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Makemineadouble
post 7 Jul 2020, 05:21
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its certainly a wonderful panorama of our railway history.

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John Webb
post 7 Jul 2020, 08:23
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QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 7 Jul 2020, 06:21) *
its certainly a wonderful panorama of our railway history.

Today effort is Caledonian



This is a BR-commissioned print from 1956, a watercolour by Kenneth Steele of the Falls at Invermoriston, in the Great Glen. My nearest match:
Bridges of Invermoriston

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The near bridge is a 1930s-built one replacing the narrower 1813 bridge seen in the distance; the latter was built by Thomas Telford. The falls occur shortly before the River Moriston enters Lock Ness about 5.5 miles from the SW end of the Loch at Fort Augustus.

Fort Augustus was the nearest any railway reached today's location. It was the end of a branch built by local businessmen from Spean Bridge. It opened in 1903 but was a financial flop and was closed to passengers in 1933. It saw a rise in freight during WW2 in connection with timber extraction, but completely closed at the start of 1947. A short extension to a steamer pier at the end of Loch Ness, opened also in 1903 had an even shorter life, closing in 1906! The builders had hoped that it would be the start of a railway all the way up the side of Lock Ness to Inverness, but that never happened. See http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/f/fort_...tus/index.shtml for the full details.

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Makemineadouble
post Yesterday, 05:24 AM
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that book of yours is proving useful !

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QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 8 Jul 2020, 06:24) *
that book of yours is proving useful !

It's actually the website https://www.travellingartgallery.com/landsc...page/index.html which I found a week or so ago I'm looking up for assistance. They have published books in the past but they are currently out of print, alas.

QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 8 Jul 2020, 06:24) *

Watercolour by Gyrth Russell, used 1948-1955. We're looking upstream towards the Lendal Bridge from the Ouse bridge. Nearest match:
Upstream from Ouse Bridge

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How on earth they were allowed to replace the small-scale industrial buildings with the monstrosity on the left - a hotel that's been through numerous name-changes - I do not know!
The strange tall building on the left of the print seems to have gone in the redevelopment of the area. It is visible in a few pre-WWII aerial views. I've no idea what it was used for; a look at old OS maps on the National Library of Scotland website indicate it may have either been part of Rowntree's original works or a "Horse and Carriage Repository"!

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QUOTE (John Webb @ 8 Jul 2020, 09:38) *
The strange tall building on the left of the print seems to have gone in the redevelopment of the area. It is visible in a few pre-WWII aerial views. I've no idea what it was used for; a look at old OS maps on the National Library of Scotland website indicate it may have either been part of Rowntree's original works or a "Horse and Carriage Repository"!

John

A further look at aerial views show the tall building on the left of the print was Rowntree's original works before they moved out of the city centre.

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Midland Railway

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QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 9 Jul 2020, 07:43) *
Midland Railway


Print is in watercolour and ink; by Kenneth Steel* in 1951. Subject is Wolverton Viaduct, built 1838 for the London and Birmingham Railway, which later amalgamated with others to become the LNWR. Not many photos on the Geograph website, and only this one which shows the majority of the viaduct:
Wolverton Viaduct

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There are 6 arches, each of 60ft length, and span the River Great Ouse and its valley.

About a mile away an older form of mass transport also has to cross the river:
Wolverton Iron Trunk Aqueduct

© Copyright Richard Croft and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Built 1811 for the then Grand Junction Canal to replace a total of 9 locks which dropped the canal to the level of the Ouse and then the canal crossed it on the level - but boats were held up from time to time by the Ouse flooding and this led to the eventual construction of the aqueduct.

John

*Correct spelling - I gave him an incorrect extra 'e' to his surname in my post of the 7th July!
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