres (60 ft) and has been extensively repaired with brick patching.[2]

The viaduct was the last section of the Waverley Line and was opened to goods traffic on 28 June 1862 and passenger traffic on 1 July 1862. The contract for the construction of the viaduct was awarded together with the nearby southern Whitrope Tunnel on the same line.

With the closure of the entire route on 6 January 1969, the viaduct became obsolete and the rails have since been removed. In the 2000s, the monument was extensively restored by BRB (Residuary) Limited.

After the successful re-opening of some of the former Waverley Line between Edinburgh and Tweedbank, there have been calls and feasibility studies into whether the entire route south to Carlisle should be re-opened. If this came to fruition, Shankend Viaduct would see trains again.[3]

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  1. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "SHANKEND VIADUCT (LB2064)". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Shankend Viaduct". Canmore. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  3. ^ Harris, Nigel, ed. (6 November 2019). "Shankend Viaduct". Rail Magazine. No. 891. Peterborough: Bauer Media. p. 40. ISSN 0953-4563.
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