Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway

Introduction

This line is closed except for a short section in Dumbarton from Dumbarton East Junction to Dunglass Junction [West] and another short, but disused, section between Dalmuir Riverside and Clydebank. The line was a protege of the Caledonian Railway.

Why built

This line connected the Caledonian Railway's system to shipyards, docks and factories on the north bank of the River Clyde. It was built to compete with the existing North British Railway's system. It also carried passenger services from Glasgow to Possil and Dumbarton and connected with the line to Balloch.

As the line was built to compete with the existing network of the North British Railway, stations were built to a good standard with large station buildings with platform canopies.

Service

Passenger services ran from Glasgow Central Low Level to Possil and from Glasgow Central Low Level to Dumbarton Central, many continuing to Balloch Central.



Dates

  /  /1891[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Lanarkshire & Dunbartonshire Railway authorised
26/11/1894Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Possil Junction (Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Maryhill Central opened.
01/05/1896[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Bellshaugh Junction (Maryhill) to Partick West Junction opened for goods.
01/05/1896Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Clydebank Riverside to Stobcross opened for goods.
01/06/1896[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Partick North Junction to Partick East Junction opened for goods.
15/06/1896[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Dumbarton to Clydebank opened for goods.
01/10/1896[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Line opened completely
01/02/1897[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Possil opened.
25/04/1907[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
[Glasgow Yoker and Clydebank] Railway
[Rothesay Dock Branch] opened. The line was joint [North British Railway] and [Caledonian Railway].
16/08/1909[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway] absorbed by Caledonian Railway
01/07/1942[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Kelvinside closed.
02/05/1952[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Bowling closed.
  /01/1954[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Possil renamed Possil North.
15/06/1959[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Partick Central renamed Kelvin Hall.
06/11/1960[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Crow Road closed.
05/10/1964[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Dunglass Junction to Old Kilpatrick closed to freight
05/10/1964[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Possil to Partick West (East Junction and West Junction) to Dunglass Junction closed to passengers
05/10/1964[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Partick North Junction to Partick East Junction closed to all traffic
31/01/1966[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Possil to Patrick West Junction closed to freight. Alternative date 22/2/1966.
  /  /1970[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Crow Road station buildings demolished.
11/10/1976[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Kilbowie to Yoker Ferry closed to freight
23/10/1978[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Yoker Yard to Partick Central closed completely
  /  /1980[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Maryhill Shopping Centre built over the remains of Maryhill station. A single-track sized tunnel is left under the station with a single platform.
  /  /1980[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Bridge over [Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway] in Lambhill removed.
  /  /1983[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
The preservation of the alignment between Partick and Possil is abandoned.
  /03/1986[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Chivas Brothers Siding (excluded) to Old Kilpatrick Naval Fuel Depot closed to freight
  /  /1987[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Chivas Brothers Siding to Dalmuir Riverside closed, Dalmuir Riverside to Clydebank disused but retained.
  /08/1987[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
Sidings at the former Dalmuir Naval Shipyard ([Beardmore Shipyard]), by this time owned by Arnott Young, shipbreakers, fall out of use.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Possil to Dumbarton

Double track passenger and goods line from Possil Junction to Dumbarton Central. Between Possil and Maryhill use was made of an old waggonway, rebuilt to railway standard.

This was the junction between the Hamiltonhill Branch and the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway. This was a double track junction. Ashfield Road crosses over the former junction site. When the lines were built a road bridge was prepared over the line but it carried no road at first.
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One of Dawsholm shed's WD Austerity 2-8-0s, no 90198, working hard on the approach to Possil Junction on 24 May 1958 with a down coal train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/05/1958
Possil Junction looking east. Here the routes to Hamiltonhill and Dumbarton split before passing under a roadbridge. The alignment of the line here ...
Ewan Crawford 02/02/2008
Possil Junction looking west. To the left was the route to Hamiltonhill (cutting infilled) and to the right the route of the line to Dumbarton. ...
Ewan Crawford 02/02/2008
View east over Possil Junction in June 1958. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/06/1958

This station is closed but the street level station building and the former goods shed both remain standing.
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This was a four platform station. There were two through platforms and, on either side, two bay platforms for terminating services via Glasgow Central. These bays had carriage sidings alongside. Platforms were canopied. The through lines were for passenger trains to Possil and goods and mineral trains running from Balornock Junction.
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View of Maryhill Central station on 25 July 1951 looking north towards Maryhill Road. Dawsholm shed's Stanier 2-6-2T 40153 stands in the sidings on ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/07/1951
The BLS Bathgate & District Railtour waiting to leave Maryhill Central on 6 May 1961. The special visited various branches between Glasgow and ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/05/1961
McIntosh ex-CaledonIan 0-4-4T 55168 with a city bound train at Maryhill Central in the summer of 1951. View is north east, with Maryhill Road running ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/07/1951
In 1988 the cutting between Maryhill Road and the Forth and Clyde Canal was filled in. The station site, seen beyond the bridge, was filled in for the ...
Ewan Crawford //1988



Caley Jumbo 0-6-0 57341 labours past Bellshaugh Junction with an eastbound freight on 22 September 1959. [Ref query 6530] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 22/09/1959


This was a two platform station on the south side of Great Western Road with a superb surface building by architect John James Burnet. The station was opened on the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, a protege of the Caledonian Railway.
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Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line. Kelvinside Station, now Lux/Stazione Restaurants, showing Front entrance - door now a window. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 22/06/2007
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line. Kelvinside Station, now Lux/Stazione Restaurants, showing front CR crest and 1897 date plaque. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 22/06/2007
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line. Kelvinside Station, now Lux/Stazione Restaurants, rear quarter view. Architect - Sir JJ ...
Alistair MacKenzie 22/06/2007
Front of the former Kelvinside station facing Great Western Road on 22 May 2008. ...
Veronica Clibbery 22/05/2008

This goods yard was operated by the Caledonian Railway although located on the Stobcross Railway, a North British Railway owned line. The Caledonian had running powers to the yard via Maryhill, Cowlairs and Sighthill.
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To the north of Crow Road station was one of those peculiar locations where a line passes under itself. In this case a reversing spur which ran from ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
Under Clarence Drive the southern portion of Crow Road's island platform is seen in 1999. Ahead the line ran via Crow Road Tunnel to Partick North ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
Ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 57251 with a northbound freight at Crow Road in September 1951. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/09/1951
C.R. 0.4.4T 55168 leaving Crow Road for Maryhill in September 1951. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/09/1951


After emerging from the south portal of the tunnel from Crow Road in the summer of 1957, Standard Class 4 2-6-0 76101 has taken the left fork at ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 07/08/1957
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42200 northbound at Partick North Junction on 2 August 1957 with a Rutherglen - Possil train. The train is about to enter the tunnel ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/08/1957
View south at the former Partick North Junction in 1997 [see image 52289]. Behind the camera a tunnel runs north to Crow Road, while the Meadowside ...
Ewan Crawford //1997

Partick West Junction looking west. This bridge has been removed and the emankment levelled despite plans for re-opening some of the line. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This station had an island platform.
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View east towards the flats which have now been built on site of Whiteinch Riverside station. The cycle route returns to street level at this point. ...
Colin McDonald 12/07/2017
Harland Cottages, a fine set of four rows of attractive cottages built for Harland and Wolff. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Sustrans' subtle alterations to the abutment of the former Smith Street bridge at the west end of Whiteinch Riverside station, now the start of the ...
Colin McDonald 12/07/2017
Stanier 2-6-2T 40188 photographed leaving Whiteinch Riverside station on 9 August 1957 with a Dalmuir Riverside - Rutherglen train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/08/1957

This was an island platform station on a raised embankment. The Whiteinch Tramway passed below. The station building was typical of the line.
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The 'doocot' at the west end of Scotstoun East's island platform in a view looking east. ...
John Yellowlees 05/04/2019
View east towards the Scotstoun East island platform. The black tower in the centre distance is a doocot which has been erected at the west end of the ...
Colin McDonald 12/07/2017
The view south from the former Scotstoun East to the North British Engine Works and its remaining crane. ...
John Yellowlees 05/04/2019
View west along the remains of the island platform at Scotstoun East. The cyclist is passing the site of the station exit. ...
Colin McDonald 12/07/2017

Looking west at Scotstoun West where the Rothesay Dock Branch and L&DR parted company. The island platform of Scotstoun West is to the left. ...
Ewan Crawford 09/01/2006
Looking west to the junction. To the left were sidings for Yarrows Shipyard. Also to the left was the end of the Clydeside Tramway. ...
Ewan Crawford 09/01/2006
Looking east to Scotstoun West station. This fine girder bridge looks to be in a state of siege. Doocots abound round here. ...
Ewan Crawford 09/01/2006

This was an island platform station. The station was just to the north of Yarrow Shipbuilders partly on a bridge. The station was just west of Scotstoun West Junction No 1. The station building was typical of the line.
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Remains of the former Scotstoun West station (closed October 1964), looking east along the island platform towards Glasgow city centre in 1997. ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
Ex-Caledonian 0-6-0T 56167 shunting near Scotstoun West station on 9 August 1957. The sturdy Dock Tank was a resident of Dawsholm shed at that ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/08/1957
An aerial view with BAE's Scotstoun Yard to the right. To left of the yard was Scotstoun West station and above that the junction with the Rothesay ...
Ewan Crawford 20/07/2011

This coal fired power station was located to the south of the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway which served it, via a reversal. Yoker Ferry station was to the immediate west. The site was bounded to the south by the River Clyde.
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This was an island platform station with a building typical of the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway. The line was on a raised embankment.
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Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, Yoker Riverside Station. This was an island platform station on an elevated line at this point. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 09/05/2007
Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, Yoker Riverside Station. This was an island platform station on an elevated line at this point. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 09/05/2007
Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, Yoker Riverside Station. This was an island platform station on an elevated line at this point, looking W. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 09/05/2007
Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, Yoker Riverside Station. This was an island platform station on an elevated line at this point, looking E. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 09/05/2007

This was a six platform station on a curve. There were two main platforms for through services and a third through platform largely serving the nearby shipyard. In addition, there were four platforms to the south west, accessed from the east.
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A rainy day in Clydebank, looking north west at the corner of Cunard Street and Atlas Street in 2010. The scrollwork on the balcony incorporating the ...
John Furnevel 08/06/2010
Ticket Office Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, Clydebank Riverside Station. Now housing, note Caledonian Railway crest over Booking Hall ...
Alistair MacKenzie 09/05/2007
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, Clydebank Riverside Station (serving John Browns shipyard). Architect was J. J. Burnet. ...
Alistair MacKenzie //
Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, CR crest on the station building at Clydebank Riverside. Architect J. J. Burnet. ...
Alistair MacKenzie //

This was an island platform station on a raised line to the west of Kilbowie Road and just south of the Forth and Clyde Canal across which was the Singer Works. A swing bridge was built to the west of the station to give access to the works but was never brought into use after a legal argument with the North British Railway.
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Ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 57564 leaves Kilbowie on 27 September 1957 with a Rutherglen - Balloch train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/09/1957
40188 approaching Kilbowie with a Rutherglen - Balloch train in September 1957. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/09/1957
Still known as The Caley Bridge this carries the stub which today only runs from Clydebank to the rubbish disposal site near the HCI/Millennium ...
Ewan Crawford 09/01/2006

This was a spacious four platform station, two being terminal platforms on the north side and the main route being served by an island platform.
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Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, bridge below Beardmore Street bridge, looking from W. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/05/2007
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, bridge over Agamemnon Street looking E. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/05/2007
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, bridge below Beardmore Street bridge, looking W from double track tunnel. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/05/2007
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, bridge below Beardmore Street bridge, LH tunnel double track. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/05/2007


This was a two platform station in slight cutting below road level. There were Caledonian Railway style buildings on the platforms and ramps to street level.
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320417 draws away from Old Kilpatrick station on 21st June 2018.
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Bill Roberton 21/06/2018
156485 leads a three set combination through Old Kilpatrick on the 21st June 2018. The train is the 10.10 from Mallaig to Glasgow Queen Street, .
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Bill Roberton 21/06/2018
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, view of trackbed and sidings at Old Kilpatrick Goods Yard, looking E from bridge over Ferry ...
Alistair MacKenzie 25/04/2007
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, sleepers piled to side. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 25/04/2007

The Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway had a second lesser known swing bridge which was directly south of the main [[Bowling Swing Bridge. A line from Bowling Harbour Signal Box ran west to serve the east end of Bowling Basin and then cross the lower basin to reach the quaysides in Bowling Basin and Bowling Harbour. Here it connected with the sidings of the [[Glasgow, Dumbarton and ...

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This was an island platform station.
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Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, Bowling looking West. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 13/04/2007
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line looking E towards bridge over Dumbarton Road, Bowling. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 02/05/2007
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire lime stone retaining wall for Forth & Clyde Canal near Bowling Harbour. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 02/05/2007
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line trackbed looking W at Bowling Harbour. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 02/05/2007

These sidings were west of Bowling [CR] station. These were accessed from the west by reversal, there was a ground frame.
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311107 heads east with Dumbuck hill in the background and the (in 1990) new path in the foreground. The train is running on the short section of the ...
Ewan Crawford //1990


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J36 0-6-0 no 65335 stands outside the 2 road shed by Dumbarton East on 26 November 1960. Latterly a sub to 65D Dawsholm, the shed closed in October ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/11/1960

Dumbarton East goods shed seen looking north from Glasgow Road. This location is now occupied by the eastern extension of the St James Retail Park. ...
Ewan Crawford //1996

This is an island platform station.
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334034, with an Edinburgh to Helensburgh Central service, calls at Dumbarton East on 14th October 2017.
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David Panton 14/10/2017
A 334 on an Edinburgh service calls at Dumbarton East on 01/04/2017. ...
David Panton 01/04/2017
Seen across the Dumbarton rooftops, from the ramparts of the Castle, a Class 320 EMU pauses at the East station on its way to Balloch. 3rd August ...
Mark Bartlett 03/08/2017
A Class 320 EMU approaches Dumbarton East along the north bank of the Clyde, as seen from the ramparts of Dumbarton Castle on 3rd August 2017. ...
Mark Bartlett 03/08/2017

Closed NB line in Dumbarton; looking east by the bonded warehouse east of Dumbarton Central. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
V3 67625 photographed at Dumbarton East Junction on 12 April 1958 at the head of a Helensburgh - Bridgeton train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 12/04/1958
Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway. Bridge over Greenhead Road, Dumbarton. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 10/11/2009
J37 0-6-0 64472 passing Dumbarton East Junction in April 1958 with two brake vans. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 12/04/1958




Stobcross to Partick

Double track passenger and goods line from Exhibition Centre to Partick West Junction.

This station is at the east end of a flying junction from Partick, leading to an unusual V shape.
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A Whifflet service calls at Exhibition Centre on 7 July. The Up and Down lines come together at this end of the platform, having made their own, ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
Exhibition Centre masquerading as Craiglang for the duration of the run of 'Still Game' at the centre. This would be the fourth name for this location ...
John Yellowlees 16/02/2017
The train now standing on platform 1 is... Barry the Barrel! [see news item] ...
First ScotRail 22/02/2012
The 50th Model Rail exhibition, which will be at the SECC from the 26th to 28th of February, is being advertised.
John Yellowlees 21/01/2016

This double track tunnel originally ran from Kelvinhaugh Signal Box to the west to Stobcross station to the east. It closed in 1965.
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This signal box was on girders above the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway in a short stone lined cutting north of Kelvinhaugh Street. Yorkhill Tunnel was to the north, Kelvinhaugh Tunnel to the south, ...

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This mill near Partick was on the east bank of the River Kelvin. It was built on the site of the Bunhouse Mill.
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This was an island platform station with a street level building on Benalder Street and platform building.
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Kelvin Hall station decorated for the Scottish Industries Exhibition in September 1959. ...
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Site of Partick West looking east to Partick East Junction. There were 3 westbound platforms here and to the left 2 northbound platforms. Meadowside ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Looking west along Castlebank Street/South Street. The tarmac laid across the road where the line entered the Meadowside Granary to left. The line to ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Site of Partick West looking west to Partick West Junction. There were 3 westbound platforms here and to the right 2 northbound platforms. Meadowside ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Looking west along Castlebank Street/South Street by the remains of Partick West station (right). Here began the Clydeside Tramway (foregound right to ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

Partick West Junction looking west. This bridge has been removed and the emankment levelled despite plans for re-opening some of the line. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988




Partick East Junction to Partick North Junction

Partick East Junction to Partick North Junction.

After emerging from the south portal of the tunnel from Crow Road in the summer of 1957, Standard Class 4 2-6-0 76101 has taken the left fork at ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 07/08/1957
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42200 northbound at Partick North Junction on 2 August 1957 with a Rutherglen - Possil train. The train is about to enter the tunnel ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/08/1957
View south at the former Partick North Junction in 1997 [see image 52289]. Behind the camera a tunnel runs north to Crow Road, while the Meadowside ...
Ewan Crawford //1997

This was a five platform station built on two curves of a triangular junction. There were three platforms on the east-west route from Dumbarton Central to Glasgow Central Low Level (two westbound on either side of an island platform and one eastbound) and two platforms on the east-north route from Possil to Glasgow Central Low Level.
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Site of Partick West looking east to Partick East Junction. There were 3 westbound platforms here and to the left 2 northbound platforms. Meadowside ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Looking west along Castlebank Street/South Street. The tarmac laid across the road where the line entered the Meadowside Granary to left. The line to ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Site of Partick West looking west to Partick West Junction. There were 3 westbound platforms here and to the right 2 northbound platforms. Meadowside ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Looking west along Castlebank Street/South Street by the remains of Partick West station (right). Here began the Clydeside Tramway (foregound right to ...
Ewan Crawford //1988





Rutherglen West Curve

Rutherglen West Junction looking at the west to north curve. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
In 1989 there was still one locomotive hauled daylight service from Glasgow to Fort William. In the morning this ran south to Glasgow Central which ...
Ewan Crawford //1989

This was a large station on all three sides of a triangular junction with twelve platforms. The present Rutherglen station opened on the north to east curve of the station.
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Bowling Harbour Branch

This short branch left the main line east of Bowling station and ran on the south side of the line on a descent to meet the lower canal basin on its east side. The line continued by means of a low level swing bridge over the canal, to the immediate south of the more famous and still standing swing bridge, to reach exchange sidings with the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway and serve the harbour quayside.

The Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway had a second lesser known swing bridge which was directly south of the main [[Bowling Swing Bridge. A line from Bowling Harbour Signal Box ran west to serve the east end of Bowling Basin and then cross the lower basin to reach the quaysides in Bowling Basin and Bowling Harbour. Here it connected with the sidings of the [[Glasgow, Dumbarton and ...

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Bowling Harbour, Bowling. Sidings on the quayside sidings were served from Bowling Basin signal box (on the NB) and Bowling Harbour signal box (on the ...
Ewan Crawford /12/1986
A fine looking Clyde 'puffer' heads west past Bowling Harbour in the late 1950s with the entry to the Forth and Clyde Canal out of shot to the right. ...
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