Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal



Dates

  /  /1791Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal
Proposed by Earl of Eglinton. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
  /  /1807Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal
Construction begins. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
  /  /1811Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal
Last section built into Port Eglinton Basin, Glasgow. The canal ran from Johnstone to Port Eglinton Basin. An aqueduct across the Clyde to join up with the Forth and Clyde Canal was considered, but not built. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
01/08/1811Govan Waggonway
William Dixon (Junior) buys land from the Corporation of Glasgow for building a waggonway from the Govan Colliery at Govanhill to the Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal at Port Eglinton Basin.
  /  /1820Hurlet Colliery Tramway
Hurlet Waggonway opened from Hurlet collieries and chemical works (owned by Charles Mackintosh & Co) to Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal.
  /  /1837Govan Iron Works
William Dixon (Junior) opens the Govan Iron Works ('Dixon's Blazes'), for bar iron. It was built near the Govanhill Colliery on the south bank of the River Clyde near Glasgow and Port Eglinton Basin of the Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal.
  /  /1842Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Short branch to Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal opened. (Eglinton Street Goods on the north side of the Port Eglinton Basin).
  /  /1869Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal Glasgow and South Western Railway
The Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal is purchased by the Glasgow and South Western Railway. (Later the route of the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway).
09/02/1870Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Glasgow and South Western Railway shareholders refused possibility of joint ownership of proposed line.
01/07/1885Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Opened from Port Eglinton Junction to Elderslie Junction. The line uses much of the former route of the Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal, the line runs skew across a former aqueduct bridge at Paisley Hawkhead. The canal route under the main line at Elderslie was used for a link to the Bridge of Weir Railway so that Greenock Princes Pier bound trains did not have to cross the track used by Ayr to Glasgow trains. The former Port Eglinton Basin becomes the Salkeld Street Parcels depot.