NS3667 : The Lost XVII

taken 11 years ago, near to Quarriers Village, Inverclyde, Scotland

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The Lost XVII
The Lost XVII
Mile marker 17 on National Cycle Network Route 75.
The Lost XVII

The novel and very popular 17 mile marker on National Cycle Network Route 75 between Kilmacolm and Bridge of Weir reflects that this was the northern outpost of the Roman Empire (they came, they saw and they were sent Romeward to think again).

The quirky sculpture, by London born David Kemp LinkExternal link and Jack Dempsey, is made of salvaged scrap metal from the railway line along which the route runs.

Former Paisley Canal railway line

The railway line takes its name from the former Glasgow to Ardrossan Canal, the route of which it follows from Glasgow to Johnstone. A line branched off at Elderslie to Princes Pier in Greenock, via Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm. It closed from the west in stages from the late 1950s, finally closing to passenger traffic from Kilmacolm to Glasgow on 8th January 1983. The line from Glasgow to Paisley was retained to serve the fuel depot at Hawkhead, but the tracks west of Canal station were lifted.

The line reopened to passenger traffic in 1990 and is still in use today, served by Diesel Multiple Units (see update below) from Glasgow Central to a new Canal station, slightly east of the old one.

The trackbed west of the new station is now a cycle path, part of the National Cycle Network. Route 75 heads along the Kilmacolm line to Greenock and Gourock. Route 7 heads along the Lochwinnoch Loop line to Ayrshire. Both are traffic free and fairly flat.

Update: The line was electrified in 2012. Electric trains ran during November, alternating with diesels until the service went fully electric on 9th December 2012.

Inverclyde sculptures

Inverclyde District, on the south bank of the Firth of Clyde, is home to many modern sculptures, many of which were commissioned by the local Urban Regeneration Company Riverside Inverclyde LinkExternal link to brighten up and help delineate the approaches to the towns of Port Glasgow, Greenock and Gourock.

Other significant sculptures can be found along the Clyde waterfront and also on National Cycle Network Routes 75 and 753 which run through the district.

In addition to these modern sculptures, there are a number of more traditional statues to be found, including one of the District's most famous son, James Watt.

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Geographical Context: Paths Railways Derelict, Disused
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NS3667, 41 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Thomas Nugent   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 14 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 25 June, 2013
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3656 6748 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:52.3609N 4:36.8300W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3656 6748
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