Mikeinlagardette

Mikeinlagardette

Posted on 06/02/2014


Photo taken on June  1, 2014



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Viaduct at Cluis

Viaduct at Cluis
I had to drive up to Chateauroux recently, and on the way back, I made a little detour to look at this viaduct. It's on a disused single track line that ran from Argenton-sur-Creuse to La Chartre, both in the Department of Indre.

Built between 1897 and 1901, it is 200 metres long and 43 metres above the valley floor. It had a very short service life, - the line was opened to traffic in 1903, passenger services ceased in 1939, and freight services in 1952, barely fifty years after construction!

This section of railway was part of a "Grand Design", first discussed as far back as 1868, to link the Atlantic port of La Rochelle with Geneva, but endless arguments about the best route, local politics, landowner's objections, and so on, meant that only parts were completed, and work didn't start on this section until 1894. The low population density locally, and a far from prosperous rural economy, meant that the line could not survive alone, and early closure became a certainty.

1956 Agfa Karat IV, f2/50mm Solagon lens, x2 yellow filter. Polypan F in Gainers original, stock solution, 8mins@21C. Scanned @2400dpi on Epson V500

Nathalie Devermeille, Marie-claire Gallet, Roger (Grisly), Berny and 11 other people have particularly liked this photo


20 comments - The latest ones
giovanegian
giovanegian
I like the composition.
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to giovanegian
Gianni, molte grazie!

Best, Mike
3 years ago.
Frode Øen
Frode Øen
Great !!
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Frode Øen
Frode, thanks for more encouraagement!

Best, Mike
3 years ago.
Richard Turenne
Richard Turenne
Marvelous detail from the old camera.
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Richard Turenne
Richard, thanks for your encouragement!

The Solagon was Agfa's "top of the range" lens for their 35mm cameras, and it is very good, even by modern standards.

Best, Mike
3 years ago.
Philippe_28
Philippe_28
Superbe image
2 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Philippe_28
Phillipe, desole pour le delai, mais merci beaucoup pour l'encouragement!
2 years ago.
Hélène chevillard
Hélène chevillard
Ma région,je vois que c'est visitée superbe !!!!
2 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Hélène chevillard
Hélène, vous êtes trop gentil, mais merci beaucoup !!
2 years ago.
Berny
Berny
wonderful viaduct!
19 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Berny
Berny, many thanks for your encouragement!
19 months ago.
Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly)
Excellent pov and a terrific shot.
5 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Roger (Grisly)
Roger, many thanks for your kind words !
5 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Happy to hear that you appreciate my country !! Gorgeous perspective !!!!!!!!
5 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire, many thanks for your encouragement ! Yes, I have always been in love with France, I worked here often when I was younger, and when the time came to retire, it was a natural choice !!

amicalement, Mike
5 months ago.
Nathalie Devermeille
Nathalie Devermeille
top********
5 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Nathalie Devermeille
Nathalie, mille mercis !
5 months ago.
Martin Siegel
Martin Siegel
Monumental, Mike. I like it a lot!
5 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Martin Siegel
Martin, sincere thanks for your encouragement!
5 months ago.