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Building the last Main Line Railway

Catesby Tunnel and Viaduct: gcrcs164

A panoramic view of the building of the twelve arch Catesby viaduct  during its construction

An excellent photograph captured during construction of Catesby viaduct, a twelve arch structure which carried the London Extension across the infant River Leam in Northamptonshire. Running beside the brick piers which are slowly rising from the valley floor can be seen a line of the contractor's railway: a steep climb for the small locomotives tasked with hauling materials to and from the construction site.