The first bridge of the day was Bridge of Carron, which spans the River Spey some way south of Aberlour.
This was built in 1863 by McKinnon and Co Engineers of Aberdeen, to carry the Strathspey railway line. As built, it carried one rail track alongside a single lane highway. It has been described as the last cast-iron bridge to carry railway traffic in Scotland, although I am always sceptical of such claims. It is Listed, category A.
Spanning roughly 150 feet, it is clearly the descendant of Thomas Telford's cast iron bridges, with large cast iron ribs surmounted by X-braced spandrels. Telford's Craigellachie Bridge, which is not far from here, has a similar span although a slightly different spandrel bracing arrangement.
The Bridge at Carron has three arch ribs, each in seven sections. There are two small side arches built in masonry.
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- Scottish Highland Bridges
- Moray SMR
- British Listed Buildings
- Highland Bridges (Nelson, 1990)
- British Railway Bridges and Viaducts (Smith, 1994)
- Civil Engineering Heritage - Scotland Highlands and Islands (Paxton and Shipway, 2007)
- An Encyclopaedia of Britain's Bridges (McFetrich, 2010)