Michael Laing (rock_dinosaur) wrote,
Michael Laing
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A long cycle-run

Today, I took my bicycle to Bathgate on the train and cycled from there along the cyclepath to Drumgelloch, near Airdrie, and back. The cyclepath is fifteen miles long and occupies the trackbed of the railway between these locations which closed in 1982, but is shortly to be reopened. The outward run to Drumgelloch felt relatively easy, but what I'd failed to realise was that I'd had the wind at my back all the way; on my return it was blasting in my face and I felt as if I was wading through particularly dense treacle. I thought I was never going to make it back to Bathgate, but of course I had no option but to keep going, albeit at what seemed like an exceedingly slow pace. Lesson: never attempt to do too much in one go. A thirty-mile cycle-run is really a bit beyond my present capabilities.


A northward view along the cyclepath which formerly occupied the trackbed of the Wilsontown, Morningside & Coltness Railway at a location a short distance to the south of Bathgate on 9th May, 2006. A foundry-themed metal sculpture dominates the scene. The railway has since been reinstated here as part of the Airdrie-to-Bathgate scheme.


Photograph taken on 9th May, 2006, at an unidentified location by the cyclepath which formerly occupied the trackbed of the now-reinstated railway between Bathgate and Airdrie. If you look closely, you'll see a duck amongst the burned vegetation. What was it doing there?


The leading car of BR York Class 320 3-car EMU No. 320 308 at Drumgelloch Station near Airdrie, Lanarkshire, which, prior to the reopening of the line to Bathgate, was the easternmost extremity of the North Clydeside route from Helensburgh via Glasgow Queen Street Low Level. This station has now been closed and a new Drumgelloch Station built further east near Clarkston on the reopened section of line. 9th May, 2006.


Me reflected in a carriage window of a train at Drumgelloch Station, the eastern terminus at that time of services on the Glasgow Queen Street Low Level line, on 9th May, 2006.


A mare and foal seen on 9th May, 2006, at an unidentified location along the cyclepath which formerly occupied the trackbed of the railway between Airdrie and Bathgate. I'm not much of an expert on horses, but the mare looks somewhat undernourished to me.


A mare and foal seen on 9th May, 2006, at an unidentified location along the cyclepath which formerly occupied the trackbed of the railway between Airdrie and Bathgate.


A mare and foal seen on 9th May, 2006, at an unidentified location along the cyclepath which formerly occupied the trackbed of the railway between Airdrie and Bathgate.


A mare and foal seen on 9th May, 2006, at an unidentified location along the cyclepath which formerly occupied the trackbed of the railway between Airdrie and Bathgate.


A mare and foal seen on 9th May, 2006, at an unidentified location along the cyclepath which formerly occupied the trackbed of the railway between Airdrie and Bathgate.


A mare and foal seen on 9th May, 2006, at an unidentified location along the cyclepath which formerly occupied the trackbed of the railway between Airdrie and Bathgate.
Tags: bathgate, bathgate & coatbridge railway, cycling, drumgelloch, wilsontown morningside & coltness railwa
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