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Machrihanish

Postby Rowana » Tue May 21, 2013 10:20 pm

We spent our honeymoon in a cottage near Machrihanish, and I seem to remember that there was a road which crossed the runway at the airport. It was controlled by trafffic lights, and you actually drove along the runway, or it may have been a taxiway, for about 100 yards or so.

Tell me my memory isn't playing tricks on me!

Anyone know for definite?

This is 30 years ago, mind - And we did have other things on our mind :oops: :oops:
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Re: Machrihanish

Postby sahona » Tue May 21, 2013 10:50 pm

Doesn't look like it from Google earth. Are you sure you've not been in Prestwick, perhaps for one of those memorable weekends?
I remember the road crossing the runway in the '50s
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Re: Machrihanish

Postby Rowana » Wed May 22, 2013 8:36 am

Definitely Machrihanish. I've had a look on google earth as well, but didn't see it. I'd need an image or map from the 70's to be sure.

I just wondered if anyone remembered.
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Re: Machrihanish

Postby MrMcP » Wed May 22, 2013 8:43 am

Mrs McP, who hails from there, was talking last night about how she had her first driving experiences on the runway at Machrihanish so it seems likely there was a road - this would have been 25yrs ago or thereabouts. I'll ask her later.

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Re: Machrihanish

Postby wully » Fri May 24, 2013 5:44 pm

The 'short cut' road loops round the east end of the runway now.

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Re: Machrihanish

Postby Rowana » Fri May 24, 2013 6:25 pm

MrMcP wrote:Mrs McP, who hails from there, was talking last night about how she had her first driving experiences on the runway at Machrihanish so it seems likely there was a road - this would have been 25yrs ago or thereabouts. I'll ask her later.


What did she say? Is my memory still good, or am I loosing my marbles?

wully wrote:The 'short cut' road loops round the east end of the runway now.


You say "Now" but did it cross the rumway at one time.
I've tried looking at old maps on the NLS website, but can't see anything.
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Re: Machrihanish

Postby MrMcP » Fri May 24, 2013 9:04 pm

Rowana wrote:What did she say? Is my memory still good, or am I loosing my marbles?

You're correct - the terminal used to be at the beach end of the runway, and to get to it you did indeed cross the runway under lights control. So not losing it at all, good memory. The old road was closed when the terminal moved and is blocked off from use now.

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Re: Machrihanish

Postby Rowana » Mon May 27, 2013 8:38 am

MrMcP wrote:
Rowana wrote:What did she say? Is my memory still good, or am I loosing my marbles?

You're correct - the terminal used to be at the beach end of the runway, and to get to it you did indeed cross the runway under lights control. So not losing it at all, good memory. The old road was closed when the terminal moved and is blocked off from use now.



Thanks for that! I'm glad my memory is still (sort of) working!
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Re: Machrihanish

Postby jimsharp » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:45 pm

I grew up in Campbeltown, and the road did used to cross the runway at the end near the civilian terminal, couldn't say if it still does. Used to love watching the planes take off in front of the cars.

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Re: Machrihanish

Postby puddock » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:27 pm

Rowana wrote:
MrMcP wrote:
Rowana wrote:What did she say? Is my memory still good, or am I loosing my marbles?

You're correct - the terminal used to be at the beach end of the runway, and to get to it you did indeed cross the runway under lights control. So not losing it at all, good memory. The old road was closed when the terminal moved and is blocked off from use now.



Thanks for that! I'm glad my memory is still (sort of) working!


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Re: Machrihanish

Postby Bodach na mara » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:56 pm

Yes there was a road across the runway and I don't remember any lights controlling it. Along with the family, we were on our way back from the sands at Westport to Carradale and saw a sign for Machrihanish on a road to the right. Not being in a hurry, I decided to take it and found myself about to cross the runway when a Phantom or something shot past at about 160 mph. On the insistance of the family, a quick U-turn was executed.
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