Orchardhall Swing Bridge

Location type

Bridge

Name and dates

Orchardhall Swing Bridge (1911-1990)

Opened on the Bainsford Branch (Caledonian Railway).

Description

This swing bridge crossed the Forth and Clyde Canal and carried the 1911 goods only Bainsford Branch (Caledonian Railway) between its junction with the North British Railway at Bainsford Junction and Fouldubs Junction on the Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal), now owned by the Caledonian Railway.

The swing bridge was controlled by a signal box on the south west side of the line and south side of the canal. The box had an ungainly appearance due to the accumulator for the bridge being built to its rear.

The Falkirk Aluminium Works opened to the west, served from the east. This was to keep the line between the works and Fouldubs Junction open after it closed to the west in 1966. The box had closed in 1965, the canal it had crossed having closed in 1963 and the bridge became fixed. The single track line from Fouldubs Junction fell out of use in the mid 1980s and was officially closed around 1993.

The bridge was removed. The canal, by interesting comparison, was to re-open in the 2000s.

Tags

Swing bridge signal box
06/08/2019


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Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.