CRAIGMORE VIADUCT

Steam train on the Craigmore Viaduct, Northern Ireland.

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The Craigmore Viaduct is a railway bridge at Bessbrook newr Newry in  County Armagh, Northern Ireland, locally known as the 18 Arches.
The bridge was designed by John Benjamin Macneill, an eminent Irish civil engineer, with construction beginning in 1849 for the Dublin and Belfast Junction Railway. The bridge was formally opened in 1852. It spans the valley of Camlough River. The viaduct consists of 18 arches of 60ft span, the highest being 126ft, making Craigmore the highest viaduct in Ireland. It is around a quarter of a mile long and was constructed from granite stone blocks from the nearby Goraghwood quarry near Goraghwood station, which for many years supplied ballast to the Dublin & Belfast Junction Railway’s lines. The Dublin-Belfast railway line crosses the bridge.

From 1885 to 1948, the Bessbrook and Newry Tramway ran under the viaduct.

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Weight 50 g
Dimensions 400 × 50 × 15 mm
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