Some Places Are Just Facinating.
The worldly wise amongst Scottish motorists will know that this turn takes you to Bowling as shown by a sign which is just past the junction.
This sign was well obscured by a First Glasgow bus as Streetview trundled past.
If, again, you are in the know, you turn right off the diddy spur road and proceed westwards.
On your left is the railway line to Dumbarton and Helnsburgh, home of the North Clyde electric network. You are now on the “old” road west before the swish new A82 was constructed, and it is named Dumbarton Road.
On the outskirts of Bowling we come across some traffic lights, a terrace of housing and bus stops.
The bus stops are for the complex bus branded “The One” …
… most recently with purple fronts; although with First, you never know! The brand brought together a whole range of services broadly using the A82.
Alas, you will not find Bowling on the route map but it lies, lost and forlorn …
… between Kilpatrick and Dumbarton East stations.
Note the somewhat basic lifting of the footbridge to allow for the electrification. It looked much more like a “proper” station when the wires went up!
Basic and functional, but nowhere near as attractive!
The boarded-up building on the left appears on the current Streetview as a cosy (?) re-opened Station Hotel.
There is some doubt on-line whether it is still open??
… after first crossing over the railway.
But what is this, just beyond the overbridge? It is another railway. but disused.
This was the Lanarkshire and Dumbarton Railway (RED) …
… which paralled (intertwined) with today’s route along the north coast of the Clyde. Here we can see the turn off the Dumbarton Road, the terrace of houses, the road bridge over the current line and the railway bridge ditto.
The closed line also had a Bowling station on an island platform.
The line closed in 1964 and much of it, in the Bowling area, is a footpath and cycleway.
This is the lock and lock-keeper’s hut, where the Forth and Clyde canal joins the Clyde.