Moncrieffe Tunnel

(Friarton Tunnel)

A railway tunnel, also known as the Friarton Tunnel, which brings the railway beneath the eastern section of the Gask Ridge and into Perth. Moncrieffe Tunnel was constructed by the Scottish Central Railway Company and opened on 23rd May 1848. At 1220 yards (1.115 km) in length, this is the longest railway tunnel in northern Scotland. The Edinburgh line joins the railway from Glasgow and Stirling at Hilton Junction, a short distance southwest of the tunnel's southern portal. Three brick-lined air shafts emerge on the eastern slopes of Friarton and Burden Hills; these were once vital to ventilate steam and smoke from the tunnel. The tunnel was partially relined 1902-3 without the cessation of train services. It was bombed by a German aeroplane in 1940. More recently, the Craigend Interchange was constructed above the tunnel.

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