Caledonian (or New) Railway Bridge. Glasgow, 1899-1905. As one of its names suggests, this was not the first bridge for the Caledonian Railway Company here. It was built to supplement and harmonise with the older bridge of 1876-78, which had carried the original tracks over the Clyde at Broomielaw, to and from the adjacent Glasgow Central Station. Again it was constructed by Sir William Arrol & Co., this time for engineer-in-chief/architect Donald Alexander Matheson (1860-1935), and in co-operation with the firm of Miller and Mason. John Woolfe Barry was the Consulting Engineer. The Canmore site describes it as being "of much more substantial steel construction [than the earlier bridge, since demolished], on granite piers, each of which is founded on five steel caissons." It carries ten tracks.

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