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Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders

Date 2007

Event ID 589761

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Publication Account


The Newbattle or Dalhousie Viaduct is a 23-span masonry viaduct with brick arch rings on the North British Edinburgh & Hawick Railway, passing about 80 ft above the South Esk.. It was completed in 1847 and has 14 spans of 39 ft, seven of 38 ft, one of 44 ft and one of 43 ft 10 in., the easternmost over the A7 road being a skew arch. The brick arch rings are characteristic of Miller’s practice. The line closed in 1972 but plans are now being made to re-open it to Hawick. It replaced a unique 24- span cast-iron pointed arch and timber viaduct designed by John Williamson in 1830 and opened on 21 January 1832.

R Paxton and J Shipway 2007

Reproduced from 'Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders' with kind permission of Thomas Telford Publishers.

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