This photo is kindly shared her by Anthony Smith whose father took the photo on 15th June 1963. Anthony is one of the boys, pictured standing on the Craighead Viaduct. His family moved that year to Coatshill. Photographed from the Blantyre side of the River Clyde at Craighead Railway Viaduct, this was a dangerous time to be standing on that bridge. Trains overhead had stopped running the previous decade, but the pedestrian walkway pictured was fast becoming unsafe, with many wooden slats missing. I suspect Anthony’s father would only permit the boys to stand on the edge for this photo.
1963 was an important year for the viaduct, for 6 months later, the walkway and railway were demolished, leaving only the piers.
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