Friday, 3 May 2013

Glenfinnan Viaduct and Jocobite Steam Train, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Lochaber, Scotland. It was built between July 1897 and October 1898. Located at the top of  Loch Shiel in the West  Highlands of Scotland, the viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan  Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel. The 21- arch single track viaduct was one of the largest engineering undertakings using concrete without reinforcing when it was built.  The viaduct consists of 21 arches, each spanning 15m and has a maximum height of 30m offering spectacular views down Lochaber’s Loch Shiel.

The Jocobite steam train has a regular service on the railway line over the viaduct. The Jacobite is a steam locomotive hauled tourist train service that operates over part of the West Highland Railway Line. It has been operating under various names and with different operators every summer since 1984. It has played an important role in sustaining a scenic but otherwise remote and unprofitable route.

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