Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Railway Touring Company's Cumbrian Mountain Express, from London, but steam hauled from Carnforth.
West Coast Railways Lune Rivers Trust Special, steam hauled Carnforth-Lancaster-Settle-Carlisle-Settle-Hellifield.
If you look closely you can see that the locomotive seems to have picked up an extra passenger on the trip - a pheasant, deceased.
see here, a Mark 1 Open First Class carriage, built at Swindon in the early 1960s. Just a youngster then!
I've never ridden on a main line steam hauled railtour. Perhaps I should put this on my bucket list.
Photos © Skip Cottage
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The answers were easily dug out my memories. My mother's sister and her husband lived in Dumbarton and as a youngster I often visited my Aunt Jenny and Uncle John there. The latter took me to the top of Dumbuck Hill, on the outskirts of the town near Milton. The photo above is of the hill as it looks now, in a lovely photo taken by Danny Kearney from the other side of the River Clyde. It didn't look like this in the past though. It rose to just over 500 feet in the fifties. Much of the hill has been quarried away since then. The shape of the hill was said to resemble a giant man lying on his back, or an elephant's head. As a wee boy, I could never see this myself!
I found a photo of the hill from 1960, showing the quarry in its early days, here.
You know you are getting old when the hill you climbed as a young boy is no longer there!
That's my father on the left, with the cigarette. The year would be 1947 or early 1948. I'm being carried by my dad and by Uncle John, with my sister on the right! If you recognise where we are, do let me know. It could be Dumbarton, or somewhere else entirely.
This section of railway, the North British route through the town, was closed and is now a footpath and cycleway.
The car must have been our family car back then. This one I don't remember though. Do you like my sun hat?
The houses were constructed, I believe, to provide accommodation for the workers at Babcock and Wilcox, a major employer locally in the twentieth century, see here, and here.
I remember that right on the top of Dumbuck was a small brick building which had been an observer post during WW2. Gradually it came nearer and nearer to the edge of the quarry, before it disappeared forever. I wonder if there's a photograph of it in an old album somewhere. Uncle John would tell stories of serving up on the hill, looking out for German bombers using the River Clyde to navigate up towards Clydebank.
The top photo is © Danny Kearney, from the Geograph website and reused under a Creative Commons licence. Similarly the photo of Geils Avenue is © Copyright Richard Webb. Other photos are © Skip Cottage.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
It has been a lovely month, or rather make that, a lovely summer. The sun was shining this afternoon again, so, leaving the garden and other jobs well behind, I set out on a wee walk.
Think of the work that must have gone in to clearing this field of all these boulders.
see here. As far as I am aware, this Langside has a much more peaceable history.
here. Indeed if you follow the signs to Kirkhill, you will join the star attraction of the area, at Wamphray Glen.
(See 'Atomic', live in Hyde Park 2014, here, and performed at the Glasgow Apollo in 1979, here. Now, where have these thirty-five years gone?)
And that's me nearing home. I am SO lucky to live here in Annandale ... especially on days like today.
Photos © Skip Cottage