lanes with metal rails/kerbs

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lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby toomse » Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:41 pm

thought I'd post up some of my collection of metal rails/kerbs from around the city centre

Bath Lane/Hope Street
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Bath Lane/West Campbell Street
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Bothwell Lane/West Campbell Street
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left hand side of lane viewing west
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National Bank Lane
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Renfield Lane/Hope Street
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Renfield Lane/Renfield Street
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Renfield Lane/West Nile Street
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Sauchiehall Lane/Hope Street
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Sauchiehall Lane/West Nile Street
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South Exchange Court
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St Marys Lane
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St Vincent Lane/Wellington Street
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outside Treasure Island Hope Street
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lane on Buchanan Street at Argyle Arcade
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same lane viewing from Queen Street
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Waterloo Lane
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Wellington Lane - Sauchiehall Street to Hope Street
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West George Lane/West Campbell Street
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West George Lane - Renfield Street to West Nile Street
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West Regent Lane/Hope Street
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19 Queen Street
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74 Brunswick Street
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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby Ronnie » Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:48 pm

Thanks, toomse
Anyone know who made these, what varieties there were, and if they had different purposes?
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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby Icecube » Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:06 pm

The old word 'Shuck' comes to mind, drainage? if the metal channels had been a bit closer together I might have thought they were to enable easier passage of carts and some in the photos look as if they were but others don't.
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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby scaryman2u » Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:11 pm

I read somewhere (probably here) that they prevent the carts from riding up on the pavements :)
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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby Ronnie » Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:30 pm

Thanks, but there are clearly different styles of metal bits here - some to keep carts off the pavement, some to pretect the kerb edge, and some perhaps to guide carts along a particular route. So I don't think there is one answer, like "drainage" or "keeping carts off the pavements". Anybody know any guides to these things? Any roads experts here?
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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby toomse » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:53 pm

Bothwell Lane/Blythswood Street

wasn’t so much the metal rail that caught my attention here but the sound of gushing air from about 10m away
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most excellent set of metal grilles here, both are about 4m in depth, look like they’re connected by a passageway and the air is positively roaring out!
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Nice shot of one of the grilles with a metal rail in the foreground. This interlocking rail design is quite a common feature around town. I’ve tried googling for info on metal rails like Ronnie suggests but without the correct terminology I’ve so far been unsuccessful.
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total bummer as access to inspect below the grilles looks like it’s via 82 Blythswood Street which is dubbed up
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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby Fossil » Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:29 pm

The sets were used to keep the carts from dislodging their cargo. It also stopped the granite sets from being chipped and damaged.

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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby Ronnie » Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:32 pm

Fossil wrote:The sets were used to keep the carts from dislodging their cargo. It also stopped the granite sets from being chipped and damaged.

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Which ones are the sets? There seems to have been a variety of designs.
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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby toomse » Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:29 pm

Well access to below the Bothwell Lane grilles was easier than expected via 95 Bothwell Street
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here’s what all the noise is coming from
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behind this fan is directly below the east side grille
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to gain access to the west side grille you have to crawl through this small wooden door/vent thingy
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think I’ll need to employ a young acolyte as I wasn’t for going in there today……anyway
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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby Icecube » Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:39 pm

Toomse you are a true commando, well done. Does HG have a bail money fund? ::):
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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby Josef » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:01 pm

We used it all up in The Perry Incident at the second-last drinks night.

I confess to being slightly feart to ask precisely how he gains access to these places, but I suppose what we don't know won't hurt us...
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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby Icecube » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:14 pm

Josef wrote:We used it all up in The Perry Incident at the second-last drinks night.

I confess to being slightly feart to ask precisely how he gains access to these places, but I suppose what we don't know won't hurt us...



Ah the infamous 'Perry Incident' - sounds like my kind of night ::):

My theory - and its only a theory at this stage - is that he walks through the front door, Michael Caine style. :D
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Re: lanes with metal rails/kerbs

Postby Mori » Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:06 pm

Toomse you are gona end up walking through a timewarp in to the Grahamston village one of these days.

Get photies if you do. ::):


My assesment of your gaining access to the underworld:
I reckon as well as having the universal skeleton key set you have a City Council badge kit you have made up that scares everyone in officialdom :D
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