Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway

Introduction

This line is open. The line was built as a double track railway shared between the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway (later the Caledonian Railway) and the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway (later the Glasgow and South Western Railway).

Traffic levels increased and the line was quadrupled. When the line was quadrupled the tunnel at Arkleston, to the east of paisley, was opened out into a cutting. The line was converted back to double track when it was electrified. There are now capacity problems on the line and some or all may be tripled.






Dates

  /  /    [Govan Branch] ([Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway])
Locomotive shed opened at Govan.
  /  /1837[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Act receives Royal assent.
14/07/1840[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Temporary Bridge Street Station, Glasgow, opened.
12/08/1840[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Alternative date for the opening of the Glasgow terminus at Bridge Street.
06/04/1841[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
New Bridge Street Station, Glasgow, opened.
01/07/1843[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Moss Road station opened. (At Cardonald).
06/11/1843[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Bellahouston station opened. (At Ibrox).
  /  /1845[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Moss Road and Bellahouston stations closed.
01/05/1868[Govan Branch] ([Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway])
Govan branch opened from triangular junction at Ibrox.
01/03/1871[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Ibrox station opened on site of former Bellahouston station.
  /  /1890[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Bridge Street station expanded.
01/02/1892[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
The [Caledonian Railway] takes over Bridge Street station completely, paying the [Glasgow and South Western Railway] 129,251.
01/05/1905[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Bridge Street closed.
09/05/1921[Govan Branch] ([Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway])
Timetabled passenger trains cease.
01/01/1923Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway
Callander and Oban Railway
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Highland Railway
Cathcart District Railway
Killin Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Committee
Brechin and Edzell District Railway
Dornoch Light Railway
Wick and Lybster Light Railway
Grouped into London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
01/04/1925[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
New Shields Road station opened incorporating the [Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway] Pollockshields station, [City of Glasgow Union Railway] Shields Road station and [Paisley Canal Line] Shields stations.
14/02/1966[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
Shields Road closed.
14/06/1966[Govan Branch] ([Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway])
Closed.
06/02/1967[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Ibrox closed.
  /  /1975[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Shields Road depot opened.
16/04/1979[Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway]
Head on crash at Paisley.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a large terminus in Glasgow on the South bank of the River Clyde. No part of the original station remains but portions of its later extension remain on Bridge Street. It was replaced by Glasgow Central, just to the north over the River Clyde.
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This view shows the offices at Bridge Street looking from Bridge Street itself. ...
Graham Morgan 12/08/2006
A Class 156 still in old ScotRail colours passes Bridge Street in the approach to Glasgow Central ...
Graham Morgan 05/08/2006
This view shows the offices at Bridge Street looking from Bridge Street itself. The inscription above the door gives a clue to the date of the ...
Graham Morgan 12/08/2006
90 003 at Glasgow Central in 1991. ...
John Gray //

The Glasgow Central power signal box on Salkeld Street, in the 'V' of Bridge Street Junction, seen shortly after commissioning in January 1961. [See ...
David Stewart //1961
Bridge Street Junction, taken from a passing train, looking towards the Glasgow central signalling centre and the former Salkeld Street parcel depot ...
Graham Morgan 28/05/2007
Coming south from Bridge Street Junction in 1987 is a Cathcart Circle train, while in the background another train is turning west on the Paisley ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
A northbound 303 heads for Glasgow Central in October 1987. The train is about to cross the eastern of the two rather low Cook Street bridges. Off ...
Ewan Crawford /10/1987

This was the Eglinton Street Goods depot of the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway. ...

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The former yard at the Salkeld Street Parcels Depot, now the scene of much activity as a place where concrete supports for the M74 extension scheme ...
Graham Morgan 23/04/2009
View looking east at Salkeld Street Parcels Depot from pasing train. ...
Ewan Crawford //


This was the temporary terminus of the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway in Glasgow, used while the line was in preparation to the permanent terminus at Bridge Street. The extension to that station was elevated on arches. The extension opened to a temporary version of Bridge Street in 1840.
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The former route to Windmillcroft Quay was cut back to West Street a few years
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 29/03/1956

This was a was a two platform station.
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This is the junction between the forer Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway and the later City of Glasgow Union Railway (opened 1870). The junction allowed trains from Glasgow St Enoch to join the route west to Paisley Gilmour Street. The junction was immediately west of the closed Shields Road station.
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Shields No 1 Junction is the junction between the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway of 1840 and the Glasgow Harbour and General Terminus Railway of 1849. The latter now longer accesses General Terminus but continues in its role as a 'bypass' of Glasgow Central for freight from Ayrshire to Lanarkshire and vice versa.
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Fairburn 2-6-4 tank 42176 passing Shields No 1 Junction with a Glasgow - Gourock train on 5 May 1956. Built at Derby in 1948, the locomotive spent its ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956
26034, tool van and crane take the dive under to join the Burma Road at Shields Junction No 1. Shields Depot behind. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking south at Shields Depot. Dive under to Burma Road in foreground. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
'Jumbo' 0-6-0 57230 climbs up from Maxwell Junction to Shields no 1 with a westbound freight on 5 May 1956. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956

Looking east at what was Shields No 2 Junction. From left to right; the former junction between the Glasgow Central and Glasgow St Enoch routes, the ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

View east at the remodelled Shields West Junction showing the three running lines. [See image 17695] for the line as it was in 2007. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/11/2011
Looking east at Shields West Junction (roughly the locale of the former Shields Junction No. 1) during works. The track to the right is lifted in the ...
Ewan Crawford 27/12/2007


This was a four platform station. Two platforms on the main line and two on the line curving north to Govan Ibrox [Govan Platforms]. The two lines met at Ibrox Junction, immediately to the east.
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Glasgow - Gourock locals approaching Ibrox. C.R. 4.4.0 14474. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1939
Glasgow - Gourock locals approaching Ibrox. C.R. 4.4.0 14364. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1939
Goods train passing Ibrox. C.R. 0.6.0 17649. Summer 1937. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1937
Corkerhill 2P 4-4-0 no 40595 westbound through Ibrox station in July 1955 with a St Enoch - Largs train. The signals on the extreme left of the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/07/1955


This is a two platform station. There is a considerable gap between the platforms as the line had been quadrupled, due to increasing traffic, when the station re-opened in 1879. The line was reduced to two lines but a third line has been laid to increase capacity between Glasgow and Paisley.
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A Gourock to Glasgow service calls at Cardonald on 21 July 2018. The high-mast lighting in the background is a familiar feature of the M8 corridor. ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
380 114 heads west from Cardonald. ...
Bill Roberton 09/02/2016
380 010 calls at Cardonald with a Gourock service. ...
Bill Roberton 09/02/2016
DB 66037 approaches with Longannet - Hunterston High Level empties. ...
Bill Roberton 18/03/2016

This single lead junction is just west of Cardonald station. Its most recent purpose was to reach Deanside Transit.
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K2 Mogul 61772 Loch Lochy passing Cardonald Junction on 9 June 1959 with a westbound freight. (The plate on the left lamp bracket reads N279) ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/06/1959
View east at Cardonald Junction showing the cross-over from the centre track to the eastbound track for access to the Deanside Branch. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/11/2011
An Ayr service heads west at Cardonald Junction. The junction has not yet been re-laid for the third track but the overhead line equipment is a ...
Ewan Crawford 26/09/2009
47270 comes off the Deanside branch in 1988. The Paisley line has since been triple tracked and the area between the railway and the M8 developed. The ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This is a two platform station to the south and east of the Hillington Industrial Estate. There is an old station building on the westbound platform.
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A Gourock to Glasgow service pulls into Hillie East on 21 July 2018. The track on the left is the central road, sometimes used by passing trains and ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
A Glasgow to Gourock Service calls at Hillington East on 21 July 2018. From this location it is possible to see the platforms of the stations either ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
Glasgow bound train at Hillington East on 17 July. ...
David Panton 17/07/2007
Hillington East on 19 June 2010 as eastbound 334 037 arrives with a Gourock to Glasgow service. ...
David Panton 19/06/2010

This is a two platform station.
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Network Rail HST on the middle line at Hillington West in June 2013. ...
Bill Hamilton 27/06/2013
A Gourock to Glasgow Class 380 EMU calls at Hillie West on 17 November 2018. ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
A Glasgow-bound service passes through Hillington West at speed on 17 November 2018. It is one of those locations where the 'Fast train approaching' ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
The station building on the Glasgow bound platform at Hillington West, looking from the footbridge towards the industrial area to the north of the ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007

This junction is immediately west of the former Arkleston Tunnel and east of Paisley Gilmour Street. ...

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66429 passes Arkleston Junction with the Grangemouth to Elderslie intermodal in June 2008. ...
Bill Hamilton /06/2008
Sunday Gourock Express at Arkleston. C.R. 4-4-0 14351. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //
Fowler 2-6-4T 42421 about to pass Arkleston box on 8 May 1953 with a down Gourock train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/05/1953
Train from Ayr to Glasgow passing Paisley Abbey in middle background. ...
Brian Forbes //1992


Fairburn tank 42191 approaching Wallneuk Junction on 2 June 1959 with the 5.40pm Ayr express. [Ref query 845] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/06/1959
A pair of 37s take iron ore from Hunterston to Ravenscraig past Wallneuk Junction and the final remains of Greenlaw Goods - a single siding for a ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
What was once the new signal box at Wallneuk Junction, shorn of its top storey. Seen here from a passing train in June 2012. [The 'signal box' was ...
Colin Miller 01/06/2012
Train heading fro Ayr having passed Wallneuk Junction in Paisley. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This was originally a double track station. The original station featured a very tall wooden signal box on stilts.
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Tartan, famous local names and landmarks along with EMU 380011 are on display in the underpass to greet visitors to Paisley Gilmour Street. ...
Colin McDonald 22/12/1997
314213, in SPT livery and now some 38 years old, calls right time at Paisley Gilmour Street on a service for Gourock on 7th August 2017. These ...
Colin Miller 07/08/2017
No, not one from the archives but a shot of a Gourock to Glasgow service at Gilmour Street on 17 October 2018. Scrapping of Class 314s should surely ...
David Panton 17/10/2018
Gourock bound 334017 entering Paisley Gilmour Street ...
Graham Morgan 12/09/2006