Clydesdale Junction Railway

Introduction

This line is open. The line extended the Polloc and Govan Railway from Rutherglen to Motherwell and took over the older line. A branch was laid to a new terminus at South Side in Glasgow. The line also included the Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway).






Dates

  /  /1845Clydesdale Junction Railway
Act receives Royal assent. The line was authorised from Glasgow, using the Polloc and Govan Railway to reach Hamilton with a branch to Motherwell [1st], the forks dividing at the later Newton station. The line would bring coal from pits in the Hamilton area, owned by the Dixons amongst others, to the Govan Iron Works. The Motherwell branch was authorised to not to be opened until the Caledonian Railway reached the Wishaw and Coltness Railway.
  /  /1846Clydesdale Junction RailwayCaledonian Railway
Clydesdale Junction Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1846Clydesdale Junction Railway
Authorisation for an Eglinton Street branch - opened to South Side [CR].
  /  /1846Clydesdale Junction Railway
Branches to Househill, by the Levern Water near the Hurlet Colliery Tramway, and Thornliebank authorised. Neither built at this time.
  /  /1846Clydesdale Junction Railway
Deviation to route between Rutherglen and Hamilton authorised.
  /  /1846Clydesdale Junction Railway
Authorisation altered to allow the Motherwell [1st] branch to be opened before completion of the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1847Clydesdale Junction Railway
Branch to Auchenheath and Canderside authorised, not built in this form.
  /  /1847Lesmahagow Railway
'Lesmahagow Branches' line authorised from Blantyre, on the Clydesdale Junction Railway, to Weston (Lesmahagow), Canderside to Strathaven, Forkins to Bankend, and Forkins to Fauldhouse.
01/06/1849Clydesdale Junction Railway
Line opened between Rutherglen [1st] and Motherwell [1st]. The Caledonian Railway begins running trains from the Glasgow terminus South Side [CR] station. Station opened to goods, passengers and minerals. This station opened on a short branch from the former Polloc and Govan Railway at Gushetfaulds. The terminus was immediately alongside the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway terminus. Stations opened at South Side [CR], Rutherglen [1st], Cambuslang, Uddingston [1st].
01/06/1849Clydesdale Junction Railway
Glasgow to Hamilton branch opened.
17/09/1849Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Hamilton Junction to Hamilton opened. Blantyre opens, an intermediate station. Originally promoted as the Clydesdale Junction Railway.
17/09/1849Clydesdale Junction Railway
Motherwell [1st] branch opened.
  /  /1851Clydesdale Junction RailwayCaledonian Railway
The Caledonian Railway creates the Clydesdale Junction Guarantee Company for the Clydesdale Junction Railway, which it took over in 1846.
  /  /1854Clydesdale Junction Railway
Proposed branch to Auchenheath abandoned (when the Lesmahagow Railway is authorised).
  /  /1857Clydesdale Junction Railway
South Side [CR] station completed. The building was by William Tite and was shared with South Side [GB and NDR]. The mineral depot also opened - Gushetfaulds Goods.
08/10/1857Motherwell Deviation Line (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened from Jerviston Junction (Wishaw and Coltness Railway) to Lesmahagow Junction (Clydesdale Junction Railway). The line allowed Motherwell [1st] station to be moved further west to Motherwell atLesmahagow Junction. Motherwell [1st] remained standing and Motherwell was opened in the V of the junction at Lesmahagow Junction. A large viaduct was required, Braidhurst Viaduct.
20/11/1868Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Clyde Iron Works branch ('Lanarkshire and Midlothian Branches' railway number 8) opened from the new Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway) (1865), replacing earlier Clyde Iron Works Railways which ran directly from Cambuslang Goods on the Clydesdale Junction Railway.
  /  /1869Clydesdale Junction Railway
South Side station (both halves South Side [CR] and South Side [GB and NDR]) vested in the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1872Clydesdale Junction Railway
Authorisation to widen the line between Gushetfaulds Junction and Rutherglen Junction. The line was increased from double track to at least quadruple track between the junctions.
  /  /1872Clydesdale Junction Railway
Authorisation for a new Caledonian Railway branch to South Side given. Powers allowed to lapse 1874.
  /  /1872Clydesdale Junction Railway
Caledonian Railway authorised to handle certain traffic at South Side [CR] station.
  /  /1875Clydesdale Junction Railway
Caledonian Railway authorised to fully use South Side [CR] for goods.
01/07/1879Clydesdale Junction Railway
South Side [CR] closed. (Or 01/08/1879.)
  /  /1880Clydesdale Junction Railway
Power to widen the line between Rutherglen Junction and Cambuslang granted to the Caledonian Railway. An additional line, northbound slow, would be added.
  /  /1880Clydesdale Junction Railway
The Caledonian Railway winds up the Clydesdale Junction Railway Guaranteed Company.
  /  /1880Clydesdale Junction Railway
For Motherwell station, deviation of a road, Muir Street, is authorised.
  /  /1885Clydesdale Junction Railway Lesmahagow Railway
New Motherwell station opened in the 'V' of Lesmahagow Junction.
  /  /1898Clydesdale Junction Railway Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Widening of Newton station approved due to increased traffic and the impending opening of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.
  /  /1900Clydesdale Junction Railway
Widening of Clyde Viaduct [Uddingston] authorised.
23/01/1901Clydesdale Junction Railway
Newton Widening and rebuilt and enlarged station opened.
  /  /1907Clydesdale Junction Railway
Power to buy land for Rutherglen Goods authorised.
  /  /1910Polloc and Govan Railway Clydesdale Junction Railway
Opening out of Rutherglen Tunnel - Glasgow Road Bridge lengthening and stopping up and diversion of New Street authorised.
  /  /1910Clydesdale Junction Railway Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Stopping up and relocation of Ballochmill Road authorised, to allow expansion of Rutherglen East Junction.
  /  /1911Clydesdale Junction Railway
Authorisation for Fallside station to be rebuilt.
  /04/1970Caledonian Railway Wishaw and Coltness Railway Clydesdale Junction Railway Polloc and Govan Railway Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
West Coast Main line electrification authorised.
06/05/1974Caledonian Railway Wishaw and Coltness Railway Clydesdale Junction Railway Polloc and Govan Railway Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Glasgow Central to Carlisle electrification complete.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Motherwell to Rutherglen

Motherwell Junction station to Rutherglen.

This station was located on the Wishaw and Coltness Railway where it was met by the Clydesdale Junction Railway. The station was just east of the junction.
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Wishaw and Coltness Railway


This signal box was north west of Motherwell Junction station (closed 1885) and south east of Motherwell station. It was on the main line and on the south/west side of the line just south of the Merry Street overbridge.
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This is a four platform station. The station is at the junction of the Glasgow Central to London Euston main line and the Hamilton Circle line to Hamilton Central. There are carriage sidings on the west side of the station, next to the northbound platform of the Hamilton Circle lines.
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Lesmahagow Railway
A service for Dalmuir via Hamilton pulls into Motherwell on 25 October 2018. To avoid confusion these services are publicised as terminating at ...
David Panton 25/10/2018
A change of driver for this Edinburgh to Ayr service at Motherwell on 11 December 2019. A predecessor might have been clutching an enamel tea can ...
David Panton 11/12/2019
A Glasgow Central to Lanark service calls at Motherwell on 25 October 2018 ...
David Panton 25/10/2018
Large Welcome sign on Motherwell^s platform 3 on a dreary day. ...
Gordon Steel 31/10/2016
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View across Lesmahagow Junction with a ballast train in the foreground reversing into the Findlay sidings. In the background is 37140 with a permanent ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
26 011 shunts ballast at Lesmahagow Junction, Motherwell. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
A Black 5 leaves Motherwell on 5 July 1964 with a stopping train for Glasgow Central. ...
John Robin 05/07/1964
A dull and overcast Autumn day in Motherwell in 1970, contributed to in no small way by a pair of Claytons struggling past with a freight. Lead ...
John Furnevel 30/10/1970
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Formed in 1898 this company built bridges for sites worldwide. The business, after a number of changes of ownerships, still exists today with a changed focus to storage tanks, gasholders and their maintenance. ...

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Looking south over the closed portion of the Motherwell Bridge and Engineering works from the Logan Road footbridge. The WCML passes to the left. See ...
Bill Roberton 01/08/1992
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This level crossing is north of Motherwell on the direct line to Glasgow.
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Logans Road Signalbox, Motherwell, photographed in February 1974 from a passing train. ...
Bill Roberton /02/1974
The 11.09 Glasgow Central - Manchester Airport approaching Motherwell on 30 January 2014 after clearing Logans Road level crossing. The train will run ...
John Furnevel 30/01/2014
View north from the footbridge over Logans Road level crossing on the WCML just to the north of Motherwell station on 30 January 2014. The train is ...
John Furnevel 30/01/2014
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This is a six arch double track viaduct over the South Calder Water. The viaduct is between Uddingston and Motherwell.
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This signal box was north west of Motherwell on the direct line to Newton. It was a little to the west of the viaduct over the South Calder Water, Orbiston Viaduct.
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This signal box was located between Uddingston Junction and Motherwell. The box, opened 1877, was on the north side of the line. The Douglas Park Colliery Pits Nos 1 and 2 were on the south side of the line served by a siding from the west, starting a little way west from the box. On the north side was a branch which ran north to East Parkhead Colliery Pits Nos 1 and 2 (also served ...

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This signal box controlled access to Bothwell Park Colliery Pits No 1 and 2, also served by the North British Railway from the former Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatrbridge Railway.
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This colliery was served by both the North British Railway (approaching from the west) and Caledonian Railway (approaching from the south east). ...

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Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway


This was the junction for the Hamilton Palace Colliery. There was a single track trailing connection running a short distance south east (parallel to the main line) to meet the a connection from the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway. Close to the junction was a short loop on the Caledonian^s approach. The line continuing south to the colliery was a joint [[Caledonian ...

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Hamilton Palace Colliery (Douglas Park) was served by both the Caledonian and the North British via a joint line. This photograph looks south under ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
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The Bothwell [CR] branch started from this junction, immediately east of Fallside station. The signal box here was ^Bothwell Junction^. The first version of this was on the north side of junction. It was replaced in 1897 with a second box on the south side of the junction. This was when the Bothwell Park Brick Works opened. This was served by sidings on the north side of the main ...

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Bothwell Branch (Caledonian Railway)


This station opened in 1873 at what became the junction of the short branch to Bothwell [CR] in 1877. Fallside House was to the north of the railway. There was no goods yard.
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This junction is east of Uddingston station. It is the junction between the Glasgow to Motherwell direct line (the 1849 Clydesdale Junction Railway) and line to Bellshill (1878 Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction (Caledonian Railway)).
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Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction (Caledonian Railway)
Looking west over Uddingston Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking east at Uddingston Junction. ...
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Double headed Class 20s, with 20123 leading, passing Uddingston Junction in the 1970s with iron ore empties from Ravenscraig Steel Works heading for ...
Ian Millar //
View north west, from the trackbed of the former Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge line, across Uddingston Junction at the point where the ...
Colin McDonald 24/02/2017
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The first Uddingston station was on the east side of the Glasgow Road bridge, replaced by the current Uddingston station on the west side. The permanent station building, on the westbound platform, was built in 1853.
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This is a two platform station. The red sandstone station building on the Glasgow bound platform remains standing. The goods yard was on the other side of Glasgow Road, north of the line and approached from the east. The original station, Uddingston [1st], was on this side of the road. Just to the east is Uddingston Junction.
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A Manchester Airport (probably) TPE service speeds through Uddingston on 24 August 2019. ...
David Panton 24/08/2019
An Edinburgh to Glasgow Central stopping service pulls in Uddingston on 24 August 2019. ...
David Panton 24/08/2019
A Lanark service calls at Uddingston on 24 August 2019. Uddingston is the home of the Tunnock^s factory. Their products are popular surely only for ...
David Panton 24/08/2019
Royal Scot 46115 Scots Guardsman runs through Uddingston station on 9 April 2009 with the ^Great Britain II^ railtour. ...
Ian Millar 09/04/2009
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This pair of double track viaducts is west of Uddingston station and crosses the River Clyde.
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Though one of the less exotic trains to use the line, this humble Class 156 DMU, on a service from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central via Shotts, ...
Colin McDonald 13/01/2015
The 1848 Caledonian Railway cast iron viaduct at Uddingston (foreground) looks solid enough in 2015 (and was put on the market for sale in 1993) but ...
Colin McDonald 13/01/2015
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This signal box was west of Uddingston, over the Clyde Viaduct [Uddingston]. It was the junction for Haughhead Colliery [Uddingston], to the north, and Blantyreferme Colliery, to the south. Both were served by short mineral lines approached from the west. Haughhead Colliery [Uddingston] had exchange sidings next to the main line, on its north side.
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This signal box was east of the site of the original Newton [1st] station. It was located on the south side of the line.
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This junction is immediately east of Newton station. Here the Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway) separates from the Clydesdale Junction Railway and heads south east to Hamilton. Both lines opened in 1849.
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Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)


This is a two platform station. The location was formerly a four platform station, the two northern tracks no longer have platforms and allow non-stop trains to bypass the station.
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Glasgow Central Railway
Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Late running meant a quick turnaround for 314210 and I barely had time to get into position for this shot before it pulled out back to Glasgow Central ...
David Panton 11/12/2019
The end is nigh for the Class 314 EMUs in December 2019. Here is 314202, in Greater Glasgow orange livery, at Newton with a Balloch service in the ...
Bill Roberton //1990
A pair of Class 318s leave Newton heading to Motherwell via Hamilton on the afternoon of 10 January 2019. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
A Larkhall to Dalmuir service at Newton on 8 September 2018. The long-disused signal box seems destined to lower over the western end of the station ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
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Newton West Junction is to the west of Newton station. It is where lines divide into the bypass lines, to the north, and platform lines, to the south. The platform lines are joined by the line from Kirkhill, to the south west, as they approach the station. This location is called Newton Kirkhill Junction although it used to come under Newton West Junction.
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Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Fossil fuel express changing the climate locally on 10th December 2015. ...
Colin McDonald 10/12/2015
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This junction was just west of Newton station. A siding ran south east to Gateside Colliery. On the north side was the start of a mineral line loop which ran north east and passed through Westburn Colliery before re-joining the line immediately west of Newton. The signal box was south of Gateside Junction.
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This was the signal box for the short mineral line to Kirkhill Colliery which was located on the north side of the railway east of Cambuslang station. To the east was Gateside Junction.
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This is a two platform station. Main Street is to the north, crossing over the line at the west end of the station. There were station buildings with glazed canopies, now gone. There was a signal box on the westbound platform until 1931.
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A Lanark service enters Cambuslang on 26 February 2020. ...
David Panton 26/02/2020
A Dalmuir service approaches Cambuslang on 24 August 2019. ...
David Panton 24/08/2019
318254, working a Dalmuir bound service, calls at Cambuslang on 2nd September 2017.
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David Panton 02/09/2017
A Glasgow Central to Lanark service at Cambuslang on 20 June 2018. ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
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This goods station was to the north of Cambuslang station, not directly next to the station but at Silverbank. It was on the west (or south) side of the line, approached by reversal. There was a goods shed, sidings and crane. It was connected to the slow line for Rutherglen East Junction, to the west. There was a signal box west of the yard on the south side of the line. This closed in ...

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This junction is east of Rutherglen. It is the junction between the main line to the south out of Glasgow Central and the line east to Coatbridge Central and Whifflet.
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Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Clydebridge Steelworks Railways
Looking east at Rutherglen East Junction. From left to right; line to Clydebridge Steelworks, line to Coatbridge and Whifflet, line to Edinburgh and ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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This goods yard was to the east of the present day Rutherglen station, immediately west of Rutherglen East Junction. The yard was on the north side of the line, approached by reversal from the east. The yard was small with a goods yard and pair of sidings. Sidings remain here today - permanent way sidings at the east end of Rutherglen Yard (largely removed for the M74 extension). ...

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Just east of Rutherglen Central Junction is the Rutherglen Permanent Way Depot. This view looks east. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Just east of Rutherglen Central Junction is the Rutherglen Permanent Way Depot. This view looks east in 1988. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Just east of Rutherglen Central Junction is the Rutherglen Permanent Way Depot. This 1988 view looks west. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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This signal box was east of Rutherglen [2nd] station and controlled its eastern approach.
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This was a four platform station (two islands) on the east side of Farmeloan Road and just east of Dalmarnock Junction. Access to the platforms was from the road bridge to the west. Buildings were at the west ends of the platforms.
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Rutherglen Central Junction is where the Argyle Line, left, meets the main lines from Glasgow Central. 318 256 has left Rutherglen station (behind the ...
David Panton 16/10/2010
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This junction is south east of Rutherglen station. It is where the Argyle Line joins the West Coast Main Line from Glasgow Central High Level.
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Dalmarnock Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Longannet empties heading back to Hunterston in August 2006 behind EWS 66145 passing Rutherglen Central Junction. The train is about to run under the ...
John Furnevel 15/08/2006
334 010 comes east off the former ^Switchbank^ and ^Argyle Line^ at Rutherglen station. The current station is distant right (which will become almost ...
Ewan Crawford 29/03/2009
Shortly after a stop at Rutherglen station in August 2006 a Dalmuir - Lanark train heads towards Rutherglen Central Junction, passing the tail end of ...
John Furnevel 15/08/2006
314210 seen at Rutherglen on the occasion of the re-opening of the Glasgow Central Low Level line on 1st November 1979. The Queen is the Second ...
Ian Millar 01/11/1979
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This was a two platform station west of Farmeloan Road. The main building was on the westbound platform.
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This was a large station on two sides of a triangular junction with six platforms - four on the west to east main line and two on the west to north curve.
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The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
Rutherglen West Junction looking to Glasgow. The closed mainline station is in the foreground. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Coal empties westbound through Rutherglen on 15 August 2006 on their way back to Hunterston. (Taken through the cleanest window of the station^s ...
John Furnevel 15/08/2006
View west over Rutherglen West Junction - and the remains of Rutherglen^s mainline platforms (abandoned in 1979) on 1 June 2009. ...
David Panton 01/06/2009
Rutherglen, closed mainline station, looking east. Near here the Polloc and Govan Railway and Clydesdale Junction Railway connected. Building on left ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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This junction opened in 1892, the western end of a curve which ran north to Clyde Junction [CR]. It was named for the new Rutherglen [3rd] station which opened with two platforms on the new curve and four platforms on the main line east.
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The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
Rutherglen West Junction looking at the west to north curve. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
In 1989 there was still one locomotive hauled daylight service from Glasgow to Fort William. In the morning this ran south to Glasgow Central which ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
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This short tunnel under Glasgow Road and New Road, Rutherglen, was west of Rutherglen West Junction and east of Shawfield Junction.
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This location is to the east of Polmadie Depot and Polmadie Down Sidings, it is west of Rutherglen West Junction.
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Polloc and Govan Railway
Looking west to Shawfield Junction in 2000. This junction is at the east end of Polmadie Depot and is where the Shawfield Chemical Works branch led ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
Only a couple of miles from their destination at Glasgow Central, Class 50s Nos. 404+405 are still travelling fast enough to beat the camera as they ...
Bill Jamieson 19/05/1970
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South Side Station

A short line ran from Gushetfaulds Junction to South Side [CR] station terminus.

This junction was formed in 1849 when a short detached portion of the Clydesdale Junction Railway was opened from the former Polloc and Govan Railway (which the Clydesdale had purchased and upgraded) to a new terminus at South Side [CR]. This was an important new terminus in the south side of Glasgow, from 1849 the terminus for trains from England via the Caledonian Railway. ...

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Polloc and Govan Railway
44318 at Gushetfaulds Junction in June 1962 ...
Ken Browne /06/1962
EE Type 4 no D269 of Crewe shed with the 1005 Glasgow Central - Birmingham New Street passes Black 5 no 45136 on ECS at Gushetfaulds Junction on 9 ...
Ken Browne 09/06/1962
4.6.2 46209 ^Princess Beatrice^ on up ^Midday Scot^ near Gushetfaulds. 27/07/1955
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/07/1955
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This junction was not at Glasgow Central but around a mile and a half to the south at Gushetfaulds. Here the 1879 approach to Central station via Bridge Street met the existing lines (actually the Clydesdale Junction Railway built short link from Gushetfaulds Junction to South Side [CR].
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Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)


This considerable Caledonian Railway carriage shed (around 17 lines) was located between South Side [CR] (to the east) and the Gordon Street lines approaching Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway) (with Gushetfaulds station to the south) and City of Glasgow Union Railway to the west. Approach was from Central Station Junction / [Gushetfaulds Junction]] to the east.
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This was the main Freightliner terminal in Glasgow. The site began as the goods and minerals portion main terminus on the south side of Glasgow, he passenger station actually called South Side [CR].
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Lever for moving a set of manual points. Gushetfaulds, January 2006. ...
Colin Harkins 29/01/2006
The closed Gushetfaulds Freightliner Terminal, now the course of the M74 extension, in the 1990s.
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Bill Roberton //1990
Some sort of strange art piece at the former Gushetfaulds yard. ...
Colin Harkins 29/01/2006
Gushetfaulds Freightliner depot, now closed. Formerly a coal depot and formerly Glasgow South Side. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/06/2006
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This terminus was located between the junction of Pollokshaws Road and Cathcart Street. The west portion was the terminus of the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston direct Railway and the east portion opened with the Clydesdale Junction Railway. Alternative name: Southside.
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Looking to Gushetfaulds and Larkfield Junction from the site of the former South Side station. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/06/2006
Looking to the Barrhead lines South Side station from the south. The derelict Gushetfaulds Freightliner depot is on the right. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/06/2006
Terminal part of former South Side station. [Railscot note: Barrhead line terminus was to left (partly still intact as sidings), Motherwell line ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/06/1962
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