Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway

Introduction

This line is open. The line was originally associated with shipyards which re-located, in 1871, from Govan (on the south bank of the Clyde) to Clydebank (formerly Barns of the Clyde on the north bank of the Clyde). The workers remained living in Govan and to get to work at the new shipyards used a ferry, the Stobcross Railway and the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway. Initially single track.

The line was upgraded as the competing Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway of the Caledonian Railway was being completed. It was doubled, junctions altered at Whiteinch and a triangular junction created at Jordanhill and extended west to Dalmuir to become a through route. Sidings were added a stations and works. The extension was a challenging line to build as it pass under both the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.

Service

From 1882 a self contained passenger service operated from Partick to Clydebank [1st]. Passengers from Govan took the ferry over the Clyde and the train to reach the Clyde Bank Iron Shipyard [2nd]. This yard had relocated from Govan taking the name 'Clydebank' with it to what had been 'Barns 'O Clyde'.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is the junction between the lines to Anniesland and Jordanhill west of Hyndland. The former is the older line, the 1874 Stobcross Railway and the latter is the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway of 1882. Both lines are double track.
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A Larkhall service between Anniesland and Hyndland stations rounds the curve to Hyndland East Junction on 17 November 2018. ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
Approaching Hyndland East Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //2001
Gresley V1 2-6-2T 67603 takes a train for Drumry through Whiteinch East Junction (now Hyndland East) on 17 April 1957 [ref query 1039]. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 17/04/1957
Safety 365. Impressive artwork at Jordanhill in the 'v' of Hyndland East Junction. ...
John Yellowlees 08/04/2016

This is a two platform station.
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A Dalmuir service at Jordanhill on 7 July 2018. Busy Hyndland East Junction is in the background; some trains apparently heading this way will swing ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
An Edinburgh service passes through Jordanhill on 7 July 2018, not quite brought to a stop by the Hyndland East signal.
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David Panton 07/07/2018
A six-car 318 in mixed livery calls at Jordan hill with a Motherwell service on 11/02/2017. ...
David Panton 11/02/2017
318 259 with an eastbound service at Jordanhill on 02 May 2009 ...
David Panton 02/05/2009

This junction opened in 1897, the southern end of a curve from Whiteinch North Junction. It was opened as part of the improvements to the Clydebank line which was doubled throughout and extended to Dalmuir to create a new through route. The curve, in particular, gave the North British Railway direct access to several north bank of the Clyde sites from the [[Edinburgh and Glasgow ...

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V3 67619 with a stopping train destined for Helensburgh runs through Whiteinch West Junction (now Hyndland West Junction) on 23 May 1957. [Ref query ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/05/1957

This was a two platform station just east of Scotstounhill station for the nearby Glasgow Agricultural Society Show Ground.
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This is a two platform station with the main building on the eastbound platform.
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A through service crawls into Scotstounhill, a signal (nearly) stops fooling people into thinking that this is Dumbarton Central service indicated. ...
David Panton 05/08/2017
​​A half-hourly Cumbernauld to Dumbarton Central EMU calls at Scotstounhill on 13th January 2018. These services alternate with ...
David Panton 15/01/2018
320 312 leaves Scotstounhill on 14 June city bound. ...
Veronica Clibbery 14/06/2008
334 001 with a Dalmuir train at Scotstounhill on 23 February 2008. ...
David Panton 23/02/2008

This is a relatively modern island platform station dating from 1960, the electrification of the line. The approach to the Yoker Depot starts from this station.
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A Cumbernauld service calls at Garscadden. It's bathed in the yellow light of a spring evening, which is strange because it's an autumn morning. ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
This plaque at Garscadden station is for 'Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains' by A.L. Kennedy, winner of the 1991 Saltire Society First Book of ...
Ewan Crawford Collection 19/02/2019
318 268 leaving Garscadden for Dalmuir on 2 May 2009 ...
David Panton 02/05/2009
The tower blocks of Scotstounhill seem to be advancing on Garscadden
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David Panton 13/01/2018

This junction was to the west of Scotstounhill, it led to the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway) which ran west to the Rothesay Dock on the north bank of the River Clyde. There was a large yard next to the main line by the junction. The signal box was on the south side of the main line and north side of the yard.
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Clydebank Dock signalbox which controlled Yoker Yard (later depot) and the Rothesay Dock Branch. Abolished with the Yoker resignaling scheme. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
V1 2-6-2T 67622 passing Clydebank Dock Junction with and up Helensburgh Express on Saturday 3rd May 1958. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 03/05/1958

This is a train servicing depot west of Garscadden station on the south side of the line. It replaced depots at Hyndland [1st] (Hyndland Depot) and Bridgeton Central (Bridgeton Depot). It is built on the site of Yoker Yard and accessed, to the east, by the former Clydebank Dock East Junction.
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The trainwasher at Yoker Depot. To the right is the announcement of the new Yoker Signalling Centre and Yoker Depot - now a remarkable 30 years old. ...
Beth Crawford 22/05/2017
Two former Virgin MkIII buffet coaches at Yoker Depot in January 2019. They have been used for fire safety training.
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Ewan Crawford Collection 08/01/2019
303091 and another 303 stabled at Yoker Depot in 2002.
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Bill Roberton //2002
New trainwasher at Yoker depot, viewed from the south. ...
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This is a two platform station. The booking office was at street level on the bridge over the line to the east of the station, on Mill Road. Each platform had a waiting room. No buildings survive.
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A Dumbarton Central to Cumbernauld service pulls into Yoker on 7 July 2018. Why 'via Yoker' has long been established as the term for this route is ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
New cycle hoops at Yoker. ...
First ScotRail //2006
Westbound at Yoker. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Stanier 3P 2-6-2T 40200 runs along the north bank of the River Clyde near Bowling on 12 April 1958 at the head of a Dumbarton Central - Rutherglen ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 12/04/1958


This junction was east of Clydebank East, the terminus of the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway. This line was extended west to Dalmuir in 1897 leaving the terminus on a short branch. Both lines were double track. The newer line remains open while the original terminus is closed. The newer line gently curved away to the north of the terminal lines, the kink can still be discerned ...

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This was a single road shed at the east end of Clydebank East station, originally a terminus. Approach was from the east over the shed's turntable. The shed was on the south side of the line.
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This was a two platform terminus.
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N2 0-6-2T 69565 pulls away from Clydebank East on 18 April 1957 with a train for Springburn. Clydebank East station closed in September 1959. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/04/1957
Looking west along the platform at Clydebank East terminus in September 1958 towards the station building on Whitecrook Street. The station closed in ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/09/1958
A westbound train heading for Clydebank Central passes the site of Clydebank East, the original terminus of the line from Jordanhill. From the old ...
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Clydebank East terminus in September 1949. LNE 0.6.2T 69565. [See image 13965] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/09/1949

This was the shipyard which built the Queens (RMS Queen Mary, RMS Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth 2) and many other famous ships such as the HMS Hood, RMS Lusitania and RMS Aquitania. It is the yard which have the name to Clydebank itself and along with the Singer Works to the north defined Clydebank. For many, the works was John Brown Engineering.
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