Polloc and Govan Railway

Introduction

This once coal carrying line is open and now forms a section of the West Coast Main Line.






Dates

  /  /1830Polloc and Govan Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
20/08/1840Govan Waggonway
Polloc and Govan Railway
Govan Waggonway partly incorporated into the Polloc and Govan Railway. This opened between Rutherglen and Windmillcroft Quay.
  /  /1846Polloc and Govan Railway
Caledonian Railway
Polloc and Govan Railway merged with Caledonian Railway
  /12/1848General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
General Terminus to West Street Junction (on the Polloc and Govan Railway) opened.
01/06/1849Clydesdale Junction Railway
Glasgow terminus, South Side opened on a short branch from the former Polloc and Govan Railway at Gushetfaulds. The terminus was immediately beside the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway terminus.
14/03/1867Polloc and Govan Railway
Authorisation to close and lift the line between Windmillcroft Quay and West Street. A short siding was retained at West Street.
  /  /1965Polloc and Govan Railway
Gushetfaulds Freightliner depot opened
  /04/1970Caledonian Railway
Wishaw and Coltness Railway
Clydesdale Junction Railway
Polloc and Govan Railway
Glasgow Central Station
West Coast Main line electrification authorised.
06/05/1974Caledonian Railway Wishaw and Coltness Railway Clydesdale Junction Railway Polloc and Govan Railway Glasgow Central Station
Glasgow Central to Carlisle electrification complete.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This quay was on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow. The quay was served by an extension of the Polloc and Govan Railway from Eglinton Basin to the Clyde.
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A tale of three quayside terminii. Windmillcroft Quay was the Clyde side terminus of the Polloc and Govan Railway. Riverside warehousing and the ...
Ewan Crawford //1999

The basin was the eastern extreme of the Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal. It opened in 1811. The Glasgow and South Western Railway owned the canal from 1869.
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This was a large mineral depot in Glasgow. It was enclosed by the Glasgow and General Terminal Railway alignment from Terminus Junction (west) to West Street Junction [CR] (east) to the south, the City of Glasgow Union Railway to the north and Tradeston Gasworks No 3 and West Street itself to the east.
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This junction was between the Govan and Polloc Railway's Windmillcroft Quay line (1840) and the General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway (1849). The facilities at General Terminus were superior to those at Windmillcroft Quay, which it replaced entirely in 1867.
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This junction opened in 1877. It is a double track junction, the eastern end of a chord opened between Langside Junction on the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway of 1848 and the Polloc and Govan Railway of 1840. The curve is marked on OS maps as the 'Polloc, Govan and Kilmarnock Joint Line Connecting Branch'.
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Coal empties pass Larkfield Junction heading west. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/06/2006
The Glasgow portion of the mail train passing Larkfield Junction not long after leaving Glasgow Central. It would meet a portion from Edinburgh at ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Larkfield Junction looking north. A pair of electric locomotives are about to leave with a freightliner train from Gushetfaulds - once site of a coal ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
A coal train approaches Larkfield Junction from the east. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/06/2006

This junction was formed in 1849 when a short detached portion of the Clydesdale Junction Railway was opened from the former Polloc and Govan Railway (which the Clydesdale had purchased and upgraded) to a new terminus at South Side [CR]. This was an important new terminus in the south side of Glasgow, from 1849 the terminus for trains from England via the Caledonian Railway. ...

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44318 at Gushetfaulds Junction in June 1962 ...
Ken Browne /06/1962
EE Type 4 no D269 of Crewe shed with the 1005 Glasgow Central - Birmingham New Street passes Black 5 no 45136 on ECS at Gushetfaulds Junction on 9 ...
Ken Browne 09/06/1962
4.6.2 46209 'Princess Beatrice' on up 'Midday Scot' near Gushetfaulds. 27/07/1955
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/07/1955

This junction opened in 1892, the western end of a curve which ran north to Clyde Junction [CR]. It was named for the new Rutherglen [3rd] station which opened with two platforms on the new curve and four platforms on the main line east.
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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 two sides of a triangular junction with six platforms - four on the west to east main line and two on the west to north curve.
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Rutherglen West Junction looking to Glasgow. The closed mainline station is in the foreground. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Coal empties westbound through Rutherglen on 15 August 2006 on their way back to Hunterston. (Taken through the cleanest window of the station's ...
John Furnevel 15/08/2006
View west over Rutherglen West Junction - and the remains of Rutherglen's mainline platforms (abandoned in 1979) on 1 June 2009. ...
David Panton 01/06/2009
Rutherglen, closed mainline station, looking east. Near here the Polloc and Govan Railway and Clydesdale Junction Railway connected. Building on left ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This was a two platform station west of Farmeloan Road. The main building was on the westbound platform.
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This junction is south east of Rutherglen station. It is where the Argyle Line joins the West Coast Main Line from Glasgow Central High Level.
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Longannet empties heading back to Hunterston in August 2006 behind EWS 66145 passing Rutherglen Central Junction. The train is about to run under the ...
John Furnevel 15/08/2006
334 010 comes east off the former 'Switchbank' and 'Argyle Line' at Rutherglen station. The current station is distant right (which will become almost ...
Ewan Crawford 29/03/2009
Shortly after a stop at Rutherglen station in August 2006 a Dalmuir - Lanark train heads towards Rutherglen Central Junction, passing the tail end of ...
John Furnevel 15/08/2006
314210 seen at Rutherglen on the occasion of the re-opening of the Glasgow Central Low Level line on 1st November 1979. The Queen is the Second ...
Ian Millar 01/11/1979

This was a four platform station (two islands) on the east side of Farmeloan Road and just east of Dalmarnock Junction. Access to the platforms was from the road bridge to the west. Buildings were at the west ends of the platforms.
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Rutherglen Central Junction is where the Argyle Line, left, meets the main lines from Glasgow Central. 318 256 has left Rutherglen station (behind the ...
David Panton 16/10/2010


This junction is east of Rutherglen. It is the junction between the main line to the south out of Glasgow Central and the line east to Coatbridge Central and Whifflet.
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Looking east at Rutherglen East Junction. From left to right; line to Clydebridge Steelworks, line to Coatbridge and Whifflet, line to Edinburgh and ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This is a two platform station. Main Street is to the north, crossing over the line at the west end of the station. There were station buildings with glazed canopies, now gone. There was a signal box on the westbound platform until 1931.
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A Lanark service enters Cambuslang on 26 February 2020. ...
David Panton 26/02/2020
A Dalmuir service approaches Cambuslang on 24 August 2019. ...
David Panton 24/08/2019
318254, working a Dalmuir bound service, calls at Cambuslang on 2nd September 2017.
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David Panton 02/09/2017
A Glasgow Central to Lanark service at Cambuslang on 20 June 2018. ...
David Panton 20/06/2018