Illustrated Talks

The Iron Giant that Survived

We would be delighted to deliver a presentation to your group on the fascinating Bennerley Viaduct story. The story charts the reasons for building the viaduct, the ingenuity of its design, the working life of the viaduct and the Zeppelin bombings. Future plans are explained. Gustav Eiffel, D.H.Lawrence and Tarzan even make an appearance!

The viaduct became redundant as a railway structure in 1968, and since that time, the viaduct became abandoned, uncared for and marooned …….. but the “Iron Giant ” survived. For several decades, the community have been in the forefront of the struggle to protect the structure from demolition. The campaign to save and restore the structure continues and is gaining momentum.


Using old images and rare archive footage, the story of the Bennerley Viaduct viaduct unfolds. The story  illustrates the tenacity of a community that loves its viaduct and continues to work hard to restore it and bring it back into use. The plan is to reopen Bennerley Viaduct to the public in 2021 after 50 years of closure. If you would like a presentation to your group, contact our community engagement organiser, Kieran Lee, to make arrangements.

The Viaduct is set to reopen after 50 years of closure