Posted on 06/09/2013

Photo taken on July 31, 2012

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Scottish Midland Junction Railway
River Tay
Perth & Kinross
dismantled railway
Cargill Viaduct

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Cargill Viaduct

Cargill Viaduct
The Cargill Viaduct spans the Tay between Perth and Blairgowrie and used to be part of the Scottish Midland Junction Railway which linked Perth with Coupar Angus, Forfar and Montrose. This route provided an alternative to going via Dundee whilst linking some significant settlements together and this viaduct formed the centrepiece of the railway (it's pretty much the only significant structure I can think of on the line).

Unfortunately, this viaduct has just been left to rust away. I'd imagine that this viaduct could quite easily host a useful footpath but for whatever reason (flawed policy) the viaduct has palisade fences across both ends to prevent access.

This was one of the first viaducts I visited that had the palisade curse on it so naturally, I was a little peeved that I couldn't properly photograph it and walk across. However, I've come find many viaducts that have suffered a similar and arguably pointless fate. I believe the reason for fencing off old viaducts like this is so that whoever owns them isn't liable for any morons that fall off or trip over their own shoe laces. Quite frankly, if I choose to walk over an old bridge or explore an abandoned tunnel, if anything happens to me, it's entirely my own fault for going there in the first place.