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Polloc and Govan Railway

This once coal carrying line is open and now forms a section of the West Coast Main Line.

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Clickable map of the Polloc and Govan Railway,

Local area 

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This area used to have the Govan Colliery and Dixon's Blazes, a large ironworks. Dixon started by taking the mineral working rights for the coal and went on to build the ironworks as well as later building others, Clyde Iron and purchasing others in Coatbridge.

Today all the works are closed and the area has some housing and much vacant land.

The line served the works and mines and was extended to the River Clyde at Windmillcroft Quay.

Chronology

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Description of route

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This line ran from Tradeston to Rutherglen. The line was extended from Tradeston to Windmillcroft quay and finally extended by the Clydesdale Junction Railway on to Motherwell. 

Windmillcroft Quay 

Port Eglinton 
(General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway

South Side 
(Glasgow Central Station Lines
(Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway) connection to Muirhouse Junction. 

North British Locomotives, Queen's Park Works 

Polmadie Depot

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This site is no longer a locomotive depot but is still used for train servicing.

Rutherglen West Junction

Rutherglen (Old) 
(Clydesdale Junction Railway) 
(Switchback Line


Page created on 20/01/1998
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford