Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway

Introduction

This line is open. Today it is part of the line known as the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock or GBK.

The line between Glasgow Central and Barrhead is supported and promoted by the South West Glasgow Community Rail Partnership .






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

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
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
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
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


Coal empties pass Larkfield Junction heading west. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/06/2006
The Glasgow portion of the mail train passing Larkfield Junction not long after leaving Glasgow Central. It would meet a portion from Edinburgh at ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Larkfield Junction looking north. A pair of electric locomotives are about to leave with a freightliner train from Gushetfaulds - once site of a coal ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
A coal train approaches Larkfield Junction from the east. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/06/2006

Standard class 5 4-6-0 73060 brings a Carlisle - St Enoch train through Langside Junction on 8 August 1964. [Ref query 29 August 2017] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/08/1964
The 12.50pm from St Enoch runs through Langside Junction on 8 September 1954. Jubilee 4-6-0 45713 Renown is piloting Clan Pacific 72008 Clan ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1954
Looking north from Langside Junction. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/06/1962

This junction remains open.
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A Kilmarnock service passing Muirhouse South on 25 August 2018. The line to the right leads to Larkfield Junction and has no passenger services. ...
David Panton 25/08/2018
A pair of 156s creeping through the shadows onto Muirhouse South Junction off the little used link from Larkfield Junction on their way to Crossmyloof ...
Fraser Cochrane 29/12/2008
Muirhouse South Junction facing north. Line to left for Cathcart Circle, to right to Barrhead. Distant left to Glasgow Central and distant right for ...
Ewan Crawford //
73060 approaches Strathbungo from St Enoch. ...
John Robin 17/07/1964

This was a two platform station with waiting rooms on the platforms and an office on the road overbridge at the east end.
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A southbound service passes through the site of Strathbungo station on 7 July. This station was probably one of the more justifiable Beeching closures ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
A Barrhead service passes the site of Strathbungo station on 11/02/2017. The station wasn't too much of a loss as there are three stations with ...
David Panton 11/02/2017
K3 Mogul 61986 runs south through Strathbungo with a fitted freight on 27 August 1957. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/08/1957
DMU 107438 smokily heads for the site of Strathbungo station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

This is a two platform station.
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A service for Glasgow Central makes its last stop on 20 June. You can tell whether it has come from East Kilbride or Barrhead purely by the number of ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
The 5.30pm Glasgow St Enoch - Carlisle train, photographed shortly after passing Crossmyloof on 14 July 1964. The locomotive is Kingmoor Black 5 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/07/1964
McIntosh 2P 0-4-4T 55268 at Crossmyloof with a train for East Kilbride in the summer of 1955. The locomotive was one of ten of the class built by ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1955
Compound 4-4-0 no 40909 entering Crossmyloof on 6 July 1954 with a Barrhead local. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/07/1954

This goods and minerals depot was located to the north of Pollockshaws West station and the Pollockshaws Viaduct. The yard was on both sides of the line. The goods shed and loading bank was on the east side, approached from the south. Sidings on the west side were approached from the north.
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Compound 4-4-0 no 40915 passing the yards at Pollokshaws with a train for Kilmarnock on 23 August 1955. [Ref query 2 November 2018] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/08/1955
The 5.30pm Glasgow St Enoch - Carlisle runs through Pollokshaws West goods on 2 June 1965 behind Kingmoor Black 5 no 44911. ...
John Robin 02/06/1965
A Cravens DMU passing Pollokshaws North signal box, decommissioned, at the bridge over Haggs Road in 1974. ...
Ian Millar //1974
Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73101 pulls away from Pollokshaws yard with a freight on a foggy evening in March 1963. Pollokshaws North signal box stands ...
John Robin 11/03/1963

Black 5 44900 crossing Pollokshaws Viaduct over the River Cart with an up freight on 8 September 1956. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1956

This is a two platform station with original station buildings on both platforms. It is now the oldest station in the Glasgow area.
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A Glasgow service calls at 'Shaws West on 4 May 2019. Four cars indicate an East Kilbride origin; Barrhead services manage fine with two. ...
David Panton 04/05/2019
A 4-car service for East Kilbride calls at 'Shaws West on 11 November 2017.
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David Panton 11/11/2017
Pollokshaws West, looking towards Glasgow Central ...
Graham Morgan 28/05/2007
Former waiting rooms at Platform 1 of Pollokshaws West ...
Graham Morgan 28/05/2007



This is the junction between the line from Glasgow Central to Kilmarnock and the branch to East Kilbride.
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BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73057 hurries past Busby Junction on 8 September 1956 with a Glasgow bound freight. [Ref query 24 October 2017] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1956
An up relief to the Thames Clyde Express runs south through Busby Junction on 9 August 1956. Locomotives are 2P 4-4-0 40661 piloting Jubilee ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 22/04/2019
Kingmoor Black 5 no 45012 passing Busby Junction on its way home in August 1965 with the 5.30pm Glasgow - Carlisle service. ...
G W Robin /08/1965
Under the watchful eye of signalman Jas. Colquhoun, an East Kilbride bound DMU is seen from Busby Junction signal box. ...
Ian Millar 29/01/1974

This is a two platform station.
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A Barrhead service pulls into Kennishead on 8 September 2018. Anything but a Class 156 would seem unthinkable here, but they can't last forever. ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
156499 pulls into Kennishead with a Barrhead to Glasgow service on 14 October 2017.
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David Panton 14/10/2017
156506 departing Kennishead heading for Barrhead ...
Graham Morgan 07/05/2007
Southbound DMU at Kennishead. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

This is a relatively new minimal two platform station, of 1990, opened to serve housing developments.
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A Barrhead to Glasgow service calls at Priesthill on 8 September 2018, in charge of the comfortingly inevitable Class 156. ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
A St Enoch - Barrhead train photographed near Darnley on 4 August 1955 behind ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 57560. [Ref query 1021] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/08/1955
Platforn view west at Priesthill and Darnley on 17 June 2007. ...
John Furnevel 17/06/2007
156 435 at Priesthill and Darnley in January 2008 with a service for Glasgow Central. ...
David Panton 12/01/2008

This is a two platform station with a lattice footbridge. The platforms are slightly staggered.
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A Barrhead to Glasgow services is about to call at Nitshill on 8 September 2018. Looks like the lighting columns are being replaced. ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
Nitshill's venerable hump-backed footbridge has an almost alarmingly low parapet. It is the only access to the Up platform (here helpfully labelled). ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
DMU leaves Nitshill for Barrhead. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking north, Nitshill station, 17 June 2007. ...
John Furnevel /06/2007

This is a large masonry two track structure. There are two large arches over the Levern Water to the west, a large masonry section and then a smaller arch over Salterland Road to the east. The bridge is east of Barrhead North Junction. ...

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View from the east fork of the Glasgow and South Western's extension of the Potterhill Branch to Barrhead. In the background a passing Sprinter is on ...
Ewan Crawford //1999

Looking along the line from Barrhead Central towards Barrhead South Junction in October 1957. The train is a St Enoch - Kilmarnock local, hauled by 2P ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/10/1957

This is a three platform station to the south west of Glasgow. One platform, on the north side, is a bay platform for Glasgow. It enjoys a commuter service to Glasgow Central and is also served by longer distance trains between Glasgow and Carlisle. A signal box still stands to the east of the station.
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Late blooming flowers adorn the southbound platform at Barrhead and, across the way, a Sprinter rests in the bay platform. ...
John Yellowlees 22/10/2015
A Kilmarnock to Glasgow service departs its last stop, Barrhead, on 15/10/2016 while a stopper waits in the bay. The person who invents the Gaelic ...
David Panton 15/10/2016
156 503 in the bay platform at Barrhead with the 14.57 to Glasgow Central. ...
Bill Roberton 09/02/2016
The smart looking signal box just north of the station at Barrhead, seen shortly after receiving a 'wash and brush up' in the summer of 2006. ...
John Furnevel /08/2006

This was a shed located by the first Neilston station, Crofthead, a terminus to the north of Neilston. ...

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This was a terminus. The site of the station has been mostly obliterated by extension of the railway south in 1870 and in a re-alignment of the A736, although a large retaining wall remains next to the former alignment of the road. It was replaced by Neilston Low just to the south east. ...

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The site of the original terminus of the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway was on the left. On the right is the original route of the ...
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017