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Yoker Riverside
Scotstoun West
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Whiteinch Riverside
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Partick Central
Stobcross Junction
Crow Road
Kelvinside
Bellshaugh Junction
Possil
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Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway 

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 Railway.

Stobcross Railway Rothesay Dock Branch Clickable map of the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway

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Act 1891
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Opened 1/10/1896
Closed Mostly

Local area 

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The line runs from the west of Glasgow, parallel to the Clyde past various closed shipyards to Dumbarton.

Chronology 

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Description of route

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From Possil to Dumbarton via Maryhill.

Dumbarton East Junction  

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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.

Dumbarton East  

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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.

Denny Shipyard 

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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.

Bowling  

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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.

Old Kilpatrick  

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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.

Dalmuir Riverside  

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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.

Kilbowie Road 

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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.

Clydebank Riverside  

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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.

Yoker Riverside

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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.

Scotstoun West

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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.

Scotstoun East

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This was an island platform station. The west facing photograph was taken while the trackbed was being converted into a cycleway.

Whiteinch Riverside

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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. 

Partick West

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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 Stobcross.

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

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This short tunnel passes under the Clydeside Expressway.

Partick Central

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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 Stobcross.

Stobcross Junction

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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.

Crow Road  

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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.

Kelvinside  

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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.

Bellshaugh Jnct  

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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  

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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.

Possil Junction

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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