Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand


For this weeks challenge I wanted to show you a man-made structure set against a background of nature. As luck would have it, I was in Ty Mawr Country Park last week to photograph the Cefn Viaduct which carries the railway across the park and the River Dee.

Cefn Viaduct

The viaduct was built in 1848 to carry the Shrewsbury to Chester Line, also known as the Severn–Dee Mainline (after the rivers on which Shrewsbury and Chester stand), across the River Dee. The engineer for the line was Henry Robertson, a partner in locomotive builders Beyer Peacock, while the contractor was Thomas Brassey in partnership with William Mackenzie and Robert Stephenson.

Cefn Viaduct

For all it’s size and importance I was unable to find out much about the Cefn Mawr viaduct.

Cefn Viaduct

Thomas Brassey, on the other hand was an English civil engineering contractor and manufacturer of building materials who was responsible for building much of the world’s railways in the 19th century. By 1847, he had built about one-third of the railways in Britain, and by time of his death in 1870 he had built one in every twenty miles of railway in the world.

11 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

  1. patriciamoed December 9, 2013 / 16:46

    Spectacular shots! I especially like the first one. Gorgeous. Thanks too for the pingback!

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    • Mike Hardisty December 9, 2013 / 18:02

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and I’m glad you liked the photographs.

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  2. petspeopleandlife December 9, 2013 / 17:39

    Beautiful photos of the bridges. Love the addition of the pony/horse which really makes the picture more interesting.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 9, 2013 / 18:00

      There are signs up saying “Please Do Not Feed” so it took ages to get them close enough to include in the photograph, Yvonne, but it was worth the wait.

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  3. restlessjo December 9, 2013 / 21:47

    There are some superb viaducts about, aren’t there, Mike? I really love them. Many thanks for the ping. 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty December 9, 2013 / 22:18

      They always make a good photograph and thank you for taking the time to comment

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    • Mike Hardisty December 10, 2013 / 19:52

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment

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  4. Tina Schell December 10, 2013 / 15:13

    Jeez Mike, I was in the reader looking at entries and came upon this one. Thought to myself, wow, here’s a good photographer that I haven’t seen before. DUH, it was YOU! Shoulda known🙂 Beautiful capture as always.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 10, 2013 / 20:14

      Aw Shucks! I like that “good photographer”thing….

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  5. Jeanne December 12, 2013 / 00:11

    Hi
    There is a viaduct not too far from where I love but it is not anywhere near as GRAND as those in your pictures. Nice photography!
    Jeanne

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