Cathcart District Railway

Introduction

This line is open. The line is now known as the Cathcart Circle. There is an electric passenger train service provided around the circle, from Glasgow Central and back to it.






Dates

07/09/1880[Cathcart District Railway]
Act receives Royal assent.
16/12/1880[Cathcart District Railway]
First Directors meeting.
20/01/1883[Cathcart District Railway]
First sod cut.
01/03/1886[Cathcart District Railway]
Cathcart Junction to Mount Florida opened for passengers.
25/05/1886[Cathcart District Railway]
Mount Florida to Cathcart opened to passengers.
02/08/1886[Cathcart District Railway]
Cathcart Junction to Cathcart opened for goods.
19/07/1887[Cathcart District Railway]
Extension of line Act receives Royal assent.
19/03/1894[Cathcart District Railway]
Cathcart (New) opened on Extension Line.
02/04/1894[Cathcart District Railway]
Extension line opened from Cathcart (New) to Muirhouse Junction for passengers and goods.
01/10/1901[Cathcart District Railway]
Langside station renamed Langside and Newlands.
01/05/1903[Cathcart District Railway]
Cathcart Junction renamed Pollokshields East Junction.
01/01/1917[Cathcart District Railway]
Pollockshields East and Crosshill stations closed for wartime economies.
01/03/1919[Cathcart District Railway]
Pollockshields East re-opened.
01/06/1919[Cathcart District Railway]
Crosshill re-opened.
01/01/1923Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway
Callander and Oban Railway
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Highland Railway
Cathcart District Railway
Killin Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Committee
Brechin and Edzell District Railway
Dornoch Light Railway
Wick and Lybster Light Railway
Grouped into London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
10/12/1945[Cathcart District Railway]
Murder at Pollockshields East.
27/04/1956[Cathcart District Railway]
Electrification authorised.
25/01/1958[Cathcart District Railway]
Cathcart station fire.
07/07/1958[Cathcart District Railway]
Diesel Multiple units appear on line.
10/12/1961[Cathcart District Railway]
Electrification complete.
27/05/1962[Cathcart District Railway]
Electric services commence.
27/05/1962[Cathcart District Railway]
Langside and Newlands renamed Langside.
13/08/1966[Cathcart District Railway]
Langside station fire.
21/04/1976[Cathcart District Railway]
Pollockshields East station burnt down.
21/04/1976[Cathcart District Railway]
Pollockshields East station burns down.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Glasgow to Cathcart

This is the course of the original line, a branch to Cathcart.

This junction is formed between the Gordon Street Lines (the approach to Glasgow Central from Muirhouse South Junction [1st] opened in 1879) and the Cathcart District Railway of 1886.
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Caley Jumbo 57365 shunting at Pollokshields East Junction in September 1953. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1953
C.R. 0.6.0 57555 on 5.51pm. Kirkhill train passing Pollokshields (East) Junction. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/08/1957

This is an island platform station with a building, not the original which was of typical Cathcart District Railway design.
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A Class 314 enters Pollokshields East on a Neilston service on 21 July 2018. As far as I can see these services are run exclusively by 314s so will ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
A 314 for Neilston at Pollokshaws East on 01/04/2017. Note that it still in SPT carmine and cream livery. ...
David Panton 01/04/2017
An incoming Cathcart Circle service in, for now, the usual form of a Class 314. Not much point in painting this one out of its SPT livery, I think. ...
David Panton 24/04/2018
380115 gets away from Pollokshields East on a service to Neilston on 10 January 2019. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019

This is an island platform station. It retains the original platform building with glazed canopies, typical of the Cathcart District Railway. The building has been renovated and canopies re-glazed on several occasions.
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Station among the tenements. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Queens Park Railway Club, on the station platform, is (mercifully) nothing to do with nerds like us but an art gallery. I only found out afterwards ...
David Panton 24/04/2018
Queens Park during its blue period. ...
Ewan Crawford //
314202 calls at Queens Park. ...
Bill Roberton 21/06/2018

This is an island platform station, with a narrow platform and original station building.
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So Cathcart Circle. An incoming service calls at Crosshill on 24 April. 314s are the mainstay of the Cathcart lines for now but are due to be scrapped ...
David Panton 24/04/2018
Crosshill has these extra safety notices, presumably because of the narrow
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David Panton 02/09/2017
A city-bound service calls at Crosshill on 21 July 2018. Note the narrowness of the island platform. ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
Crosshill station located in a deep cutting. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This is an island platform station. The typical Cathcart District Railway station building has been replaced with a modern structure. The platform is largely located in a cutting.
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Something exotic at Mount Florida. The station has been adopted by Urban Roots. ...
John Yellowlees 22/09/2015
320313 calls at Mount Florida. ...
Bill Roberton 21/06/2018
Due to engineering work on the WCML between Motherwell and Glasgow Central, through trains and some locals were being diverted via Mount Florida. The ...
Bill Roberton 07/04/2019
A Cathcart Circle train leaves Mount Florida southbound on 15 May 2014. ...
Veronica Clibbery 15/04/2014

This junction is just south of Mount Florida station. Here the Cathcart District Railway of 1886 is met, on either side, by lines from the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway of 1904. Of the 1904 lines the south east bound line simply runs south and east to Cathcart East Junction, the northbound line burrows under the Cathcart District to reach Cathcart East. It passes under at a ...

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Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73058 passing Cathcart North Junction on 19 April 1957 with a train for Uplawmoor. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/04/1957
Fairburn 2-6-4 tank 42191 gets the L&A distant at Cathcart North Junction on 30 August 1957 with a train for Whitecraigs. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/08/1957
73055 at Cathcart North Junction on 30 August 1957 with a train for Whitecraigs. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/08/1957
C.R. 18.5 0.6.0 57555 on Kirkhill train. Cathcart North Junction. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/08/1957

This was the terminus of the Cathcart District Railway from opening in 1886 to its extension in 1894. The site was to the immediate east of the present Cathcart station. The station was built around half a mile north of historic Cathcart at a site which was then rural and now urban.
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Cathcart to Glasgow

This was the extension from hard by the Cathcart terminus back to Glasgow, making the line a 'circle' (or 'speech bubble' perhaps).

This was the terminus of the Cathcart District Railway from opening in 1886 to its extension in 1894. The site was to the immediate east of the present Cathcart station. The station was built around half a mile north of historic Cathcart at a site which was then rural and now urban.
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Cathcart station has an island platform, original station building with glazed canopies, and is above road level. It is an intermediate station on the Cathcart Circle.
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A Circle service calls at Cathcart on 7th July 2018. Class 320s are currently the usual fare on Circle services, though things may change in the Class ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
314 207 with a clockwise (outer circle) Cathcart Circle service arriving at Cathcart station on 26th July 2017. ...
David Bosher 26/07/2017
314202 calls at Cathcart on 10 January 2019 with a Central to Central Inner Circle service. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
After clattering over Cathcart West Junction a Neilston to Glasgow service enters Cathcart station in the charge of a doomed class 314. ...
David Panton 07/07/2018

This is a four way junction. Two lines of the Cathcart Circle from Glasgow Central, one via Crosshill and via Maxwell Park, meet a line from Neilston and a line from Newton. The junction allows a train via Crosshill to run to Neilston and a train via Maxwell Park to run to Newton. Unfortunately the latter passes close to Cathcart but does not serve it.
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380103 on a Neilston to Glasgow Central service snakes its way across Cathcart West Jct as it enters Cathcart station on 10 January 2019. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
303 heading for Neilston having left Cathcart. This was the site of the junction on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway between the line to Glasgow ...
Ewan Crawford //
The 'N' on the toy signal at the south end of Cathcart station indicates
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David Panton 06/12/2017
BR Standard class 4 80056 diverging at Cathcart West Junction on 28 August 1957 with a train for Whitecraigs. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/08/1957

This is an island platform station. The original station building has not survived, nor has its British Railway replacement. The original survived in somewhat unattractive cut back form for a number of years.
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An Outer Circle service at well-to-do Langside on 7 July 2018. The station was once known as Langside & Newlands and is in fact on the Newlands side ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
The western access to Langside station on 7 July 2018. As at a couple of other Cathcart Lines stations the ironwork survives. ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
314 202 pulls into Langside (once known as Langside & Newlands) with an Outer Circle service on 28 October 2009 ...
David Panton 28/10/2009
314 204 approaches Langside with a Cathcart Outer Circle service on 27 November 2010. Mary Queen of Scots' forces were defeated at Langside in 1568 ...
David Panton 27/11/2010


This is an island platform station. The station is built on a bridge over the White Cart Water.
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A Cathcart Circle service via Maxwell Park calls at 'Shaws East on 25 August 2018. The high flats in the background, situated in the not terribly huge ...
David Panton 25/08/2018
Fowler Mogul leaving Pollokshaws (E). Outer Circle. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1941
Cathcart Circle trains (outer) leaving Pollokshaws (East). C.R. 0.4.4T 15263. 1940 or 1941. [Railscot note: the original is double exposed.] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1940

This is an island platform station. The original station building has not survived.
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A Maxwell Park circle service calls at Shawlands on 21 July 2018 in the charge of a doomed Class 314. Note that the second 'via' blind has been ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
Station clock at Shawlands with helpful hand-drawn hands. ...
Ewan Crawford //
314 214 picks up speed as it approaches the end of the long platforn at Shawlands with a Circle train back to Glasgow Central on 8 August 2009. ...
David Panton 08/08/2009
Looking north at the Cathcart Circle crossing over the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock near Shawlands. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This goods yard was to the west of Maxwell Park. The yard was on the south side of the line, approached from the west. ...

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This is a fine island platform station which retains its original station building. Access to the station is by means of a footbridge which passes through the building at the first floor level, there being steps down to the platform.
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A view from the bridge. From the footbridge looking west. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/03/2006
Platform canopies and new lighting at Maxwell Park. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/03/2006
A two tier station building. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/03/2006
Footway across Maxwell Park which enters the two-level station building for access to the island platform. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/03/2006

This is an island platform station. The original station building, which was the same as that at Maxwell Park, has very unfortunately not survived having been demolished in the late 1980s.
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On 21 July 2018 Newton services on this line were extended to Motherwell to compensate for line closures caused by engineering work, and a Motherwell ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
The bridge over Pollokshields West today. No building. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/03/2006
A lane takes passengers to the bridge over the island platform at Pollokshields West. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/03/2006
Looking from Pollokshields West to the booking office of the former Strathbungo station. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/03/2006

A service from East Kilbride on the last hop to Glasgow passes the junction on 21st July 2018. Photographed from the Platform of Pollokshields East, ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
Passing Muirhouse Central Junction is a 47 hauled Carlisle-Kilmarnock-Glasgow train. Cathcart circle line in foreground. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
156450 passes Muirhouse Central Junction with a service from Barrhead. Pollockshields East station is on the left and the 'Terminus Curve' bears ...
Bill Roberton 10/09/2018
156494 passing the old SignalBox at Muirhouse. ...
Colin Harkins 10/02/2007




Muirhouse Link

To complete access to the loop a link was required at Muirhouse.

A service from East Kilbride on the last hop to Glasgow passes the junction on 21st July 2018. Photographed from the Platform of Pollokshields East, ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
Passing Muirhouse Central Junction is a 47 hauled Carlisle-Kilmarnock-Glasgow train. Cathcart circle line in foreground. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
156450 passes Muirhouse Central Junction with a service from Barrhead. Pollockshields East station is on the left and the 'Terminus Curve' bears ...
Bill Roberton 10/09/2018
156494 passing the old SignalBox at Muirhouse. ...
Colin Harkins 10/02/2007

Muirhouse CE Workshops seen from passing southbound DMU. These sidings are no longer in use. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
156 504 passes Muirhouse North Junction with a Carlisle train on 10th September 2018. The lines to the right are for the Cathcart ...
Bill Roberton 10/09/2018
A junction with three names; Cathcart Junction, Pollokshields East Junction and now Muirhouse North Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/03/2006
An outer circle service takes the Cathcart Circle at Muirhouse North Junction and prepares to stop at Pollokshields East. The two used tracks to the ...
Ewan Crawford 27/03/2011