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Connel Viaduct
Oban, Argylle and Bute
associated engineer
Sir John Wolfe Barry
date  21st August 1903
era  Modern  |  category  Railway Viaduct  |  reference  NM910344
A cantilevered steel and granite masonry bridge spanning the mouth of Loch Etive and built to carry the extension of the railway from Connel Ferry Station to Ballachulish.
The underside of the deck stands 50ft above highwater and the clear span between the two main granite piers is 500ft, second in length only to the Forth Bridge at the date of construction. The massive cantilever supports, rising from a masonry pier, tied to abutments and bisected by the deck, create a visually striking series of triangles.
2,600 tons of steel were used in the construction of the bridge, which was opened on 21 August 1903 after completed load tests upward of 1,000 tons. Usage changed from rail to road over the century which followed.
Construction: Arrol's Bridge & Roof Co
reference sources   HighBr

Connel Viaduct