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.
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