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Cairn Lodge at Happendon Services.jpg
Cairn Lodge at Happendon Services
Left, or Right? - Geograph - 70943.jpg
Left, or Right?
B7078 Lesmahagow 3 - Coppermine - 3487.JPG
B7078 Lesmahagow 3

Here we are coming towards the Coalburn sign. This is what traffic used to be on this road. It also stocking that the A74 used to be this busy all the time.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 14, 2005 by ABeaton
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
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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 It's surprising that it's been replaced by a similar, trunk-road sized one, even although this is a mere 'B' road now.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
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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
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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
M74 sign, Millbank - Coppermine - 18623.JPG
M74 sign, Millbank

Non-standard size M74 label, clearly the sign is older than the label, which has just been plonked on top of, presumably, A74 underneath

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
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 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
Old A74 slip road, Abington - Coppermine - 18527.JPG
Old A74 slip road, Abington

The old A74 Carlisle Rd, Abington is gated at its north end. Through the gate looking south is some evidence of an old sliproad, I assume onto the 1960s A74 on top of which the M74 was built at this point. Further along here on the left are some old crash barriers which would reinforce this theory

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 16, 2008 by leopard680
B7078 (old A74) near Abington - Coppermine - 18405.JPG
B7078 (old A74) near Abington

A lovely evening on the old A74. Only the birds singing.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 10, 2008 by leopard680
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B7078 (old A74), Red Moss

The short remaining northbound section of carriageway, at the Red Moss trcuk stop. Obviously a couple of sheep are into gricing old roads too...

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 10, 2008 by leopard680
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B7078 (old A74)

The old character of the route remains, with no centre crash barrier and grassy verges. Obviously this was before the policy of reducing the width of by-passed major routes as they have done elsewhere

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 10, 2008 by leopard680
B7078 (old A74), south of Lesmahagow - Coppermine - 18398.JPG
B7078 (old A74), south of Lesmahagow

Absolutely deserted on a lovely evening

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 10, 2008 by leopard680
B7078 (old A74) Auldton, Lesmahagow - Coppermine - 18396.JPG
B7078 (old A74) Auldton, Lesmahagow

Still some original surface here. Further south some resurfacing has been going on since my last visit at Easter (2008) which was badly needed, but plenty of rough original sections remain

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 10, 2008 by leopard680
B7078 (old A74) Lesmahagow - Coppermine - 18393.JPG
B7078 (old A74) Lesmahagow

Looking north, the 'New Bridge' as it was known, at Lesmahagow isn;t so new now. Completely deserted. Can you imagine this teeming with traffic?

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 10, 2008 by leopard680
Old A74, Blackwood - Coppermine - 18386.JPG
Old A74, Blackwood

The old A74 route through Blackwood. The surface is very rough here - possibly original, and the lamp-posts are pretty old too

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 10, 2008 by leopard680
Old A74 (B7078) south of Larkhall - Coppermine - 15502.JPG
Old A74 (B7078) south of Larkhall

This old section, which would've been one of the first sections bypassed by the M74, still very much retains the 'flavour' of an old major road. Fairly elderly lamp-posts for those who like such things

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Oct 10, 2007 by leopard680
Old A74 (B7078) just south of Blackwood - Coppermine - 15501.JPG
Old A74 (B7078) just south of Blackwood

Note the old grassed over southbound carriageway on the left

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Oct 10, 2007 by leopard680
Old A74 (B7078) south of Blackwood - Coppermine - 15500.JPG
Old A74 (B7078) south of Blackwood

At this point the old A74 would've borne over to the right to continue to Lesmahagow. Now it bears round to the left, then goes over the M74 on the bridge visible

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Oct 10, 2007 by leopard680
B7078 Douglas Muir - Coppermine - 13657.JPG
B7078 Douglas Muir

Another view looking south over Douglas Muir

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 02, 2007 by leopard680
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B7078 South from Red Moss Cafe

Looking south over the wild & lonely Douglas Muir, the old northbound is visible as acycle track to the right of the row of trees. The surface is worn and most probably original, and note the widened shoulder to accomodate cyclists

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 02, 2007 by leopard680
B7078 Red Moss Cafe - Coppermine - 13655.JPG
B7078 Red Moss Cafe

This is the only other remaining dual section of the old A74, although the old northbound is really only an access road to the Red Moss Cafe, which is used a lot by truckers.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 02, 2007 by leopard680
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Sign B7078 Lesmahagow

Another aged sign referring to the A74 with no 'M'. This is pointing west, immediately before crossing the M74, just north of Lesmahagow

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 02, 2007 by leopard680
Lesmahagow New Bridge B7078 - Coppermine - 13653.JPG
Lesmahagow New Bridge B7078

Not so new now

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 02, 2007 by leopard680
B7078 Lesmahagow-Happendon services - Coppermine - 13652.JPG
B7078 Lesmahagow-Happendon services

Another view, slightly further north, (still looking south). Zero traffic. A section along here has been coned off one lane on each side for a while now (2007), for no apparent reason.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 02, 2007 by leopard680
Lesmahagow Sign - Coppermine - 13650.JPG
Lesmahagow Sign

Big old trunk road-sized blue-edged sign at Lesmahagow, southbound on B7078. This photo is interesting because it almost shows three generations of the same road. The A74M is visible on the left, the road curving down to the left goes under the old A74 (B7078) to the centre of Lesmahagow, whilst the B7078 over the 'New Bridge' goes to the right of the sign

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 02, 2007 by leopard680
B7078 Lesmahagow 2 - Coppermine - 3488.JPG
B7078 Lesmahagow 2

A little Ferther north than the last picture, this shows clearly how the A74 used to look like. The Traffic also make the illision of traffic levels on the old road. It show the road if it haven't got upgraded.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 14, 2005 by ABeaton
B7078 Lesmahagow 4 - Coppermine - 3486.JPG
B7078 Lesmahagow 4

Here is the B7078 in Lasmahagow. The Picture is rather bent :( . It show how hilly the old A74 was & this section was quite ubran.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 14, 2005 by ABeaton
Milepost on B7078 - Geograph - 1504656.jpg
Milepost on B7078
Unusual milepost No74, in a series funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland. It marks the distance along a cycleway and was erected for the Millennium. The M74 junction is behind.
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M74 From Below
The M74 passes over the B7078
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B7078 Douglas Muir

The southbound B7078. The surface is worn and most likely original. the old northbound is behind the trees on the right.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 02, 2007 by leopard680
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A sign of many patches, approaching J13, Abington Interchange on the M74 from the south on the A702

 
 
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