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Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway

This railway runs between Milngavie Junction at Westerton and Milngavie and has stations at Bearsden, Hillfoot and Milngavie.

The Service consists of electric passenger trains running half-hourly through Glasgow to Springburn. Services are operated by ScotRail on behalf of Strathclyde Passenger Transport. A Sunday service has started recently. There is no freight service.

The line is also known as "The Milngavie Line" and "The Milngavie Junction Railway".

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Opened 28 August 1863
Closed No

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The line starts between the 1950s housing scheme Drumchapel and Garden Suburb at Westerton and runs north passing through Victorian Bearsden and Hillfoot before terminating in the old textile town of Milngavie.

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The gradient profile (in Milngavie Signal Box) between Milngavie and Westerton

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Bearsden
Passenger and Goods station

Status

Open to passengers

Contact telephone no. 0141 335 7526
Ticket office access Level
Platform access Level for platform 1 (Glasgow), ramp to platform 2 (Milngavie)
Public toilet access No toilet
Disabled toilet No
Station buffet No, try the Beefeater restaurant
Induction loop No
Wheelchair available No
Ramp for train access Yes, arranged with prior notice
Car park Yes
Taxi rank Yes
Luggage trolley No
Public phone No
Waiting room Yes

This station is a local station in the north of Glasgow. Electric trains serve the station every half-hour running into Glasgow.

To the west of Bearsden station the railway is single track from Milngavie Junction. Near to the station it becomes double. A large loop exists running from the west end of Bearsden station to the east end of Hillfoot station. Bearsden station originally had a signal box on the north side of the track before the station and a goods yard (for coal handling mostly) on the right. The points for the sidings faced west to Westerton. The goods yard is now a car park. The original building was modified to form a Beefeater Restaurant in 1988. The down platform building was demolished several years previously. The up platform is the original single track platform. There was no loop as originally built. The photographs show some of the extensive track maintenance that was carried out one year before the track was singled, and the building before and after its conversion to a restaurant. The road bridge to the east of the station (and much of the road from Anniesland to Bearsden Cross) was built to take trams, but a tramline was never opened. A footpath runs alongside the railway between Bearsden and Hillfoot locally referred to as the Jubilee Path.

The station's name was adopted for the town of New Kilpatrick after the North British Railway successfully encouraged house building in the vicinity (a system which had previously proven itself in Bishopbriggs). The station name came from a house in the locality (which was demolished to make way for the station) as illustrated in the "before and after" maps below.


Hillfoot
Passenger and Goods station

Status

Open to passengers

Contact telephone no. 0141 335 7526
Ticket office access Unstaffed
Platform access Level to both platforms
Public toilet access No toilet
Disabled toilet No
Station buffet No
Induction loop No
Wheelchair available No
Ramp for train access No
Car park Yes
Taxi rank Yes
Luggage trolley No
Public phone No
Waiting room No

This station is a local station in the north of Glasgow. Electric trains serve the station every half-hour running into Glasgow.

Hillfoot station was opened after the railway was doubled in 1900. The down platform building at Bearsden and the up and down platform buildings at Hillfoot were all of the same style. The Hillfoot buildings were replaced during the electrification scheme. The present building is used by a Taxi company. The road bridge to the west of the station was for many years the source of argument between the London and North Eastern Railway (later owners of the line) and the tramway (which ran on the road to Milngavie) and led to the bridge not being used for trams when the tramway was opened. A signal box existed on the east side of the station at the north end. The remains of the goods yard were finally built on after lying trackless for many years, a number of flats now occupy the site. To the west and through the station there are two tracks and to the east of the station the track becomes single until Milngavie.


Burnbrae Dye Works
Goods station

 

Status

Closed

This was a goods station in the north of Glasgow. Electric trains serve the still open line every half-hour running into Glasgow.

Near Milngavie the formation of tracks leading to the Burnbrae Dye Works lie under the Allander Sports Centre. Little remains of the works branch save a railway bridge over a stream which may be found to the north east of the Sports Centre. A single goods shed (now a "Kelvin Timber" outlet) remains at the dyeworks (site now occupied by the defunct bus garage). In June 1930 the George Bennie Railplane (an experimental overhead railway) was erected over this siding. This demonstration track was removed in the 1950s. A number of concrete pylon "feet" may be found in this area. Closer to Milngavie the newer standard tracks (running round the side of a caravan park to the north of the Sports Centre) approached the dye works. The unbuilt Glasgow and North Western Railway was intended to cross the line somewhere near this point. Spurs would have been provided to link the Glasgow and North Western Railway and the Glasgow and Milngavue Junction Railway. Had this line been built Milngavie would have been directly rail connected to Glencoe, Ballachulish, Fort William and Inverness.

The dyeworks were originally approached from the south. The method of operation of the branch (either one-engine in steam between Milngavie and Hillfoot, Annett's Key or completely signalled) is unknown to me. After the line was doubled the dyeworks appear to have been approached from a long siding running parallel to the line from the North at Milngavie. This was probably operated from Milngavie Signalbox.


Milngavie
Passenger and Goods station

Status

Open to passengers

Contact telephone no. 0141 335 7526
Ticket office access Level
Platform access One step up from ticket office.
Public toilet access Level
Disabled toilet No
Station buffet No
Induction loop No
Wheelchair available No
Ramp for train access Yes, arranged with prior notice
Car park Yes
Taxi rank No, but there are buses
Luggage trolley No
Public phone Yes
Waiting room Yes

This station is a local terminus station in the north of Glasgow. Electric trains serve the station every half-hour running into Glasgow.

The signal box at Milngavie was located to the south of a public park's access bridge near the station on the east side of the track. Near this point the single track becomes double approaching the terminus. To the west tracks diverged to the Ellangowan Paper Mills. This branch enclosed the turntable, the site of which is now a Kwik Fit garage. To the east of the station was the goods yard, now a large car park, and between the goods yard and the station was the single-road locomotive shed. A fence runs down the east side of the up platform (from the end of a stone wall which was part of the shed) to restrain passengers from falling onto the removed shed track. The station was originally three platforms. The third platform (removed in the 1980s) also had a rounding loop. Two platforms remain today. The original station building also remains (plus 1899 canopy) with its flagstone floor. A new bypass road was brought through Milngavie from the old tram terminus to the station when the town received its pedestrian precinct. This has altered the fencing to the north of the station a little.


Ellangowan Mills
Goods station

Status

Closed

This was a goods station in the north of Glasgow. Electric trains serve the still open Milngavie line every half-hour running into Glasgow. [Timetables by Railtrack]

The Ellangowan Mills branch passed under the main road in Milngavie (now a precinct, underbridge still present) and is now replaced by a road and footpath (the West Highland Way) to the site of the mills where a number of sidings were available. The Mills' site is now a library.


Ordnance Survey Grid references

NS.538.714 Disused Parcel Van
NS.542.718 Bearsden Signal Box
NS.542.717 Bearsden Goods yard
NS.543.718 BEARSDEN Station (7.21 miles from Queen Street High Level)

NS.551.721 HILLFOOT Station (7.66 miles from Queen Street High Level)
NS.552.721Hillfoot Goods yard
NS.553.722 Hillfoot Signal Box

NS.558.733 Burnbrae Dyeworks South Junction
NS.555.734 Burnbrae Dyeworks yard

NS.558.736 Burnbrae Dyeworks North Junction

NS.557.741 Milngavie Signal Box
NS.557.744 Milngavie Goods Yard

NS.556.744 MILNGAVIE Station (9.35 miles from Queen Street High Level)

NS.552.750 Ellangowan Mills


Page created in July 1995
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford