New Bridge of Bennie

One of the remaining challenges in getting the rail track to Banchory is the Burn of Bennie, currently the original bridge that carried the track conveys the Deeside Way.

This original bridge built in the late 1800’s had masonry restoration work carried out by the RDRPS within the last 18 months. However, we can’t use this bridge for rail track until the Society has built a new bridge in parallel.

The new bridge is required to carry pedestrians, horses and vehicular traffic to continue to serve the needs of the Leys Estate and provide the new Deeside Way route.

Construction of such a bridge with the capacity to carry 8 wheeled vehicles and a load of 20 tonnes is no mean feet and had the potential to be prohibitively expensive, then along came Shell !

Shell UK offered the Society a quantity of surplus steel from the Brent Abandonment Project. The offer was made in December and representatives from the Society were able to quickly assess what was available; based on our initial assessment the massive 15.7 mtr x 900mm “I” section beams not only meet but exceed our requirements and in doing so simplifies bridge construction by taking us out of the water course.

We are most grateful for the donation from Alistair Hope and his team on the Brent Abandonment Project.



With our planning clarifications resolved we have commenced fabrication of the bridge structure off site at Echt, the pictures below show the early stages of fabrication particularly the 140mm square hollow section parapet posts that will provide the main support for the railings and 2 of the main cross beams.

With the track bed upgraded, we've turned our attention to the concrete abutments, these are significant incorporating reinforcing steel bars.

Currently we're in the bid process and hope to place a contract within the next few weeks hoping to do the construction in April after the excavated areas have had the opportunity to dry.


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Very many thanks for your help !