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The study makes a contribution to the knowledge of the compressive behaviour of brickwork used in railway bridges built in central Italy at the end of the 19th century, and shows how to incorporate this information for structural modelling. A series of experimental tests was carried out on brickwork specimens made with old clay bricks and lime mortar. The specimens were subjected to monotonic and cyclic displacement controlled compression tests under concentric and eccentric loading. Based on experimental results, the coefficients of the Kent–Park stress-strain curve were estimated and the results of the model compared to the experimental ones.