Following the closure of the Union Canal the long flight of 11 locks and basins linking the canal to Port Downie's basin on the Forth and Clyde Canal were filled in during the 1960s. A new connection was needed to re-open the connection - one impediment was that the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway's viaduct over the canal had been demolished and the railway realigned. The Falkirk Wheel linking the canals today is well known. In addition to this a new extension of the Union Canal one mile west to a new tunnel under the railway and the Antonine Wall was required, the extension finishing at the wheel. This view to the east shows the then recently built bridge in 2000, carrying the railway over the southern entrance to the tunnel. The under construction extension of the canal can be seen being dug out on the right. Lime Road Goods was a little to the east.
Location: Lime Road Goods
Company: Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Photographer: Ewan Crawford
Contact photographer: Ewan Crawford
Image number: 73759