NS3977 : The Howgate

taken 12 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

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The Howgate
The Howgate
Visible on the left is a surviving portion of the southern wall of the former Dalquhurn Dye Works. Although it cannot be seen in this photo, not far ahead, where the track meets the cycle route, part of an original stone gateway can be seen at the corner of the wall.

A loop line was extended from Dumbarton to Balloch railway line specifically to serve Dalquhurn (here, it ran parallel to and immediately to the north of the Howgate), and a single track line was later created to link Dalquhurn Dyeworks and the Cordale works; the line ran along the banks of the River Leven, and the engine was referred to as the Pug (according to a notice board at the top of Dalquhurn Point, it was a Barclay 0-4-0 locomotive). These lines are shown on the 1:10560 OS map of 1899.

Beyond the far end of the track, a large building is visible; this is part of the bottling and blending plant at Kilmalid, and it is located on the far side of the river.

For a view in the opposite direction from the same point, see NS3977 : The Howgate.
The Howgate :: NS3877

See LinkExternal link (an annotated satellite view) for the original line (in yellow) and the current line (in green) of this track.

As explained in a Geograph article Link the track, on its original line, provided access to Pillanflatt Farm and to the River Leven; the riverside meadow at the eastern end of the track was once known as Sandyholme (see Link for comments on that name and its possible relation to that of the Howgate).

Expansion of the Dalquhurn Dye Works had swallowed that farm by 1860, and the original course of the Howgate would gradually fall into disuse and would likewise be consumed by the expanding works. The present-day Howgate, running some way to the south of the original one, represents the course of a long-dismantled railway branch line, first shown on the 1896 map revision.

The Howgate now leads from the main road (the Renton Road) to meet a foot/cycle path beside the River Leven. A building called Howgate Lodge was formerly located at NS38657749, near the western end of the track, but it was cleared away when the A82 (dual carriageway) was built. There was also a Howgate Cottage (likewise long gone) partway along the track, at NS38997753, on or near the spot where the farmhouse of Pillanflatt earlier stood.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 18 February, 2010   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 24 February, 2010
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River Leven  Dalquhurn 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3916 7743 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.7719N 4:34.6950W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3909 7742
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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