Dalmarnock Iron Works

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Dalmarnock Iron Works (1872-1986)


This was William Arrol & Co^s structural engineering works located in Dalmarnock in the east end of Glasgow opened in 1872. The works fabricated structures for bridges and buildings all over the World.

The older part of the works was on the west side of Boden Street, a greenfield site in countryside on the edge of the city when opened. This site was not railway served but had internal lines. A newer portion opened on the east side of the road and west side of the railway at London Road [Glasgow], this was directly served by the Dalmarnock Iron Works Siding of the Dalmarnock Branch Extension (Caledonian Railway).

The works closed in 1986.

A selection:

1872 Dalmarnock Iron Works
William Arrol & Co^s structural engineering works opened.

1875 Craighead Viaduct Built for the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway.

1875-1879 Clyde Viaduct [Glasgow Central] [1st] Built for the Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway).

1882 -1890 Forth Bridge William Arrol & Co were fabricators and contractors for the bridge.

1883-1887 Tay Bridge Construction of second River Tay bridge from Wormit, Fife, to Dundee.

1886-1894 Tower Bridge Fabricators and contractors.

1895 North Bridge, Edinburgh
Reconstruction of the North Bridge over Edinburgh Waverley station.

1895-1896 Kilbowie Swing Bridge Swing bridge over the Forth and Clyde Canal in Clydebank. Not brought into regular service for legal reasons.

1900-1906 Suir Viaduct, Waterford Nine span 1,205ft long bridge with Scherzer lifting span. Bridge built for the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours.

1900-1906 Dalmuir Naval Construction Yard Construction of shipyard with an Arrol Gantry, an overhead gantry over a berth, for William Beardmore & Co Ltd.

1904-1905 Clyde Viaduct [Glasgow Central] Bridge built for the expansion of Glasgow Central for the Caledonian Railway which greatly increased the capacity of the lines approaching the station.

1907-1909 Queen Alexandra Bridge Construction of two deck (one road, one rail) bridge over the River Wear.

1908 Queen^s Island Shipyard Construction of an Arrol Gantry at the Belfast shipyard of Harland and Wolff.

1909-1911 Tees Transporter Bridge A transporter bridge (gantry with vehicle gondola) crossing the River Tees between Middlesbrough and Port Clarence.

1923 Inchinnan Bridge Scherzer rolling lift bridge over the White Cart.

Fort William Aluminium Pier Electric crane for the pier for the Lochaber Aluminium Works (replacing a steam crane).

1971 Scott Lithgow Shipbuilders Goliath crane for supertanker building.


Iron works structural engineering