Shin Railway Viaduct

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Shin Railway Viaduct
Ross-shire, Sutherland
Invershin Viaduct - - 1446850.jpg
Carrying: Far North Line
Crossing: Kyle of Sutherland
Location: 57°55’26"N, 4°24’4"W
Main span: 230 ft
Built 1868

The Shin Railway Viaduct (also known as the Invershin Viaduct or Oykel Viaduct) is a railway viaduct that crosses the Kyle of Sutherland, connecting Ross-shire to Sutherland. The viaduct carries the Far North Line between Inverness and Wick and Thurso.[1] Invershin railway station is at the north-eastern end of the viaduct, while Culrain railway station is a short distance to the south.


It was built for the Sutherland Railway by engineers Joseph Mitchell and Murdoch Paterson.[2]

The railway opened to traffic on 13 April 1868.[3]


It crosses the river with a single 230-ft span, 20 ft longer than that used at the Dalguise Viaduct by Mitchell four years earlier.[1] The deck which carries the track sits on top of rather than between the truss girders.[1] There are two semicircular stone arches in the approach viaduct to the south, and three to the north.[2]

A footbridge was added to the northern side of the viaduct in 2000. This is now part of National Cycle Network Route 1.


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