Stobcross Railway

Introduction

This railway is mostly open. The line was originally conceived to provide rail access (for goods) to the new Queens Dock and the expanding west end of Glasgow.

After completion of the Glasgow City and District Railway by the North British Railway the line came into use by commuters.

Now with the withdrawal of nearly all freight operations from the area the lines are now electrified with services running to Helensburgh, Balloch, Dumbarton, Dalmuir, Clydebank, Singer and Milngavie. The Queens Dock is now the Scottish Exhibition Centre and the Kelvinhaugh, Stobcross and Partickhill goods yards have been closed. Recently the Anniesland to Maryhill curve was re-instated.






Dates

  /  /1840Clyde Trustees
Buy land at Stobcross. This was to later become the Queens Dock and would be served by the Stobcross Railway from 1874.
  /  /1860Clyde Trustees
Decide to build a wet dock (the Queens Dock) on their land at Stobcross. The North British Railway promotes the Stobcross Railway as a branch of the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway to serve it. (1860s).
  /  /1870Stobcross Railway
Act passed. A 30 chain diversion of the Forth and Clyde Canal was required. The line curved round the west of Glasgow after opposition for a more direct route, particularly of James Fleming of Kelvinside Estate.
20/10/1874Stobcross Railway
Line opened by the North British Railway. The Caledonian Railway obtained permission for running powers to Stobcross and for goods yards at Partickhill and Stobcross. The Caledonian managed to gain join ownership of the Stobcross high level to Stobcross low level connecting line.
29/10/1874Whiteinch Railway Whiteinch Tramway
Opened as a branch from the Stobcross Railway from an east facing Whiteinch Junction. Railway operated by North British Railway and tramway by the Wood brothers.
  /  /1875Stobcross Railway
Cowdenhill Branch (North British Railway) opened to Knightswood pits and brickworks, later extended to the Cowdenhill stone quarries.
01/12/1882Glasgow Yoker and Clydebank Railway
Opened from Yoker Junction, Hyndland, to Clydebank (later Clydebank East). This line was used in conjunction with a ferry over the Clyde and the Stobcross Railway station at Partick for shipyard workers who lived in Govan to travel to the new Clydebank shipyards which had re-located from Govan. A line ran from Clydebank into shipyards over the Forth and Cart Canal.
01/02/1887Glasgow City and District Railway Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) City of Glasgow Union Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh RailwayStobcross Railway
Circular service introduced by the North British Railway.
01/01/1897Whiteinch Railway
Opened to passengers. A new connection was made to the line from the west of Crow Road. This replaced an earlier line which crossed under Crow road and joined at Whiteinch Junction which was further east (to the south of Gartnavel Hospital). The route of this earlier line is now built over, but was slightly further south than the existing line. The North British Railway also built a spur from a west facing junction on the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway to a north facing junction on the Stobcross Railway.
12/01/1903Glasgow City and District Railway Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) City of Glasgow Union Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh RailwayStobcross Railway
Circular service withdrawn.
09/01/1931Stobcross Railway
Great Western Road station renamed Anniesland.
15/07/1968Stobcross Railway
Kelvinhaugh Junction to Queens Dock closed.
  /10/1980Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Maryhill signal box burnt down, line to Anniesland closed. New box built on other side of track, but never used. The Maryhill to Anniesland section of the Stobcross Railway falls out of use.
  /  /1986Stobcross RailwayGlasgow Central Railway
Finnieston [2nd] renamed Exhibition Centre.
  /  /1997Stobcross Railway
Partickhill station and Partickhill Goods [NB] shed demolished to make may for a supermarket and other stores. The yard here was used during the Yoker re-signaling scheme.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Maryhill to Kelvinhaugh Junction

This is a two platform station in the north of Maryhill. The current station is a reopening of 1993 on the site of the earlier station.
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An Anniesland to Queen Street service calls at Maryhill on 21 July 2018. This is the only intermediate station with any features. The indefatigable ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
GBRf 66740 Sarah at Maryhill heading for the West Highland line with the North Blyth to Fort William alumina train on 31st October 2017.
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Alastair McLellan 31/10/2017
West Coast EE Type 3 37518 seen at Maryhill with 'The Jacobite' empty coaching stock returning to Carnforth on 31st October 2017.
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Alastair McLellan 31/10/2017
47804 leading an empty coaching movement from Fort William to Carnforth through Maryhill on 30th October 2017.
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Alastair McLellan 30/10/2017

This junction was immediately west of Maryhill Park station and east of the Dawsholm Viaduct [GDH]. It was formed with the opening of the Stobcross Railway in 1874, a branch from the 1858 Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway serving the west of Glasgow, Partick and the Queens Dock.
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This is a double track seven arch viaduct over the River Kelvin built for the Stobcross Railway. It is immediately south of, and adjoins, the Maryhill Viaduct [GDH] of the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway, the junction between the two lines originally being at the east end (Maryhill Park Junction [1st]).
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This yard was west of Maryhill Park Junction [1st] and the Maryhill Viaduct [GDH] and Maryhill Viaduct [SR] viaducts. It was a large yard in the 'V' of the junction between the 1858 Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway and the 1874 Stobcross Railway branch.
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This signal box was east of Dalsholm Road, an overline bridge which crosses the Stobcross Railway. The box controlled access to Dawsholm Gas Works, which was on the south side of the line and approached from the west.
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This is a single platform station. It is built on the former westbound line of the curve between Maryhill Park Junction and Knightswood South Junction.
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From the publicity: 'Friends of Kelvindale Railway Station are creating a Butterfly ...
Ewan Crawford 07/04/2017
Kelvindale's connection with Van Gogh escapes me, but there is a fine selection of his works on display. I suspect though that they may be ...
David Panton 17/06/2017
156432 rounds the curve into the Kelvindale platform with a Glasgow Queen Street service on 17/06/2017. ...
David Panton 17/06/2017
Kelvindale station, a sanctuary for butterflies and moths ... ...
John Yellowlees 03/08/2017

This gas works was opened by the Partick, Hillhead and Maryhill Gas Company. Glasgow Corporation bought the works in 1891, naming it Gasworks No 4.
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The site of the NB sidings for Temple Gas Works viewed from the south, seen in 1999 before housing was built over the site. These sidings were ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
View east over the Caledonian Railway's line to Anniesland Gasworks. This line was opened around 1905 and closed in the 1920s. It branched off the ...
Ewan Crawford //1999

This junction is to the north of Anniesland station. To the east the original line, the Stobcross Railway of 1874 runs to Maryhill Park Junction, just west of Maryhill. This closed in 1980 and reopened in 2005.
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A Rutherglen service passing Knightswood South Junction on the approach to Anniesland. Rutherglen is not normally a destination, but engineering works ...
David Panton 25/08/2018
156458 on route learning duties approaches the new crossover accessing the recently installed connecting spur to the Maryhill line. This DMU is using ...
Colin McDonald 28/01/2016
Seen shortly after leaving platform 3 at Anniesland, 156495 forms the 1156 Queen Street via Maryhill service. In the left background strengthening ...
Colin McDonald 20/09/2017
Strengthening works in progress on the Strathcona Drive overbridge in September 2017. ...
Colin McDonald 20/09/2017

This is a three platform station on an elevated site. There are two through platforms and a bay platform at the north end of the southbound (city bound) platform for trains to Glasgow Queen Street High Level via Maryhill. The station is just east of Anniesland Cross.
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318264 departs from Anniesland on 7th September 2019 with a service to Dalmuir. ...
John McIntyre 07/09/2019
A 320 with a Dalmuir to Cumbernauld service calls at Anniesland on
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David Panton 17/06/2017
A Balloch services crosses Great Western Road and rolls into Anniesland station on 25 August 2018. I do wish my predictive text would stop giving me ...
David Panton 25/08/2018
A Class 318 EMU heading for Cumbernauld calls at Anniesland on 17 November 2018. ...
David Panton 17/11/2018

This is a junction between the Anniesland to Hyndland alignment of the 1874 Stobcross Railway and a 1897 curve which runs from north to west to meet the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway of 1882. The curve is single track (formerly double) and other lines double. The curve crosses Crow Road. The junction is the northern apex of a triangular junction formed with [[Hyndland West ...

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One of John Thomas's books makes reference to a bridge built of 'found stones'. This isn't that bridge but I've always thought it has that sort of ...
Ewan Crawford 09/12/2016

This is the junction between the lines to Anniesland and Jordanhill west of Hyndland. The former is the older line, the 1874 Stobcross Railway and the latter is the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway of 1882. Both lines are double track.
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A Larkhall service between Anniesland and Hyndland stations rounds the curve to Hyndland East Junction on 17 November 2018. ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
Approaching Hyndland East Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //2001
Gresley V1 2-6-2T 67603 takes a train for Drumry through Whiteinch East Junction (now Hyndland East) on 17 April 1957 [ref query 1039]. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 17/04/1957
Safety 365. Impressive artwork at Jordanhill in the 'v' of Hyndland East Junction. ...
John Yellowlees 08/04/2016

Junction between the Stobcross Railway and the Whiteinch Railway. The junction was just west of today's Hyndland station. The Whiteinch line was single track. Approach to it from the Stobcross line was from the east. It followed a different route west, passing under Crow Road to the south of the later Jordanhill station alignment. The first part of this can be seen on the left on a ...

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This is an island platform station which was opened in 1960 during the electrification of the North Clyde lines.
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A Balloch to Airdrie service calls at Hyndland on 8 September 2018. Hyndland sees the same trains as Partick which means they are as near to nose to ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
Hyndland Halloween. Spooky! ...
John Yellowlees 23/10/2017
Photographing a train at Hyndland does not need a great deal of patience as, during the day at least, they are pretty much as frequent as they can ...
David Panton 24/08/2019
320311 leaving Hyndland for Dalmuir on 17th July 2018.
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Beth Crawford 17/07/2018

This panel box was located south of Hyndland station (opened 1960) on the west side of the line, with the reversing spur for the caley yard on its west side. The bridges over Clarence Drive are to the south of the site.
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Opened with the Hyndland [1st] branch of the Glasgow City and District Railway.
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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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This goods yard was operated by the North British Railway. It was located just north of Partickhill station on the west side of the line. Access was from the north. The yard no longer exists but the cut back approach to it remains in place as a permanent way sidings. The yard is now the West End Retail Park.
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Looking south at the site of the former Partickhill goods yard, now a Sainsburys. ...
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26 reversing into Partickhill Goods with a train associated with the Yoker resignalling scheme. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Leaf removal train passing the former Partickhill goods yard. ...
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26 reversing into Partickhill Goods with a train associated with the Yoker resignalling scheme. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

This was an elevated two platform station on the north side of Dumbarton Road. The station was replaced by Partick station in 1979, just across Dumbarton Road on its south side.
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The opening of the Argyle Line in 1979 brought a new interchange station called Partick, with Partickhill closed the previous day.  At least that was ...
David Panton 16/06/2010
Gresley N2 0-6-2T 69563 arrives at Partickhill on 28 March 1957 at the head of a Hyndland to Easterhouse train. [See image 29517] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1957
Partick station (ex N.B.R). N.B. 4.4.2T 7456 passing through. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/06/1948

This is a modern two platform station which replaced Partickhill just to the north west.
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320306 seen at Partick station from the city bound platform. ...
Veronica Clibbery 31/10/2018
Apologies for the odd viewpoint but it's the best I could do without trespassing! A reminder to drivers on the western approach to Partick station. ...
David Panton 11/11/2017
A Larkhall service at Patrick on 04/03/2017. ...
David Panton 04/03/2017
Partick station's new building and platform recycling centre. ...
Beth Crawford 22/05/2017

This double track girder viaduct crosses the River Kelvin close to its confluence with the River Clyde. It previously carried a footbridge on its south side. It was built a little way up the Kelvin leaving space for Meadowside Shipbuilding Yard and graving dock (predating the railway) on the west bank and Pointhouse Shipbuilding Yard on the east bank.
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Eastbound train crossing the Kelvin between Partick and Yorkhill. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
66737 on 6E45 Fort William - Blyth Alcans crossing the River Kelvin at Partick being re-routed through Glasgow Central Low Level due to the landslip ...
Ian Millar 07/04/2017
Under the Kelvin Viaduct looking west towards Partick in 2000. Another railway bridge passed underneath this one, coming from the right hand side ...
Ewan Crawford //2000

This was a two platform station. It was located at what is now Finnieston West Junction. The station was elevated on the east side of Ferry Road with the platform building above the slopping embankments. The line remains open today.
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A westbound emu on the viaduct at Yorkhill on 22 April 2014. ...
Colin Miller 22/04/2014
A Helensburgh Central - Bridgeton Central train passing the site of Yorkhill station (closed 1921) on 5 August 1957. Locomotive in charge is V1 2-6-2T ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/08/1957
A 318 emu heads west along Yorkhill viaduct on 5 July 2009. ...
Colin Miller 05/07/2009
Westbound emu at Yorkhill. No vehicles in the way on the Expressway! ...
Colin Miller 08/12/2016

This yard was on the north east side of the Stobcross Railway and Yorkhill station. It was a small marshalling yard to the west of Kelvinhaugh Junction. From this yard was access to Kelvinhaugh Refuse Despatch Works. ...

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This is a junction between the low level Glasgow Queen Street and the low level Glasgow Central line. It was formed in 1979 on the opening of the Argyle Line. It forms part of a flying junction.
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Finneston West Junction looking east. Eastbound train running down to Exhibition Centre. The westbound trains from Exhibition Centre take a different ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This works was rail served. Access was by reversal from Yorkhill Yard. It was on the north side of the Stobcross Railway.
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This shipyard was on the east bank of the River Kelvin close to its confluence with the River Clyde. It was south of the Kelvin Viaduct of the Stobcross Railway.
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This was the junction between the lines to, from north to south, Kelvinhaugh Goods, Glasgow Queen Street Low Level and Stobcross Goods [NBR] (both northern and southern portions), and the line dropping down to Stobcross Goods Low Level (which served the Queens Dock.
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A Milngavie bound train runs through Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957 behind Eastfield shed's ex-NBR C16 4-4-2T no 67500. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957
A busy scene at Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957, as hard working V3 2-6-2T no 67612 approaches with a train for Clydebank East. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957
N15 0-6-0T 69208 shunting at Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957
Looking east over Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957 as V1 2-6-2T 67681 appears with a train bound for Singer. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957




Queens Dock branch

This was the junction between the lines to, from north to south, Kelvinhaugh Goods, Glasgow Queen Street Low Level and Stobcross Goods [NBR] (both northern and southern portions), and the line dropping down to Stobcross Goods Low Level (which served the Queens Dock.
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A Milngavie bound train runs through Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957 behind Eastfield shed's ex-NBR C16 4-4-2T no 67500. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957
A busy scene at Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957, as hard working V3 2-6-2T no 67612 approaches with a train for Clydebank East. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957
N15 0-6-0T 69208 shunting at Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957
Looking east over Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957 as V1 2-6-2T 67681 appears with a train bound for Singer. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957

This is a junction between the low level Glasgow Queen Street and the low level Glasgow Central line. It was formed in 1979 on the opening of the Argyle Line. It forms part of a flying junction. It more or less equates to the location of the earlier Kelvinhaugh Junction.
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An Edinburgh - Helensburgh service crosses the bridge over Sandyford Street on its way to Partick on 9th June 2015. This stretch of line from ...
Colin McDonald 09/06/2015
PS Waverley awaiting the season. ...
John Yellowlees 07/04/2016
Seen here in the dusk on 7th November, major work on the bridge at Sandyford Street took place over the weekend of 7-8th November 2015, closing both ...
Colin McDonald 07/11/2015
Finnieston East Junction looking east. Viewed from westbound train on the Queen Street line. This incline gave access to the Queens Dock from ...
Ewan Crawford 05/05/2006

This goods depot was located next to the Queens Dock on the north side of Pointhouse Road. By reversal a set of holding sidings could be reached to the west. Sidings serving the quaysides were south of the road.
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Looking east at what was once part of the railway serving the Queens Dock. The line connected to the mainline at Stobcross. To the left is the open ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
The former goods depot at Stobcross low level, alongside Queen's Dock, looking east towards Glasgow city centre in September 1958. Locomotives in the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/09/1958

This was a large dock to the west of central Glasgow on the north bank of the River Clyde. It was served by the Stobcross Railway. The dock was infilled and is now the site of the Scottish Exhibition Centre.
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The Pumphouse close to the entry to the former Queens Dock, now the exhibition centre, seen from a passing train. The Clydeside Expressway was ...
Beth Crawford 18/05/2017
Looking at the site of the former approach lines to the Queens Dock, now the Clydeside Expressway. View looks east. ...
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This crane is a Glasgow landmark. It was used for loading cargo, notably locomotives, onto ships at Stobcross Quay.
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This quay was on the north bank of the River Clyde opposite Plantation Quay. At the east end of the quay is the Stobcross Crane used to load locomotives onto ships. Some dockside lines remain, disconnected from the network. The Queens Dock was developed to the north of the quay. ...

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The Stobcross (or Finnieston) crane, grade A listed building, erected 1931 by Clyde Navigation Trust to load locomotives onto ships. Glasgow was the ...
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Stobcross Crane with George Wylie's Straw Locomotive. [Thanks for the additional information CRM]. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
The Stobcross (or Finnieston) crane, grade A listed building, erected 1931 by Clyde Navigation Trust. Domed building (on the left) was southern access ...
Alistair MacKenzie //
Queen Mary II at Stobcross in 1977, with her masts shortened to allow her under the Kingston Bridge up to Bridge Wharf. Nearest the camera is ...
Colin Miller //1977

This engine works was served by a long street siding running east from the Queens Dock.
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Kelvinhaugh and Stobcross High Level

This was the junction between the lines to, from north to south, Kelvinhaugh Goods, Glasgow Queen Street Low Level and Stobcross Goods [NBR] (both northern and southern portions), and the line dropping down to Stobcross Goods Low Level (which served the Queens Dock.
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A Milngavie bound train runs through Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957 behind Eastfield shed's ex-NBR C16 4-4-2T no 67500. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957
A busy scene at Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957, as hard working V3 2-6-2T no 67612 approaches with a train for Clydebank East. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957
N15 0-6-0T 69208 shunting at Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957
Looking east over Kelvinhaugh Junction on 28 May 1957 as V1 2-6-2T 67681 appears with a train bound for Singer. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/05/1957

This goods and minerals yard was on the north side of the Stobcross Railway. It was served from the west, from Kelvinhaugh Junction and incorporated Stobcross Shed on its southern margin, alongside the line east to Stobcross Junction, Stobcross Goods and Glasgow Queen Street Low Level.
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This was a two road locomotive shed in the southern part of Kelvinhaugh Goods yard. It was approached from the west and was just north of Stobcross Junction.
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This was the junction between the approach to the northern half of Stobcross Goods [NBR] (one of the terminii of the Stobcross Railway) and the line to Glasgow Queen Street Low Level (Glasgow City and District Railway).
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Gresley V3 67626 passing the former Stobcross shed on 14 July 1961 with a Helensburgh Central - Bridgeton Central train. The two road dead end shed, ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/07/1961

This large goods yard was one of the termini, with Kelvinhaugh Goods located to the west, of the Stobcross Railway opened in 1874. The goods yard was located at a higher level than Stobcross Goods Low Level, immediately to the south and the Queens Dock beyond. The yard was accessed from the west, from Stobcross Junction and, due to its size, Kelvinhaugh Junction.
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