Bridges On The Tweed


One of two major railway viaducts crossing the Tweed (the other being at Berwick), this bridge is no longer in use. Built for the Berwickshire Railway it carried a single track railway on the branch line from St Boswells (on the old Waverley Line) to Duns and Reston in east Berwickshire. It later became part of the North British Railway, the LNER and British Railways Scottish Region. As a result of severe flooding in August 1948 the line was severed and this section of the line was finally closed in 1965.

Charles Jopp, Wylie and Peddie built the viaduct. It has brick arches and piers, abutments and walls of dressed red sandstone and each span measures almost 43 feet (13.1 metres) at a height from the river of 116 feet (35.5 metres). It has been open as a walkway since 1994 following repairs by Church Conservation Ltd. Category A listed.

 Leaderfoot Viaduct Facts

Constructed - 1865
Type - 19 arch, sandstone, brick abutments, pier and walls.
Position: Leaderfoot, near Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland.
Grid Ref: NT 574 347
 Leaderfoot Viaduct

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