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An aerial view of Laigh Milton Viaduct, by Gatehead, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire
This viaduct was opened in 1812 as the first ever railway(?) viaduct on this planet.


An aerial view of Laigh Milton Viaduct, by Gatehead, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire
Built by the Kilmarnock and Troon Railway for the Duke of Portland it worked very well but of course was a few years earlier than the invention of the steam locomotive.


A detail of Laigh Milton Viaduct, by Gatehead, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire
As you can see the wagon's flat wheels ran outside the vertical plates of the trackway and on the flat tracks.


A detail of Laigh Milton Viaduct, by Gatehead, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire
From that you can see that on bends the wagons were guided by the inside vertical plate and the outside vertical plate would have had little effect.