When we think about the UK and bridges, the first ones that come to mind are the historic bridges in large cities, like London. With Tower Bridge, Waterloo at Big Ben or even the Chelsea Bridge, these Thames River structures are an average of about a century old and are still in great shape as they continue to carry traffic and attract many tourists and bridgehunters. But while other cities like Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and the Humber region also have unique structures to cross and visit, one of the aspects that one pays little attention to are the railroad viaducts. Made of brick and many being almost two centuries old, these viaducts are more than 1000 feet long with some having been out of service for many years. There are others that still serve rail traffic but with some modifications in order for them to continue service. In this guest column, written by the column The Beauty of Transport, the author focuses on some of the viaducts that either are still in service or have been converted to pedestrian and bike paths thanks to investments. In addition, he directly points out how the viaducts have garnered some tourism and because of the increasing interest, he provides some information on the whereabouts of these giant “dinosaur-like” structures. Have a look at the summary, click on the link below and enjoy the text and the semi-tour guide of these wonders of Britain.
It’s an opportune time to be thinking about railway viaducts, those great monuments to rail travel. Other than the biggest stations, viaducts are perhaps the largest and most noticeable structures the railway industry has imposed on the landscape. As stations tend to be in towns, while viaducts are often found in remote countryside areas, their […]