Knapsack Viaduct, Lapstone

Knapsack Viaduct c.1880 For the early train travellers, rattling across the Emu Plains in the late 1860s and 1870s, the seven classical, white sandstone arches of the Knapsack Viaduct must have presented an inspiring sight with which to begin their ascent of the Blue Mountains. The construction of the viaduct, the like of which no native-born colonial had ever seen, reaffirmed their nineteenth century faith in Man’s mastery of Nature, a faith which, in the colony’s short history, had often seemed threatened by this range of mountains. In order to avoid costly tunnels, the Engineer-in-Chief of the NSW Railways, John … Continue reading Knapsack Viaduct, Lapstone