Cowlairs South Junction

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Name and dates

Cowlairs South Junction (1992-)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
Opened on the Port Dundas Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway).
Opened on the Cowlairs Chord (British Railways).


This junction was formed in 1992 with the opening of the south to east curve of the Cowlairs Chord (British Railways). The chord provides direct access to Cumbernauld for trains from Glasgow Queen Street High Level, formerly commencing from Springburn with a connecting Milngavie-Queen Street Low Level-Springburn shuttle. The original Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway is double track and new chord single track. It is a single lead junction.

Cowlairs station was immediately to the north on the main line and the Cowlairs Banking Engine directly to the east of the junction site. There were sidings here, this being the north end of the Cowlairs Incline and the banking engine requiring coal deliveries.

A short tunnel existed to the south of the present junction in early days.




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