Paul D Firth provided some additional information about this bridge. The name Orton refers to the name of the estate on the right-hand side of the railway as you head towards Elgin after having passed over the bridge. More information is available at this website.
This bridge sits on the site of a former railway bridge, with the approach system dating to this 1858 structure. The main span dates to 1906 and it replaced a plate girder bridge.
Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings
Listed At: Category B
Historic Environment Scotland Number: LB15849
Joseph Mitchell, 1858. Viaduct comprising steel lattice- girder (1906, replacing former plate-girder bridge) with 6-span approach at W bank, single span at E bank. Tooled ashlar, some bull-faced ashlar dressings. W bank: 3 wide and 3 narrower rusticated and keystoned arch rings, the wider close to river bank and supported by bull-faced ashlar cutwaters. E bank: single arch ring borne on bull-faced cutwaters. Panelled pilastered end abutments. String courses; ashlar copes. Approximate span; steel girder bridge; 250'. Approximate overall span; 635'.
Statement of Special Interest
Viaduct first constructed with plate-girder span which was replaced in 1906 with present bridge. Plaque (1905) records Messrs Head Wrightson of Thornaby-on-Tees as contractors, William Roberts, Engineer and William Whitelaw, Chairman, Highland Railway. Also known as spey (orten) viaduct.
Information From Moray SMR:
First constructed in 1858 by Joseph Mitchell with a
plate girder span, which was replaced in 1906 by the present steel
lattice girder span. A plaque from 1905 records Messrs Head Wrightson of
Thornaby-on-Tees as contractors for the later span, with William
Roberts, Engineer and William Whitelaw, Chairman, Highland Railway. The
viaduct is constructed from tooled ashlar, with some bull-faced ashlar
dressings. There is a 6 span approach at the West bank, and single
approach span at the East bank. The West bank has 3 wide and 3 narrower
rusticated and keystoned arch rings, the wider spans are close to the
river bank, and are supported by bull-faced ashlar cutwaters. The East
bank has a single arch ring, borne on bull-faced cutwaters. There are
panelled pilastered end abutments, as well as string courses and ashlar
copes. The approximate span of the steel girder bridge section is 250
feet (76 metres), and the overall span of the viaduct is 635 feet (194
metres). It is also known as the Spey (Orten) viaduct.
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