Hunthill Road Railway Bridge

This previously unseen photo was taken on the day the Railway Bridges were removed at Hunthill Road.

1960s Hunthil Road wm

Looking up toward Kirkton along Hunthill Road, the police car is parked near the top of Stonefield Crescent. A crawler crane is in place with the burning of girders already commenced on the underside of the bridge.

Incredibly, the road remains open with stop / go boards, perhaps though only letting pedestrians through. In the background, beyond the former school is the old Parish Church Hall.

I haven’t got the exact date for this but seeing the bridges removed by the 1963 map, this is most likely the late 1950’s or very early 1960s. The railways were dismantled already by this time. This was just one of TWO bridges in this immediate location, the other immediately behind the camera out the photo.

If you know the exact year, please do let me know!

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,

Jean Richardson We lived next to Willie Thomson’s shop. Then moved to Dundonald street.  Look at the tiny wee pavement we negotiated to get to school. (1968 to its closure) Wasn’t much better from the ‘White Gates’ of the Calder to the Hoolets Nest.
Charline & Sandy Brown, Mgt, Jim & Karen Hales, Ian Russel, the Kennedy clan!

Lillias Addison Remember this well

Brian Weaver I don’t remember Blantyre police ever having Renault Dauphines. These were the days before we joined the EU and all the public services bought British vehicles. Does anyone else remember this vehicle?

Blantyre Project Maybe a safety inspector or county council manager?

John Dunsmore Many a time I’ve walked under this. Bridge and all the rest that were in. Blantyre gone are the. Good days.

Blantyre Project Gone ur thae days wi ‘a ther spelndir,
Nae mair sandstane, nae mair grandeur,
Ah miss thae days, wi the simple livin,
It wisnae aboot takin, but a’ways givin.

Gone ur thae days ‘o Blantyre past,
Tae the cawder falls, wi rod to cast,
Ah miss thae days ‘n roamin afar,
Trampin hame wi tadpoles in a jar.

Gone ur thae days, ye’ll hear me say,
Eddie the coalman, ginger vans tae,
An every month doon tae Jimmy Cleary,
Wi thon snippety scissors that made ye teary.

Gone ur thae days, wi oor humble abode,
Oor ain wee nest, near Stanefield Road,
Ah miss thae days, thae wur the best,
Geein cheek tae parents, ah wis a pest.

Gone ur thae days, wen ye walked yersel,
Never feart, nae scary stories tae tell,
Ah miss thae days, wen oor streets wur calm,
Friendly banter, ‘n nae knives in palms.

Yes, Gone ur thae days, a long fur them back,
Or is it ma childhood, youth n the crack?
Ah miss thae days, am glad av said,
Wi nae regrets, a noo look ahead.

Paul Veverka, Feb 2012

John Dunsmore Yes always the. Givin , and you get back in trills 👌

Agnes Collins Remember the bridge well .

Moira Mulvaney Pacheco I lived in Park Crescent which was just before the bridge. I remember the trains going past with the smoke belching out of them.

Lon McIlwraith I started High Blantyre Primary school in 1961, and the bridge was still there at that time.

Janice McPhail Did you ever live in meadow avenue high Blantyre

Lon McIlwraith Yep, number 5

Norma Cassidy Foley I left High Blantyre Primary in1961 and bridge was there

Blantyre Project line had stopped by 1961 with cast iron bridge removed in 1962 and bridge abutments away in 67 or 68.

Alan Baird Blantyre Project thats exactly when i worked it out to be

Margaret Elma Griffin Walked under that bridge many a time still there in 1957

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