To Enterprise a Railroad (Railway) Viaducts in the UK- Guest Column

When we think about the UK and bridges, the first ones that come to mind are the historic bridges in large cities, like London. With Tower Bridge, Waterloo at Big Ben or even the Chelsea Bridge, these Thames River structures are an average of about a century old and are still in great shape as they continue to carry traffic and attract many tourists and bridgehunters. But while other cities like Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and the Humber region also have unique structures to cross and visit, one of the aspects that one pays little attention to are the railroad viaducts. Made of brick and many being almost two centuries old, these viaducts are more than 1000 feet long with some having been out of service for many years. There are others that still serve rail traffic but with some modifications in order for them to continue service. In this guest column, written by the column The Beauty of Transport, the author focuses on some of the viaducts that either are still in service or have been converted to pedestrian and bike paths thanks to investments. In addition, he  directly points out how the viaducts have garnered some tourism and because of the increasing interest, he provides some information on the whereabouts of these giant “dinosaur-like” structures. Have a look at the summary, click on the link below and enjoy the text and the semi-tour guide of these wonders of Britain.

It’s an opportune time to be thinking about railway viaducts, those great monuments to rail travel. Other than the biggest stations, viaducts are perhaps the largest and most noticeable structures the railway industry has imposed on the landscape. As stations tend to be in towns, while viaducts are often found in remote countryside areas, their […]

via To Enterprise a Railroad (Railway viaducts, UK) — The Beauty of Transport

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Venice: City of Bridges- Guest Column

There are two different types of historic bridges: One that stands out in terms of its design and history and one that integrates itself in a setting, where if visited, one can experience the culture that both the bridge and the area surrounding it offer. One cannot modernize with a new crossing without understanding the implications they have with the neighborhood or landscape. And this is where this guest column comes about.

I happened to stumble across this column by accident and wished I hadn’t for I have yet to visit Italy and explore some of the finest bridges in the country. Italy is home to thousands of crossings dating as far back as the Roman Empire. This include some of the bridges that were built before and rebuilt after the fall of the Empire, including some by King Theoderich (see my article on this topic), such as the aqueducts in Rome (as described in another article here.) Then there are the bridges serving the waters of Florence……

….and this city, Venice.

Home to over 2.5 million inhabitants (with 260,000 living directly in the city center), the city is home to over 430 bridges, including two of the most famous landmarks of the city: The Ponte di Rialto and the Bridge of Sighs. Both of these bridges, dating back to the late 1500s, are part of the majority that can be easily reached by boat or gondola. A guide to the highly recommended bridges to visit in Venice can be accessed by link here.

Yet this guest column written by a columnist who focuses on life in cities and sunsets, puts together Venice’s historic bridges with the colorful faces that the city has to offer. It is a long column about her adventures through the city, and her impressions lead to readers like this one to add this city to the places to visit and bridgehunt- very high up in the Top 3. To look at Venice’s bridges, have a look at the summary below and click to read to the end. When done, you will not regret it like I didn’t but more like provide an incentive to go there and have a look. Enjoy! 🙂

The city of bridges, as it is fondly known, is everything you would imagine it to be. It has a surreal feeling when there, living up to all of its stereotypical features; pretty bridges over winding canals, narrow paths nestled between old tall brick buildings, gondolas and motor boats carrying fruit and vegetables, singing gondoliers […]