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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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February Open Meeting

The next Open Meeting is on February 24 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm. Sue Furness and Fiona Jackson will talk on 'Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers'.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

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