Thursday, 26 November 2009

Pont Eiffel, Olargues


Pont Eiffel, Olargues

This bridge near Olargues was built in 1889 by Eiffel. The bridge, about 200m long spans the River Jaur and the main Lamalou-St Pons road. Unfortunately it isn't as elegant as his Viaduc de Garabit near St Flour (see below). The bridge used to carry the railway line from Lamalou-les-Bains, via St Pons and Mazamet, to Toulouse. The line was closed to normal traffic in 1956 but a tourist train ran during the summer until the 1980s. Now the trackbed has been restored as a footpath, the Piste Vert,  for much of its length. Button, our dog, has just finished reading the sign!



Viaduc de Garabit

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