Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway

Introduction

This railway runs between Helensburgh and Cowlairs, Glasgow. The section of line between Dumbarton (Dalreoch Junction) and Bowling was built by the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway who had failed to build lines to both Helensburgh and Glasgow.

The line between Glasgow Queen Street High Level and Anniesland is supported and promoted by the Glasgow North Community Rail Partnership .



Dates

15/08/1855Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Act receives Royal assent
28/05/1858Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Opened as single track from Cowlairs Junction to Bowling and Dalreoch Junction to Helensburgh. Due to a disagreement over station access charges between the company and the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway the first trains ran to Buchanan Street using the Sighthill Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) and a connection at St Rollox with the Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway) line. The disagreement was resolved a month later.
  /  /1860Clyde Trustees
Decide to build a wet dock (the Queens Dock) on their land at Stobcross. The North British Railway promotes the Stobcross Railway as a branch of the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway to serve it. (1860s).
14/08/1862Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh RailwayEdinburgh and Glasgow Railway
The Helensburgh line was absorbed by Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
  /  /1867Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
With the Caledonian Railway's take over of the Forth and Clyde Canal the North British Railway is given running powers over sidings at Bowling Basin, Bowling Basin Sidings [NB].
  /  /1879Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Combined Craigendoran Pier and Craigendoran authorised on a loop on the south side of the line, east of Helensburgh station.
04/06/1879Kelvin Valley Railway
Opened to Maryhill [Temporary] (no connection made at this time to the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway) from Kelvin Valley East Junction (Birdston Junction) for freight.
15/05/1882Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Craigendoran Pier and station opened. There was a double track station on the Helensburgh line, and a long curved single platform which ran onto the pier.
01/08/1886Glasgow City and District Railway
Knightswood North Junction to Knightswood South Junction opened. The section included a tunnel under the Forth and Clyde Canal and Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.
  /  /1887Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Possilpark opened
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.
  /  /1890Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Drumchapel and Lochburn stations opened.
01/05/1890Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Drumchapel opened.
  /  /1896Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Curve to the Saracen Foundry has to be closed as it was in breach of the 1891 formal agreement with the North British Railway which owned the nearby former Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway already serving the works.
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.
03/11/1907Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Singer station on new loop line skirting round the north of the Singer Works opened. The old course of the line becomes a goods line to the west of Kilbowie Road and the old station becomes a terminus for worker's trains, Singer Workers Platforms, and is expanded to 6 platforms.
01/09/1913Glasgow and Milngavie Junction RailwayGlasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Westerton station opened at the junction of the Milngavie line with the Singer line. Westerton Garden Suburb was being established in what was previously farmland to the north of the line.
01/01/1917Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Possilpark closed to regular services, retained for workman trains
04/01/1942Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
New marshalling yard opened at Craigendoran; Craigendoran West Yard and Craigendoran East Yard. Ardmore Yard was opened a little further to the south east.
  /  /1953Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Drumry opened.
08/06/1953Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Helensburgh renamed Helensburgh Central.
04/11/1960Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Last steam trains from Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Helensburgh Central as the line is electrified.
02/10/1961Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Maryhill Park closed.
20/07/1963Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Ruchill Goods and Hospital Branch closed.
08/05/1967Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Singer Workers Platforms station closed and electrification removed.
  /  /1969Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Singer Workers Platforms station closed completely.
  /07/1969Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Maryhill Park closed to goods.
  /07/1971Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Possilpark closed to goods.
25/09/1972Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Craigendoran Pier closed to vessels (Use of the pier was then given over to small craft for a number of years).
  /  /1980Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Bridge over Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway in Lambhill removed.
  /10/1980Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Maryhill signal box burnt down, line to Anniesland closed. New box built on other side of track, but never used. The Maryhill to Anniesland section of the Stobcross Railway falls out of use.
02/12/1993Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Glasgow Queen Street High Level to Maryhill re-opened for local passenger service (Stations at; Maryhill, Lambhill, Summerston, Possilpark, Ashfield), trains continue to Knightswood West Junction to swap tracks.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Cowlairs to Bowling

This portion runs from Cowlairs West Junction to Bowling where and end-on junction was formed at the station.

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
Director 4-4-0 no 62671 Bailie Macwheeble photographed in the summer of 1951 with a train of empty stock between Cowlairs West and North boxes. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 21/07/1951
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
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This junction is at the western point of a triangular junction. It opened in 1876 when a chord from Cowlairs East Junction opened. The chord is presently single but was double. It links the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and is effectively a Glasgow bypass.
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Cowlairs North Junction to Cowlairs East Junction (North British Railway)
Gresley K2 2-6-0 no 1776 about to run through Cowlairs North Junction on 9 April 1949 with a West Highland train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/04/1949
Glasgow bound Sprinter crawls slowly past Cowlairs North Junction to a red signal on the approach to Cowlairs West Junction and the main E&G line into ...
Ewan Crawford 28/10/2006
Cowlairs North Junction looking east. The north curve (left) has subsequently been singled. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This is a minimal modern two platform station just west of Cowlairs North Junction.
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View west over Ashfield station in May 2007. ...
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Calling at Ashfield station on 8 August 2009 is unit 156 445 with a service on the short Glasgow Queen Street to Anniesland route, with an end to end ...
David Panton 08/08/2009
Eastbound DMU for Queen Street at Ashfield in 2006. ...
Ewan Crawford 28/10/2006
All 4 compass points are used by Cowlairs junction names and 3 are plainly in the wrong order.  Here, Cowlairs North should by rights be Cowlairs ...
David Panton 27/11/2010
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This is a two platform station on the east side of Balmore Road, the A879. Facilities are fairly minimal consisting of shelters on the platforms.
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An Anniesland to Glasgow Queen Street picks up custom at the Possilpark and Parkhouse on 11 December. ...
David Panton 11/12/2019
An Anniesland service calls at Possilpark on 11 December 2019. As it seems to be essential to have the Gaelic version of the name on signs 'Possilpark ...
David Panton 11/12/2019
The netting season - a quick grab shot of the repairs to the embankment which collapsed in April 2017 taken from a passing Fort William train. ...
Colin McDonald 12/04/2017
The plaque at Possilpark and Parkhouse station. ...
John Yellowlees 16/08/2016
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This station was west of Balmore Road. Nothing remains to be seen of it today. It was a basic station with platforms and shelter. After the Great War it was an unadvertised station.
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The double track line passes under the Forth and Clyde Canal via a pair of parallel single track tunnels. The original course of the canal was to the immediate south east, with the tunnel and deviation of the canal being built, and the canal diverted to accommodate the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.
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Midway between Gilshochill and Possilpark & Parkhouse stations the line passes below the Forth & Clyde Canal. Photograph showing the location in 1995. ...
James C Wilson Collection //1995
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This was a two platform station to the west of West Possil Loch and the Lochburn Iron Works. The main station building was on the eastbound (Glasgow) platform. When built it was in an area, largely of farmed countryside, north of Glasgow. To the south east the line passed under the Forth and Clyde Canal.
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This is a minimal modern two platform station located in a deep cutting east of the Lochburn Road road bridge over the line. It opened with the re-opening of the Maryhill line to local passenger trains in 1993. Prior to that the line was only served by non stop West Highland Line trains.
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View west over Gilshochill station on 13 May 2007. ...
John Furnevel 13/05/2007
Lambhill station looking east in early 1994 when still relatively new (opened December 1993). The station was renamed Gilshochill in 1998. See image ...
Ewan Crawford //1994
156 502 on an Anniesland - Queen Street service at Gilshochill on 8 March. ...
David Panton 08/03/2008
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This is a two platform station. The station serves the Summerston area. This development is a little south of Summerston Farm, which was served by Summerston [1st] station.
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Looking east at the new Summerston station. ...
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The 0939 Anniesland service departs from the very well tended Summerston station at the end of August 2017. A fine selection of plants adorns the ...
Colin McDonald 29/08/2017
Summerston station looking west along the platforms on 13 May. ...
John Furnevel /05/2007
Steam in an urban setting. 45231 passes east through Summerston watched by young admirers. Not the usual traction round here. ...
Rod Crawford 17/02/2019
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The Kelvin Valley Railway (1879) met the existing Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway (1858) at a junction which allowed eastbound trains to take the branch from the main line. The junction was also known as Kelvin Valley Junction.
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Kelvin Valley Railway


This goods yard was to the east of Maryhill station, on the south side of line. It was served from a goods loop, a pair of looped lines west to the west on south side of main line. The goods yard sidings were approached from east.
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This is a two platform station in the north of Maryhill. The current station is a reopening of 1993 on the site of the earlier station. Maryhill Park Junction opened to the west in 2005 along with a single track line to a bay platform at Anniesland.
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Stobcross Railway
An Anniesland to Queen Street service calls at Maryhill on 21 July 2018. This is the only intermediate station with any features. The indefatigable ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
GBRf 66740 Sarah at Maryhill heading for the West Highland line with the North Blyth to Fort William alumina train on 31st October 2017.
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Alastair McLellan 31/10/2017
47804 leading an empty coaching movement from Fort William to Carnforth through Maryhill on 30th October 2017.
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Alastair McLellan 30/10/2017
156505 at Maryhill on 8 March with a service for Glasgow Queen Street. ...
David Panton 08/03/2008
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The site of this paper mill is now and area of grass parkland, within Dawsholm Park, on the west bank of the River Kelvin, just south of the old Dawsholm Bridge. The mill was opened by William McArthur. It consisted of two ranges of buildings parallel to the river. A mill lade ran between the buildings and there were three small reservoirs to the west.
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This junction was immediately west of Maryhill Park station and east of the Maryhill Viaduct [GDH]. It was formed with the opening of the Stobcross Railway in 1874, a branch from the 1858 Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway serving the west of Glasgow, Partick and the Queens Dock.
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Stobcross Railway
The 1037 Oban departure from Glasgow Queen Street passes Maryhill Park Junction on 23rd September 2015. On the left of the picture is the building ...
Colin McDonald 23/09/2015
View west from the end of the (then) closed Maryhill station of the burned signal box and its replacement to the left. ...
Ewan Crawford 29/05/1987
Maryhill Park Junction signalbox looking west, burned out. The equipment was moved to the building to the left but never used. Box now gone and ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This is a double track seven arch viaduct over the River Kelvin built for the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway. During construction, in 1857, five arches collapsed (the viaduct may have originally had nine arches). Alternative names are the Dawsholm Viaduct (which can be confused with the Dawsholm Viaduct a Dawsholm) and Kelvin Viaduct (could be confused with the [[Kelvin ...

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At Maryhill Park the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway crossed the River Kelvin on a large viaduct (right). When the Stobcross Railway opened ...
Ewan Crawford 03/10/2004
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This is a single lead junction, opened in 2005, west of Maryhill station located about mid way over the Maryhill Viaduct [GDH], with the single line to Anniesland crossing over to the parallel Maryhill Viaduct [SR] at the west end of the viaducts.
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Maryhill Park Junction [2nd] (Network Rail)
West Coast EE Type 3 37518 seen at Maryhill with 'The Jacobite' empty coaching stock returning to Carnforth on 31st October 2017.
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Alastair McLellan 31/10/2017
View of Maryhill Park Junction over Maryhill station on 23rd September 2015. The unused replacement signal box can be seen to the left of centre.See ...
Colin McDonald 23/09/2015
Maryhill Park Junction looking west. The new line to Anniesland is at the left top. ...
Ewan Crawford //
View looking west showing the new junction laid in at Maryhill Park Junction. This is on the west side of two viaducts - the northern one being the ...
Ewan Crawford 5/10/2004
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This signal box was west of Maryhill Central Junction. It was located at the west end of a set of looped sidings on the south side of the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway, the east end of these loops being at Maryhill Central Junction (that junction was renamed from Maryhill West Junction on the opening of the west box and sidings).
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This is a single lead junction where the double track line between Westerton station and Anniesland is met by a single track from Cowlairs West Junction, this doubling shortly after the junction going east. (The junction has been converted into a single lead junction.) It is located just north of the Forth and Clyde Canal.
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Glasgow City and District Railway
A westbound Sprinter, between Maryhill station and Knightswood North Junction in 1994, about to cross over Bearsden Road at Temple. ...
Ewan Crawford //1994
A 314 seen dropping down from Westerton to approach Knightswood Tunnel in 1994. ...
Ewan Crawford //1994
Parkhead based V3 2-6-2T 67628 passing through Knightswood North Junction on 1 August 1957 with a Milngavie - Bridgeton train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1957
Class 37 hauling aluminium trains east towards Maryhill seen by Dawsholm Park. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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This is a two platform station, the junction between the Helensburgh line and the Milngavie line is immediately to the west.
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An eastbound service with 318269 crosses Westerton Jct and enters Westerton station on 7th September 2019. ...
John McIntyre 07/09/2019
A Cumbernauld service calls at Westerton on 13 July 2019. The station waiting room has a Swiss cheese plant which seems perfectly in keeping with the ...
David Panton 13/07/2019
334009 is the rear unit on an Edinburgh to Milngavie service on 7th September 2019. The train is seen departing from Westerton. ...
John McIntyre 07/09/2019
Heralded by the whine and crump of the Westerton Junction points a
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David Panton 17/06/2017
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This junction is immediately west of Westerton station. Here trains leaving Glasgow divide between the line west and the Milngavie branch.
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Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
The back of the Westerton signalbox viewed from a train coming off the Milngavie line. The junction is now called Westerton Junction and the line ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Westerton Jn with 1333hrs Larkhall to Milngavie train on its way onto the single line section of the Milngavie branch on 13th June 2018.
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David Prescott 13/06/2018
The junction for Milngavie at the west end of Westerton station seen in 1989 before the branch was reduced to one track. The photograph was taken ...
Ewan Crawford 06/06/1989
View looking north at Westerton signalbox. This box was immediately west of Milngavie Junction, now known as Westerton Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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This was a Merry and Cunningham ironstone and coal colliery. It closed around 1879. Drumchapel Row was just to the north.
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This is a two platform station close to Old Drumchapel with Drumchapel to the north. The main station building is on the eastbound platform.
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A Larkhall service, with 320311, calls at Drumchapel on 7th September 2019. ...
John McIntyre 07/09/2019
An Airdrie service calls at Drumchapel on the dull morning of 13 January. As so often the Gaelic version of the name on the sign (Druim a Caibeal) is ...
David Panton 13/01/2018
A Dalmuir to Larkhall service pulls into Drumchapel on 1 December 2018. Rather as at Easterhouse, the reputation attached to the name is not really ...
David Panton 01/12/2018
Drumchapel looking west. This station has (had?) amazingly long platforms. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This is a minimal two platform station.
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A Dalmuir to Larkhall service calls at Drumry on 19 May. The station opened in 1953 to serve Glasgow Corporation housing on a greenfield site - ...
David Panton 19/05/2018
334 020 with a Dalmuir service at Drumry on 24 April 2010 ...
David Panton 24/04/2010
Scene at Drumry on 23 February 2008 with 320 309 on an eastbound service to Airdrie. ...
David Panton 23/02/2008
311097 westbound at Drumry. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This was a two platform station originally. A large goods yard developed to the south which had a line into the Kilbowie Iron Works.
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View east along the workers platforms at Singer on 18 April 1957. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/04/1957
Trains at the Singer Workers Platforms on 12 April 1958, looking west back towards the factory. The locomotives are Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0 43136 and Gresley ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 12/04/1958
Workers platforms at Singer, looking west in April 1958. At its peak the huge factory employed over 16,000 workers. Final closure came in June 1980 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 12/04/1958
Looking west over Singer. The diversion passing north of the Singer Sewing Machine factory can be seen clearly - the original route ran straight ...
Ewan Crawford //
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This was a two platform station. In 1897 it was replaced by Dalmuir on the west side of Duntocher Road when the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway was extended by the North British Railway from Clydebank Junction west to Dalmuir Park Junction.
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Looking east from Dalmuir station to the former Up Refuge Siding in 1989. This was taken out of use as part of the Yoker re-signalling scheme. In the ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
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This is a five platform station. There are two platforms on the Singer route and to the north two platforms on the Clydebank route and a bay to the north of those, served from the Clydebank direction.
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Clydebank to Dalmuir (North British Railway)
334032 is the rear set on a service that should have been going to Balloch but had just been terminated at Dalmuir on 7th September 2019. The ...
John McIntyre 08/09/2019
An Airdrie service calls at the onetime Dalmuir Park on 19 October 2019. On Platform 1 a terminating service awaits the shunting signal for the ...
David Panton 19/10/2019
The somewhat less than attractive building adorning the platform at Dalmuir, as viewed from a westbound train. ...
Beth Crawford 18/05/2017
MPV DR98962/98912 heads west on railhead treatment duties. 7 November. ...
Bill Roberton 07/11/2016
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This became a junction in 1897 when the former Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway was extended west from Clydebank Junction west to Dalmuir.
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Clydebank to Dalmuir (North British Railway)
62005 takes the Westerton route at Dalmuir Junction on its way from Fort William to Carnforth on 20 October. ...
Bill Roberton 20/10/2017
An early afternoon Airdrie - Balloch service departs westbound from Dalmuir station in July 2005. The train is about to pass what will become the next ...
John Furnevel 27/07/2005
View west from Dalmuir station on 8 June 2008. ...
Veronica Clibbery 08/06/2008
67011 passes Dalmuir on a crew-training run. May 19, 2006 ...
Andy Kirkham 25/05/2006
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This is a two platform station. An original single storey station building remains on the westbound platform (another example survives at Cardross). The building is extended at the east end. The station is above the village, to the north.
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318250 calls at Kilpatrick while working from Cumbernauld to Dumbarton Central on 27 April 2017. ...
John McIntyre 27/04/2017
Kilpatrick looking good with new planters and windows restored for the building's new use as an office. ...
John Yellowlees 08/01/2019
Ex London Midland unit now 320413 and in ScotRail livery arrives at Kilpatrick with an eastbound service on 27 April 2017. ...
John McIntyre 27/04/2017
A Dumbarton Central to Springburn service calls at Kilpatrick on 19 October 2019, with the eponymous hills in the background. The Down buildings are ...
David Panton 19/10/2019
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These sidings were on the south side of the line east of Bowling station. They served both Bowling Harbour (north east corner) and Bowling Basin, the west end of the Forth and Clyde Canal.
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This signal box was on the north side of the line, east of Bowling station opposite Bowling Harbour. It controlled access to the sidings on the south side of the line which ran to Bowling Basin, of the Forth and Clyde Canal, just to the east and the coal bunkering sidings at the east end of Bowling Harbour, served with mobile cranes.
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View east towards Glasgow from alongside Bowling Basin signal box on 19 April 1957. Just visible in the centre background is the elevated box on the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/04/1957
The driver of 303 006 goes for a walk in the cab. Eastbound passing under the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire bridge at Bowling. ...
Ewan Crawford //1990
An up oil train photographed passing Bowling Harbour in April 1957. The locomotive is one of Eastfield sheds J37 0-6-0s no 64541. Bowling Basin Signal ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/04/1957
Quayside at the east end of Bowling Harbour where the railway had sidings (note sleepers on right). Most of the vessels in the background have now ...
Ewan Crawford //
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This is a two platform station in the south of Bowling at at the north west end of Bowling Harbour.
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Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
320305 and 320417 arrive at Bowling with the 1525 hrs service to Motherwell on 02 June 2019. ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2019
The combined 1010 hrs from Mallaig and the 1211 hrs from Oban pass Bowling on 02 June 2019 heading to Glasgow Queen Street. 156457 was the leading ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2019
334034 passes Bowling at speed on its way east with a service from Helensburgh on 27 April 2013. ...
John McIntyre 27/04/2013
156 449 passes Bowling station with a West Highlands-Glasgow train. Arnott Youngs works to left. ...
Ewan Crawford //1990
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Dalreoch to Helensburgh

This portion runs from Dalreoch Junction to Helensburgh Central. The portion through Craigendoran is a later deviation.

This is a double track junction to the immediate west of Dalreoch station.
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Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
334017 takes the Helensburgh line at Dalreoch Junction. ...
Beth Crawford 25/05/2017
A 6-car 320 combination approaching Dalreoch Junction off the Helensburgh line on 9 September 2007 with a morning service to Airdrie. View west from ...
John Furnevel 09/09/2007
Heading for Balloch at Dalreoch Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford 04/11/2006
Taking the Balloch route at Dalreoch Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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There are two single bore tunnels west of Dalreoch Junction and Dalreoch station on the route to Helensburgh Central and the West Highland Railway. The tunnels are 603 yds long.
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67008 takes the first 67 hauled Fort William - London sleeper south. ...
Ewan Crawford 11/06/2006
Approaching Dalreoch. ...
Ewan Crawford 06/06/2006
The final 37 hauled Fort William - London sleeper.
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Ewan Crawford 09/06/2006
Incident room, diggers and some of the vehicles parked at the mudslide just to the west of the twin Dalreoch tunnels. ...
Ewan Crawford 18/01/2007
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After the doubling of the Helensburgh Central to Dalreoch Junction line, Dalreoch Tunnels remained a single bore single track tunnel. This signal box protected the west end of the single track tunnel until the second bore was added. It remained in use afterwards until 1926. The box was renamed Dalreoch West. ...

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334023 approaches the northern Dalreoch tunnel, the original bore. The view is from the site of Dalreoch Tunnel signal box which controlled the ...
Ewan Crawford 05/01/2007
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This quarry is shown on the Railway Clearing House maps 66 chains west of the Dalreoch Tunnels.
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Helensburgh-Glasgow train heading for the Brucehill tunnels west of Dalreoch. The Ardoch Quarry was on the left just beyond this cutting. ...
Ewan Crawford 05/01/2007
Colas Rail 56302 heads west with an oil train (Colas on trial to Fort William?). It has just passed through the westbound Dalreoch Tunnel. ...
Ewan Crawford 02/07/2017
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ScotRail 334003 slowing for the stop at Cardross on 31 May 2015 with a service for Helensburgh Central. Photographed looking west from Bainfield foot ...
John McIntyre 31/05/2015
334006 has just passed below Ferry Road bridge and is approaching Bainfield foot crossing (Cardross) on 31 May 2014 with a Waverley to Helensburgh ...
John McIntyre 31/5/2014
A 6 car Glasgow Queen Street to Oban and Fort William service approaches Cardross on 30 May 2015. ...
John McIntyre 30/05/2015
An Up West Highland Line service is nearing journey's end having just passed east through Cardross station on an July evening in 1973.
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John McIntyre /07/1973
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This is a two platform station which retains its original Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway single storey station building on the eastbound platform. A similar building survives at Kilpatrick.
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Helensburgh bound, 334003 crosses the short causeway at Ardoch between Dalreoch and Cardross on 22 November 2011. The River Clyde is on the right and ...
John McIntyre 22/11/2011
Another late running westbound service arrives at Cardross on 7th September 2019. Delays to services had been caused by a unit failure on the Balloch ...
John McIntyre 07/09/2019
334033 departs from Cardross with a service to Edinburgh on 31 May 2014. ...
John McIntyre 31/05/2014
An eastbound Class 320 has just departed from Cardross on 29 May 2010 and is about to pass under the footbridge at the bottom of Peel Street. ...
John McIntyre 29/05/2010
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This level crossing is immediately west of Cardross station. ...

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This level crossing is west of Cardross station and the station level crossing. It is also known as Geilston Level Crossing. To the west is Geilston Farm Level Crossing.
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A westbound 6 car service approaches Murrays Crossing on the afternoon of 26 May 2018. The former crossing keeper's cottage was in the overgrown area ...
John McIntyre 26/05/2018
A Helensburgh to Edinburgh service is seen having crossed the Geilston LC and heading towards Cardross on 26 May 2018. On the right is the remains of ...
John McIntyre 26/05/2018
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An occupational level crossing to the west of Cardross. ...

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Empties returning from the Lochaber smelter hauled by 66736 approach Geilston Farm Level Crossing. The 'W' to the left is for Brooks Level Crossing, ...
Ewan Crawford 22/02/2016
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GBRF 66738 'Huddersfield Town' is seen with the North Blyth to Fort William loaded alumina tanks on 1st June 2019. The train is approaching Brooks ...
John McIntyre 01/06/2019
334028 and 334036 approach Brooks Crossing on 01 June 2019 while working from Helensburgh Central to Edinburgh Waverley. ...
John McIntyre 01/06/2019
A westbound 334.004 at Brooks Crossing in December 2015. ...
Ewan Crawford 28/12/2015
A pair of Class 320 units with 320307 leading, skirt the River Clyde approaching Brooks Road user worked LC between Ardmore East and Cardross on 28 ...
John McIntyre 28/05/2010
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There was a signal box here by the level crossing, on the east side of the line south of the crossing. The box closed in 1943, replaced by Ardmore East Signal Box.
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Passing Ardmore Point in the snow. ...
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311 098 approaching Ardmore Level Crossing going east. ...
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320301 heads west from Cardross and is seen between Brooks LC and Ardmore East LC on 1 June 2009 with a service for Helensburgh Central. ...
John McIntyre 01/06/2009
A Glasgow bound Class 303 approaches Ardmore East Level Crossing in May 1994 on a service from Helensburgh. ...
John McIntyre 04/05/1994
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This wartime signal box, of 1943, was north of Ardmore Level Crossing and located on the west side of the railway. The box controlled the approach to the south end of Ardmore Yard, associated with Faslane Military Port.
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This yard was built for the marshalling of trains heading to Faslane Military Port, and other locations, in the Second World War. With the West Highland Railway being single track it made sense to combine trains before taking them on. A second set of sidings were laid out at Craigendoran Junction. The loop at Helensburgh Upper was lengthened.
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This wartime signal box of 1943 was north of Moss Road Level Crossing and located on the east side of the railway. The box controlled the approach to the north end of Ardmore Yard, associated with Faslane Military Port. The buffer stops of the eastbound yard were just to the south over Moss Road.
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334003 is seen passing the site (to the right) of Ardmore West SB on 23 September 2012 with an eastbound service from Helensburgh Central. The former ...
John McIntyre 23/09/2012
Glasgow bound 320314 passes what was once Ardmore West level crossing on 1 March 2010. Since my previous visit to the site see image 15297 the ...
John McIntyre 01/03/2010
The remains of Ardmore West box in May 2007. Built along with the yard between here and Ardmore East during WW2 to assist with traffic using No 1 ...
John McIntyre 28/05/2007
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This wartime yard was opened to the east of Craigendoran Junction along with Craigendoran West Yard. Access was controlled by Craigendoran East signal box. The yard was laid out on the north east side of the line. It had two sets of sidings and a turntable, all approached from the west. The yards were used in combination with Ardmore Yard for Faslane Military Port.
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Military Port Number 1 Railway


The pier platform lines bet the Helensburgh line east of Craigendoran station. This was remodelled in 1894 into a junction proper when the West Highland Railway opened. This was a double track junction, the West Highland becoming single track north of Craigendoran Upper station.
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West Highland Railway
Craigendoran Pier Deviation
Northbound freight train and fluffy clouds at Craigendoran Junction in August 2018. ...
Beth Crawford 09/08/2018
A tree stump on the Waitrose service road is excellently placed to give a better view over the lineside fence at Craigendoran Junction. 334004 leads a ...
Mark Bartlett 30/07/2017
62005 takes the loop for a water stop at Craigendoran Junction on a southbound journey to Carnforth. ...
Bill Roberton 21/10/2017
A westbound Class 320, in Strathclyde livery, approaches Craigendoran Junction on 28th May 2007. ...
John McIntyre 28/05/2007
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This gas works was served by a siding on the south side of Helensburgh Central and approached from the east. The siding crossed Princes Street just to the east of the Grant Street footbridge, dating from around the date of the reconstruction and enlargement of the terminus. Shunting within the works was by steam capstan.
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This two road shed was located to the north of Helensburgh station and goods yard.
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Parkhead V1 2-6-2T no 67629 on the turntable at Helensburgh shed on 22 October 1960. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 22/10/1960
Parkhead V1 2-6-2T no 67629 being turned at Helensburgh shed on 22 October 1960 before returning east with a train from the adjacent Helensburgh ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 22/10/1960
J37 0-6-0 64541 on Helensburgh shed with the shedmaster standing alongside. The photograph was taken on 22 October 1960, planned to be the last ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 22/10/1960
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This is a three platform terminus with a glazed roof. (It was four, but one platform's track is lifted.) There is a circulating area, covered by a glazed barrel ceiling with a small shop. The ticket office is by the main entrance off East Princes Street. At this entry is a two storey building facing the street, with a private lane on its west side. There is also a passageway entrance from the ...

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Work continues on station building on East Princes Street. The building to the left is the 'Helensburgh Municipal Buildings' built in 1878. The ...
Beth Crawford 28/09/2018
334020 at Platform 2, Helensburgh Central with the 11.26 to Edinburgh Waverley on 9th October 2017.
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Bill Roberton 09/10/2017
This plaque was unveiled by Councillor Alistair Watson at Helensburgh Central to mark the opening of a new train depot. His funeral will be held on ...
John Yellowlees 24/09/2003
334004 leaves Helensburgh Central with the 10.56 to Edinburgh on 9th October 2017.
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Bill Roberton 09/10/2017
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