Glasgow City and District Railway

Introduction

This line is open. This line was built to connect together lines in the west and the east of Glasgow. The line runs mostly in tunnels built using the cut and cover method of construction. It provided an alternative route for North British Railway trains which were mostly having to use the Queen Street station (High Level) terminus until this lines opening; leading to capacity problems. The line is electrified.






Dates

  /  /1882[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Glasgow City and District Railway authorised
15/03/1886[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Yorkhill to Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to High Street opened. A third rail was used for train lighting.
01/08/1886[Glasgow 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].
  /  /1887[Glasgow City and District Railway]
[North British Railway]
Glasgow City and District Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/02/1887[Glasgow City and District Railway]
[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
[Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway]
[Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway]
[Stobcross Railway]
Circular service introduced by the [North British Railway].
01/06/1892[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Bridgeton Cross (later Bridgeton Central) branch opened. Stations; Gallowgate Central, Bridgeton Cross.
  /  /1901[Glasgow City and District Railway]
3rd rail removed.
12/01/1903[Glasgow City and District Railway]
[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
[Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway]
[Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway]
[Stobcross Railway]
Circular service withdrawn.
01/01/1914[Glasgow City and District Railway]
College renamed High Street.
01/01/1917[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Finnieston closed.
01/01/1917[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Gallowgate Central closed.
08/01/1956Glasgow City and District RailwayCoatbridge Branch (North British Railway)Monkland and Kirkintilloch RailwayBathgate and Coatbridge Railway (Monkland Railways)Edinburgh and Bathgate RailwayEdinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Last regular Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Edinburgh Waverley via Shettleston, Coatbridge Sunnyside and Bathgate Upper service runs.
05/05/1958[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Hyndland to Partick Junction closed to freight
  /  /1959[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Queen Street Low Level re-built from four platforms to two. The island platform in the middle is isolated from passengers and the lines reduced from four to two.
05/11/1960[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Hyndland to Partick Junction closed to passengers (Hyndland becomes an Electric Multiple Unit maintenance depot)
06/11/1960[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Hyndland Branch closed to passengers, but new electric train maintenance depot was opened by the station's island platform so the branch is retained, although the station tracks lifted.
  /10/1966[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Parkhead North goods yard closed
05/11/1979[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Bridgeton Central station to High Street West Junction closed to passengers
17/12/1979[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Partickhill closed and replaced by Partick (Incorporates Merkland Street Subway station)
  /  /1980[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Gallowgate Central building demolished.
01/06/1987[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Bridgeton Central closed completely (used for Electric Multiple Unit maintenance latterly)
23/06/1987[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Hyndland (Old) closed completely (used for Electric Multiple Unit maintenance latterly)
29/06/1998[Glasgow City and District Railway]
Start of repairs to Knightswood Tunnel.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Kinightswood Curve

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, this doubling shortly after the junction going east. It is located just north of the Forth and Clyde Canal.
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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
A Singer - Springburn workmen's train passing Knightswood North Junction on 24 May 1957 behind Ivatt 2-6-0 43135. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/05/1957


This junction is to the north of Anniesland station. To the east the original line, the Stobcross Railway of 1874 runs to Maryhill Park Junction, just west of Maryhill. To the west the Glasgow City and District Railway of 1886 runs to Knightswood North Junction, just east of Westerton. Both forks meet the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway, the west one ...

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A Rutherglen service passing Knightswood South Junction on the approach to Anniesland. Rutherglen is not normally a destination, but engineering works ...
David Panton 25/08/2018
156458 on route learning duties approaches the new crossover accessing the recently installed connecting spur to the Maryhill line. This DMU is using ...
Colin McDonald 28/01/2016
Seen shortly after leaving platform 3 at Anniesland, 156495 forms the 1156 Queen Street via Maryhill service. In the left background strengthening ...
Colin McDonald 20/09/2017
View south over Knightswood South Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford 23/10/2016




Hyndland Terminus

Opened with the Hyndland [1st] branch.
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This EMU depot opened on the northern part of site of Hyndland [1st] station in 1960. The station was able to remain open while the depot was established. ...

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Hyndland Depot after the track had been removed from the shed. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Low winter sun and flare in 1991. The site of Hyndland EMU depot, Hyndland station [1st] and the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire being redeveloped. The ...
Ewan Crawford //1991
Hyndland Depot after the track had been removed from the shed. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Hyndland Depot looking to the buffers. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

This was a terminal station with an island platform and goods sidings. A fine terminus building stood in Hyndland Road, now gone, the site now being Station Gardens.
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V3 67627 sets off from Hyndland terminus in the summer of 1957 with a train for Airdrie. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 07/08/1957
V1 2-6-2T no 67665 brings a train from Airdrie into the terminus at Hyndland on 30 April 1960. On the right is one of the new class AM3 (later TOPS ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/04/1960
NB 256 ready to leave the old Hyndland terminus on 30 April 1960 with the SLS Glasgow City & District Tour. Some of the participants had arrived by ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/04/1960
Trains at Hyndland station, July 1949. Ex-NB J37 0.6.0 64584. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 22/07/1949




Finnieston to High Street

This was the junction between the approach to Stobcross Goods [NBR] and the line to Glasgow Queen Street Low Level.
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This was a two platform station located in a dressed stone cutting on the south side of Argyle Street on which was the station surface two storey building and entrance. The platforms were canopied. Stairways ran up to a footbridge with access from Argyle Street.
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Westbound 303 passes over the former Glasgow Central Railway and climbs to Yorkhill. Goods yards stood to either side of the line here. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Eastbound 303 approaches the bridge over the former Glasgow Central Railway. Goods yards stood to either side of the line here. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
The Glasgow Central Railway passing under the Glasgow City and District Railway at Kelvinhaugh. This shows the mouth of St Vincent Crescent Tunnel. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Class 303 on the Glasgow City and District Railway crossing bridge over the Glasgow Central Railway. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This is a two platform station. The station is almost underground, but is open at the west end. Ticket offices are at ground level with platforms below.
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A Helensburgh train pulls into Charing Cross on 5 August. Being substantially underground with trains coming to stop in the gloom at either end, this ...
David Panton 05/08/2017
It is difficult to photograph an eastbound train at Charing Cross as they all come to a halt at the platform end, furthest into the tunnel. So, just ...
David Panton 01/12/2018
The ticket hall at Glasgow's Charing Cross station in November 2010. ...
David Panton 27/11/2010
A thoughtful touch at Charing Cross on 27 November: a sign for the benefit of people who are horizontal through either slipping on the ice or ...
David Panton 27/11/2010

This is a two platform station beneath Glasgow Queen Street High Level. Trains at the high level station can be heard arriving and departing from below.
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Another stage of the refurbishment of Glasgow Queen Street is announced on posters which appeared in mid February 2019 near the Low Level lifts and ...
Colin McDonald 21/02/2019
One of a series of information posters which has appeared recently on the Queen Street Low level platforms. Inset is a new (?) 'arrow' logo which ...
Colin McDonald 10/02/2018
Westbound 334 heads out of low level Queen Street. ...
Beth Crawford 18/05/2017
The new exit from Queen Street Low Level to the High Level concourse, seen on 25th September 2018.
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Beth Crawford 25/09/2018


This is a two platform station located in a dressed stone cutting with a street level ticket office.
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Edinburgh (left) and Balloch services cross at High Street on 19 September 2017.
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David Panton 19/09/2017
An Edinburgh service enters High Street on 5 August. The view looks west to Queen Street. ...
David Panton 05/08/2017
A six-coach Balloch to Airdrie service calls at High Street on Saturday 19 May. The station is becoming increasingly surrounded by student housing; ...
David Panton 19/05/2018
High Street, looking west, on 9/5/16. A Helensburgh to Edinburgh approaches. ...
Alastair McLellan 09/05/2016

This junction was immediately east of High Street station and visible from the east end of the platforms.
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Sign at High Street in July 1997 indicating the location of the former Bridgeton Central Junction, severed some years previously. ...
David Panton /07/1997
V3 67679 brings a Bridgeton Central - Drumry train off the branch at Bridgeton Central Junction, just east of High Street station, on 10 July 1957. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/07/1957
318250 passes the former Bridgeton Central Junction as it climbs east out of the cutting at High Street in February 2015. The trackbed of the old line ...
Colin McDonald 03/02/2015
An overview of Bridgeton Central Junction looking west to High Street station in 1987. The remaining wall of the NBR's High Street Goods shed is just ...
Ewan Crawford //1987





Bridgeton Branch

This junction was immediately east of High Street station and visible from the east end of the platforms.
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Sign at High Street in July 1997 indicating the location of the former Bridgeton Central Junction, severed some years previously. ...
David Panton /07/1997
V3 67679 brings a Bridgeton Central - Drumry train off the branch at Bridgeton Central Junction, just east of High Street station, on 10 July 1957. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/07/1957
318250 passes the former Bridgeton Central Junction as it climbs east out of the cutting at High Street in February 2015. The trackbed of the old line ...
Colin McDonald 03/02/2015
An overview of Bridgeton Central Junction looking west to High Street station in 1987. The remaining wall of the NBR's High Street Goods shed is just ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

This double track tunnel is 220 yds long. It is no longer in use. It carried the line from Bridgeton Central Junction to Bridgeton Cross South Junction. ...

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Cable support inside Ladywell Tunnel. ...
Colin Harkins 29/03/2007
Overhead Wire support in tunnel. ...
Colin Harkins 29/03/2007
The trackbed looking the way it should... just minus some track. ...
Colin Harkins 29/03/2007
Signal support inside Ladywell Tunnel. I suspect this protected the Junction ahead at Gallowgate Central. ...
Colin Harkins 29/03/2007

This junction opened in 1893 with the construction of a curve (1893) from St Johns Junction on the City of Glasgow Union Railway to meet the Glasgow City and District Railway (1892) line to Bridgeton Central.
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This was a two platform station to the south of Bridgeton Cross South Junction. The station was in a deep dressed stone cutting.
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More canopy markings... this time on the other platform. ...
Colin Harkins 29/03/2007
The view from Gallowgate Tunnel toward the Station in Black and White. ...
Colin Harkins 29/03/2007
The view from Gallowgate Tunnel toward the Station. The entrance was immediately above the tunnel exit. ...
Colin Harkins 29/03/2007
What looks like some kind of canopy marking on the overbridge. ...
Colin Harkins 29/03/2007


Entering the first tunnel from Bridgeton Central heading for Gallowgate Central... The trackbed has been cleared so well... what next?? Rails. ...
Colin Harkins 27/03/2007


This was a terminus of a short branch from High Street station. The station consisted of two terminal island platforms, both with glazed canopies.
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Looking back into the terminus at Bridgeton Central on 11 June 1957, where C16 4-4-2T 67482 is performing station pilot duties. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/06/1957
The frontage of the former Bridgeton Central station in November 1997, then in use as a bookmaker and looking fairly unadorned compared with today. ...
David Panton 25/11/1997
Through the brick you can just make out a support pillar albeit looking slightly loose. ...
Colin Harkins 27/03/2007
Platform Side of Station Building. The once bustling Archways blocked up. Looks like some maintaince may be needed. ...
Colin Harkins 27/03/2007