West Highland Line closed for track and bridge work

OCTOBER 5-13 saw the West Highland Line closed for essential repairs to track and structures between Crianlarich and Fort William. 

During the week-long line closure, engineers worked around-the-clock to refurbish and repaint bridges near Spean Bridge and Corrour, and renew drainage systems between Tyndrum Upper and Bridge of Orchy. 

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The well-known Auch Viaduct, on the Horseshoe Curve, near Bridge of Orchy, also had its track lifted so the timber deck could be renewed and metalwork repaired and repainted.

A drone’s eye view of engineering work on Auch Viaduct, near Bridge of Orchy, on the West Highland Line. NETWORK RAIL 

The isolated locations, complexity and volume of the engineering work required, and the heavy machinery involved, meant the upgrades could not be delivered without a short-term closure of the line.

Read more News and Features in the November 2019 issue of The Railway Magazine –on sale now!

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