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, Govan Shed, opened at Govan.
  /  /1837Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1837Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Authorisation to make the portion of line between Glasgow and Paisley joint.
14/07/1840Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Temporary Bridge Street terminus station, Glasgow, opened.
12/08/1840Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Alternative date for the opening of the Glasgow terminus at Bridge Street.
06/04/1841Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Bridge Street station, on the south side of the River Clyde, opened. It served the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway.
  /  /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).
01/07/1843Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Moss Road station opened. (At Cardonald).
06/11/1843Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Bellahouston [1st] station opened. (At Ibrox).
  /  /1845Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Moss Road and Bellahouston [1st] stations closed.
  /  /1846General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
Act receives Royal assent. Line from General Terminus, a depot on the south bank of the River Clyde, to West Street Junction (Govan and Polloc Railway), Strathbungo Junction (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway) and Shields Junction No 1 (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway).
  /  /1846Polloc and Govan Railway
Connection to the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway authorised.
30/03/1849General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
West Street Junction (Govan and Polloc Railway) to Shields Junction No 1 (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway) and General Terminus opened. Curve to Strathbungo Junction (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway) opened.
23/07/1858Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Line becomes toll free after agreement between the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1863Paisley and Renfrew Railway Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Curve to connect the Paisley and Renfrew Railway to the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway authorised.
24/03/1863Paisley and Renfrew Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway agrees terms of access to the Paisley and Renfrew Railway for the Caledonian Railway. This was in advance of a curve connecting the Paisley and Renfrew Railway to the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway which would open in 1866.
  /  /1864City of Glasgow Union Railway
Act receives Royal assent. The line was to join the Glasgow and South Western Railway (part owner of the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway) and Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway serving a central Glasgow station and crossing the River Clyde in the city.
  /  /1864Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
New approach authorised to Eglinton Street Goods from the east end of Pollokshields station (Shields Road [GPJ]) authorised, providing a longer goods only approach and sidings.
  /  /1864Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Line and side branch (west to north curve) authorised.
  /  /1866Paisley and Renfrew Railway
Curve opened from Abercorn Junction (Paisley and Renfrew Railway) to Gallowhill Junction (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway).
  /  /1868Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
West to north curve used as a siding.
01/05/1868Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Govan branch opened to goods from triangular junction at Ibrox.
02/12/1868Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Opened to passengers with one station, Govan, at the terminus.
07/01/1870General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
Tolls set for the Glasgow and South Western Railway between Strathbungo Junction (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway) and Shields Junction No 1 (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway). Either end of the line was joint Caledonian Railway and G&SWR, the intervening line was CR owned.
12/12/1870City of Glasgow Union Railway
Opened between Pollok Junction (on the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway) and the new temporary four platform terminus at Dunlop Street (replaced by Glasgow St Enoch). Glasgow and South Western Railway main line services start to use the new station, local services continue to use Bridge Street. Stations opened at Shields Road [CGU] (interchange with Pollokshields) and Dunlop Street.
  /  /1871Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Running powers granted to the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway over Govan Tramways 16 and 16A (giving access to shipyards not served by rail).
01/03/1871Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Ibrox station opened on site of former Bellahouston [1st] station.
  /  /1874Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Authorisation given to quadruple line. Authorisation given to open out Arkleston Tunnel, which was required to allow quadrupling of the double track line.
  /  /1875Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Authorisation to expand and alter the existing Bridge Street station, largely in connection with the opening of Glasgow Central. Original proposed route of Gordon Street Lines abandoned.
  /  /1875Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Branch closed to passengers.
14/10/1878Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Connection at Bridge Street opened - related to the opening of Glasgow Central.
12/07/1879Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
New portions of Bridge Street opened, in connection with the opening of Glasgow Central.
01/08/1879Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Glasgow Central opened. Initially serving westbound trains over the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway .
  /  /1880Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Re-opened to passengers.
07/01/1881Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Joint Committee decides line remain to toll free.
  /  /1883Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Completion of works to open out Arkleston Tunnel. This allowed the line to be quadrupled.
  /  /1883Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Authorisation to widen the line through Paisley Gilmour Street and rebuild the station.
  /  /1890Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Bridge Street station expanded.
  /  /1892Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
All of Bridge Street station vested in the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1892Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
North British Railway granted running powers over the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway between Shields Junction No 1 and Cessnock Dock Branch Junction at Ibrox station.
01/02/1892Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
The Caledonian Railway takes over Bridge Street station completely, paying the Glasgow and South Western Railway £129,251 for its share.
01/08/1892Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Bridge Street station fully taken over by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /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.
  /  /1899Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Re-closed to passengers.
  /  /1902Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Re-opened to passengers.
01/05/1905Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Bridge Street closed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1906Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Re-closed to passengers.
  /  /1911Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Re-opened to passengers.
09/05/1921Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Timetabled passenger trains cease, unable to compete with direct tram routes.
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.
01/04/1925Glasgow and Paisley Joint RailwayCity of Glasgow Union Railway
New Shields Road station opened incorporating the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway Pollokshields station, City of Glasgow Union Railway Shields Road [CGU] station and Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway) Shields stations.
14/02/1966Glasgow and Paisley Joint RailwayCity of Glasgow Union Railway
Shields Road closed.
14/06/1966Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Closed.
06/02/1967Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Ibrox closed.
  /  /1970Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway) Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Track lifted.
  /  /1975Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Shields Road Depot opened.
16/04/1979Glasgow 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 //
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This is a large junction to the south of Glasgow Central station on the south bank of the River Clyde. The junction, and crossovers to the north, allow a train from any platform to take any line.
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An incoming service on the Up Ayr passes the old power signal box with its rather premature welcome to Glasgow Central. You can guess what 'DA' stands ...
David Panton 19/10/2019
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
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
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This was the Eglinton Street Goods depot of the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway. It became the main parcels depot in Glasgow. Following this it was a permanent way base for First Engineering.
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This was a mineral depot with a a fan of sidings served from the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway, approached from the west.
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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 after the opening of General Terminus. This view looks north not far ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 29/03/1956
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This was originally a two platform station. A further four platforms opened to the south as additional lines opened.
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This is the junction between the former 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. It was immediately west of the now closed Shields Road station.
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City of Glasgow Union Railway
BR Standard 2-6-4T no 80108 brings a Gourock - Glasgow Central train east through Pollok Junction on 23 May 1959. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/05/1959
Class 2P 4-4-0 no 40668 photographed near Pollok Junction in the spring of 1959 at the head of a Largs to Glasgow St Enoch train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1959
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42698 westbound through Pollok Junction on 5 May 1956 with a Gourock train. The dive under for Kinning Park Goods is at the lower ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42246 runs through Pollock Junction on 5 May 1956 with a Wemyss Bay express. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956
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Shields No 1 Junction is the junction between the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway of 1840 and the General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour 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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General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
42208 passing Shields No 1 Junction on 23 May 1959 with an Ayr-Glasgow train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/05/1959
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
'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
McIntosh 0-6-0 dock tank 56160 passing Shields No 1 Junction on 5 May 1956. The 'Beetle Crusher' is on its way home to Polmadie shed. See image ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956
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This junction was west of Shields Junction No 1. This junction provided a secondary connection between the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway and the General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway (chiefly a goods line). It was at the end of the conventional quadruple track from Paisley Gilmour Street and there was a yard on the south side of the goods line, a series of single ended ...

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Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
26034, tool van and crane take the dive under to join the Burma Road at Shields Junction. Shields Depot behind. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
View of Shields Road depot, the dive-under line (foreground) and the lines to Paisley Canal and Paisley Gilmour Street. Access by kind permission of ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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
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26034, tool van and crane take the dive under to join the Burma Road at Shields Junction. Shields Depot behind. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
View of Shields Road depot, the dive-under line (foreground) and the lines to Paisley Canal and Paisley Gilmour Street. Access by kind permission of ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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
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This junction opened in 1868 between the 1840 Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway and the Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway). Ibrox station re-opened at the junction in 1871.
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Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)


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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Fairburn tank 42241 hurries through Ibrox in September 1951 at the head of a train for Wemyss Bay. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/09/1951
Glasgow - Gourock locals approaching Ibrox. C.R. 4.4.0 14474. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1939
A pair of Polmadie shed's BR Standard 2-6-4 tanks, nos 80023+80058, photographed near Ibrox with a Glasgow Central - Gourock train in the summer of ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/06/1959
Glasgow - Gourock locals approaching Ibrox. C.R. 4.4.0 14364. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1939
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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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SPT liveried 318250 is showing 'Glasgow Central' on its destination panel as it heads in the opposite direction through Cardonald station on a wet and ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007
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
DB 66037 approaches with Longannet - Hunterston High Level empties. ...
Bill Roberton 18/03/2016
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This single lead junction is just west of Cardonald station. Its most recent purpose was to reach Deanside Transit.
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Shieldhall Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Glasgow and Renfrew District Railway
'Jumbo' 57360 comes off the Shieldhall branch at Cardonald Junction with an eastbound freight in the summer of 1959.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/06/1959
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
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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
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This is a two platform station.
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A Gourock to Glasgow Class 380 EMU calls at Hillie West on 17 November 2018. ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
Network Rail HST on the middle line at Hillington West in June 2013. ...
Bill Hamilton 27/06/2013
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
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42197 on the 10.30 Glasgow - Wemyss Bay, passing the distant signals for Arkleston junction. 15/11/65 ...
Robin McGregor 15/11/1965
Glasgow - Wemyss Bay Express. C.R. 4.6.2T 15359. Seen east of Arkleston Junction at an unknown location. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1939
Eurocargo Rail 66062 passes Arkleston with empties from Longannet to Hunterston in 2011. ...
Bill Hamilton //2011
66429 passes Arkleston Junction with the Grangemouth to Elderslie intermodal in June 2008. ...
Bill Hamilton /06/2008
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66069 passes Gallowhill with coal from Hunterston to Longannet. ...
Bill Hamilton //
66414 passes Gallowhill in March 2011 with containers from Elderslie to Grangemouth. New track being laid towards Arkleston. ...
Bill Hamilton /03/2011
New footbridge recently installed, but not yet open, at Gallowhill Junction on 20th February 2019. Viewed from north side of the lines. Another piece ...
Colin Miller 20/02/2019
One of my first photographs - the footbridge over the line at Gallowhill Junction in 1987. Before this, in pre-camera days, I watched Ayrshire DMUs ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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A Glasgow to Gourock service passes Wallneuk Junction, immediately to the east of Paisley Gilmour Street station, on 13 July 2019. ...
David Panton 13/07/2019
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
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
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
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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
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
Gourock bound 334017 entering Paisley Gilmour Street ...
Graham Morgan 12/09/2006
334005 crossing Wallneuk Junction with a Glasgow Central service. ...
Graham Morgan 31/08/2007
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