|Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire
This line is closed except for a short
section in Dumbarton and another short section between Dalmuir Riverside
and Clydebank. The line was a protege of the Caledonian
The line runs from the west of Glasgow, parallel
to the Clyde past various closed shipyards to Dumbarton.
Description of route
From Possil to Dumbarton via Maryhill.
Dumbarton East Junction
This was a west facing junction with the Caledonian
and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway. That line has closed between here and
just outside Bowling and the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway is used
instead. This allowed retention of Dumbarton East station.
This is an island platform station. A shed
existed by this station, it was approached by a southeast facing junction which
was to the south of the station. The branch continued on westwards to a goods
yard and then south to a distilly, itself built on the site of the former MacMillian shipyard.
The Denny shipyard was served by sidings and a yard
which branched off from a west facing junction just south of Dumbarton East.
These sidings remained, out of use, until the 1980s.
There was an island platform station here.
Just to the west of the station was a short tunnel. Slightly further west is
where the section of line from Dumbarton slews onto the Caledonian
and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway course to run east.
This was a two platform station located in
a cutting. The site has now been infilled, but survived until the late 1980s.
Just to the east of the station was a rail served oil depot. To the south is
the out of use Erskine ferry pier.
This was a four platform station. Two platforms
were located on the through line and two bay platforms existed to the north
of them. These were approached from the east. To the east and south of the line
was the Beardmore Shipyard
which was served by the railway. The shipyard is now a hospital and a rubbish
compaction plant occupies part of the station site. To the east a stub of the line remains
which served a coal yard. The stub is reached from the Glasgow,
Yoker and Clydebank Railway from a junction immediately west of its Clydebank
station. To the west of the station was the Chivas Bros depot which remained in use for tank traffic
from Keith Junction until 1987/1988.
This station was located on an embankment and
had an island platform. To the north was the Singer Sewing Factory. A branch
was built to the factory, crossing a swing bridge which still exists, but the
use of the branch was blocked by the North
British Railway whose Glasgow,
Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway also served the site.
A short section of the line north of Clydebank
Riverside was built on the course of the Forth
and Cart Canal. The station building at Clydebank Riverside still stands
and until recently part of the platforms could be detected. The station had
two through platforms and two bay platforms, to the south of the main ones,
which were for workers trains to the nearby John Brown's shipyard. There were
sidings for the shipyard.
This was an island platform station. The station
was passed under by the Rothesay dock
branch which ran to Rothesay Dock, to the south of the line and west of
the station. The section of platform shown in the photograph has now been removed.
To the east there were sidings for the now closed powerstation.
This island platform station remains, very
overgrown. The platform edge is popular with workers from the former Yarrows
shipyard, noe BAE, for sitting on and eating lunch. To the east of the station
the Rothesay dock branch branched
off to the north, from an east facing junction, to run west, meet a spur from
the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway and run on to the dock passing under
Yoker Riverside station. There were loops located on either side of the branch
shortly after the junction.
This was an island platform station. The west
facing photograph was taken while the trackbed was being converted into a cycleway.
This was an island platform station. This view
looks east towards Glasgow. On the left was once the Merklands Lairage where
cattle were slaughtered, having been driven here through the streets from the
Cattle Market at Bellgrove.
The clydeside Tramway ran along what is now South Street on the right-hand side.
This station was built on a triangular junction.
To the north the line ran to Possil, to the west to Dumbarton, to the east to
There were two platforms on the west to east
line, and two more on the east to north curve. The Clydeside Tramway left the
line here at an east facing junction at the east end of the station, running
south and parallel as far as Yoker along what is now South Street. The photographs
look west along South Street, and show the Meadowside Granary. The Partick West
station was on the right side here (just outside the view). Following closure
to passengers there was still rail access across the street into a scrap yard
until complete closure of the line.
Merkland Street Tunnel
This short tunnel passes under the Clydeside
This was an island platform station, also known
as Kelvin Hall, to the east of Merkland Street Tunnel. The left photograph looks
west from the top of the west tunnel portal. The tunnel was infilled in preparation
for the construction of the Clydeside Expressway.
The station site is presently derelict having
been home to travelling people for many years. The site awaits development -
given that this has heppend nearby recently it may not have to wait long.
There was a large goods yard, served from the
east end and north side of the island platform. To the east end of the station
was the rail-served Rank Hovis depot. Further east the line crossed the River
Kelvin before passing a signalbox and running into a tunnel between here and
The line met the Glasgow Cenral Railway at
an east facing junction immediately west of Stobcross station. The station is
now Exhibition Centre on the re-opened Argyle Line. There was access to the
Queens Dock here.
This was an island platform station located
to the north of the tunnel running from Parktick West. The station was located
in a cutting and approached from a booking office mounted on the Crow Road overbridge.
The southern part of the station has recently been buried and the northern end
was built on in the early 1980s. Further north the line passed under the Stobcross
Railway at what is now Hyndland station.
A spur to Partick Goods yard started here.
A line joined the southbound track in the station - it ran north from here and
parallel to the Stobcross
Railway. The north end of this was a reversing spur - it ended with a buffer.
TRains would then run parallel to the Stobcross
Railway to reach the Caledonian
Railway's Partick goods depot. This depot was originally reached from the
Stobcross Railway and to which the Caledonian
Railway had access rights in to stop the North
British Railway having a monopoly to the lines to the Queens Dock.
This was a two platform station located to
the south of a tunnel. The platforms were reached through the station building
which still stands. The station building is now the Statzione and Lux restaurant.
There was a small goods yard to the east of
the station, approached from the south.
The line from under Hyndland station to the
restaurant is now landscaped and built on. Short sections of the platforms remain
under the restaurant.
Here the line met the Glasgow
Central Railway at an east facing junction, after a few yard the line leaves
again running east to Maryhill Central. To the east of Maryhill Central the
line passes under the Forth and Clyde Canal to run east to Possil.
Possil station had three platforms. Two through
platforms, through to freight only, and a single bay one to the south of the
through platforms, it was approached from the west. The station was a terminus
to services running from Rutherglen and Larkhall via Glasgow Central Low Level.
The site is now a scrapyard although the street level building still stands
along with the goods shed.
Here the line met the Hamiltonhill
branch (Caledonian Railway) at an east facing junction.
Page created on 11/03/1997
Page last edited on: 17/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford