SCRCA structure 299090: Bridge SAC/326 - Dry Beck Viaduct (track)

SCRCA Location Introduction

Dry Beck viaduct (Bridge SAC/326) is 139 yards long, a maximum of 80 feet high, has seven arches (each with a 44 feet 4 inch span) and is constructed from red sandstone with blue brick vaulting for the arches.

It carries the Settle & Carlisle Railway across a small ephemeral stream known as 'Dry Beck', which lies in a shallow valley to the west of the River Eden. As the name suggests, the beck (stream) is dry for most of the year, but it does carry running water during periods of heavy rain and substantial snow melt.

As trains cross the viaduct, they pass between the new non-metropolitan districts of "Cumberland" (to the north) and "Westmorland and Furness" (to the south).

Dry Beck Viaduct: Aerial view from west (via drone with landowner's permission).

Key details from the Location Record

Location Type
Bridge (Viaduct)
Location Variant
Span - Arch (multiple)
Assessment status
Current Use(s)
Railway ops
Shown on a land plan?
Construction / installation period
2: MR construction phase (1869 to 31st Dec 1876)
Distance from London St.Pancras
299 miles and 9 chains
Position relative to running lines
This location is PARTIALLY visible from nearby publicly accessible land.
Accessibility (ease of access)
Protection Category
Listed, Grade II
Geographic Location
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List Entry Extract(s)

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List Entry Number (LEN) List Entry District List Entry Name
1326692 Eden (District Authority) DRYBECK VIADUCT

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