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Galashiels, Galafoot, Redbridge Viaduct, Bridge 104

Railway Viaduct (19-20th Century)

Site Name Galashiels, Galafoot, Redbridge Viaduct, Bridge 104

Classification Railway Viaduct (19-20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) The Waverley Line; Edinburgh To Hawick Branch Railway; Glaswiel Pot

Canmore ID 278439

Site Number NT53NW 71.01

NGR NT 51572 35251

NGR Description From NT 51544 35263 to NT 51606 35247

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Galashiels
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Ettrick And Lauderdale
  • Former County Selkirkshire

Archaeology Notes

NT53NW 71.01 From 51544 35263 to 51606 35247

E end falls in Melrose parish

Viaduct [NAT]

OS 1:2500 map, 1972.

This viaduct formerly carried the Edinburgh - Carlisle main line of the North British Rly (the 'Waverley route') over the River Tweed to the E of Galashiels. The river here forms the boundary between the parishes of Galashiels (to the W) and Melrose (to the E).

The location assigned to this record defines the centre of the span. The available map evidence suggests that it extends from NT c. 51552 35255 to NT c. 51603 35241. The viaduct is approached along embankments on both sides; the 1972 edition of the OS 1:10,000 map depicts a massive stone abutment to the W of the stream, while the viaduct also crosses a track to the E of the river.

This portion of the Waverley route closed to regular passenger traffic on 6 January 1969.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 31 January 2006.

G Daniels and L Dench 1980.

Red sandstone railway viaduct corssing the River Tweed at the Haughead Stream. Railway carried on a three main arches in rough sandstone with a smaller fourth over a track than formerly ran to a quarry on the S side of the river. A string course runs at trackbed level.

Two cutwaters are of regular sandstone blocks.


Standing Building Recording (October 2011 - April 2012)

Situated to the east of Galashiels, Scottish Borders, this Grade B Listed

viaduct was constructed in c.1849 to cross the River Tweed for the North

British Railway and formed the first part of the line from Edinburgh to

Carlisle. Also known as the Tweed or Redbridge Viaduct, it is constructed of squared sandstone rubble with ashlar voussoirs on its segmental arches. The piers comprise rusticated sandstone with boat-shaped cutwaters on the upstream and down stream sides. The parapet is constructed of sandstone with ashlar copings.

The viaduct is approached along embankments on both sides of the river; the 1972 Ordnance Survey map depicts a massive stone abutment to the west of the stream, while the viaduct also crosses a track to the east of the river.

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