LISTEN: Tony Burgess explains how people can get involved in celebrating the bridge’s history
The Logierait Bridge Company who maintain the historic link across the Tay and the Tummel are celebrating the history of the iconic structure and are appealing to members of the public to contribute their photos and memories to mark this special occasion.
Chairman of the Logierait Bridge Company, Tony Burgess said:
“It’s twenty years since the bridge opened to the public again after it was refurbished, and we’d just like to celebrate that.
“One way we’re doing that is to put up some information boards at either side of the bridge just telling people about the history of the bridge and the railway and local area.
“As part of that we want to collect some images of the bridge.
“People have been incredibly helpful in passing those on.
“We’ve got a few already.
“If anyone has any pictures of the Logierait Bridge or anecdotes about the whole railway line we’d love to hear them, and we may include them on our boards.”
The Logierait Bridge Company’s mission is to continue to maintain the Bridge which acts as a link to the communities on either side.
Gifted to public ownership in 1991 from a local estate, the Logierait Bridge can reduce journey times to villages on the south side of the river by up to seven miles, saving local residents and businesses an estimated £100,000 a year in diversion costs.
The Logierait Bridge is the only community owned ex-railway bridge in the country and its continued maintenance is supported through subscriptions paid by local residents and businesses to ensure the continued existence of the bridge as a resource.
Mr Burgess added:
“The branch line to Aberfeldy – although it opened a couple of years after the main line from Dunkeld to Pitlochry had opened – it was always planned to be built.
“It was always intended to be there.
“Having to cross both the Tay and the Tummel added considerably to the cost of that branch line and the bridge itself cost about £13,000 which is about £1.7million now.”
For more information or to contribute your images or memories of the Logierait Bridge, please visit their website at: http://www.logieraitbridge.com/