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Viaduct

Viaduct 1

I grew up in the North of England, where seeing beautiful countryside, green fields, sheep, hedgerows and dry stone walls is usual. (You’ll have seen these in some of my Yorkshire posts.) Viaducts are also a common occurrence.

A viaduct is a bridge constructed of several small arches to cross a valley. The ones I know are all railway bridges.

Viaduct 2

It was only when I travelled to other places, such as South Africa, that I came to realise that they were not universally well-known or common.

These viaducts in Yorkshire support railway tracks, with road traffic passing beneath. There are a great many of these beautiful old stone structures all around the area.

Viaduct 3

I snapped these photos through the car windscreen as my sister drove.

I like the effect of Closer, Closer, Wow!

 

Down The Line

Down the Line

Down the Line

The Southern Line railway runs all the way from the centre of the city of Cape Town, along the coast to Simonstown; a distance of about 45 km. The tracks seen here are at Kalk Bay harbour.

In summer, a steam train runs this trip on Sundays, offering a glimpse into a bygone era.

It is a lovely scenic ride and you couldn’t get any closer to the sea if you tried!

 

Walk the Line

Walk the Line

Walk the Line

Men walking the right of way at the station. Or are they?

Walk the Line 2

Walk the Line 2

Actually they are spraying weed killer, but they have to walk the line to do it, right?

There are two stations in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. Westgate is on one side of town. It is bigger, with more trains running through it, a ticket office, toilets and cafe.

Kirkgate Station Wakefield

Kirkgate Station Wakefield

This is Wakefield Kirkgate. It has no facilities at all.

But the trains ran on time and I got myself to Nottingham in ninety minutes. It only cost 7 pounds 40 pence, since my daughter Pix had purchased my ticket online months before, thus saving me 14 pounds!

I love travelling by train in England. It is the most civilised form of transport. Once settled on board I can sit back and enjoy the ride and the beautiful countryside. After half an hour or so, I eat my packed lunch and drink my bottled water. Happy.