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Name:
Julie
Town, Country:
Crumlin
Comments:
I remember as a young girl, with others crossing the viaduct along the boardwalk which was under the train track. When we reach the other side there was a railway man waiting for us. He gave us a good telling off and threaten to report us to the police if it happened again.
Sunday, August 12 2018 - 11:25 AM
Name:
Steve cowley
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Goole England
Comments:
Recently in California and found a lump of crumlin viaduct in USC’s San Diego.This remnant was down as a gift of Albert J Blaylock,structural engineer.Looking at Blaylock website discovered he founded Blaylock and associates in 1960,this firm appears to have had offices in amongst other places Cardiff Wales,if any one know any moreplease could you let me know.Thanks Steve Cowley.
Thursday, June 14 2018 - 01:44 PM
Name:
Alison Rutledge
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Wickford, Essex, UK
Comments:
In 1964, as a child of 7, I was a passenger on the last train across the viaduct.I don't remember it very well but I would love to hear from anyone who has memories or photographs of that day. This is a really interesting website!
Thursday, May 17 2018 - 11:08 AM
Name:
Julian Wierzbicki
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Manchester
Comments:
I recently came across a photograph of a group of Crumlin High Level pupils,myself included,on the platform of Crumlin High Level Station, waiting for a train across the Viaduct prior to its closure.I recognise several of the children at the front including Barry Smith,Christopher Hutnik,Mike Shepherd,Keith Jones,Dennis?Berry,Robert James etc.I would love to hear from any of them to find out what they have been doing over the last 60 years or so.Feel free to contact me via my Email address if you were on that train and/or you remember me.
Sunday, April 08 2018 - 05:16 PM
Name:
Mike Lewis
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Swansea
Comments:
I have a painting, which I believe is of the viaduct, from around the turn of the century.I would like to share it and also have other opinions as to whether it is actually the viaduct but the 'contact here' icon on the homepage doesn't seem to work. Would someone be able to email me please so I can share the image of the painting?
Monday, March 19 2018 - 12:58 PM
Name:
Edwin
Town, Country:
Hereford
Comments:
Very interesting website. This is a viaduct, which I wasn't aware of. It's a pity they decided to demolish such a wonderful spectacle.
Sunday, March 11 2018 - 06:28 PM
Name:
Carole Cosh
Town, Country:
TREDEGAR
Comments:
I am wondering if any one would remember my grandfather stanley george croudace. He lived at 28 albertina road until he died in 1969
Friday, December 15 2017 - 06:08 AM
Name:
John Price-Stephens
Town, Country:
Northampton
Comments:
My 'blue' Grandparents lived in Newbridge where it was possible to see Crumlin Viaduct and the rail line that ran around the hillside from the viaduct. As a train-spotter in the late 50s and early 60s it was a delight to go to Newbridge where steam trains seem to proliferate - I can still hear, see and smell the Garrett 2-10-0s hauling coal up the valley to Ebbw Vale (or was it coal down the valley..the memory has faded in 60-odd years!) I have a postcard of the Viaduct - I'll look it out and see if it adds to your gallery.
Wednesday, December 13 2017 - 11:28 PM
Name:
Alan
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Torfaen
Comments:
So many memories of this. Bridge and life in Crumlin . I still travel through there but always think of my very happy days under the bridge . Good we’d site keep it upCU+RX
Wednesday, November 22 2017 - 06:17 PM
Name:
colin brimfield
Town, Country:
blackwood
Comments:
I worked at the navigation colliery until it sadley closed. we worked the coal under the viaduct the the last 18 months until it closed in 1967.monday 30 October 2017 0800pm
Monday, October 30 2017 - 08:00 PM
Name:
PJ
Town, Country:
Coventry
Comments:
Hi Corrine, I believe the Inn was run by the Price family in 1916?
Wednesday, August 30 2017 - 10:06 PM
Name:
Corrine Harvey
Town, Country:
NEWPORT
Comments:
Can anyone tell md more about the history of The Bridgend Inn pub??
My grandparents lived in the area and would like to know more about it.
Thanks!!
Wednesday, August 23 2017 - 02:28 PM
Name:
Anne Lord
Town, Country:
Coventry.England
Comments:
Re.my previous message it should be called not caked!
The photo is also on this lovely site.
Monday, August 14 2017 - 06:31 PM
Name:
Anne Lord
Town, Country:
Coventry.England
Comments:
Born in Crumlin many years ago. Anthony George asked about a farm caked Rhiw Isaf being where the Bridgend Inn is now. Rhiw Isaf means the lower Hill. I know there was a farm right at the bottom of Hillside. I have a photo of it and the farm is on the left.
Monday, August 14 2017 - 06:25 PM
Name:
Teresa Roberts
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Blackwood
Comments:
my name is tony roberts Iused to live 40 rectory road crumlin its my wifes e mail adress i crossed the viaduct on many occasions on foot i would like to hear from anyone i went to school with at the e mail above keep up the great work john
Monday, August 14 2017 - 01:06 AM
Name:
John
Town, Country:
Newport, Wales
Comments:
I worked at the Navigation Colliery in Crumlin, which was a short distance from the viaduct. For obvious reasons the coal seams under the viaduct were left untouched.
Monday, June 12 2017 - 03:33 PM
Name:
john wilson
Town, Country:
luton, bedfordshire
Comments:
Still going great John - a life's work well done!
Sunday, May 07 2017 - 02:12 PM
Name:
Valerie Duffin
Town, Country:
Poole Dorset
Comments:
In the 60s I used to go to school traveling from Pontllanfraith across the Crumlin Viaduct to Pontypool, sometimes you could not see the ground beneath being amongst the clouds, and you could have snow at one side of the Viaduct and not the other happy days.
Wednesday, May 03 2017 - 03:42 PM
Name:
Everitt Austin
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Kemble, Gloucestershire
Comments:
Grand parents lived in Rectory Road, Crumlin, I remember the Viaduct very well, and the Haffadronys Hal below
Tuesday, April 11 2017 - 09:51 PM
Name:
Gordon Wood
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Hereford u.k.
Comments:
I am reaching the end of my detailed research on Crumlin Viaduct (See previous entry) but am still trying to contact someone in or close to San Diego please can someone out there help with a major constructional problem by visiting San Diego University
Sunday, February 26 2017 - 09:10 PM
Name:
Anthony George
Town, Country:
Formerly Pontllanfraith
Comments:
I was told years ago that the Bridgend Inn, which is situated on the western end of the viaduct was a farm before the construction of the railway took up much of it's land, it apparently was called Rhiw Isaf (lower Rhiw)
Wednesday, February 15 2017 - 12:45 PM
Name:
Graham woodford
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Crumlin gwent
Comments:
Can anybody tell me how old primrose cottages are on the bottom of hillside road.
Sunday, January 08 2017 - 09:22 PM
Name:
John
Town, Country:
Crymlyn, Gwent
Comments:
The following is from The Illustrated Usk Observer and Raglan Herald 23rd of May 1857.

CRUMLIN. THE VIADUCT.-On Friday last, the Government Inspector, Colonel Wynne, paid a visit to Crumlin. He minutely examined the Viaduct, and had its substantiability proved in a similar manner to which it had been tested on the 6th inst., by running six locomotives with their tenders, weighing 50 tons each, and a number of trucks laden with metal, backwards and forwards abreast on the two lines of rails. With this tremendous weight, equivalent to nearly one and a third tons per foot run, on so light and airy looking a structure, the greatest deflection on any span was two inches, whilst the average of all the spans was less than one and half inches. The inspector expressed himself perfectly satisfied with its strength and stability, and much admired the gossamer-like work. We are given to understand the opening of the Viaduct for passenger traffic as far as Pontllanfraith. near Blackwood, will take place on the 1st of June (Whit Monday), when a great celebration of the event will take place, and excursion trains from all parts of the kingdom are intended to be put on to Hereford.
Friday, December 23 2016 - 08:51 AM
Name:
Anne Lord
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Coventry
Comments:
Hello Bryn. In answer to your question I have read in Chronicle-Your Place in History that the first man to test the viaduct was Mad Jack from Pontypool. He was told to go very slowly. Before he started he had visited every Public House in Crumlin consuming vast amounts of alcohol. He travelled at great speed over the viaduct and when the shaken engineer asked him why he stated "When Eternity stares you in the face you might as well go Hell for Leather at it".
Thursday, December 15 2016 - 08:15 PM
Name:
Bryn Lewis
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Bedford England
Comments:
On one of my visits back home I went to see the viaduct, an impresive sight.What I would like to know is who was the engine driver with the nerve to drive the engine over it .
Saturday, November 05 2016 - 09:58 AM