After living in NE Pennsylvania for 23 years, yesterday I finally took a trip to see the Starrucca and Tunkhannock Viaducts (although 23 years is a much shorter time than it took me to get around to building my layout!!!). Unfortunately, there were no trains passing while I was there - have to do some more research before my next excursion - but it was a nice, crisp, generally sunny day for a drive through the hinterlands of PA.
I am in awe at the engineering that went into building these structures, especially when you consider the times and places where they were built. Even today, with decent roads and a good GPS, getting there was a bit of an adventure. Here are some pics. First up, the Starrucca Viaduct in Lanesboro, PA. I think the sign need some help...
Next, the Tunkhannock Viaduct in Nicholson, PA.
So sorry... I just can’t resist...
Groucho: Now here is a little peninsula, and over here is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.
Chico: Why a duck?
Groucho: (after a pause)I’m fine, how are you? I said this is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.
Chico: All right, why a duck?
Groucho: I say that’s a viaduct.
Chico: All right, why a duck? Why a duck? Why not a chicken?