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TITLE
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Lochaber
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0274
PLACENAME
Glenfinnan
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Arisaig and Moidart
PERIOD
1930s; 1940s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32177
KEYWORDS
viaducts
bridges
postcards
engineers
railways
steam trains
steam railways
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Lochaber

This postcard shows a view of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, on the route of the West Highland Railway. The viaduct was built between 1897 and 1901 by the engineer Sir Robert McAlpine. Built at a cost of £318,904.00 and incorporating 21 arches, it was the first concrete viaduct to be built in Britain. Glenfinnan station lies about half way between Fort William and Mallaig.

The viaduct came into public prominence recently, when it appeared in the second Harry Potter film, 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'. The 'Jacobite' steam train, which runs on the West Highland route, was transformed into the Hogwarts Express in the movie, and was filmed crossing the viaduct.

The West Highland Railway, linking Mallaig to Glasgow, was originally built by the North British Railway Company.

The route between Glasgow and Fort William was opened to passengers in 1894. This was followed seven years later by the Fort William to Mallaig route. The North British Railway Company became part of British Rail in 1948.

The steam train known as 'The Jacobite' now travels the route between Fort William and Mallaig. It passes the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, and the village of Arisaig with its views of the islands of Eigg, Muck and Rum, before terminating at Mallaig

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Glenfinnan Viaduct, Lochaber

INVERNESS: Arisaig and Moidart

1930s; 1940s

viaducts; bridges; postcards; engineers; railways; steam trains; steam railways

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries - Illustrated postcards

This postcard shows a view of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, on the route of the West Highland Railway. The viaduct was built between 1897 and 1901 by the engineer Sir Robert McAlpine. Built at a cost of £318,904.00 and incorporating 21 arches, it was the first concrete viaduct to be built in Britain. Glenfinnan station lies about half way between Fort William and Mallaig.<br /> <br /> The viaduct came into public prominence recently, when it appeared in the second Harry Potter film, 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'. The 'Jacobite' steam train, which runs on the West Highland route, was transformed into the Hogwarts Express in the movie, and was filmed crossing the viaduct.<br /> <br /> The West Highland Railway, linking Mallaig to Glasgow, was originally built by the North British Railway Company.<br /> <br /> The route between Glasgow and Fort William was opened to passengers in 1894. This was followed seven years later by the Fort William to Mallaig route. The North British Railway Company became part of British Rail in 1948.<br /> <br /> The steam train known as 'The Jacobite' now travels the route between Fort William and Mallaig. It passes the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, and the village of Arisaig with its views of the islands of Eigg, Muck and Rum, before terminating at Mallaig