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katimac

Port Dundas.. Pinkston Power Station

Hope I'm posting this in the right bit, wasn't too sure where to put it

Took a trip down to the site of the old Pinkston Power Station on Canal Bank Street, Port Dundas this evening.  The area has always fascinated me, here's some pictures

When the Power Station was still in use..


Pinkston Power Station by Msbluecat, on Flickr

Boat thingy... but it's in two parts?!  Anyone know what it was for?

Port Dundas by Msbluecat, on Flickr


Port Dundas by Msbluecat, on Flickr


Port Dundas by Msbluecat, on Flickr


Port Dundas by Msbluecat, on Flickr

Old tiled floor...

Port Dundas by Msbluecat, on Flickr

Something pretty massive must have crashed into the gates, they're completely mangled.  Happened on Thursday ...

Port Dundas by Msbluecat, on Flickr


Port Dundas by Msbluecat, on Flickr
cell

Good early history of Pinkston here:-
http://www.semple.biz/glasgow/pinkstonpowerstation.shtml
This was the power station for the tramways but was later taken over by the SSEB
katimac

Thanks cell, that was a really interesting read!  
Fireman

When I was a kid in the 1960's we used to run by the front of the building as to us it looked scary with its war-time painted camouflage on it still and the two giant chimneys either side of the arched entrance with its two round windows that could have been its eyes.

We called it 'The Robot' because we all reckoned it looked like something from the old black & white Flash Gordon TV series.

We were heading for the 'stinky pits', heaven knows why, which as I later discovered was where all the chemicals were dumped from the factory that stood on that piece of ground - they built the Pinkston flats on it I believe.
James

Fireman wrote:
We were heading for the 'stinky pits', heaven knows why, which as I later discovered was where all the chemicals were dumped from the factory that stood on that piece of ground - they built the Pinkston flats on it I believe.

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James H
Stuball

The tiled floor I think is what remains of a car garage that was there until a few years ago
Hawick_1987

Great work Katimac, good to see you diving in there!  

That boat has me stumped...  
Fireman

Thanks James H.  
norrie

Hi Katimac, good photos
Could the two barges be floating landing decks?
katimac

norrie wrote:
Could the two barges be floating landing decks?


Thanks for all the info everyone, I find the area really fascinating for some reason.  

I'm not even sure what a floating landing deck is Norrie
norrie

Hi Katiemac, think of a floating jetty, for boats to moor alongside
Not saying I am  right
Hawick_1987

27th August;









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Railway swing bridge which rotated diagonal to North Canal Bank Street






Bascule bridge





Junction where the Glasgow Branch continued right on to the Monkland Canal
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Pinkston Power Station site










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Long before it housed a cooling tower, this area was a timber basin cutting into the wharf








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Inside 'Rose'


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Some CANMORE images of the site








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The Glasgow Branch of the Forth and Clyde Canal used to track along where the M8 is now to Castle Street Bridge, turning right to meet the Monkland Canal Basin at the Cut O' the Junction.









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Original stonework meeting the 1970s motorway variety






Cut O' The Junction - Castle Street Bridge and the canal turn visible to the left of the pic
Beano

Top post young man
katimac

Hawick_1987 wrote:




Great pics Hawick!  

Does anyone have an idea of what this was for?
norrie

Hi Hawick good shots, I thought I got myself into some queer places
Beano

norrie wrote:
Hi Hawick good shots, I thought I got myself into some queer places

FFS......      
Doog Doog

Remains of a capstan?
Hawick_1987

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capstan_(nautical)

In case anyone is as ignorant as me Doog Doog!  
Capercaillie

Hawick_1987 wrote:



Always like the way the horse's tow rope wore away the stonework on canal bridges as you can see half way up the edge of the right hand wall.  Some seriously major gouges on Union Canal bridges.

Just to add that the Port Dundas site has been earmarked by Scottish Canals for the Scotland canoe training centre, with work to begin sometime after the "Kelpies" project is finished at Falkirk/Grangemouth.

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