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D2 b7078.JPG
The original A74, now B7078, at Lesmahagow.
A74 cumberland.JPG
A74 old.JPG
A74 rcs.JPG
A74 todhills.JPG
A74 Strip Map I 1980.PNG
Here is the Cumberland Gap as it was in 1980 as a standard piece of A-road.
Cumberland Gap 2007.png
The Cumberland Gap as it was in 2007.
Mossband Viaduct road view 2004.jpg
This is the Mossband Viaduct as it was in 2004.
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This is the Northern end of the Kingstown Interchange as it was in 2004.
The A74 Bridge over the Clyde.jpg
The A74 Bridge over the Clyde
Guards Mill Interchange 1980.png
Guards_Mill_Interchange as it was in 1978.
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A74
Metal Bridge - Geograph - 83658.jpg
Metal Bridge
Roadworks on the A74 - Geograph - 695652.jpg
Roadworks on the A74
A74 - The last 10Km - Geograph - 469701.jpg
A74 - The last 10Km
Abington Interchange 1980.png
The Abington Interchange as it was in 1980
Greenhillstairs Bridge - Geograph - 1004542.jpg
Greenhillstairs Bridge
Old Springfield sign - Coppermine - 18473.jpg
Old Springfield sign

Probably not in the right folder, but I'll include it here for convenience, this Springfield sign isn't actually on the old A74 but is where the A75 comes off into Gretna. Obviously the sign has seen better days.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 15, 2008 by leopard680
Black & White verion of A74-The Border. - Coppermine - 3628.jpg
Black & White verion of A74-The Border.

Here is my nonation for photo of the month. It is a black & white verison of my A74-The Border Picture

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 29, 2005 by ABeaton
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Carlisle's road schemes

Western Bypass and Cumberland Gap proposed in the 2007 AtoZ GB Atlas Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 26, 2006 by sabristo simon

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A74 North of Moffat - Geograph - 94213.jpg
A74 North of Moffat
Since this picture was taken, the railway has been electrified, the A74 has been rebuilt as a motorway east of the railway and this road reduced to a single carriageway. (looking SE)
B7078 (ex A74) - Coppermine - 18658.JPG
B7078 (ex A74)

A couple of miles south of Canderside Toll, there's a few houses of the style of council houses built all across Glasgow in the 1930s & 1940s. These and the old type of lamppost add to the period atmosphere of this old route.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
Faded old NSL sign, B7078 (ex A74) - Coppermine - 18657.JPG
Faded old NSL sign, B7078 (ex A74) Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
Abandoned stub of A74, Blackwood - Coppermine - 18654.JPG
Abandoned stub of A74, Blackwood

Just to the north of Blackwood there is a gated stub of what I'm pretty sure is the original A74 alignment. It meets the M74 at a tangential angle just over the hump visible here, and the alignment continues on the other side, rejoining the B7078 (which is diverted over the M74 to the left of the camera) to continue up to Canderside Toll

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
Marooned stretch of original A74 - Coppermine - 18650.JPG
Marooned stretch of original A74

This stretch of the original A74 is marooned, just north of the Lesmahagow truckstop (photographed from the truck park). The on-slip from J10 onto the northbound M74 is just over the trees to the right.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
B7078 ex A74 - Coppermine - 18649.JPG
B7078 ex A74

Looking south over Lesmahagow 'new bridge'

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
Lesmahagow sign - Coppermine - 18648.JPG
Lesmahagow sign

There was previously an old blue edged sign here until about a year ago (June 2008 at the time of writing), like its neighbour which remains across the road (see other pics). It's surprising that it's been replaced by a similar, trunk-road sized one, even although this is a mere 'B' road now.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
Faded old sign, Lesmahagow - Coppermine - 18647.JPG
Faded old sign, Lesmahagow

Pretty ancient sign, still referring to A74

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
M74 - Coppermine - 18646.JPG
3 Generations of A74/M74

Original route through Lesmahagow curving down to the left, 1960s D2 to the right, existing M74 to the left. Note the big old Lesmahagow sign, of whcih more anon.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
B7078 (ex A74) Lesmahagow - Coppermine - 18645.JPG
B7078 (ex A74) Lesmahagow

Looking north, at this point the D2 alignment goes back down to S2 just south of the Lesmahagow truckstop (J10), but I'm pretty sure it would've continued as D2 to just south of Blackwood, where there's plenty of evidence of ex-D2. The NSL sign looks pretty ancient and manky.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
Cairnhouses Rd, original A74 - Coppermine - 18643.JPG
Cairnhouses Rd, original A74

Another view - just out of sight of the camera a very faded 'Slow' is painted on the road, which is another clue to this being the original A74

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
Cairnhouses Rd (original A74) - Coppermine - 18644.JPG
Cairnhouses Rd (original A74)

Just off the B7078 between Lesmahagow and Happendon, there's a wee stub of road which looks (from its angle in relation to the 1960s alignment) as if it was part of the original A74. There's a few houses along it. The lampposts look pretty ancient which would back up this theory, as does the red surface which you'll see in several of my subsequent pictures of the remaining old stretches of this road.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
Signs, B7078 (ex A74) Lesmahagow - Coppermine - 18641.JPG
Signs, B7078 (ex A74) Lesmahagow

A blue edged sign, probably dating from the early 1980s when this stretch was by-passed my M74

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 18, 2008 by leopard680
A74 sign - Coppermine - 18627.JPG
M74/A74 sign

On the old section of A74 north of Happendon, there are still a few references to non-motorway M74.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
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1960s A74, Happendon/Millbank

Looking north to Happendon services (just round the bend on the left), this is one of the short remaining D2 sections of old A74, although as you can see it is narrowed down to one lane in each direction, by means of hatching, past Happendon services.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
Millbank - Coppermine - 18625.JPG
Original A74 alignment, Happendon/Millbank

Just south of Happendon services, this old alignment can be seen curving round some trees across a field

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
A74 original alignment, Douglas Muir - Coppermine - 18620.JPG
A74 original alignment, Douglas Muir

Another view as it curves across a field. It's very chewed up in places by cows' hooves.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
3 Generations of A74, Douglas Muir. - Coppermine - 18621.JPG
3 Generations of A74, Douglas Muir.

As the M74 climbs up from Happendon Services over Douglas Muir (visible on the right), the two previous alignments are just up the hill, as can be seen here. I'm standing on the original. The 1960s road (now B7078) is to the left

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
Original A74, Douglas Muir - Coppermine - 18617.JPG
Original A74, Douglas Muir

Looking south over Douglas Muir, this old stretch of original A74 is visible for a few miles. The building is a Scottish Water premises - see next picture

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
Original A74 alignment, Douglas Muir - Coppermine - 18616.JPG
Original A74 alignment, Douglas Muir

The original A74 alignment is dicernable for a few miles alongside the the 1960s alignment across Douglas Muir. This is about the best bit, next to a Scottish Water building. As will be seen in several pictures, quite a lot of the original alignment seems to be finished in this red tarmac.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
Cyclepath, B7078 (1960s A74). - Coppermine - 18615.JPG
Cyclepath, B7078 (1960s A74).

The old northbound carriageway, looking north. You can just see the Redmoss truck stop in the distance

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
Original A74 alignment, Douglas Muir - Coppermine - 18613.JPG
Original A74 alignment, Douglas Muir

Looking south over Douglas Muir, a few miles north of Abington, this old alignment curves down to the right away from the 1960s A74. It has presmumably reverted to farm land, and drops down to a nice old arch bridge (see subsequent pictures), before becoming part of the B740 to Crawfordjohn between the 1960s alignment and

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
Original A74 near Crawfordjohn B740 - Coppermine - 18612.JPG
Original A74 near Crawfordjohn B740 Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
Original A74 route, north of Abington - Coppermine - 18611.JPG
Original A74 route, north of Abington

The stretch to the left of the house was part of the original route, but now forms a link from the 1960s A74 to the rest of the B740 to Crawfordjohn. To the right of the house and over the bridge is no longer open to the public, presumably reverting to the farmer concerned.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
Old Clearway sign, B7078 (old A74) - Coppermine - 18608.JPG
Old Clearway sign, B7078 (old A74)

At the junction of the Crawfordjohn road where it meets the 1960s A74. Half of the sign for Abington services is missing but we know it's a more recent sign as it has a black border

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 17, 2008 by leopard680
Carlisle Rd, Abington, original A74 - Coppermine - 18529.JPG
Carlisle Rd, Abington, original A74

This was the approach to Abington from Glasgow, whilst the road from Edinburgh came in from the left. This is just a stub now, gated at its north end. Does anyone know when this ceased to be the route north from Abington? I'm guessing when the 1990s M74 opened here.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 16, 2008 by leopard680
B7078, north of Abington - Coppermine - 18530.JPG
B7078, north of Abington

Looking north, from just north of Abington services. The old northbound, now a cycletrack, is clearly visible.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 16, 2008 by leopard680
Carlisle Rd, Abington (original A74) - Coppermine - 18528.JPG
Carlisle Rd, Abington (original A74)

Looking north, the road curves round to the left where it is gated, at what looks like an old junction with the 1960s A74.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 16, 2008 by leopard680

 
 
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