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The line is used by passenger trains operated by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_ScotRail ScotRail] between [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow_Queen_Street_station Glasgow Queen Street] and Mallaig, usually [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_multiple_unit diesel multiple units]. Additionally in the summer the heritage [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jacobite_%28Steam_Train%29 Jacobite steam train] operates along the line. It is a popular tourist event in the area, and the viaduct is one of the major attractions of the line.
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Construction

The 21-arch single track viaduct was one of the largest engineering undertakings using concrete without reinforcing when it was built by Sir Robert McAlpine.[1]

Glenfinnan Viaduct forms part of the Mallaig extension of the West Highland Railway which was constructed between 1897 and 1901.

Built entirely of concrete, the viaduct consists of 21 arches, each spanning 15m and has a maximum height of 30m offering spectacular views down Lochaber’s Loch Shiel.

According to myth, during construction a cart-horse and driver were killed when they fell into one of the piers while dumping their load, and were buried in the concrete. Recent research has shown that the incident happened at Loch Nan Uamh Viaduct, further down the line, near Arisaig, and the driver survived.[2][3] Memorial plaques are at the latter viaduct and at Glenfinnan Station Museum.

Railway Services

The West Highland Line connects Fort William and Mallaig, and was a crucial vein for the local fishing industry and the highlands economy in general, which suffered enormously after the Highland Clearances of the 1800s.

The line is used by passenger trains operated by ScotRail between Glasgow Queen Street and Mallaig, usually diesel multiple units. Additionally in the summer the heritage Jacobite steam train operates along the line. It is a popular tourist event in the area, and the viaduct is one of the major attractions of the line.

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