The viaduct

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Why was it built?

The line had to take

a one hundred and eighty

degree turn to evade

the Duke of Northumberland’s

estate. The price:

a tunnel, and a viaduct


crossing the Edlingham Burn.

Blast those shooting parties!

No matter: the navvies

set to work. The curve adds

to its Grade II listed beauty.

It appears much shorter

than from below


and closed to passengers

almost a century ago.

A sign says Private:

No Right of Way. I take snaps,

trudge across it anyway,

think of locos passing

over with two coaches


or a lengthy goods train,

steam clouds over the burn.

                       Just imagine!

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 17th Feb 2023 11:40

Ah!! The city and the countryside! Vive la difference!

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Fri 17th Feb 2023 11:31

I wonder if ordinary peoples'( those not dukes etc ) reactions to the building of such viaducts smack bang in the middle of what we now regard as "the countryside" was ever as negative as say mine and others' reactions to what I regard as an horrific monstrosity proposed for London's Liverpool Street station in 2025?

Is there something about the shape of such viaducts that makes them sympathetic or even eco-friendly to our modern sensibilities?

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Greg Freeman

Mon 13th Feb 2023 17:04

Very kind of you to comment, Graham. That picture was taken on a beautiful Saturday morning. These old railway tracks are leading me a merry dance, all over north Northumberland! Thanks for the Likes, Red Brick, Hugh, Steve and Stephen.

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Graham Sherwood

Mon 13th Feb 2023 15:21

Why are today's bridges (that's bridges built anywhere) so bloody boring compared to those lovely old things of yesteryear?

I have this mental picture of you now Greg, disappearing in smoke from a steam train! Brief Encounter outdoors!! Good one and good to see you out and about in the 'north'!

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