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Greenock's Lost Railways Photographs
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:24 pm    Post subject: Greenock's Lost Railways Photographs  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi all. A gallery and project which will expand rapidly over the next few days.

ABANDONED AND DISUSED RAILWAYS: Greenock's Lost Railways
http://jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net/greenockslostrailway - Full information can be found in the gallery commentary box and all 40 photographs take today by clicking on the link above

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Great pics jonno.

Thank you for sharing them....
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Did I not post my pics from that line? I visited there about 6 weeks or so ago











Rest of the set viewable HERE
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Glad you like them, thought you might hehe. Stuball, your pics are fab:). I am visiting the whole branch tomorrow. Like I say the gallery will expand over the next few days:P. Did you walk the whole branch Stuball and if so anything surprising as in rats or anything?

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Nothing that unusual... except perhaps the female mallard duck sitting in the puddle. Saw a fox too but used to seeing them.
We went from the viaduct to the last tunnel thats locked. Planning a return trip soon for the other direction with the 2 adjacent tunnels.

Interesting seeing that burntout car... wasnt there on my visit. Has it been driven along the line or pushed down from above?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

is the fence to get into the other tunnel fenceable if you know what I mean? Good pix minx;)

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

wee minx wrote:
Nice pics Stu...here are mine....

Wots with the square in the pic ? I can see mibees 18 there ,but wot a weird pic
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

, spooky isn't it...I can see a profile of wee man with a big chin praying
It is a number 18 plate, looked pretty clear in reality, but looks different now.  
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:08 pm    Post subject: Greenock's Lost Railways Photographs Part 2 Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi all. I've added another 15 to the Greenock's Lost Railways gallery on my
site. I will be revisiting the town and the sites of its lost railway lines in the
next few weeks. I am taking time out photography this week in order to do work on my
site and get it back to what it was a month or so ago before unfortunately being
hacked into. I'll keep you all up-to-date with updates I make to the site. For
now all 55 photographs can be found here:

ABANDONED AND DISUSED RAILWAYS: Greenock's Lost Railways:
http://jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net/greenockslostrailway

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Glad I found this site and the pics of the Greenock tunnels. In my childhood, me and many others used to play in these tunnels and as we got older, "adventure" in them from 1970 - 1977. Films like Von Ryans Express and the Railway children were worshiped by us then. Sort of christmas exciting stuff, games of soldiers etc. The Airfix days.

From 1970 and probably before, the line was disussed for several years, allowing us to freely explore them and their offshoot branch lines in the Lynedoch street goods station yard area (now a mix of failed industrial units). There was also a few bomb shelters, with stair cases going down, probably buried now.

We roamed the line from Greenock Lynedoch Street all the way down to the container terminal, several miles, through the "Simba" tunnel, that's the longest tunnel which commences at Brachelston Street , and goes below old Greenock cemetary, hence the name Simba, a sort ofGreenock abbreviation of cemetary !...or could it be to do with Zulu Dawn, big film at that time ?

One interesting point about the Simba tunnel is, it crosses over the Greenock West - Fort Matilda/Gourock tunnel, while under ground, both tunnels. A tunnel below a tunnel. A remarkable piece of engineering for the time they were mined. There is also an air shaft, about 50 feet dia from the Simba tunnel which is visable from the back gardens in the Finnart Street / Brisbane Street area. You can see it on Google maps clearly. An old uncle now deceased many years ago, told me that the reason for the air shaft was accidental, due to a cave in on tunnel construction.

The rail line re opened around 1973 for a short period transporting containers from Greenock to Glasgow and we used to get home from school around 4.30 and all meet at upper Lynedoch Street and decend via a secret route, and there are/was several, through bushes, an access tunnel via a ladder, and a water channel with a path underground to the railway and make our way into the Mearns Steet / China town tunnel and stand in the manholes inside the tunnel awaiting the Glasgow - Container Terminal train to approach around 5.30pm.

Like clockwork, we all turned up. That would not happen nowadays.

The excitement of being in there, in the tunnel, while the huge Diesel, sometimes 2 locos, passed through, I cannot expalin. You would really need to have been there at that time to imagine the noise and vibration and see the light of the train approaching.

We would then play around for about an hour and a half until it made it's return trip with a full compliment of containers, on it's return trip to Glasgow.

The rail line was also used as a shortcut walk to the Greenock Baths (swimming pool) by people from the Strone area (Stronies). We were scared of them as they were one of the feared gangs at that time. YS.

I have many stories that I can tell you about these tunnels.

I would love to go for a walk through these tunnels again but I wonder if I was spotted, would I be arrested for tresspassing ?


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