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Swan on Ryat Linn

Ryat Linn – 16 April 2016

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In the mid 19th century, Glasgow was expanding and the grandly named Gorbals Gravitation Water Company was established to provide clean water into the city. The Brock Burn was identified as a means of feeding the reservoirs.

The Brock Burn between Balgray and Ryat Linn resevoirs

The Brock Burn between Balgray and Ryat Linn resevoirs
16 April 2016

Ryat Linn and Waukglen was constructed first being completed around 1848. The largest resevoir is Balgray which was completed 1854, and extended in the 1860s

Ryat Linn Reservoir

Ryat Linn Reservoir
16 April 2016

In the early 20th century, the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway was built to connect the port of Ardrossan with the Lanarkshire coalfields. A viaduct was constructed to the north of the dam which seperates Ryat Linn and Waukglen.

L&AR viaduct across the south of Waukglen Reservoir.

L&AR viaduct across the south of Waukglen Reservoir.
16 April 2016

Boat trains to Ardrossan ran in 1920s, however the line was closed south of Lugton in the 1930s, and with electrification to Neilston in 1962, the line beyond there was closed, after a visit by the Royal Train to Uplawmoor in 1964.

The Dams to Darnley Country park, which Ryat Linn is part, is blessed with plenty of wildlife. During the walk, bird song was heard and swans, ducks and blue tits seen.

Swan on Ryat Linn

Swan on Ryat Linn
16 April 2016

On the weekend of 16/17 April 2016, there were the Scottish Cup semi finals at Hampen Park, and as a result all the trains were running as 6-car sets to accomodate the additional passengers travelling to and from Mount Florida.

15:35 Glasgow Central to Neilston crossing Waukglen Viaduct

15:35 Glasgow Central to Neilston crossing Waukglen Viaduct
16 April 2016

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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