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Glenesk Railway Viaduct

A Category A Listed Building in Dalkeith, Midlothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8926 / 55°53'33"N

Longitude: -3.0829 / 3°4'58"W

OS Eastings: 332372

OS Northings: 667136

OS Grid: NT323671

Mapcode National: GBR 60X9.CJ

Mapcode Global: WH6T1.M550

Entry Name: Glenesk Railway Viaduct

Listing Date: 22 January 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332050

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1445

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dalkeith

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian East

Parish: Dalkeith

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

James Jardine, 1829-31. Railway bridge, on N-S axis.

Single span with semicircular arch. Channelled bull-faced ashlar. Smooth ashlar channelled voussoirs. Railway track removed.

Statement of Interest

Glenesk Viaduct (also known as Glen Arch) spans River North Esk. It

was built for the Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway. It was later widened by the addition of steel walkways, and a steel frame inserted in the arch in 1968 to secure it against possible mining subsidence. The line was closed in 1969. The steel work was removed during a programme of consolidation completed in 1993. The view formerly held that the bridge was an 1847 replacement of an earlier timber structure has been dscredited by

Mr Paxton's research, which identified it as one of the earliest major railway bridges in Scotland. Upgraded B to A January 1994.

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