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"The Switchback"
(Caledonian Railway)

This railway is closed except for a short section in Rutherglen. The line connected the railways on the south side of Glasgow at Rutherglen with the north side at Robroyston, and also provided sidings for the Parkhead Forge.

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Clickable map of "The Switchback".
 
London Road
Looking south over the site of London Road station.

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This line ran north-south through the east end of Glasgow from Dalmarnock through to Balornock. The line served the Parkhead Forge.

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From Rutherglen to Balornock.
 
Rutherglen 

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Strathclyde Junction

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At this point the line connected to the Dalmarnock Low Level and Glasgow Central Railway.

Dalmarnock (High Level)

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The line from Rutherglen terminates here today.

London Road

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Originally this station was called Bridgeton. It was a terminus until the line was extended north to Robroyston. The extension line ran round the east side of the large depot and connected at the south end of the site. The later use of the site was as a scrapyard siding. The site is to the south of the Celtic Park football ground which the extension line ran up the east side of similtaneousley crossing the Glasgow Central Railway which run more or less under London Road at this point.

Parkhead Forge

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Extensive sidings ran to the east into the Parkhead forge here. The junction of these lines with the Switchback faced south.

Robroyston West Junction

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Here the line connected to the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway, and the Hamiltonhill Branch.


Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford