Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)

Introduction

This line was built as the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway's Glasgow (Townhead) terminus station was inconveniently located outside Glasgow up a hill. This line is now closed. This was an approach line and terminus at the top (north) end of Buchanan Street for locations such as Aberdeen, Perth, Dundee West, Stirling and Oban. Services which previously ran to this station were diverted to Glasgow Queen Street on closure. There were very extensive goods yards at this station which have also closed.

The very large site of the former passenger and goods stations are now occupied by the Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotrail house, a number of carparks and some vacant land. The southern portal of the tunnel which passed under the Monklands Canal still exists - the canal now being replaced by the M8 motorway. The approach to the station was double track and there were four passenger platforms. The platforms were canopied - the canopies being taken from the rambling Ardrossan North station when Buchanan Street station was re-built.

The Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway had attempted to extend its line as a rope-worked incline to central Glasgow via a viaduct but this was considered too high an approach to Glasgow by the Caledonian Railway when it took over - so this alignment was abandoned and the Buchanan Street line planned.






Dates

01/11/1849Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
Buchanan Street opened on a new extension which branched off at Milton Junction and ran parallel to the original line before passing under it and the Monkland Canal in a tunnel.
01/01/1850Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
Buchanan Street Goods station opened.
01/08/1883Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
St Rollox station opened.
  /  /1932Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
Buchanan Street station re-built. New canopies removed from Ardrossan North on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.
  /  /1962Denburn Valley Line Aberdeen Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
A4 Pacifics introduced on the Aberdeen Joint to Glasgow Buchanan Street 3 hour Grampian run.
03/09/1966Denburn Valley Line Aberdeen Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
A4 Pacifics from Aberdeen Joint to Glasgow Buchanan Street withdrawn.
07/11/1966Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
Buchanan Street station closed; Buchanan Street to Sighthill East Junction closed.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Buchanan Street

This was a major terminus in Glasgow....

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Sighthill East Junction

Originally the Caledonian Railway's Sighthill Junction.
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Germiston Junction High

This was the junction between the Milton Junction to St Rollox [1st] (the original terminus) line and The Switchback line south to Rutherglen. This curve closed in 1962.
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Milton Junction [Glasgow]

At this junction the lines from the original Glasgow terminus of the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway at St Rollox [1st] was met by the later line to the more suitable terminus at Glasgow Buchanan Street. The former also served the St Rollox Works.
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