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Weird happening at the old pumping station

While passing the old Clyde Ironworks pumping station on the River Clyde last night, something odd happened.

As I came up from the river via the Clyde Walkway and cycle route, as I glanced over at the old pumping station I saw clouds of black smoke apparently billowing out from the roof.

Being late-ish in the evening, my first thought was that I’d come across vandal, possibly having just broken in and set light to the place, and started to make myself scarce – but when I reached the path closer to civilisation and turned to have a look and see what might be happening… no smoke, nothing, nothing at all.

I couldn’t take a camera this evening, or I’d have stopped long enough to catch a pic, so have no evidence.

I don’t know if this pumping station has been repurposed, or is derelict. I did have an explore around it once, but there’s little to see (most of it is bricked up) and the most interesting thing was walking along the ledge over the river.

The only thing similar that comes to mind is the cloud of thick black smoke that can pour from a large old diesel engine as it starts.

I have no explanation for what I saw, and regret heading south instead of west as I hurried away, as the latter would have given me a clear view from the bridge, only moments later. The way I went has it’s view blocked by trees.

Pumping station, River Cyde, Bogleshole

Can’t find my own pics quickly, so this fuzzy Google Earth clip will have to do…

Clydebridge Ironworks Pumping Station

Clydebridge Ironworks Pumping Station


May 3, 2017 - Posted by | Civilian | , , , ,

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