City of Glasgow Union Railway

Introduction

The major feature of this line was Glasgow St Enoch station. This station was famous for its quality hotel. The station has been closed an completely demolished. There were two glazed roofs side-by-side here situated above the Glasgow streets. The original smaller version of the station was called Dunlop Street. The site of the station is now several car-parks and the St Enochs shopping centre.

This railway is open to freight between Shields Road and High Street. Between Bellgrove and Springburn the line is open to passenger trains. A new line (the Cowlairs Chord) has been brought into use to allow trains to run down the line from Glasgow Queen Street High Level. The line has a link to the line to Cumbernauld and trains from High Level Queen Street use this link. The section of the line between Gorbals and Larkfield is closed and uplifted.



Dates

  /  /1864[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Act receives Royal assent
  /  /1870[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Shields Road station opened
02/06/1870[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
First Bridge over the Clyde in central Glasgow opened.
12/12/1870[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Four platform terminus, Dunlop Street opened (temporary version of St Enochs)
12/12/1870[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Opened between Pollockshields and Dunlop Street. Main line services start to use the new station, local services continue to use Bridge Street.
19/12/1870[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Gallowgate opened, used as a terminus by the [North British Railway]s [Coatbridge Branch] until the College terminus was complete.
19/12/1870[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Main Street opened
01/06/1871[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
The [Glasgow and South Western Railway] Bus trains start running between Bellgrove and Shields Road.
01/01/1872[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Main Street Gorbals station opened.
16/08/1875[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Bellgrove to Spingburn opened for goods, Haghill Junction to Parkhead Junction opened.
17/10/1876[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Dunlop Street closed
17/10/1876[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Glasgow St Enoch opened. Through service from London St Pancras via the [Midland Railway] starts.
17/10/1876City of Glasgow Union Railway
Connection from Gorbals on the City of Glasgow Union Railway to South Side on the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway opened.
01/08/1877[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Gorbals opened to replace South Side.
01/01/1881[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Bus train service to Shields Road extended to Alexandra Park (later called Alexandria Parade).
  /  /1883[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Warehouses built on the junction of Bell Street and High Street for the [Glasgow and South Western Railway]. Approach was via a reversing loop built on the line from Gallowgate to High Street East Junction.
29/06/1883[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
St Enochs station and approach lines south of Bellgrove taken over by the [Glasgow and South Western Railway]. Lines north of Bellgrove taken over by the [North British Railway].
01/10/1883[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Bus train service to Shields Road extended to Barnhill.
  /  /1884[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
St Enochs locomotive shed opened. This was built in the triangle of lines bounded by St Enochs station, Saltmarket Junction and Clyde Junction. The lines ran south from the shed to Clyde Junction. The area under the shed was notorious for oil dripping down on passers by.
01/01/1887[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Bus train service to Shields Road extended to Springburn.
01/02/1887Glasgow City and District Railway Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) City of Glasgow Union Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh RailwayStobcross Railway
Circular service introduced by the North British Railway.
01/10/1892[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Gallowgate closed. One platform taken up and replaced with further through line.
01/04/1893[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway] services through the St Johns Tunnel to Gallowgate Central and on to Bridgeton begin.
  /  /1896[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
[North British Railway]
City of Glasgow Union Railway absorbed and divided between Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway.
07/08/1896[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Company wound up.
  /  /1898[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
A further 6 platforms at St Enoch start being built
  /  /1898[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
St Enochs to Port Eglinton Junction quadrupled.
30/09/1900[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Main Street closed, replaced by Eglinton Street (later renamed Cumberland Street).
  /  /1901[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Expanded St Enoch station opened complete with re-built Clyde bridge was accommodates 4 tracks.
  /  /1902[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Construction complete
01/10/1902[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
The [Glasgow and South Western Railway] Bus trains stop running due to Tram competition.
01/10/1902[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Gallowgate station closed.
12/01/1903Glasgow City and District Railway Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) City of Glasgow Union Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh RailwayStobcross Railway
Circular service withdrawn.
27/07/1903[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
A busy Isle of Man boat train from Ardrossan over-runs the buffers at platform 8 in St Enochs and two carriages are telescoped and hit the stations glass roof. 16 were killed and 27 injured. The train was apparently terminated in a shorter platform than usual due to renovation work and the driver, Henry Northcott, had assumed a greater braking distance.
01/03/1910[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Garngad closed.
01/02/1913[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway] services from the [City of Glasgow Union Railway] to Bridgeton Central are withdrawn. The link between the [City of Glasgow Union Railway] and [Glasgow City and District Railway] is closed.
01/11/1924[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Shields station closed
01/04/1925[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
New Shields Road station opened incorporating the [Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway] Pollockshields station, [City of Glasgow Union Railway] Shields Road station and [Paisley Canal Line] Shields stations.
01/06/1928[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Gorbals closed and its platforms cut back.
  /  /1934[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Gallowgate closed completely
  /  /1935[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
St Enochs locomotive shed closed and used as a locomotive store
  /  /1935[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
St Enoch locomotive shed closed, but continues in use as a stabling and storage point.
  /10/1965[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Haghill Yard closed
  /  /1966[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
St Enochs station closed
14/02/1966[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Cumberland Street closed.
14/02/1966[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Shields Road closed.
18/04/1966[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Glasgow St Enoch (Gorbals Junction) to Strathbungo Junction closed to passengers
27/06/1966[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Glasgow St Enoch to Shields Junction closed to passengers
27/06/1966[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Glasgow St Enoch closed
05/06/1967[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Glasgow St Enoch to Clyde Junction closed to Parcel traffic.
23/06/1973[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Glasgow St Enoch (Gorbals Junction) to Strathbungo Junction closed to freight
  /  /1975[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
St Enoch station clock removed
  /  /1977[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
St Enoch station starts to be demolished after having been a car-park. Rubble used to fill the Queens Dock (Glasgow).
  /  /1981[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Haghill Junction to Parkhead North closed.
  /  /1984[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Dis-used warehouses at Bell Street start to be converted into flats
  /  /1987Scottish Exhibition Centre (Glasgow)
Opened on the site of the Queens Dock, which was filled in with the rubble of the demolished [City of Glasgow Union Railway] St Enoch station.
06/03/1989[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Crash at Bellgrove station when a train leaves Bellgrove station passing a red light (SPAD) and runs onto the single lead of the Springburn line striking a train leaving the branch. 2 were killed and 40 injured.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Pollok Junction to St Enoch

This opened from Pollok Junction to Dunlop Street in 1870.

This is the junction between the former Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway and the later City of Glasgow Union Railway (opened 1870). The junction allowed trains from Glasgow St Enoch to join the route west to Paisley Gilmour Street. It was immediately west of the now closed Shields Road station.
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BR Standard 2-6-4T no 80108 brings a Gourock - Glasgow Central train east through Pollok Junction on 23 May 1959. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/05/1959
Class 2P 4-4-0 no 40668 photographed near Pollok Junction in the spring of 1959 at the head of a Largs to Glasgow St Enoch train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 21/01/2019
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42698 westbound through Pollok Junction on 5 May 1956 with a Gourock train. The dive under for Kinning Park Goods is at the lower ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42246 runs through Pollock Junction on 5 May 1956 with a Wemyss Bay express. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956

This was a two platform station - the southern two platforms of the four platform Shields Road station, the two platforms to the north were originally Pollokshields station.
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Class J35 0-6-0 no 64507 passing through Shields Road station on the CGU route in June 1959 at the head of a westbound freight.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/06/1959
One of Ayr shed's 'Crab' 2-6-0s no 42745 passing through Shields Road on Saturday 18 April 1959 with an Ayr - Glasgow St Enoch train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/04/1959
Ex-Caledonian Pickersgill 4-4-0 no 54468 approaching Shields Road station on 6 June 1950 at the head of a Princes Pier to St Enoch train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/06/1950
Ex-NB J37 0-6-0 64563 approaching from Pollok Junction and about to run through Shields Road station on 22 September 1956. The freight is on the down ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 22/09/1956

This junction gave access to Port Eglinton Goods from the west. The signal box, of 1885, here closed in 1903 when control was taken over by Port Eglinton Junction. The line and goods yard closed in 1966.
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This was an important junction where the routes to Ayrshire via Paisley Gilmour Street and Paisley Canal met before running together to Glasgow St Enoch. The layout altered over the years.
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Caledonian 0-4-4T 55219 at Port Eglinton Junction on 25 April 1959 with a train of empty stock for St Enoch. [Ref query 1677] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/04/1959
2P 4-4-0 no 40579 at Port Eglinton Junction on 25 April 1959 with a Largs - Glasgow train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/04/1959
BR Standard 2-6-4T 80127 passing Port Eglinton Junction on 5 May 1956 with a Saturday service to Largs. The class 4 tank locomotive had arrived at ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956
BR 'Clan' light Pacific no 72007 Clan Mackintosh passing Shields Bank on 26 September 1959 with a Glasgow - Stranraer train. [The box in the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/09/1959

This was a four platform elevated station on the east side of Eglinton Street running east as far as the bridge over Surrey Street the Cumberland Street junction.
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Cumberland Street, main station entrance, March 2007. ...
John Furnevel 11/03/2007
Rear view of the former Cumberland Street station on 11 March 2007, looking west towards Eglinton Street. ...
John Furnevel 11/03/2007
Cumberland Street - view west, 11 March 2007. ...
John Furnevel 11/03/2007
Fine looking window of Cumberland Street Station... just a pity its boarded up!! ...
Colin Harkins 10/02/2007

Gorbals Junction was to the north of this station. As built, the line was double track from St Enoch to this junction. The station was built on the V of the junction.
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This junction on the City of Glasgow Union Railway was between the approaches to Glasgow St Enoch from Cumberland Street (and the west via Paisley Gilmour Street or Paisley Canal) and Strathbungo (and the south to Barrhead and Kilmarnock).
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Jubilee 45691 Orion passing through Gorbals Junction on Saturday 5 May 1956 with a Glasgow St Enoch - Stranraer express. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956
The 6.21pm St Enoch - East Kilbride DMU runs south through Gorbals Junction on 20 July 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
The 5.30pm St Enoch - Carlisle runs south through Gorbals Junction shortly after commencing its journey on 20 July 1961. At the head of the train is ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
Looking north towards Gorbals Junction in 1999 from the top of the access stairway in the V between the lines to Paisley (left) and Barrhead (now ...
Ewan Crawford //1999

This is a four track viaduct, currently carrying two tracks. It is also known as the Clydebridge Viaduct, although this name is also used for a viaduct on the Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway and at Rutherglen.
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A class 47 locomotive, 47772, leads a West Coast Railways Branch Line Society railtour over the now little used bridge which once saw so much traffic ...
Colin McDonald 27/04/2018
Clydebridge Viaduct crossing Clyde Place looking east. To the left was Clyde Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Clydebridge Viaduct looking west. The Bridgegait (a street now called Bridgegate) is to the right. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
The imposing Clydebridge Viaduct which carried the City of Glasgow Union line over the River Clyde to St Enoch and High Street. View looks east on the ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

This was the junction between the lines into Glasgow St Enoch (opened in 1870 to the east end of the station 'Dunlop Street') and those from Saltmarket Junction and the east (1871). It allowed trains from the terminus to run south to Gorbals Junction and then either west to Paisley and Ayrshire or south to Barrhead, Kilmarnock, Carlisle and beyond.
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Ex-NBR class J37 0-6-0 no 64563 brings a northbound goods train through Clyde Junction on 21 September 1958. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 21/09/1958
A Saturday service from Renfrew passing through Clyde Junction on the approach to St Enoch on 8 June 1957. The locomotive is Caley 3F 0-6-0 no 57562. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/06/1957
Corkerhill Black 5 45164 rounds the curve between Saltmarket Junction and Clyde Junction in June 1961 with a freight from College Goods bound for ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/06/1961
Corkerhill Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45707 Valiant takes a southbound freight through Clyde Junction and onto the viaduct in June 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/06/1961

This was a temporary terminus in Glasgow while the land for Glasgow St Enoch completed purchase and construction between 1870 and 1876. The station had four platforms, along the lines of the later station, between Dunlop Street and Stockwell Street. The station was also known as Central Station.
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This was a large terminus with 12 platforms in Glasgow. The main entrance was from St Enoch Square in the city centre.
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Class 5MT 73100 departs St Enoch on 1013 to Largs. ...
David Murray-Smith 19/03/1961
On the 26th of June it was half a century since St. Enoch closed. This is a selection of tickets to and from St. Enoch and various other destinations ...
Colin Miller 26/06/2016
A train for Greenock Princes Pier leaves St Enoch in March 1954 behind ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 54440. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 31/03/1954
Ex-NBR D34 4-4-0 no 256 Glen Douglas in the process of backing onto the SLS Scottish Rambler No 3 railtour at a sunny St Enoch station ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/03/1964




Clyde Junction to High Street Junction

This opened in 1871.

This was the junction between the lines into Glasgow St Enoch (opened in 1870 to the east end of the station 'Dunlop Street') and those from Saltmarket Junction and the east (1871). It allowed trains from the terminus to run south to Gorbals Junction and then either west to Paisley and Ayrshire or south to Barrhead, Kilmarnock, Carlisle and beyond.
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Ex-NBR class J37 0-6-0 no 64563 brings a northbound goods train through Clyde Junction on 21 September 1958. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 21/09/1958
A Saturday service from Renfrew passing through Clyde Junction on the approach to St Enoch on 8 June 1957. The locomotive is Caley 3F 0-6-0 no 57562. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/06/1957
Corkerhill Black 5 45164 rounds the curve between Saltmarket Junction and Clyde Junction in June 1961 with a freight from College Goods bound for ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/06/1961
Corkerhill Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45707 Valiant takes a southbound freight through Clyde Junction and onto the viaduct in June 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/06/1961

A curve opened from Saltmarket Junction on the existing line from Gorbals Junction to High Street Junction (1871) in 1882. This served platforms 1 and 2 at Glasgow St Enoch. A signal box opened with the junction, in its 'V'.
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Looking south along Saltmarket in March 2007 at the bridge carrying the CGU line from Saltmarket Junction (right) on towards Gallowgate. ...
John Furnevel 25/03/2007
The view east along Osborne Street, Glasgow from the bridge abutment at King Street. Off to the right is the cleared site of St Enoch's locomotive ...
Colin Miller 22/08/2017
Looking to Saltmarket Junction from the severed approach to St Enoch station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
The urban viaduct that brought the line west from Saltmarket Junction into St Enoch now terminates at King Street. View looking east along Osborne ...
John Furnevel 25/03/2007

This was a two platform station on a raised section of line. The line remains open.
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1264 and 44871 restart the Great Britain XII from a water stop at the site of Gallowgate station on 2nd May 2019. ...
John Robin 02/05/2019
Looking west at what was Gallowgate. The CGU line is still open here but not used a great deal. ...
Ewan Crawford 05/05/2006
Looking west over the CGU just east of Gallowgate. The College Goods Yard was straight ahead and the warehousing still standing on the left was part ...
Ewan Crawford 05/05/2006
Looking north at the top of Molendinar Street in 2007, with Gallowgate behind the camera. The bridge carries the CGU line between Saltmarket Junction ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2007

This junction was east of Gallowgate station. To the east the line split into four routes which were, from north to south, the goods loop used for reversal into College Goods, the line to High Street Junction, a series of dead end sidings and the link to Gallowgate Central Junction.
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Trains are rare at this location but on 2nd May 2019 1264 and 44871, with the Great Britain XII, stayed for a water stop at the site of St Johns ...
John Robin 02/05/2019

This is the junction to the east of High Street station where the line east to Airdrie is met with the freight and empty stock movements line from Pollok Junction.
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High Street Junction looking west. The St Johns link would create a triangle here. Left to right; GSW link to Bridgeton Central (lifted), CGU, College ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
High Street East Junction (now High Street Junction) looking west. Left to right; CGU line, College goods (closed), GCDR and High Street Goods ...
Ewan Crawford 05/05/2006
To the east of High Street East Junction looking west. The line to the Barracks mineral yard was to the left, then the High Street signalbox and then ...
Ewan Crawford 05/05/2006
334025 on an Edinburgh - Milngavie service begins the descent to High Street station and the low level tunnel section of the line on 24th January ...
Colin McDonald 24/01/2015




Scotland Street Junction to Port Eglinton Junction

Opened in 1874 this gave access to General Terminus.

This was the junction between the original General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway and a connection from the City of Glasgow Union Railway from Port Eglinton Junction (Shields Bank Signal Box also closed). The junction allowed trains from the latter line access to General Terminus from the south. The approach from Shields Bank was single track, doubling at the junction.
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Scotland Street Junction signalbox in the shade of the M8. This box controlled the exit from General terminus and the junction between the lines from ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

This box controlled the east end of the climb from the Scotland Street Junction, on the approach to General Terminus, to Port Eglinton Junction.
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This was an important junction where the routes to Ayrshire via Paisley Gilmour Street and Paisley Canal met before running together to Glasgow St Enoch. The layout altered over the years.
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Caledonian 0-4-4T 55219 at Port Eglinton Junction on 25 April 1959 with a train of empty stock for St Enoch. [Ref query 1677] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/04/1959
2P 4-4-0 no 40579 at Port Eglinton Junction on 25 April 1959 with a Largs - Glasgow train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/04/1959
BR Standard 2-6-4T 80127 passing Port Eglinton Junction on 5 May 1956 with a Saturday service to Largs. The class 4 tank locomotive had arrived at ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956
BR 'Clan' light Pacific no 72007 Clan Mackintosh passing Shields Bank on 26 September 1959 with a Glasgow - Stranraer train. [The box in the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/09/1959




Saltmarket Junction to St Enoch

Opened in 1882.

This was a large terminus with 12 platforms in Glasgow. The main entrance was from St Enoch Square in the city centre.
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Class 5MT 73100 departs St Enoch on 1013 to Largs. ...
David Murray-Smith 19/03/1961
On the 26th of June it was half a century since St. Enoch closed. This is a selection of tickets to and from St. Enoch and various other destinations ...
Colin Miller 26/06/2016
A train for Greenock Princes Pier leaves St Enoch in March 1954 behind ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 54440. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 31/03/1954
Ex-NBR D34 4-4-0 no 256 Glen Douglas in the process of backing onto the SLS Scottish Rambler No 3 railtour at a sunny St Enoch station ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/03/1964

A curve opened from Saltmarket Junction on the existing line from Gorbals Junction to High Street Junction (1871) in 1882. This served platforms 1 and 2 at Glasgow St Enoch. A signal box opened with the junction, in its 'V'.
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Looking south along Saltmarket in March 2007 at the bridge carrying the CGU line from Saltmarket Junction (right) on towards Gallowgate. ...
John Furnevel 25/03/2007
The view east along Osborne Street, Glasgow from the bridge abutment at King Street. Off to the right is the cleared site of St Enoch's locomotive ...
Colin Miller 22/08/2017
Looking to Saltmarket Junction from the severed approach to St Enoch station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
The urban viaduct that brought the line west from Saltmarket Junction into St Enoch now terminates at King Street. View looking east along Osborne ...
John Furnevel 25/03/2007




South Side to Gorbals Junction

Opened in 1876.

This terminus was located at the junction of Pollokshaws Road and Cathcart Street (now Cathcart Road). Initially it was the Glasgow terminus of the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston direct Railway. An eastern portion was added to the station, opened with the Clydesdale Junction Railway and Hamilton branch. The terminus was on the south side of the River Clyde, a little distant from old ...

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A St Enoch - Kilmarnock local passing the former South Side station shortly after commencing its journey on 20 July 1961. At the head of the train is ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
Black 5 4-6-0 no 44992, with a train of empty stock destined for St Enoch, photographed alongside the former South Side station on 20 July 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73057 passing South Side on 20 July 1961 with a train from Dumfries bound for St Enoch. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
Standard 2-6-4 tank shunting empty stock alongside the site of South Side station in July 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961


Gorbals station consisted of four platforms, 2 platforms on the line south to Barrhead and 2 on the line west to Paisley known as Main Street Gorbals. The station was above street level.
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Class 2P 4-4-0 40620 runs through Gorbals station on 20 July 1961 with empty stock for South Side. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
Looking north through Gorbals station on 20 July 1961 as the 5.33pm St Enoch - East Kilbride approaches. The locomotive is one of Polmadie shed's ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
A Kilmarnock - St Enoch train runs through the remains of the southbound platforms of Gorbals station on 20 July 1961. At the head of the train is ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
Standard 2-6-4 tank 80127 runs north through the remains of Gorbals station (closed 1928) with a Neilston Low - St Enoch train in the summer of 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961

This junction on the City of Glasgow Union Railway was between the approaches to Glasgow St Enoch from Cumberland Street (and the west via Paisley Gilmour Street or Paisley Canal) and Strathbungo (and the south to Barrhead and Kilmarnock).
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Jubilee 45691 Orion passing through Gorbals Junction on Saturday 5 May 1956 with a Glasgow St Enoch - Stranraer express. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956
The 6.21pm St Enoch - East Kilbride DMU runs south through Gorbals Junction on 20 July 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
The 5.30pm St Enoch - Carlisle runs south through Gorbals Junction shortly after commencing its journey on 20 July 1961. At the head of the train is ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
Looking north towards Gorbals Junction in 1999 from the top of the access stairway in the V between the lines to Paisley (left) and Barrhead (now ...
Ewan Crawford //1999




St Johns Junction to Gallowgate Junction

Allowed access to Bridgeton Central. Opened 1893.

This junction was east of Gallowgate station. To the east the line split into four routes which were, from north to south, the goods loop used for reversal into College Goods, the line to High Street Junction, a series of dead end sidings and the link to Gallowgate Central Junction.
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Trains are rare at this location but on 2nd May 2019 1264 and 44871, with the Great Britain XII, stayed for a water stop at the site of St Johns ...
John Robin 02/05/2019


This junction opened in 1893 with the construction of a curve (1893) from St Johns Junction on the City of Glasgow Union Railway to meet the Glasgow City and District Railway (1892) line to Bridgeton Central.
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College Goods Loop

Allowed access to College Goods without fouling the passenger line. Opened 1883.

This junction was east of Gallowgate station. To the east the line split into four routes which were, from north to south, the goods loop used for reversal into College Goods, the line to High Street Junction, a series of dead end sidings and the link to Gallowgate Central Junction.
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Trains are rare at this location but on 2nd May 2019 1264 and 44871, with the Great Britain XII, stayed for a water stop at the site of St Johns ...
John Robin 02/05/2019

This large goods yard was the Glasgow and South Western Railway's main goods yard in Glasgow. The site was approached from a loop off the City of Glasgow Union Railway immediately west of High Street Junction. Approach was from the east so trains from the central Glasgow direction, from which most trains would approach, would reverse into the various sidings.
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The warehousing of the G&SWRs College Goods Yard looking west. The lines were behind this building to the right. Now flats. ...
Ewan Crawford 05/05/2006
The enormous warehouse on Bell Street that was once part of Glasgow's College Goods depot, now converted to flats. Much of the old College goods yard ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2007
Remains of College Goods (GSW). The warehouses still stand and the base of the undercroft can be seen in the foreground. The CGU runs by in the ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Built to last - this ring of rails protecting one of the yard lamp poles survives in the brambles at the edge of what is now a private car park south ...
Colin McDonald 05/03/2016

This is the junction to the east of High Street station where the line east to Airdrie is met with the freight and empty stock movements line from Pollok Junction.
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High Street Junction looking west. The St Johns link would create a triangle here. Left to right; GSW link to Bridgeton Central (lifted), CGU, College ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
High Street East Junction (now High Street Junction) looking west. Left to right; CGU line, College goods (closed), GCDR and High Street Goods ...
Ewan Crawford 05/05/2006
To the east of High Street East Junction looking west. The line to the Barracks mineral yard was to the left, then the High Street signalbox and then ...
Ewan Crawford 05/05/2006
334025 on an Edinburgh - Milngavie service begins the descent to High Street station and the low level tunnel section of the line on 24th January ...
Colin McDonald 24/01/2015




Bellgrove to Cowlairs

Opened 1875.

Bellgrove East signal box was at Bellgrove Junction, the first version being on the north side of the junction. This was replaced in 1904 when the line was quadrupled. The new box was in the 'V' of the junction and surrounded by lines thanks to the complications of the passenger and goods lines. (To the west the southern of the four through lines were the passenger lines and the northern pair were ...

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The Dropper has come loose from the Contact Wire. This was noticed just East of Duke Street ...
Colin Harkins 29/08/2006
An unidentified electric multiple unit, sandwiched between two translator coaches, is hauled by 47805 up the gradient towards Eastfield on 23rd ...
Colin McDonald 23/12/2015
The 11:10 service to Cumbernauld passes the SPAD signal [see image 33386] on 6 October approaching the single lead Bellgrove Junction. It is about to ...
Colin McDonald 06/10/2014
320 321 comes off the Springburn branch at Bellgrove Junction on 26 March 2011 with a Dalmuir service. ...
David Panton 26/03/2011


This is a two platform station. There was a booking office by Alexandra Cross which survived until the 1980s. There was no signal box, Haghill Junction being just to the north. ...

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A service for Springburn calls at Duke Street in Glasgow's East End on 24 August 2019. Up on the street and out of shot there is a windowless bar ...
David Panton 24/08/2019
A Cumbernauld to Dumbarton Central calls at Duke Street during one of the day's frequent showers. ...
David Panton 05/08/2017
A Dumbarton Central to Cumbernauld service calls at Duke Street on 25 August 2018. The run to Alexandra Parade vies with two others for being the ...
David Panton 25/08/2018
A Cumbernauld service calls at Duke Street on 13th January 2018 with, appropriately, Cumbernauld Road as a backdrop. Baking bread smells waft from the ...
David Panton 13/01/2018

This junction was to the south of Alexandria Parade station. Two forks of the City of Glasgow Union Railway came together here. To the south west was the line from High Street Junction, St Enoch, Shields and Gorbals. To the south east was the route to Parkhead North Junction. Between these was Haghill Goods and the line to the Haghill Destructor. The signal box ...

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Bridge carrying Cumbernauld Road... As you can see it had 3 portals two of which are arched. ...
Colin Harkins 29/09/2006
Standing on Cumbernauld Road bridge, directly above the site of Haghill Junction, on 2 April 2009. View north as a train for Springburn is about to ...
John Furnevel 02/04/2009
Looking East from Aitken Street, Haghill. Notice how overrun with vegetation it is ... Nature taking over. ...
Colin Harkins 29/09/2006
Looking East from Aitken Street, Haghill. Notice how overrun with vegetation it is ... Nature taking over. ...
Colin Harkins 29/09/2006

This is a two platform station in a cutting to the east of Alexandra Park Street. The line is crossed by Alexandra Parade to the south with ramps down to the platforms. There is no car park. Alexandra Park is to the east.
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The 1053 service to Dalmuir seen from under the road bridge at Alexandra Parade on 23rd December 2014. ...
Colin McDonald 23/12/2014
A Dumbarton Central service enters Alexandra Parade, the location named after King Edward VII's long-suffering consort. The destination is Dumbarton ...
David Panton 25/08/2018
These days Alexandra Parade is days mainly served by Cumbernauld to
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David Panton 20/01/2018
Alexandra Parade looking south towards Haghill Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987


This was a four platform station of two islands. The northbound island platform was quite narrow. Platforms were under Garngad road, with the larger part to the north.
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Parkhead class N2 0-6-2T no 69563 passing Garngad on 8 May 1956 at the head of a Hyndland - Springburn train. Garngad station had closed to ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/05/1956
V1 67661 with a Clydebank East - Springburn train passing below Royston Road and through the site of the former Garngad station, three quarters of a ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/05/1956

Garngad Goods was located to the south of the Garngad station, west of the line, curving off from the station with tracks running to the west. ...

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This is a suburban two platform station. There was a small minerals yard on the east side, approached from the north, now gone. The main station building, demolished, was on the northbound platform.
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A Dumbarton Central to Cumbernauld service comes to a halt at Barnhill on 1 December 2018. Barnhill station is about as basic as it gets with a ...
David Panton 01/12/2018
There cannot be many stations in the UK with a platform indicator for the next station at the end of the platform, but Springburn is rather close. ...
David Panton 01/12/2018
320 310 at Barnhill about to start the final leg of its journey to Springburn on 12 January 2008. ...
David Panton 12/01/2008
Barnhill looking south to Barnhill tunnel. Note Sealink coaches up on embankment at St Rollox in distance. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

The 1875 City of Glasgow Union Railway ran from Cowlairs West Junction parallel to, and on the east side of, the 1855 Sighthill Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) and a junction existed here between these lines and the exchange line to Sighthill East Junction [1st] on the Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway).
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This works was established by Walter Montgomerie Neilson beside the City of Glasgow Union Railway which had opened in 1875. The works was across the CGU and Sighthill Branch from the Hyde Park Works [2nd]. Neilson had formerly been a partner in the competing works.
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This is a four platform station. Two platforms are through lines and two are bays served from the south east.
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A service from Dumbarton Central approaches the buffers at Springburn's Platform 3 on 24 August 2019. The far end of Platforms 2 and 3 seem to be a de ...
David Panton 24/08/2019
The driver of 320 320 (so good they named it twice) has just changed ends
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David Panton 17/06/2017
Going my way? Scenes like this at Springburn will soon be a thing of the past when the timetable changes on 9 December 2018. Until then North Clyde ...
David Panton 01/12/2018
A Cumbernauld to Dumbarton Central service enters Springburn on 5 August, seconds after an opposite working using the nearer track (for Platform 2). ...
David Panton 05/08/2017

This junction opened in 1992 when the single track Cowlairs Chord opened from here, the east end, to Cowlairs South Junction the west. This new chord allowed trains to Cumbernauld to run directly from Glasgow Queen Street High Level for the first time. Prior to this this diesel shuttle service ran from Springburn to Cumbernauld, connecting with the electric Milngavie to ...

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365523 heads away from Sighthill West Junction with a Shields - Eastfield transfer. ...
Bill Roberton 21/06/2018
170 459 approaches Springburn station with a service from Glasgow Queen Street High Level on 16 October.  It has just cleared the cord from Cowlairs ...
David Panton 16/10/2010
New maintenance centre under construction at Cowlairs. ...
Ewan Crawford 02/02/2008
Cumbernauld - Glasgow service takes the Cowlairs Chord past the site of the new maintenance and signalling centres at Cowlairs. ...
Ewan Crawford 02/02/2008

This is a four way junction. The 1842 Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway is met by the 1855 Sighthill Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) and the 1858 Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway. The City of Glasgow Union Railway's north end reached here in 1875.
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A class N2 0-6-2T passing Cowlairs West Junction with empty stock in September 1955. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/09/1955
Gresley V3 2-6-2T no 67600 with a Glasgow Queen Street - Kirkintilloch train passing Cowlairs West Junction on 6 September 1955. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/09/1955
Haymarket A3 Pacific no 60035 Windsor Lad brings the 6pm Queen Street - Waverley through Cowlairs West Junction in the summer of 1956. [South ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/06/1956
Thornton based D49 4-4-0 no 62749 Rutlandshire photographed at Cowlairs West on 26 June 1956 with a train from Fife. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/06/1956




Parkhead to Alexandria Parade

Opened 1875.

The lines from Bellgrove and Alexandra Parade met here. The junction was east of Parkhead North station. The signal box was on the north side of the junction. Opposite on the south side of the line was Parkhead Shed and to its east a goods yard. On the north side of the line was Parkhead Railway Wheel and Axle Works.
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Half a mile north west of Parkhead Junction the CGU line to Haghill crossed two major roads near their meeting point. Photograph taken in April 2009 ...
John Furnevel 02/04/2009
British Rail Subsiduary marking on bridge... BRB site quote Glasgow: Former Haghill Branch from Todd Street to Cumbernauld Road G-HHB-577-1A. ...
Colin Harkins 29/08/2006
Underneath the Parkhead branch line of the City of Glasgow Union Railway. ...
Colin Harkins 29/08/2006
Remains of overbridge to path below at Parkhead looking toward Haghill. ...
Colin Harkins 29/08/2006

This goods yard was at the east end of a loop laid on the south side of the line between Parkhead Junction [NB] and Haghill Junction around 1900.
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The wide and overgrown deck of the bridge carrying the CGU route between Haghill and Parkhead Junctions in April 2009. View is south east towards the ...
John Furnevel 02/04/2009
A 1988 view east from the former Caledonian Railway 'Switchback' looking out over the CGU line from Haghill Junction to Parkhead Junction (which was ...
Ewan Crawford //1988



This junction was to the south of Alexandria Parade station. Two forks of the City of Glasgow Union Railway came together here. To the south west was the line from High Street Junction, St Enoch, Shields and Gorbals. To the south east was the route to Parkhead North Junction. Between these was Haghill Goods and the line to the Haghill Destructor. The signal box ...

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Bridge carrying Cumbernauld Road... As you can see it had 3 portals two of which are arched. ...
Colin Harkins 29/09/2006
Standing on Cumbernauld Road bridge, directly above the site of Haghill Junction, on 2 April 2009. View north as a train for Springburn is about to ...
John Furnevel 02/04/2009
Looking East from Aitken Street, Haghill. Notice how overrun with vegetation it is ... Nature taking over. ...
Colin Harkins 29/09/2006
Looking East from Aitken Street, Haghill. Notice how overrun with vegetation it is ... Nature taking over. ...
Colin Harkins 29/09/2006




St Enoch Shed

Opened 1885.

This was a 12 road locomotive shed built in the triangle of lines Glasgow St Enoch Station - Clyde Junction [CGU] - Saltmarket Junction. Although the triangle of lines was useful for turning engines there was a turntable on the west side of the shed.
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This was the junction between the lines into Glasgow St Enoch (opened in 1870 to the east end of the station 'Dunlop Street') and those from Saltmarket Junction and the east (1871). It allowed trains from the terminus to run south to Gorbals Junction and then either west to Paisley and Ayrshire or south to Barrhead, Kilmarnock, Carlisle and beyond.
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Ex-NBR class J37 0-6-0 no 64563 brings a northbound goods train through Clyde Junction on 21 September 1958. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 21/09/1958
A Saturday service from Renfrew passing through Clyde Junction on the approach to St Enoch on 8 June 1957. The locomotive is Caley 3F 0-6-0 no 57562. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/06/1957
Corkerhill Black 5 45164 rounds the curve between Saltmarket Junction and Clyde Junction in June 1961 with a freight from College Goods bound for ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/06/1961
Corkerhill Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45707 Valiant takes a southbound freight through Clyde Junction and onto the viaduct in June 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/06/1961