Kelvin Valley Railway
This railway is closed. The line ran
from Kirkintilloch to Kilsyth and from Maryhill to Kilsyth.
This line runs from the north of Glasgow east
to the former mining town of Kilsyth.
Description of route
From Kilsyth to Kirkintilloch and Maryhill.
The line was built to feed coal to the Glasgow docks (via Maryhill) and Lanarkshire
steelworks (via the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway).
Maryhill Park station
The original Maryhill Park station has been
demolished and closed. Recently a new
"Maryhill" station has opened on the same site. A regular train
service runs to here from High-level Glasgow Queen Street. The train continues
on to Knightsbridge Junction at Westerton to swap from the Down track to the
Maryhill East Junction
The site of this
junction with the Helensburgh line has been dramatically altered. A shopping centre now exists where
the railway embankment once was. The new Summerston station has been built near
This junction faced west. The Kelvin Valley Railway ran north and east from here. The original name of the junction was "Kelvin Valley Junction" but it must have been renamed at an unknown date to avoid confusion. The signalbox here was called "Maryhill East Junction".
This works was immediately to the south of
Summerston station. The works are closed and a rubbish landfill site has completely
eradicated its remains.
This station had a single platform, simple
wooden shelter and goods yard. When the line originally opened the Railway was
expected to provide a station here although there would be very little income.
The overgrown remants of this station remain,
including a platelayers hut, loading bank and station master's house (now a
Like summerston this station was apparently
opened after the passenger service had already started.
This station has been largely landscaped into
farmer's fields. The station master's house remains.
The station had a single timber-clad platform
and small building. To its east the line passed under a road and to its west
passed over a road. Both bridges are now gone and the station site now occupied
by houses. The station master's house remains.
The site is now completely landscaped and in
use as farmer's fields.
Until recently the remains of this station
could be seen in the undergrowth. The station had one platform, a loop and a
small yard. This yard saw business after the line's official closure to this
point. The site has now been landscaped and turned into an area of seating and
bushes at the level of the road, which the railway used to pass under.
Kelvin Valley East Junction
At this point the Kelvin Valley Railway passed
over the Campsie Branch of the
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and was joined by a spur which ran from that Kelvin
Valley West Junction on that railway. At this point trains from Low-level
Glasgow Queen Street approached from Torrance along with empty coal trains from
the clyde docks, and trains from High level Glasgow Queen Street approached
from Kirkintilloch along with empty coal trains form Lanarkshire steelworks.
The formation is still visible.
This station was also known as "Gavell".
The station was single track and had an extensive yard for coal train stabling.
The station is now a private house.
Exchange sidings with
Bairds of Gartshore
At this point the Bairds
of Gartshore's Railway joined the Kelvin Valley Railway. It was this coal
traffic which was responsible for keeping the railway open. Other traffic was
At this point the Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway
left the original Kelvin Valley Railway. There was a locomotive shed at this
site to the north of the junction. The junction site has been landscaped and
is now parkland.
This was the original terminus of the Kelvin
Valley Railway which was closed when the Kilsyth
and Bonnybridge Railway was opened. The station had an overall stone roof.
The site is now the Kilsyth swimming baths
which were built quite recently.
Page created on 12/12/1996
Page last edited on: 17/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford