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A mystery bridge

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:05 pm
by Jim Summers
This might be a challenge to pass some time.
It shows a bridge being demolished, and we can assume it is related to the days of the Glasgow suburban electrifications. But where?

Having decided to offer it for comment, I then discovered the official description, so the answer is known. However I thought I would still publish it as some of you enjoy the thrill of the chase.

JimS
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Re: A mystery bridge

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:51 pm
by John Paton
Jim,

It is the bowstring bridge that carried the CR Glasgow eastern circular line over the ex-NB line between High Street and the former Parkhead station. It survived into the 1970s - which I guess is the era in which the photo was taken (looking at the cars). See uploaded map.

John

Re: A mystery bridge

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:52 pm
by John Paton
PS the photo is looking northwards.

Re: A mystery bridge

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:53 pm
by caleyJim
Is it in the vicinity of Parkhead with the squat, square building behind the tracks being Joanna Dee’s nightclub on Duke Street? (written before John's post)

Re: A mystery bridge

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:58 pm
by John Paton
CaleyJim - I presume that you were familiar with that nightclub?

Re: A mystery bridge

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:41 pm
by caleyJim
:lol: Apart from driving past it fairly frequently, no. I was not around Glasgow at an age such might have been of interest and was never in it (think it's derelict now - haven't been that way for a while)

Re: A mystery bridge

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:56 pm
by Jim Summers
Yes, correctly identified and in in record speed.

The description on the photo which emanated from the BRB (don't ask) has no date, but says:
"Removal of 'Spion Kop' Bridge (CR Rutherglen to Blochairn Line, Closed 1964) between Camlachie and Parkhead".

I never saw it in real life. It must have shaken a bit with some of the heavy trains on that route.

JImS

Re: A mystery bridge

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:20 pm
by jimwatt2mm
I used to see it from the bus on my way to Dental School in the latter half of the '60's if I got a 'via Shettleston' bus from my home in Bargeddie.

Jim W

Re: A mystery bridge

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:49 am
by Keith Fenwick
A telescopic crane is in use to demolish the bridge. Not sure when they came into use but they are relatively modern. So 1980s or even 1990s.

The line was traversed by a number of railtours in the 1960s. I travelled over it behind CR123 and NBR256 on the way to Oban in 1962.

Keith F

Re: A mystery bridge

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:03 pm
by duncan
Also looks like a mk4 Cortina (1976>), a mk 1 ? Fiesta (1976>), a mk 2 Transit (1977 >) & possibly a Marina van (1972>)

Duncan