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Anniesland Gasworks
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Dawsholm
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Bellshaugh Junction
Maryhill Central Junction
Maryhill Central
Kirklee Junction
Kirklee
Botanic Gardens
Kelvinbridge for University of Glasgow
Stobcross Junction
Exhibition Centre
Anderston
Glasgow Central Low Level
Argyle Street
Glasgow Cross
Glasgow Green
Bridgeton Junction
Bridgeton
Dalmarnock Low Level
Strathclyde Junction
Rutherglen
Parkhead South
Tollcross
Carmyle
Carmyle Junction
Westburn Junction
?Newton West Junction
?Burnside Junction

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Glasgow Central Railway

This railway is open between Partick and Rutherglen.

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Act 1888
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Opened 1/10/1896
Closed Partly
Clickable map of the Glasgow Central Railway

 
  Stobcross Crane with the straw Locomotive

Local area 

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Going from west to east the line runs through Glasgow roughly following the course of the River Kelvin and then the River Clyde.

Chronology 

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Description of route 

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This line ran through central Glasgow from MAryhill through to Dalmarnock and Newton.
 
Anniesland Gasworks

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These gasworks were served by a branch which ran west from Dawsholm, (from a south facing junction just north of Dawsholm shed) across the River Kelvin on a viaduct, through a tunnel and on to the south of the Anniesland Gasworks.
 
Dawsholm Gasworks

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These gasworks were served by a line which ran north from Dawsholm, under the Kelvin Aqueduct of the Forth and Clyde Canal and to the gasworks.

Dawsholm

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This station was located to the south of the Kelvin Aqueduct and the east bank of the Kelvin. It was a short lived terminus. The station had a long canopied island platform. After closure to passengers the tracks were retained but platform and buildings removed. The site has been cleared for footpaths by the River Kelvin and the Aqueduct.

Dawsholm Shed

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This shed was approached from the north. This was a large shed and busy shed. Here a number of locomotives, representing the main companies in Scotland before the grouping of 1923, were stored. They can now be viewed in the Glasgow Museum of Transport.

Bellshaugh Junction  

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This was a pair of junctions. Here the line from Dawsholm to Kirklee was met by the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway coming from Kelvinside at an east facing junction, and immediately to the west the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway left at a west facing junction to run east to Maryhill Central.

Maryhill Central Junction  

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This junction was to the west of Maryhill Central. The junction faced east. From here the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway ran west to Kelvinside along a viaduct and the Glasgow Central Railway ran south-west from here to Kirklee and on to Glasgow. Maryhill Central Signal box stood to the right.

Maryhill Central  

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This was a fine station set below street level. The station had four plaforms; a bay at the north end from running west, then two through platforms, and then another bay platform. To the south of the station was a large goods yard approached from the west. The platforms were canopied.

Kirklee Junction 

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This was a south facing junction between the Glasgow Central Railway's lines to Dawsholm and Maryhill. There was a large goods yard enclosed within the triangle of lines here. The sire became Callander's garage for many years following the lines closure and is now housing.

Kirklee  

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This was a two platform station. Portions of both platforms remain near the Botanic Gardens tunnel mouth.

Botanic Gardens  

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This station was underground but had substantial street level buildings which bore some resemblence to the Kremlin! The street level buildings are now gone, but the platforms remain intact in the underground tunnel. The BBC used the station for its "Garden Party" programmes.

Kelvinbridge for University of Glasgow  

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This was a two platform station with substancial glass canopies. The canopies were removed before station closure.

Stobcross Junction  

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Junction of the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway and the Glasgow Central Railway route to Maryhill. The junction was just inside the tunnel which is at the West end of the East bound platform (for Glasgow). 

The photograph shows the Glasgow Central Railway passing under the Glasgow City and District Railway to the North of Stobcross Junction. 

Exhibition Centre  

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Formerly Stobcross and re-opened with the Argyle line as Finnieston before the opening of the Exhibition Centre. The line and tunnel to the West was altered to approach from Partick on the Glasgow City and District Railway. Originally the lines to the west came from Partick Central and Kelvinbridge. There were sidings to the south which served the Queens Dock.

Convenient for the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (a smoked glass walkway takes you over the Expressway - formerly a branch of the Stobcross Railway with connections to the Glasgow Central Railway).

Anderston 

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This is an island platform station enclosed in a covered cutting. To the west the roof is open to the sky.

Glasgow Central (Low Level) 

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This station has two platform faces (on either side of an island). It originally had four. Above this station is Glasgow Central (High Level). 
 

Argyle Street 

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This station was opened when the line was re-opened. It is an island platform station.

Glasgow Cross 

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This was an island platform station.

Glasgow Green 

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This was an island platform station.

Bridgeton Junction

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This was a west facing junction between the lines to Dalmarnock and Newton. Immediately east was Bridgeton station.

Bridgeton  

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This station had two platforms on the line to Dalmarnock (currently open) and a long island platform, partly under London Road, on the Newton line. The island platform remains in a poor state of preservation.

Dalmarnock (Low Level) 

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This is a two platform station to the south of the long tunnel running from Bridgeton. The line has many cross-braces to hold up the cutting running to the south of the station.

Strathclyde Junction 

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At this point the line connected to the Dalmarnock High Level and Switchback line at a south facing junction.

Parkhead Stadium 

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This was a two platform station with glazed canopies.

Tollcross 

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This station is closed.

Carmyle 

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The photograph show the curving platforms for the Glasgow Central Railway route from Tollcross to Carmyle Junction. The existing route of the Rutherglen and Coatbridge Line (Caledonian Railway) is just out of site to the right. The junction was in the background of the photograph  

Carmyle Junction 

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The line met the Rutherglen and Coatbridge Line (Caledonian Railway) immediately east of Carmyle station at a west facing junction. Slightly further east is branched off south from a west facing junction to run to Newton. Shortly afterwards is crossed the River Clyde on a large viaduct.

Westburn Junction 

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At this north facing junction the line split with one part running south and west to Kirkhill and another running south and east to Newton.

Newton West Junction  

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Here the line met the Clydesdale Junction Railway to the north of Newton station at an east facing junction. The section from here to Westburn was retained until the 1980s for access to a steelworks.

Kirkhill Junction 

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At this west facing jucntion the line met the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.


Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford