Cowlairs Works

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Name and dates

Cowlairs Works (1841-1968)

, Scotland
Served by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.


This was the railway works of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, located on the west side of the railway at the north end of the Cowlairs Incline. Cowlairs station was on the east side of the works, connected to it via a footbridge.

The works was for locomotives, carriages, wagons, and all equipment required on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and, after 1865, North British Railway system. It even extended to supplies for the considerable North British Steam Packet Company which operated steamers on the Firth of Clyde from Craigendoran Pier and the Forth and Tay.

Initially a locomotive shed, the eastern 8/9 line of the original building (there was no room for a shed at Glasgow Queen Street High Level). After 1865 expanded to become the main works of the North British Railway with additional buildings being built to the west of the original. The locomotive running shed was relocated to the new Eastfield Shed in 1904.


Works locomotives carriages wagons engine shed


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Cowlairs Works opens.


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