Peebles To Symington Junction Railway, Neidpath Viaduct

Railway Viaduct

Site Name Peebles To Symington Junction Railway, Neidpath Viaduct

Classification Railway Viaduct

Alternative Name(s) River Tweed; Peebles, Neidpath Viaduct

Canmore ID 131260

Site Number NT24SW 80

NGR NT 23283 40195

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Peebles
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Tweeddale
  • Former County Peebles-shire

Archaeology Notes

23283 40195

For associated railway tunnel (adjacent to E), see

Not to be confused with nearby Lyne Viaduct (NT 20946 40006), for which see

(Location cited as NT 233 4020) Viaduct, Neidpath, opened 1864 by the Symington, Biggar and Broughton Rly. A superb seven-span curved skew viaduct in a magnificent setting. The construction is similar to that at Lyne Station ( ).

J R Hume 1976.

Neidpath Viaduct. This very handsome structure remains extant, and crosses 32ft [9.8m] above the River Tweed on eight ashlar skew arches, each ofg 32ft 6ins [9.9m] span. The curve of the line at this point had a radius of 440yds [402.4,]. Cast-iron railings topped the bridge, and signal cables ran along the parapets.

The bridge was designed by Robert Murray (who lived in Peebles, at Damdale) and George Cunningham (Consultant Engineer to the Caledonian Rly).

R Marshall 2005.

This viaduct formerly carried the Symington-Peebles branch line of the Caledonian Rly over the River Tweed to the SW of Neidpath Castle ( ). This line closed to regular passenger traffic on 5 June 1950.

The location assigned to this record defines the centre of the structure. Map evidence indicates that it extends from NT c. 23240 40159 to c. 23326 40214.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 26 January 2006.

G Daniels and L Dench 1980.

Site Management (3 November 2011)

Opened 1864 for the Caledonian Railway. Skewed 8-span former railway viaduct crossing the River Tweed. Rock-faced ashlar spandrels and voussoirs. Low stone parapets with cast-iron intermediate parapets. Originally this viaduct carried the railway line to Symington, Biggar & Broughton. As this viaduct was sited to the west of Peebles, it was built and owned by the Caledonian Railway. The Bridge was known as the "Queen's Bridge" and formed part of the main Glasgow-Carlisle line. Originally, a line had been proposed by the Caledonian Railway in 1846 but had met with fierce opposition in Parliament by the North British Railway (who ran the line to the East of Peebles). Subsequently the line was delayed until permission was granted to the Syminton Biggar and Broughton Railway (who had been funded by the Caledonian Company) to construct it. By the time the line was opened, the SB & B Railway had been absorbed into the larger Caledonian Railway. The architect of the bridge is said to have carved a rough builder's model from a turnip. The viaduct remained in use until the early 1960s although the passenger service ended in June 1950. The viaduct now forms part of a Peebles town walk. Listed due to its fine masonry, ironwork and its unusual skew plan. (Historic Scotland)

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