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Stewart-Noble-27.10.10-wHELENSBURGH Heritage Trust chairman Stewart Noble described many of the old railway lines which served Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven and Glasgow in a talk at the Trust's well-attended October open meeting in Helensburgh Lawn Tennis Club.

After overcoming a computer glitch, Stewart used then and now photographs of the three different railway companies lines from Glasgow to Clydebank, and explained how they developed into the one line that exists today.

Author of the recently published book 'Vanished Railways of Old Western Dunbartonshire', Stewart spoke about stations such as Clydebank East and Kilbowie, and showed the vast area occupied by the Singer factory and the goods lines which served it — as well as the steam and diesel locomotives used on the main lines and in factories and shipyards.

He showed old pictures of Dumbarton and the spur lines to the Dumbarton South goods yard and the Denny Shipyard, and the stations in the Vale of Leven on the line leading to Balloch Pier.

Group photographs of the staff at various stations showed both their pride in their uniforms and the number of people required to operate the various services, including parcel delivery.

Time did not permit him to cover the Dumbarton to Helensburgh route, and it could provide the basis of a future talk. Trust director John Johnston proposed the vote of thanks.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 November 2010 17:27 )  

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Cleland-Sneddon-wThe next Winter Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on October 25. Cleland Sneddon will speak about childhood holidays in Rosneath. All welcome.

Winter Talks 2017-18

  • Wednesday September 27 2017 — AGM; then Professor John Hume: History of local churches
  • Wednesday October 25 — Cleland Sneddon: Childhood holidays in Rosneath
  • Wednesday November 29 — David Bruce: Greatrex, Forger and Photographer

  • Wednesday January 31 2018 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden
  • Wednesday February 28 — Bruce and Nicola Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
  • Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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