Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)

Introduction

This line is mostly open - the section between Elderslie and Paisley is closed and has become a cycleway.

The line follows the course of the former Glasgow and Ardrossan Canal which only reached as far as Johnstone due to lack of funds. The route was later continued from Johnstone to Ardrossan as a railway - which became part of the Glasgow and South Western Railway. The canal was purchased by the Glasgow and South Western Railway in 1865. The canal was later closed and a railway built along its course, taking a slightly different course as required, which opened in 1885.

The fact the line was once a canal is clear from the many curves this line follows and former aqueduct west of Hawkhead which the line passes over at a skewed angle. The name Port Eglinton also betrays its past.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a goods yard served from the west at Port Eglinton built on the site of the former Port Eglinton Basin. The approach to the yard was from West Street Junction [GSWR] where there was a signal box from 1885 to 1903 when control was given to the new Port Eglinton Junction signal box.
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This was an important junction where the routes to Ayrshire via Paisley Gilmour Street and Paisley Canal met before running together to Glasgow St Enoch. The layout altered over the years.
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2P 4-4-0 no 40579 at Port Eglinton Junction on 25 April 1959 with a Largs - Glasgow train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/04/1959
Caledonian 0-4-4T 55219 at Port Eglinton Junction on 25 April 1959 with a train of empty stock for St Enoch. [Ref query 1677] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/04/1959
BR Standard 2-6-4T 80127 passing Port Eglinton Junction on 5 May 1956 with a Saturday service to Largs. The class 4 tank locomotive had arrived at ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956
BR 'Clan' light Pacific no 72007 Clan Mackintosh passing Shields Bank on 26 September 1959 with a Glasgow - Stranraer train. [The box in the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/09/1959

This junction gave access to Port Eglinton Goods from the west. The signal box here closed in 1903 when control was taken over by Port Eglinton Junction. The line and goods yard closed in 1966. ...

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This signal box controlled the eastern approach to Shields station. ...

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This was a two platform station. To the east, beyond the Shields Road overbridge, was Shields Signal Box. ...

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Compound 40919 calls at Shields on 6 June 1950. The train is a local from Paisley Canal. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/06/1950

This was a complex four way largely goods handling junction around 12 tracks wide including sidings. To the west and east was the Glasgow and South Western Railway's 1885 Paisley Canal line. A 1886 Caledonian Railway connection to the north east connected to the General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway at Maxwell Junction. To the north west was a [[Glasgow and Paisley Joint ...

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Standard Mogul 77008 on the spur from Maxwell Junction up to Bellahouston No 1 on 5 May 1956. [Ref query 1080] ...
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

This was originally a two platform station. The main building was on the Glasgow bound platform. Bellahouston No 2 Junction to east. The street level ticket office was on a bridge on the west side of Gower Street.
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This is a two platform station. It is a relatively new station having opened with the re-opening of the Canal Line in 1990.
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The ramped entrance from Nithsdale Road leading down to platform 1 at the deceptively rural looking Dumbreck station. The next stop, less than two ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007
A Paisley Canal service calls at Dumbreck on 1 December 2018. It's the only station on the branch with two platforms (making photography easier) ...
David Panton 01/12/2018
A Class 314 comes to a halt at Dumbreck with a Glasgow train on 1 December 2018. This and a 4-car Class 380 were sharing the duties on the branch that ...
David Panton 01/12/2018
156 510 with a Paisley Canal - Glasgow Central service at Dumbreck on 17 February 2010 ...
David Panton 17/02/2010

This short lived station served the Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park which ran from May to December 1938. ...

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This is a double ended depot on the south side of the Paisley Canal Line which began as a steam shed. It is just east of Corkerhill station. It is accessed from both east and west (the west end is no longer connected to the line). The line to the shed was electrified in 1986 when the Ayrshire lines were electrified.
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View looking east at Corkerhill Depot in 1987. At this time the limit of electrification was the former westbound platform line, a reversing spur for ...
Ewan Crawford 26/05/1987
Picture showing Corkerhill Traction Maintainance Depot from the air. ...
Colin Harkins 08/06/2008
Corkerhill Depot looking east. These days flanked to the right by the M77. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

This is a two platform station, but only one platform is in use. It was initially a private station for the nearby Corkerhill Depot, formerly a steam shed, just to the east. It became public in 1926 and closed in 1983 with the Paisley Canal Line. The station re-opened in 1990 but with only one platform - the other platform serves a turnback siding from the nearby depot. ...

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Class 2P 4-4-0 No 40621 photographed in the shed yard at Corkerhill on Sunday 2nd April 1961. It was withdrawn from here the following October and ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/04/1961
A Paisley Canal service calls at Corkerhill on 21 July 2018. The line by the disused platform is a headshunt for the depot and the buffers just off to ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
Fowler class 2P 4-4-0 no 40641 runs alongside the White Cart Water shortly after leaving Corkerhill station on 30 June 1959 with a St Enoch - Paisley ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 13/05/2019
A sunny Saturday at Corkerhill station in October 2018. This view look towards Paisley Canal along the surviving platform with the depot access siding ...
Veronica Clibbery 27/10/2018

This is a single platform station to the east of the Crookston Loop.
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A Paisley Canal to Glasgow service pulls into Mosspark on 21st July 2018. The station was once known as Mosspark West, even though there wasn't ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
This poster at Mosspark seems to answer its own question with a 'No, but it doesn't really matter'.
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David Panton 05/03/2016
Looking towards Glasgow Central on 20 May 2007 along the platform of a wet Mosspark station. ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007
Station with a hangover? A strange feeling of 'morning after the night before' at Mosspark station early on a Sunday morning in May 2007. View towards ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007

This loop is between Crookston and Mosspark stations. The line, formerly double track, was re-opened as a single track with this one section of double track between Paisley Canal and Corkerhill Depot Junction. ...

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This is a minimal single platform station. The platform is the former westbound platform, but when the Canal Line re-opened it was a single track and the eastbound line was not relaid.
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A Paisley Canal to Glasgow service calls at Crookston on 17 November 2018 in charge of a doomed Class 314. Leylandii was planted by the owners (or ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
The restored Station Masters Cottage at Crookston. 20 May 2007. [See image 15060] ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007
The steps down to the former Up platform at Crookston in November 2018. The end of the existing platform is just visible. ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
Detail of the restored station building at Crookston on 20 May 2007, showing the Ticket Office and Waiting Room. ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007


The sidings at Hawkhead Oil Terminal, looking east towards Glasgow on 10 January 2019. The Paisley Canal line is on the left and Hawkhead station ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
The 15.05 Paisley Canal - Glasgow Central departs through the site of the original Hawkhead station on 10 March 2014. The disused and disconnected oil ...
Colin Miller 10/03/2014
On the left a Sprinter passes through the site of the original Hawkhead station as it heads to Glasgow. To the right are the Hawkhead Oil sidings. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/09/2009
The 14.08 Glasgow Central - Paisley Canal service passing through the site of the original G&SWR Hawkhead station (1894-1966) [see image 20008] to ...
John Furnevel 28/09/2012

The up side building at the former Hawkhead station in 1962, seen from the loading bank. [See image 19244]. ...
Colin Miller 11/07/1962
Standard class 4 and 5 locomotives run east through Hawkhead on their way to Corkerhill shed in July 1962, both so grimy that their numbers were ...
Colin Miller /07/1962
The coal yard at Hawkhead in June 1964, shortly before closure. [With thanks to all who responded to this query]
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Colin Miller /06/1964
A general view of the goods facilities at the old Hawkhead station looking west in June 1964 just prior to closure. Loading bank to the left and coal ...
Colin Miller /06/1964

This is a single platform station.
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A Paisley Canal to Glasgow Central service with 314211 arrives at Hawkhead on 10 January 2019. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
ScotRail 156437 arrives at Hawkhead on 28 September 2012, a day it spent shuttling back and forth on the 18 minute end-to-end journey between Glasgow ...
John Furnevel 28/09/2012
Scene at Hawkhead station on 14 June 2008 with 156 432 arriving on a Paisley Canal - Glasgow Central service. ...
David Panton 14/06/2008
'Crab' 2-6-0 42911 westbound with a brake van after passing through Hawkhead station on 5 May 1953. In the background is the bridge carrying the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1953


This is a single platform station built to the east of Causeyside Street in 1990 for the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway) re-opening.
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Photographs taken on a circular walk from Paisley Canal. ...
John Yellowlees 26/10/2018
380015, at Paisley Canal station, waiting to return to Glasgow Central on 26th July 2017. ...
David Bosher 26/07/2017
The square front end of 314203 makes an interesting contrast with the local architecture of the Elipta Building at Paisley Canal as it waits to return ...
Malcolm Chattwood 11/02/2019
314210 nears the end of the line with a Glasgow Central - Paisley Canal service. 28 September. ...
Bill Roberton 28/09/2018

This was a fine two platform station. Unfortunately when the Elderslie to Paisley Canal line was lifted and cut back to the new Paisley Canal station this station was not re-opened. The fine up platform building is in use as a restaurant.
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New cycling signage outside the original Paisley Canal station in October 2018.
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John Yellowlees 26/10/2018
Original G&SW station frontage at Paisley Canal in July 2005. Now an eating and drinking establishment. ...
John Furnevel 29/07/2005
Scene at the former Paisley Canal station in 1988. ...
Colin Miller //1988
Lunch 'al fresco' at the old Paisley Canal station in July 2005. ...
John Furnevel 29/07/2005

This was a two platform station. It was immediately north of Corsebar Junction, the signal box for which predated the station and was at an elevated position above the station north of the junction (and the original Corsebar Road bridge) on the east side of the line. Station buildings were at the south end, next to the road bridge. The buildings had canopies.
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Looking East to Paisley Canal Street from the location of the signal box at Paisley West, the line curving away to the right. ...
Graham Morgan 29/08/2008
Looking West to Elderslie from the location of the signal box at Paisley West, showing the remains of the up platform. ...
Graham Morgan 29/08/2008
Redundant Telegraph Pole near to site of the former Signalbox. ...
Colin Harkins 29/09/2006
The old trackbed at Paisley West in October 2018.
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John Yellowlees 26/10/2018

Class 2P 4-4-0 no 40621 with empty stock at Paisley West on 2 September 1957. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/09/1957
Class 5 4-6-0 44795 passing Corsebar Junction and approaching Paisley West with a Largs - St Enoch train on 2 September 1957. In the background ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/09/1957
Mogul 42914 entering Potterhill Branch for running round. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1953
Horwich Mogul 42914 on loop on Potterhill Branch. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1953

Location of Potterhill Junction looking towards Elderslie. The line from Meikleriggs Junction came in from the left. This closed in 1909 at the time ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
CR 4.4.0 54453 passing site of Potterhill Junction on Greenock train. [RailScot note: sources vary on whether this is Potterhill or Meikleriggs ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1953

Looking east towards Paisley West, this is one reason why any reopened line to Kilmacolm will have to come from Elderslie. Housing estate built on the ...
Graham Morgan 12/04/2007
Ferguslie Goods (GSW) on the Canal line just east of Elderslie. Now a housing estate. ...
Ewan Crawford //


This junction was located at the east end of Elderslie station. Here the double track Paisley Canal line of 1885 met the already existing Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway of 1840. Elderslie station had opened in 1876.
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Hard working BR Standard 2-6-4T no 80057 brings a lengthy freight through Elderslie No 1 Signal box (Canal Junction) in the late spring of 1959. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1959
Looking to Elderslie East Junction, the trackbed now part of the cycle path network ...
Graham Morgan 04/05/2007
The SLS Paisley-Barrhead District Tour approaching Paisley West on 1 September 1951 behind 'Jumbo' 0-6-0 no 57266. The tour has just joined the Canal ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/09/1951
Elderslie looking north, taken from the stump of the old station overbridge. The canal line came in from the right. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987