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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

The Viaduct


Viaducts are fascinating structures and we are blessed with many examples in the UK, some around 200 years old. Among the more famous are the Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Line and the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the UK's first, mass concrete viaduct, on Scotland's West Highland Line. The 82-arch Harringworth Viaduct in England's smallest county, Rutland, is the UK's longest masonry viaduct at 1,166 metres. This post, 17 March 2020 features a jigsaw puzzle of a viaduct painted by Italian artist, Marcello Corti.

It shows a Viaduct with a steam-hauled freight train passing over it and a diesel locomotive beneath, on a line in the bottom corner. Both of these, train and locomotive, appear to be foreign. Also beneath, is another central line on which appears to be a rather obscure 'British' passenger train with a 4-6-0 locomotive (?) at the head. The background could easily be interpreted as a typical British landscape. 


The painting is a bit of a mystery and if anyone can 'throw some light on it' for me, please get in touch - my email address is shown at the top of the blog.