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Charlie Endell

Lanark Racecourse

In the last year I've developed an interest in horse racing (something I used to loathe with a passion!).

Was at Kelso last week, which completed the set of Scottish courses for me (great place - real fire, port toddys, and fantastic pies).

Anyway, got me thinking about Lanark racecourse. I remember it from a childhood visit ('70s) to Lanark Loch.

Took a drive out there this afternoon to see what was left - sadly, only this -



Did a wee bit net research, and it closed in the late '70s, due to declining attendances (apparently due to rearrangement of fixtures, leaving it with only one Saturday card).

It even used to have its only railway halt - there are photographs of it on Railscot - whilst open and more recent pictures of the (now overgrown) platforms.

A shame really, as a day out in Lanark would be better than Hamilton (my closest course - no offence to any Hamiltonians!).
Hawick_1987

I'll agree with you there, Kelso is a lovely wee town  
cybers

Charlie you should try to get down for the border ridings whilst not a race as per-Se its a bloody brilliant day out where everyone is welcome...

Now back to the Lanark course  I think the problem with it always lay in its accessibility where as Lanark is certainly more central in Scotland, Hamilton prospered for being more central to hubs of transport and larger populous.
I like you prefer the look of Lanark as a venue and whilst i like the equine animal I hate the idea of them used as sport but do realise they need to run its in their nature. I always thought the rail platforms were for The Winston Barracks ... now a posh Housing estate.
Charlie Endell

I think Hamilton was in decline at one point as well, but turned itself around. You're right, very accessible (close to the M74 and Hamilton West railway station is walking distance).

Mind you, Kelso has prospered (they're going to build a new grandstand), despite being a nightmare to get to in terms of public transport. I (with three others) got a train to Berwick upon Tweed, then a taxi to Kelso (20-odd cross country miles). Kelso railway station closed to passenger traffic in 1964.

In a few years will be able to get the train to Tweedbank (17 miles from Kelso) and bus from there to Kelso (think there's a bus from Berwick to Kelso, but takes ages, and not very regular). You can get a bus from Edinburgh to Kelso, but you wouldn't want to be in a hurry - think it takes about 2hrs!
Charlie Endell

Just found this -

http://www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk...ID=2402&region=Lanarkshire%20(South)&div=&class=ALL&category=AT%20RISK&Page=8&NumImg=5
cybers

Brilliant wee read that .. The first Robot Scorecard in the UK was an eye opener as I had assumed the one at Carlisle was the first but that was merely a personal view .... Loved the quote

Quote:
"ladies were very much in evidence. There was [also] an unusual number of clergymen about the course"


Ministers playing the game of chance ... never  
Charlie Endell

Didn't realize there is a picture of the Tote Tower in a thread in Wannabe Glasgow Bits (Lanark & New Lanark).

I did use the search function before starting this thread - 'onest guv'nor!
Hawick_1987

cybers wrote:
Charlie you should try to get down for the border ridings whilst not a race as per-Se its a bloody brilliant day out where everyone is welcome...


The 'Common Riding,' 'Beltane' and 'Braw Lad's Gathering' are all top notch events rated highly by publications such as Lonely Planet and now Cybers  

It's all in the name for me! - Hawick Common Riding
cybers

Hawick_1987 wrote:
cybers wrote:
Charlie you should try to get down for the border ridings whilst not a race as per-Se its a bloody brilliant day out where everyone is welcome...


The 'Common Riding,' 'Beltane' and 'Braw Lad's Gathering' are all top notch events rated highly by publications such as Lonely Planet and now Cybers  

It's all in the name for me! - Hawick Common Riding


I was introduced to it by a guy i worked with who was also a "Kelso Lad" (Local colloquialism)  

I canny mind how i got back to his gaff ... and woke up on the kitchen floor ... got a stron suspicion strong drink might have been involved
Hawick_1987

cybers wrote:
Hawick_1987 wrote:
cybers wrote:
Charlie you should try to get down for the border ridings whilst not a race as per-Se its a bloody brilliant day out where everyone is welcome...


The 'Common Riding,' 'Beltane' and 'Braw Lad's Gathering' are all top notch events rated highly by publications such as Lonely Planet and now Cybers  

It's all in the name for me! - Hawick Common Riding


I was introduced to it by a guy i worked with who was also a "Kelso Lad" (Local colloquialism)  

I canny mind how i got back to his gaff ... and woke up on the kitchen floor ... got a stron suspicion strong drink might have been involved


Doog Doog

cybers wrote:
I always thought the rail platforms were for The Winston Barracks ... now a posh Housing estate.


The Lanark racecourse platforms were on the Muirkirk branch.
cybers

Doog Doog wrote:
cybers wrote:
I always thought the rail platforms were for The Winston Barracks ... now a posh Housing estate.


The Lanark racecourse platforms were on the Muirkirk branch.


Yi would be as well in the Gaelic Doogs as the choo choos is no my thing... LAst train i was on was going to cremate my da in Hartlepool and afore that was probably 20 year gap ...
Bear in mind ma da worked on the trains.
sputnik

cybers ,you may be familiar with the song the railwayman then.written by eric bogle although my copy of it was by the laggan.lovely song.
cybers

Strange as it may seem my Da hated everything about the railway Sputnik ... He hated Trainspotters with a passion especially ones who decided to take it up as a career... He loved the engineering side of things and had an affinity with most things diesel but it was more in a mechanical and technical sense than anything else. Rail talk was mostly banned in the house unless it was planning a journey. And if Willie Nelson and his pals never sang it chances are it never made the Jukebox.
Charlie Endell

Anyone know if the platforms are still there or if the site has now been built on?

I noticed last Sunday there was a new mini roundabout between Lanark Loch and Hyndford Bridge, and some new houses had been built. Assume this was the site of the barracks? The last time I approached Lanark from Hyndford Bridge you could still clearly see a railway embankment running to the south of the racecourse, which would obviously have been part of the Muirkirk line.

As a wee aside, my mother's maiden name is Hyndford. No idea about its origins but it's certainly not a common name. There used to be an Earl of Hyndford but certainly no connection to my family   .
cybers

If i remember i will have a wee look at the weekend Charlie...

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