Glasgow District Subway

Introduction

This line is open and is known as the 'Glasgow Underground' or 'Clockwork Orange'.






Dates

  /  /1890Glasgow District Subway
Line authorised.
  /  /1894Glasgow District Subway
Agreement between the Glasgow District Subway and the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway companies (owners of the Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)) over purchase of land for Broomloan Depot [Subway] by Govan station.
14/12/1896Glasgow District Subway
Cable hauled double track circular line opened. (An accident on opening day leads to immediate closure.)
21/01/1897Glasgow District Subway
Line re-opened.
02/07/1922Glasgow District Subway
Jointly run by Glasgow Corporation Tramways and Glasgow Subway Railway Company.
  /  /1923Glasgow Corporation
Acquires the Glasgow District Subway and Paisley District Tramways.
01/08/1923Glasgow District Subway
Taken over by Glasgow Corporation Tramways.
30/11/1935Glasgow District Subway
Cable haulage ceases.
05/12/1935Glasgow District Subway
Glasgow District Subway electrified with a third rail and re-opened with a new name.
03/03/1954Glasgow District Subway
Livery changes from red and cream to red.
21/05/1977Glasgow District Subway
Closed for renovation.
16/04/1980Glasgow District Subway
The Glasgow District Subway re-opens as the Glasgow Underground following extensive renovation and modernisation.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a station on the former Glasgow District Subway, now the Glasgow Subway operated by Strathclyde Passenger Transport.
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St Enoch Subway Station on 3rd January 2015. This picture was taken after participating in a Glasgow Central station tour. ...
Gordon Steel 03/01/2015
Progress on St Enoch subway entrance, 12 December 2014. Not quite there yet. ...
Colin Miller 12/12/2014
The impressive entrance to St Enoch subway seen on a grey January dawn. I hadn't noticed the owl at the time. It's either a remarkable sighting for ...
David Panton 05/01/2019
The ticket hall at St Enoch Subway, seen on 1 December 2018. ...
David Panton 01/12/2018
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An Outer Circle service calls at Bridge Street on 11 January 2020. The rear car was repainted in 1896 livery to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
Bridge Street station. Not as magnificent as its now closed overground namesake once was. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Bridge Street Subway station isn't in Bridge Street and had no
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David Panton 16/10/2010
Sunday morning at Bridge Street - Glasgow Subway, 25 March 2007. ...
John Furnevel 25/03/2007
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A moment on an (almost) empty Subway car halted at the quietest station, West Street. These cars were due to be replaced during 2020, but apparently ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
An outer circle service pauses at West Street in 1988. ...
Ewan Crawford 04/11/1988
A fairly typical scene at West Street on 17 September, least used of the Glasgow Subway stations. ...
David Panton 17/09/2008
West Street Subway 2006. See image 27637 ...
John Furnevel /08/2006
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Shields Road itself suffered at the hands of 1960s planners and lost the top bit, but the station was always in Scotland Street rather than Shields ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
Shields Road SPT Subway station in 2005. ...
John Furnevel 02/07/2005
View from an SPT Glasgow Subway car calling at Shields Road in July 2005. ...
John Furnevel 02/07/2005
Coming down the steps to the platform at Shields Road on 11
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David Panton 11/09/2010
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The doors are opening on an Outer Circle service at Kinning Park on the quiet morning of Tuesday 4 January 2011, a public holiday in Scotland.  All ...
David Panton 04/01/2011
Kinning Park Subway on 13 May with the M8 running past in the background. ...
John Furnevel 13/05/2007
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It’s Saturday 11 January 2020 and at Cessnock Subway station there are more trains than passengers - if you ignore me (and people usually do). The ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
A little license is granted in the corporate image of the Glasgow Subway when it comes to the colour schemes of the smaller stations. Here at Cessnock ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
A slight nod to Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style is evident in this
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David Panton 16/10/2010
A look along the full length of the platform at Cessnock station on 16 October. The Glasgow Subway is just like a real underground system only much ...
David Panton 16/10/2010
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Ibrox Subway station looks nice and quiet on Saturday 11th January 2020 but trains had just departed in both directions. I'm on the Outer Circle ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
Ibrox Subway station on Copland Road. 13 May 2007. ...
John Furnevel 13/05/2007
As can be imagined Ibrox Subway station can get rather busy at certain times, though all is quiet here on the morning of Saturday 16 October. It is ...
David Panton 16/10/2010
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The Subway control room at Broomloan depot seen on an open day in 1997. The CRT monitors now seem so clunking, but what is surprising is that 22 years ...
David Panton 01/06/1997
Interior of the Glasgow Subway depot at Broomloan, Govan. Thought to have been taken in the early 1970s. See image 36024 [Ref query 688] ...
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Open day at the Glasgow Subway Broomloan depot in June 1997. ...
David Panton 01/06/1997
Subway cars in Broomloan Depot on 1 June 1997. ...
David Panton 01/06/2007
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There are no driverless trains on the Glasgow Subway yet (coming 2021?) but this train is very temporarily without a driver. An Outer Circle service ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
Changing drivers at Govan will soon become a thing of the past - because there won't be any drivers. New trains are currently under lengthy test and ...
David Panton 19/10/2019
A fellow passenger catches up with the scandal (before realising it's his stop) while the train catches up time at Govan Subway on 11/02/2017. In a ...
David Panton 11/02/2017
The surface building at Govan Subway station, with offices above, seen on a December dawn. The original 1979 period piece has had a thorough makeover. ...
David Panton 01/12/2018
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This was an underground station. The east end is directly below the embankment of Partick station which is above at street level.
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This is an underground station. It is below, and a little to the east of, Partick station which is above at street level.
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The larger Subway stations make the trains look particularly small; visiting Londoners must have difficulty keeping a straight face (though of course ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
A look along the Outer Circle platform at Partick Subway on 4 January. It's a pity I can't convey the smell, neither pleasant not unpleasant, which ...
David Panton 04/01/2011
A study in beige: looking across the tracks at Partick subway station on 4 January.  The decor is stuck in the late 1970s when the Subway was ...
David Panton 04/01/2011
Partick UndergrounD station, one of the bigger stations which replaced Merkland Street station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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This is an underground station with access on the north side of Dumbarton Road, just west of the intersection with the south end of Byres Road at Partick Cross. The Kelvin Hall is about a quarter of a mile to the east along Dumbarton Road and the Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Kelvingrove Park are just beyond. The University of Glasgow is to the north east, probably better served by ...

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Kelvinhall station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
train at Kelvinhall station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Dilemma! Entrance to Kelvinhall station on the Glasgow Subway (errr... on the right). ...
Colin Miller /04/2014
Entrance to Kelvinhall Subway station from Dumbarton Road in April 2007. See image 30572 ...
John Furnevel 08/04/2007
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This is an underground station with an entrance and ticket office on the east side of Byres Road, about a third of the way from Great Western Road south to Dumbarton Road. The station is close to the well known Ashton Lane. The station is just west of the University of Glasgow.
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The orange station signs show that this is an Outer Circle train. There's a big march in a very wet Glasgow so the Subway is unusually busy; it's ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
Closed 2nd July to 1st August for modernisation. Outer Circle No 92 bus substitute northbound in Byres Road. No. 91 is Inner Circle.
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Colin Miller 03/07/2016
Glasgow Subway train at Hillhead station on 18th May 2016. ...
David Bosher 18/05/2016
In Byres Road at Hillhead an outer circle replacement bus - note the display. ...
Colin Miller 05/07/2016
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This underground station has access by long escalator from Great Western Road, from the east end of the bridge over the River Kelvin. At ground level there is a ticket office by the station car park, built on the site of the goods yard of the former Kelvin Bridge station.
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Kelvinbridge looking west. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Outer circle train at Kelvinbridge. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Looking along the platform at Kelvinbridge Subway on 1 September as
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David Panton 01/09/2010
Rear of Kelvinbridge Subway on Great Western Road in July 2005. This car park was once part of the goods yard associated with the GCRs Kelvin Bridge ...
John Furnevel 10/07/2005
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This is an underground station on a portion of the Glasgow Subway which runs under Great Western Road. The original surface buildings in the immediate area here were destroyed in preparation for the routing of the M8, and its approaches.
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St George's Cross Subway station seen on 11 January 2020. It looks like lining panels have been removed for some reason. I know this station had ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
The 'tower' of St Georges Cross Subway station with the shadow of
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David Panton 27/11/2010
It always seems a bit dark in St Georges Cross station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
St Georges Cross Subway, 8 April 2007, looking towards Great Western Road. ...
John Furnevel 08/04/2007
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This underground station has access from the north side of Cowcaddens Road. The ticket office is at ground level. The station
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The driver of this Inner Circle service at Cowcaddens is not looking too unhappy given that he is soon to be replaced by an algorithm. Perhaps he is ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
Mint green is the colour at Cowcaddens Subway station, seen on 11 January 2020. ...
David Panton 11/01/2020
Glasgow Subway trains pass at Cowcaddens station on 25th July 2017. ...
David Bosher 25/07/2017
Cowcaddens station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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This underground station adjoins Glasgow Queen Street High Level and Glasgow Queen Street Low Level, both to the east and connected by a travelator to the underground station. The station is located below the north end of the pedestrianised Buchanan Street. The ticket office is below street level with a glass covered stairwell to the south and glass covered escalator to the north for ...

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An Inner Circle train calls at Buchanan Street on Saturday morning, 19 October 2019. Note the unusual platform arrangement, seen at two other Subway ...
David Panton 19/10/2019
The non-facing platform arrangement at Buchanan Street Subway seen on 11/02/2017. Left platform is Inner Circle, right Outer. To keep you right the ...
David Panton 11/01/2017
Security bollards in place around the Buchanan Street Subway entrance on 11 June 2010. ...
Colin Harkins 11/06/2010
The ticket hall of the Glasgow District Subway station at Buchanan Street, the busiest station on the system, photographed on 11 September 2010. ...
David Panton 11/09/2010
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