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Big Water of Fleet Viaduct

By Natzdad
Big Water of Fleet Viaduct (Gatehouse of Fleet Old Railway Viaduct "The Paddy Line")

A remote twenty-arch railway viaduct which crosses the Big Water of Fleet 6 miles (10 km) northwest of Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway, the Big Water of Fleet Viaduct was constructed in 1861 as part of the Portpatrick Railway. In 1924, due to cracks appearing, the masonry structure had to be reinforced, with brick casings built around the piers and tie-rods and old rails used to strengthen the arches between 1927 and 1945. The result was a functional rather than picturesque viaduct. Despite this, it was to find fame as the location for two films; the 39 Steps (1935), adapted from John Buchan's novel and directed by Alfred Hitchcock and Five Red Herrings (1975) a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery starring Ian Carmichael and Russell Hunter.
Further east was Little Water of Fleet Viaduct (9 arch), now gone, removed by the Army.

The viaduct fell from use when the railway was closed in 1965, but is now owned by Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity who are responsible for developing the National Cycle Network.

Tags: Transport Architecture Landscape and travel

Voters: Cormy, luckybry, h4rsx and 20 more

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Cormy 13 3 England
26 Aug 2011 3:08PM
Two fine images.
h4rsx 10 17 5 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2011 4:03PM
The 2nd crop works better for me. Nice shot.
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
26 Aug 2011 4:33PM
Great reflections and very well presented. Carol
Sean_Dillon 11 2 2 England
26 Aug 2011 4:41PM
2 good shots, but I much prefer version 2, just seams to work better.
Snapitt 11
26 Aug 2011 5:42PM
Two really good shots. V2 my favourite.

cassiecat 12 39 46 England
26 Aug 2011 6:44PM
the wider shot of v2 for me.lesley
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
26 Aug 2011 11:03PM
Two very good shots with V 2 my favourite too,
Natzdad 11 29 2 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2011 10:18AM
Thank you all for your comments and clicks,most helpful and appreciated.......Mick
sawsengee Plus
14 6 36 Malaysia
27 Aug 2011 3:46PM
both are fine images......V1 has more immediate visual impact with splendid details & water reflectionSmile

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