ccbc home page | e-mail webmaster | copyright / disclaimer | credits | contact chronicle

Chronicle - Your place in history

Hengoed to Maesycwmmer Viaduct

Hengoed to Maesycwmmer Viaduct

Stretching majestically across the Rhymney Valley are the sixteen arches of the Maesycwmmer to Hengoed Viaduct. Built in 1857, this 260 metre structure serves as a striking testament to the impact of the railways on the County Borough's landscape. It was commissioned by the Newport, Abergavenney and Hereford Railway and designed by their engineer Charles Liddel. It formed part of the cross-valley rail route that linked Pontypool to Swansea, via Aberdare and Neath. The line crossing the Viaduct closed in 1964. Today it forms part of the Celtic Trail, the network of cycle routes across South Wales.

The public artwork at the Maesycwmmer end of the Viaduct was created by Andy Hazel. It draws on the historical significance of the Viaduct and its evolution from being a major railway route to part of a new cycle network. The Wheel of Drams represents this transition.

Image date: unknown
Location: unknown
Submitted by: unknown

Do you have any stories, images and interesting facts relating to this picture. Help Chronicle build a website of your Caerphilly County Borough memories. Email the webmaster telling us as much as you can about your pictures. Thank you