|R18||The Dublin to Belfast Railway - The Egyptian Arch||£30.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 17/12/2006
Issue Name: The Dublin to Belfast Railway - The Egyptian Arch
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This Rail cover is an absolute stunner! We commissioned leading Rail artist, John Wigston, to paint the illustration and the result is superb. This cover features an Irish stamp and an Ireland definitive stamp and has two Newry, Countydown postmarks.
The Egyptian Arch
The Egyptian Arch is a railway bridge, built in the golden age of railways, in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland. Known locally as the Egyptian Arch, because it looks like a Pharaoh's head piece, the design was actually based on a Pylon or gateway to an ancient Egyptian temple. It passes over the Newry to Camlough Road, approximately 2 miles from the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The Belfast to Dublin railway line is an interesting piece of engineering in itself. It was built because both cities were prospering in the Industrial Revolution in Ireland and a fast transport link was needed between the two. Less than one mile along the railway line is the 18 arches viaduct, known as The Craigmore Viaduct. Both these feats of engineering were designed by the famous Irish disciple of Thomas Telford, Sir John Benjamin Macneill.
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