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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 4:06 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Took a wee run up past Leadhills and Wanlockhead yesterday and had a wee look at the railway.... Damn its slow  


Adhesion Railway at Leadhills by David Laurie, on Flickr
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I was up there a few weeks ago and the wife was talking to an english couple while I took the wee fella around the station. They were struggling with a 4x4 that wouldn't start and she said "how do you like living here" they replied we f**king hate the place but stuck here just like the car.  
BtW My son's father-in-law just bought a house there.
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

When its nice in Leadhills its nice but when its not nice its awful, I like the place and the walks in the area, good pint of Light in The Hopetoun Arms Hotel
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Rural Landscape by Ben Allison, on Flickr




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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi Ben, I know exactly were you are, one of these days I will stop and take some shots   but we always seem to be in a hurry to get to our walk or get home
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My mother's aunt and her husband ran the co-op in Wanlockhead in the 1940's I think it would have been and she would go up regularly to stay with them when she was a teenager. About ten years ago she went on a run in the car down to Wanlockhead. She thought she would take a chance and chap the door of a girl she was friendly with when she visited in the 1940's and lo and behold she still lived in the same house with her brother. They invited her in and had a good chin wag as if it was just yesterday.
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Following a long period when my dad was unemployed, and I had been on free school meals at Mossend public school (the primary), I qualified for a free weeks holiday in Leadhills (paid for by the county?).

I can't remember where we were boarded but it was in a big brick or stone building rather than a wooden hall, on at least two floors, with dormitories, and staff slept there.

An Activity holiday, our days were spent out walking, and I know we climbed the Green Lowther? a strange hill with false summits - you thought you'd got to top only to find when you crested the summit there in front of you a short distance away was 'another hill' on top of it, and when you got to the top of that, another one.

Railways daft one of the first things I noticed on those walks were the old viaducts, at least one was grey concrete and curved. It was then I learned for the first time there had been a railway there.

Our walks also took us to Wanlockhead. At that time there was a dispute between the two villages as to which was the highest above sea level.

I enjoyed it but I've never been back since.
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It might have been the Youth Hostel. It is still going I believe.
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Larkhall Academy also had an Outdoor Centre there, not sure if it is still open though
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When I was at Coatbridge High School we had a Maths Teacher, Mr Russell who was a railway enthusiast.  He found out about the Outdoor studies facility which was in the old schoolhouse right at Beattock Summit and we spent a week there in the summers of 1973 and 1974.  It was great for sitting by the line spotting and going for walks in the area, one was the track of the old line from Elvanfoot to Wanlockhead.
One of the more unusual activities was a night time "wide game", and the idea was that you had to get from a starting point on the Elvanfoot to Wanlockhead road to a little bridge about a mile up the road without being spotted by Mr Russell or one of the other teachers who drove up and down the road.
We had spotted them coming and hid in a culvert under the road, next thing the Police Patrol appeared and wanted to know what he was doing driving up and down the road rather slowly!!

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