Thursday, 15 September 2011

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

The last month and a half have been really hectic and so much has happened (not all very good, either.. :/) so I'm behind with a lot of things and not just this blog. I thought I'd post one more card today just to try and get back to the habit of updating this blog and maybe do that a bit more often again.. This one is holiday-themed as well - it's from Matt's older sister Rachel, sent during her holiday to Scotland last month. She spent a few days in Edinburgh and a while in the Highlands as well, which I'm perhaps even more jealous of. I'd love to visit the Scottish Highlands one day, too, and I certainly wouldn't mind travelling on 'Hogwarts Express'!

Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. It was built between 1897 and 1901. Located at the top of Loch Shiel in the West Highlands of Scotland, the viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel.

The West Highland Line connects Fort William and Mallaig, and was a crucial vein for the local fishing industry and the highlands economy in general, which suffered enormously after the Highland Clearances of the 1800s.

The line is used by passenger trains operated by ScotRail between Glasgow Queen Street and Mallaig, usually diesel multiple units. Additionally in the summer the heritage Jacobite steam train operates along the line. It is a popular tourist event in the area, and the viaduct is one of the major attractions of the line. It is also the 'Harry Potter Express' - as Rachel put it :) She actually saw it pass by one of the B&B's she was staying in!

One of the most common stamps I see on my mail... It looks like this one's not very new, though, as it doesn't have any of the more recent security features on it.

1 comment:

Ana said...

ok, now im really jealous! ive had my eye on this card for a long long time :))))