Stunning Engineering Old And New
… the Kelpies.
Here is the new link c/o Google Earth …
… and on Open Street Map.
The channel that leads off right from the Kelpies and under the M9 …
Sailing geographically from east (Forth) to west (Clyde) this is the first piece of big engineering to be part of the rebuild and re-opening of the defunct canal.
But, pedantically, The Falkirk Wheel is not part of the Forth and Clyde canal.
When passenger boats ran (slowly!) between the two great Scottish cities, some customers found it quicker to alight from the vessel at the foot of the ladder, travel up the hill by carriage and join their onward boat at the top (anf vice versa).
It is an aqueduct which originally crossed a railway.
The canal crossed both the Luggie Water (a stream) and the railway branch to Lennoxtown (The Campsie Branch). The railway is now the obligatory footpath and cycleway but the stream remains.
There was considerable interest in 1900 watching the trains negotiate the Luggie in flood.
Proceeding west the next big renewal project is at Stockingfield Junction.
We’ve got an aqueduct, the junction, a bridge and a park; all courtesy of canal regeneration. But, notably, we’ve got one of hese.
The influential and successful businessmen of Glasgow were less than pleased when Mr Smeaton looked as if he were by-passing the city centre. But worry not; a branch was dug which served wharves in the centre and connected with the Monkland Canal.
Most of the Monkland is abandoned and filled in but one intriguing remnant remains in the centre of Glasgow. This pedestrian subway was once part of the canal …
… where the gouging of the tow ropes is still extant on the corner post!
… showing the connection to the Monkland Canal bottom right. And today’s plan …
… has just a dribble of the former Monkland connection bottom right. fbb thinks even that dribble is now dry!
… and this is how it is! (viewed from roughly the same direction).
When is an aqueduct a tunnel? Hmmm? Maybe it is an aqueduct because it is all one big chunk of construction. A tunnel would be under he earth and under the canal – perhaps.