NS3981 : The Stuckie Bridge

taken 11 years ago, near to Jamestown, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

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The Stuckie Bridge
The Stuckie Bridge
This bridge crosses the River Leven, leading from Rosshead to Jamestown. Rosshead is at its western end (on the left in this picture), and Jamestown at its eastern end.

The bridge was originally a viaduct for the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway; it replaced an earlier wooden structure. See NS3981 : The Stuckie Bridge for a view showing details of the underside.

It is informally known as the Stuckie Bridge; some years ago, that name was explained to me as being the result of an obscure play on words, as follows: it is properly the "Stirling Bridge"; "Stirling" was first altered to "Starling", and then to "Stuckie" (the old Scots name for that bird). This explanation is confirmed by the Vale of Leven website, which provides further information, in an article by Gordon Burns, about the various bridges that cross the Leven: LinkExternal link

For similar views, see NS3981 : The Stuckie Bridge and NS3981 : Footbridge, Jamestown. See NS3981 : Crossing the Stuckie Bridge for a view of the path that now leads over the bridge.
Forth and Clyde Junction Railway :: NS5694
This line, now completely dismantled, covered a distance of 31 miles from Balloch, through Drymen Station (in Croftamie), to Stirling.

In 1853, Royal Assent was given to an Act of Parliament "for making a Railway commencing by a Junction with the Scottish Central Railway at Stirling, and terminating by a Junction with the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Railway at Alexandria, to be called the 'Forth and Clyde Junction Railway'".

The railway opened in 1856. Passenger services ended for most of the line in 1934, although sections remained open for goods traffic until 1965. See LinkExternal link (at RAILSCOT) for further details, and LinkExternal link (at the same site) for a detailed chronology.
National Cycle Network Route 7 :: NX7662
The Lochs and Glens (North) route covers 214 miles from Inverness to Glasgow. The Lochs and Glens (South) covers 193 miles from Glasgow and Carlisle via the Ayrshire coast, Kirkcudbright and Dumfries. It continues east as the Coast to Coast C2C route to Sunderland.
River Leven (Dunbartonshire)
The River Leven (Uisge Leamhna in Gaelic) is a stretch of water in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, flowing from Loch Lomond in the North to the River Clyde in the South. The total length of the river is approximately 6 miles.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 22 August, 2007   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 15 June, 2010
Geographical Context
Former (from Tags)
Railway Bridge 
River (from Tags)
Footbridge   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3956 8123 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:59.8264N 4:34.4469W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3958 8113
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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