View from the South Beach railway bridge 1957

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View from the South Beach railway bridge 1957

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I've been getting some old negatives and slides digitised, and here is one result of these efforts : views taken from the vanished railway bridge over the line at South Beach station, taken in 1957. Apologies for the zigzagged flaws in the foreground; I think they must have been part of the bridge or something.

This first one shows the platforms and the bridge on South Beach Road in the background. There's a distant view of the Castle as well :
View from the bridge 1957 1.jpg
This one is very similar, but shows more of Arran and the backs of the houses on South Crescent :
View from the bridge 1957 2.jpg
And this is a closeup of the view of the Castle :
Castle view closeup.jpg
One very interesting feature of the pictures is the large building on the far left. It would seem it was in the grounds of St Peter's School; and I think it must have been the gym, which burned down on the night of 22nd/23rd February 1964. I certainly well remember being taken there on the Sunday morning, and looking down from this very bridge at the smouldering ruins. Can any former St Peter's pupil confirm this ?

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Re: View from the South Beach railway bridge 1957

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Susan,

I had forgotten that there was once a footbridge at the Saltcoats end of the South Beach Station platforms, access to and egress from which, was mainly via a path along the Saltcoats side of St. Andrew's Church, presumably for the benefit of residents in South Crescent Road, Ardrossan, Montgomerie Crecent, Saltcoats, and Ardrossan Road, Saltcoats. I wonder if the path still exists?
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No , you can see from this Google Streetview that the path isn't there any more; a house has been built between the church and the burn. The path will have been where the drive is now.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55.63937 ... &entry=ttu

The manse had a back door onto the path, and when my sister Anne and I walked along it on our way through the Plantation to go to school, the Davidson girls from the manse used to come out and join us sometimes.

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Thanks Susan. I suspected the path had gone, but also wondered if it had perhaps been designated a "right of way" through "long use" by the public, usually 20 years.
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The entrance at the other end to the station platform was closed off long ago, so it would have been a " highway to nowhere " if it had been kept; no doubt there's a mechanism for closing redundant rights of way.

You can see the entrance to the path, and its " kissing gate ", in this closeup of a 1960s postcard :

Gate to path.jpg

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