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Charlie Endell

Strathaven Central and the Pomillion Viaducts





Site of Strathaven Central just after it had been cleared in 1969 (five years after it closed to passenger traffic on 4th October 1965). As the trackbed site is now higher couldn't get low enough for an exact past and present. On the other side of the bridge the platforms are still there.






The Pomillion Viaducts, again in 1969. Today they're long gone and the view is obscured by trees. The viaduct on the right carried the line to Hamilton via Strathaven North, Glassford, Quarter, Meikle Earnock and High Blantyre, which closed to passenger traffic in 1945.

The other viaduct carried the line to Hamilton via Stonehouse and Larkhall. It's a shame the viaducts were lifted as the former trackbed would have made a great cycle path  from Strathaven to Larkhall (Stonehouse Viaduct has also been removed, although the stone pillars remain; this was the longest viaduct in Scotland. Larkhall Viaduct remarkably survives, although access to the public is not available, as it's in a dangerous condition; this was the highest viaduct in Scotland, with great views of Morgan Glen and beyond).

I found a great article by Iain Frew on the Mid-Lanark lines. In the early '60s one peak train (the 5.11pm from Glasgow) carried 110 people to Larkhall, 30 to Stonehouse, plus 25 for the connection shuttle to Strathaven. The 5.39pm from Glasgow to Strathaven carried 85 to Larkhall, 20 to Stonehouse, and 30 to Strathaven. With passenger numbers like these closure was perhaps understandable.

The Stonehouse viaduct wasn't removed until the '70s as there was a possibility of Stonehouse becoming a new town, in which case reopening as far as Stonehouse might have been justifiable. However, the decision was taken to expand East Kilbride instead.

In recent years the line was partially reopened to Larkhall. Apparently, reopening to Stonehouse was considered, but the cost was prohibitive (it would have meant refurbishing the Larkhall Viaduct and building a new viaduct at Stonehouse).
Doog Doog

Nice past presents.
cybers

I was on top of the Larkhall viaduct last year and according to the wee guys drinking on the top theres a weak part near one of the edges due to cars getting torched on it for years but there is also a few holes that you need to keep your eyes peeled for.

Will have a look as i may have photos from up there but pretty sure I binned them all when the Image stabiliser on my sigma lens failed.
Charlie Endell

Doog Doog wrote:
Nice past presents.

Thanks. Went on my jacksie to take the photo of the bridge - sheer slope (in front of the bridge) and slippery surface make for a dangerous combination   .

Will buy a camera one day to take some decent photos - only have my phone at the moment.
Charlie Endell

cybers wrote:
I was on top of the Larkhall viaduct last year and according to the wee guys drinking on the top theres a weak part near one of the edges due to cars getting torched on it for years but there is also a few holes that you need to keep your eyes peeled for.

Will have a look as i may have photos from up there but pretty sure I binned them all when the Image stabiliser on my sigma lens failed.
I've had a look at both ends of the viaduct and couldn't see a way past the concrete structures. How did you manage to get on it?

It's a particularly impressive structure from the foot of Morgan Glen - I wouldn't like to have been involved in building it   .

There were calls for it to be demolished after a girl fell from it.
cybers

Stupidity and a sense of adventure is the only answer ... Then i felt like a pleb when i saw the old guys drinking on it in the sunshine ... Oh and they had garden furniture including a table  

The end caps were a very recent addition as they were in place when i went but I was told before my visit i could just walk right onto it.
cybers

Not my photo but floows Flickr rules concerning linkback.


Larkhall Viaduct
Charlie Endell

I feel giddy just looking at that photo - not got a head for heights!

There was a rope hanging down from the maintenance walkway (if that's what you call it) one time I was there, so I could possibly have climbed up that. However, had a dog with me, and she might have struggled  

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