This enormous concrete arch bridge is significant for its age and length, and was made famous in the Harry Potter movies. Constructed in 1901 it is an early concrete arch bridge, and its size would have made it a major engineering achievement in concrete construction at the time it was built. The concrete is unreinforced.
Above: On-bridge view, courtesy Wikipedia.
Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings
Listed At: Category A
Historic Environment Scotland Number: LB310
Opened 1901; long 21 arched concrete viaduct built on curve. Thicker pylons flank centre portion of continuous semi-circular arch rings. 416 yards (380 m) long.
Statement of Special Interest
The longest concrete viaduct in Scotland. West Highland Extension Railway opened from Ft William to Mallaig in 1901.
(Location cited as NM 910 813). Glenfinnan Viaduct,
opened 1901 by the West Highland Extension Rly. A magnificent 21-span
curved viaduct, with semicircular arches, constructed of mass concrete.
The longest concrete railway bridge in Scotland, at 416 yds (380m) long.
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