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TITLE
Ness Viaduct, being rebuilt in 1990
EXTERNAL ID
PC_HRS_STATIONS_001_819
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
9 April 1990
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
JRH Cormack
SOURCE
Highland Railway Society
ASSET ID
27527
KEYWORDS
Highland Railway
HR

Ness Viaduct, being rebuilt in 1990

Ness Viaduct, being rebuilt in 1990.

The Inverness & Nairn Railway first opened a station in Inverness on 7 November 1855 and it developed to become the railway centre of the Highlands with routes radiating south to Perth and beyond; east to Aberdeen, west to Kyle of Lochalsh and north to Wick. It is still open.

The 'Far North line' curves sharply on leaving Inverness Station and then crosses the River Ness, the only rail connection to the far north of Scotland. The original bridge was a series of five stone arches, built in 1862 and it collapsed during flooding in February 1989. At the time of the collapse, all the locomotives for the northern line were in the Inverness depot. So one locomotive was carried on a flatbed truck over the neighbouring Waterloo Bridge, set on the rails, and resumed partial service. The new Ness Viaduct, shown in the photograph, was built in 1989 and is a, monolithic beam railway bridge, it was prefabricated and erected in very quickly to restore full rail service to the North.

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Ness Viaduct, being rebuilt in 1990

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1990s

Highland Railway; HR;

Highland Railway Society

Highland Railway Society - Stations

Ness Viaduct, being rebuilt in 1990.<br /> <br /> The Inverness & Nairn Railway first opened a station in Inverness on 7 November 1855 and it developed to become the railway centre of the Highlands with routes radiating south to Perth and beyond; east to Aberdeen, west to Kyle of Lochalsh and north to Wick. It is still open.<br /> <br /> The 'Far North line' curves sharply on leaving Inverness Station and then crosses the River Ness, the only rail connection to the far north of Scotland. The original bridge was a series of five stone arches, built in 1862 and it collapsed during flooding in February 1989. At the time of the collapse, all the locomotives for the northern line were in the Inverness depot. So one locomotive was carried on a flatbed truck over the neighbouring Waterloo Bridge, set on the rails, and resumed partial service. The new Ness Viaduct, shown in the photograph, was built in 1989 and is a, monolithic beam railway bridge, it was prefabricated and erected in very quickly to restore full rail service to the North.