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Drybridge, Old Highland Railway Bridge

A Category C Listed Building in Rathven, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6504 / 57°39'1"N

Longitude: -2.9483 / 2°56'53"W

OS Eastings: 343498

OS Northings: 862674

OS Grid: NJ434626

Mapcode National: GBR M82H.Q3Z

Mapcode Global: WH7KJ.PY7Z

Entry Name: Drybridge, Old Highland Railway Bridge

Listing Date: 26 April 2005

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397991

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50114

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Rathven

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Keith and Cullen

Traditional County: Banffshire

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Description

Between 1882 and 1884. Single segmental-skew-arched railway bridge carrying Highland Railway's former Keith to Portessie line over road at Drybridge village. Narrow pieces of squared rubble with large squared quoins, flat-coped parapet and swept approaches. Large bull-faced voussoirs and quoins. Slightly stepped in at arched centre.

Statement of Interest

This is the last surviving of three 'old Heilan Line' railway bridges formerly belonging to the village of Drybridge, and one of very few remaining along the length of the line. The construction of skew bridges always required highly skilful engineering. It is of particular interest for its location, at the gateway to the village, spanning the road just a few yards from the centre of Drybridge, framing the settlement. Work began on the Keith to Portessie line of the Highland Railway on 7th November, 1882 and the branch opened on 1st August, 1884. Wartime economies led to closure of the line on 9 August 1915, and in 1917 the track between Aultmore (to the south) and Portessie (to the north) was requisitioned by the Admiralty. The GNSR re-opened the north and south sections of line by 1919, but the Aultmore to Portessie section (passing through Drybridge) was never re-opened and the track was again removed during 1937. Drybridge Station and platform, built in 1885, were both of timber construction.

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