Friday, 22 November 2013

The Finnieston Crane

The crane is a landmark of the Glasgow riverfront and a symbol of the city. It was built at Stobcross quay in 1932 and was used to load the engineering products of the city onto ships for export around the world. In particular it lifted the locomotives built in Springburn in the north of the city.

The crane working at Stobcross quay in 1957
Lifting a loco, 1952
A loco being transported from the Hyde Park works to the docks. This photograph looks ancient but the tele forks on the motorcycle indicates the late '40s
Loco being transported to docks, 1955


  1. Very impressive crane! The shot of the locomotive engine being lifted in the year I was born, both makes me feel old and reminds me of travel by steam trains in Japan of the late fifties when I was a child. Been in the California Bay area on and off for a few weeks assisting in a move, now I'd like to go back and check out the port areas there where there are a number of cranes still around. Now that my computer is back I'll have to come back and check out the other pics here.

  2. Steam trains were in use in the UK until the mid '60s. When I was young my brother & I liked to stand on a footbridge over the railway and get engulfed in the smoke & steam.