New bridge at Bridge of Dun

A FOUR-year project to re-erect a Victorian footbridge on the Caledonian Railway has been completed.

Dating back to 1895, the bridge was erected by the original Caledonian Railway at Dunblane station and was the second footbridge on the site. With its attractive lattice-work and decorative piers it is an unusual survivor, particularly with its covered deck and graceful segmental arch.

Barclay 0-4-0ST No. 1863 of 1926 beneath the former Dunblane footbridge. CR

The bridge survived in use at Dunblane, relatively unaltered, for over a century until the current Caledonian Railway, a four-mile heritage railway running from Brechin to Bridge of Dun, was approached by Network Rail in 2012.

Network Rail was in the process of upgrading access at the listed Dunblane station and was keen to explore the possibility of relocating the bridge to allow improved access and also improve clearance for potential electrification.

A site close to the location of the original footbridge at Bridge of Dun station was identified as suitable and with the agreement of the appropriate planning authorities work commenced.

The bridge was dismantled and refurbished by the expert team of Millar Callaghan Engineering Ltd in Irvine. And following groundwork by Story Contracting. the bridge was finally erected on March 27.

An official opening is planned for later in the year.

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