(North British Railway)
This line is open.
The Bellgrove rail-crash.
This line runs through the east part of Glasgow,
then briefly through countryside before entering the west of Coatbridge.
Description of route
From High Street, Glasgow to Sunnyside Junction,
The original College station terminus was to
the south of the station shown here, the left of the picture. From a junction,
just to the east of this station, the Glasgow
City and District Railway ran west under Glasgow Queen Street to meet the
at Kelvinhaugh. The station is built where the University
of Glasgow was once based.
High Street West Junction
This is a west facing junction with the Bridgeton
Central Branch of the Glasgow City and
District Railway. The branch is now closed and lifted. The junction was
located in a deep cutting with high retaining walls with goods yards at high
level on either side of the cutting.
High Street East Junction
This is an east facing junction where the City
of Glasgow Union Railway joined the line, having approached from the south
west, a large goods depot and St Enochs station. There was a very large signalbox
at this junction which was closed on the opening of the Yoker Signaling Centre.
The signalbox also controlled the access to the two large goods depots here;
High Street Goods (North
British Railway) and College Goods (Glasgow
and South Western Railway). Both goods depots are now closed.
This was the main Glasgow cattle market - there
were sidings here for transport of cattle, but no station. There was a station
at Bellgrove which is very close and still open. Cattle were driven from here
to the Merklands Lairage, near Partick, through the streets.
The Barracks Mineral sidings were served by a short branch which ran west and south from here..
There were a number of sidings here on either
side of the main line which were used in connection with the cattle market.
The station has an island platform.
This is a west facing junction where the City
of Glasgow Union Railway leaves the line and runs north to Springburn.
The junction was the site of a crash which involved fatalities; see the top
of the page for a photograph of the aftermath of the Bellgrove rail-crash.
The signalbox here was latterly a 1950s concrete one which was closed when the
Yoker signalling centre was opened.
This station was located by Beardmore's Parkhead
forge, the site of which is now occupied by a supermarket. There was a very
large bridge over a road by the station which at one time carried four tracks.
The Caledonian Railway's
Switchback line crossed
over the top of the line here. There was locomotive shed to the east of the
station and lines ran into the forge. The forge made very large castings, guns
and armour plate for battleships. Until recently there was a scrap yard to the
east of the station site which was rail served.
Parkhead North Junction
This was an east facing junction with the City
of Glasgow Union Railway. From here the Union line ran north to Springburn.
The signalbox at Parkhead North Junction survived the closure of the junction,
but was closed on the opening of the Yoker signalling centre.
This is a two platform station.
Shettleston is a two platform station.
To the east of Shettleston station is the former
west facing junction with the Glasgow,
Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway which ran south east from here
to Hamilton. The signalbox here closed on the opening of the Yoker Signalling
Centre. The old branch was retained as two short sidings ("Bothwell Sidings") until recently. There
is a permanent way depot, and some sidings, just to the east of the station.
Heatheryknowe Signal Box
This signalbox was pretty isolated. It was
faced with pinkish pebble-dash and closed on the opening of the Yoker Signalling
This is a two platform station.
This is a two platform station. To the east
of the station, and north of the line, there was a goods yard with a loading
bank. This was closed some time ago and the track lifted but the site was recently
cleared for a new car auctions warehouse.
This station was originally called Cuthill (near the basin on the Monkland Canal) and should not be confused with the current Bargeddie station dating from 1993 on the Rutherglen and Coatbridge line.
This station is just to the west of Coatbridge.
Services from Hamilton used to terminate here having run via Bellshill over
the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and
This junction is just to the west of Coatbridge
Sunnyside station. The junction is with the former Monkland
and Kirkintilloch Railway which runs to the north (as far as Gunnie yard
today) and south (to Whifflet) and east (to Coatbridge Sunnyside and via the
New Line to Airdrie).
Page created on 19/01/1997
Page last edited on: 07/09/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford