Posted on 06/09/2013

Photo taken on August 16, 2012

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Motray Viaduct

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Motray Viaduct

Motray Viaduct
Guardbridge seems to present all it's bridges in twos. There are road two bridges over the Eden, one old and one new. There are two road bridges over the Motray Water, again one old and one new. If you know where to look, there are also two sets of railway bridge remnants. The one that most people will be aware of crosses the Eden alongside the A91 bridge and the Guard Bridge. However, if you know where to look, there's a second set of railway viaduct remnants across the Motray Water. Judging by the pillar types, I'd say these viaducts would have looked the same when they were in use. You can see some photos of the viaduct over the Eden here.

The Motray Water is an interesting one when it comes to railways. The East Coast Mainline crosses it just to the left of the panorama and it's course then follows said railway as far as it's former junction with the North Fife line (the one that passes through Kilmany). The North Fife Railway then follows the course of the Motray Water, crossing it many times until they finally depart just beyond Luthrie.

I believe the viaduct here and across the Eden were designed by Thomas Bouch, who also designed the original Tay Rail Bridge. His story was quite a tragic one really. His mark on east coast infrastructure has either fallen down, been replaced or dismantled.