Polloc and Govan Railway

Introduction

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






Dates

  /  /1830[Polloc 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.
  /  /1846[Polloc and Govan Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Polloc and Govan Railway merged with Caledonian Railway
  /12/1848[General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway]
General Terminus to West Street (junction with 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.
14/03/1867[Polloc and Govan Railway]
Authorisation to close and lift the line between Windmillcroft Quay and West Street. A short siding was retained at West Street.
  /  /1965[Polloc and Govan Railway]
Gushetfaulds Freightliner depot opened
  /04/1970[Caledonian Railway]
[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
[Polloc and Govan Railway]
[Glasgow Central Station]
West Coast Main line electrification authorised.
06/05/1974[Caledonian 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 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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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

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

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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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, two island, station 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


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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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
A Milngavie service enters Cambuslang on 20 June. ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
A 6-car 334 combination on a service to Motherwell via Blantyre seen at Cambuslang on 1 June 2009 ...
David Panton 01/06/2009