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I have a niece and nephew who still lives in Virginia. I've never been. Have a brother in South Carolina. Funny for me to hear family members with southern accents. You know, y'all? Hopefully you'll get to take another trip next year.
The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway (PBR) formed in 1980 with a train service starting in 1983 running from Furnace Sidings to Whistle Inn Halt. At over 1300 ft above sea level the Whistle Inn Halt is the highest station in England and Wales. The line has extremely steep gradients up to 1 in 29 which requires the industrial locomotives used to work very hard.
After a triumphal main-line run to Newport, Gwent, with a train of Severn Valley Railway restored wagons as part of the GWR 150th anniversary celebrations in 1985, No. 2857 entered regular passenger service on the SVR. She went on to clock up a further 41,000 miles before expiry of her 10-year boiler certificate in March 1995.
Hailed as "one of the most significant examples of technological achievement during the Industrial Revolution", in its 109 years of service until being dismantled in 1967, it remained: the least expensive bridge for its size ever constructed; the highest railway viaduct in the United Kingdom; the third highest railway viaduct in the world, after the railway viaduct at Spoleto, Italy, and the Portage Timber Viaduct in Portage, New York state in the United States.