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This piece of decaying Vicorian engineering is the Loch Ken Viaduct which carried the Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Railway across the narrowest part of Loch Ken, north of Dumfries.

This railway line, built to carry passengers and goods from southeast Scotland to the ferry ports for Ireland situated at Stranraer and Port Patrick, was opened in 1857 but finally closed in 1965 after the "axe" of Dr. Beeching fell on many rural rail routes in Britain.

I should have liked to stray farther onto the bridge for some more interesting photographs but I was dissuaded by the fact that crossing it is now prohibited as the bridge is now in private ownership. It's also very dangerous as many of the planks are severely rotted and unstable.

Shot in RAW and converted and edited in PSE6.

All comments/critiques/advice welcome!

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