Solway Viaduct from Bowness on ~Solway To Scotland


The Victorians were incredible engineers and frightened of nothing it seems. This was created to carry trains from England to Scotland in 1869. It's principal purpose was to carry iron ore from West Cumbria to Lanarkshire but due to cheaper imports from Europe trade dwindled (nothing new there?) and the last train was in 1921. It was dismantled in 1934 when it was used mainly by drinkers from Scotland who walked across to visit our local pubs. What an incredible asset this would be today, it would mean travellers could easily reach the Solway Plain and the Lake District from Scotland and vice versa. I feel a campaign to reinstate it would be very welcome.

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