2023

NS4573 : Swing bridge, Bowling

taken 1 year ago, near to Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Swing bridge, Bowling
Swing bridge, Bowling
No longer in working order, it has recently been renovated with a new path and cycleway across it. Built in 1896 to carry the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway over the Forth and Clyde Canal, it is Category B listed LinkExternal link.
Forth and Clyde Canal

The Forth and Clyde Canal links Bowling on the Firth of Clyde with Grangemouth on the Firth of Forth. It allowed goods to be transported between the east and west coasts, and to be exported from Glasgow to Europe or from Edinburgh to America, without taking the hazardous route round the north of Scotland or the longer route via the English Channel.

It is 56 kilometres (35 miles) long and has 39 locks, and the highest point is 47 metres (155 feet) above sea level. Originally there were 33 drawbridges, ten large aqueducts and 33 smaller ones.

It was designed by the engineer John Smeaton and opened in 1790, after over 20 years of planning and construction.

With time seagoing vessels became too large to pass through the locks, and competition from the railways in the 19th century led to it being more or less disused, and it was closed in 1963.

However it was reopened as a Millennium project in 2001, and linked to the Union Canal by the Falkirk Wheel.


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Geographical Context: Paths Railways Canals Primary Subject: Bridge other tags: Former Railway Swing Bridge Forth and Clyde Canal No Swimming Sign Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Swing Bridge [26] · Category B Listed [21] · New Path [10] ·
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NS4573, 252 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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Richard Sutcliffe   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 7 March, 2023   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 9 March, 2023
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4512 7355 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.7998N 4:28.8386W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4513 7355
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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