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This bridge is noted for its amazing 350 foot clear span, which while not record-breaking, was nevertheless a notable achievement for a clear-span truss at this period in history. The impressive appearance of this bridge is enhanced by its heavy truss members, which are contrasted by the graceful curve of the bowstring design.
In UK/European vernacular, the approach spans for this bridge are often referred to as lattice girders, although it does not feature a dense lattice web like that found on a traditional lattice girder like the Koblenz Bridge. In American vernacular, these approach spans would be classified as a Howe pony truss. They would be considered a Howe rather than a Double-Intersection Warren because the diagonal members pointing to the top and center of the spans are the heavier members (two pairs of angle with lattice), with counter members being two simple plates/bars.
This bridge has today been converted for pedestrian use. The bridge is an impressive structure that is worth the walk to.
Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings
Listed At: Category B
Historic Environment Scotland Number: LB14873
Statement of Special Interest
Built by Blaikie Bros, Aberdeen, in 1886 for the
Great North of Scotland Railway between Elgin and the Banffshire coast,
to a design by Patrick Barnett, this is an awe-inspiring iron structure
thrust between river and sky.
This viaduct, built from 1883-86, was constructed to
carry the Moray Coast Railway, part of the Great North of Scotland
Railway, over the Spey and its floodplain 1 mile south of the coast. The
river crossing was initially conceived as three separate bridges
spanning the disparate channels, but it was decided to divert the river
into a single channel to be crossed on a viaduct with embankment
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