This large goods and mineral terminus served a quayside on the River Clyde.
It was built with a considerable fan of rails finishing at the quayside. The terminus replaced the earlier, and smaller, depot at Windmillcroft Quay, which was to the east. The quayside was approached by eight groups of sidings and a quayside line was reached by turnplates. There were four cranes.
The site was re-built several times. It was to have nine approach lines and include Mavisbank Quay and the Princes Dock to the west and Springfield Quay and the Kingston Dock to the east, all rail served.
Latterly, after refitting as a iron ore terminus in the 1950s, it was a coal and iron ore import terminal largely used in connection with the Clyde Iron Works and the new Ravenscraig Steel Works. There were three large cranes, a conveyor system and large loading shed.
The scale of the site can be gauged by its being approached by a railway eight tracks wide to the south and that the Caledonian Railway (who owned it), North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway all made use of it, the latter two approaching by the jointly owned City of Glasgow Union Railway.
The site was closed in 1978 on the opening of the Hunterston Ore Terminal but much of it remained intact, including the approach railway, until 1987.
Little remains of the terminus now, the west of the site now being occupied by housing and east by the Springfield Quay development. The large cutting carrying the approach lines has been infilled and a light industrial estate built.
Shields Road [Subway]
Shields Road [GPJ]
Shields Road [CGU]
Kinning Park [Subway]
West Street [Subway]
Charing Cross [GC and DR]
Central Station Broomielaw Hoist
Glasgow Central Low Level
Bridge Street [Subway]
| General Terminus Quay|
Lancefield Diesel Engine Works
Hyde Park Works [1st]
South Dock Foundry
Stobcross Street Tunnel
Stobcross East Junction
|Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.|
|/ /1846||General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway|
Act receives Royal assent. Line from General Terminus, a depot on the south bank of the River Clyde, to West Street Junction (Govan and Polloc Railway), Strathbungo Junction (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway) and Shields Junction No 1 (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway).
|/ /1846||Polloc and Govan Railway|
Clyde Terrace (south bank of River Clyde) branch approved. Not built. (General Terminus opened instead.)
|/ /1847||General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway|
General Terminus confirmed as the River Clyde terminal, rather than other locations promoted in 1846 such as Clyde Terrace.
|30/03/1849||General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway|
West Street Junction (Govan and Polloc Railway) to Shields Junction No 1 (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway) and General Terminus opened. Curve to Strathbungo Junction (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway) opened.
|20/10/1892||General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway|
Authorisation allows passenger trains to use Strathbungo Junction to General Terminus.
|/ /1893||William Baird and Company|
Purchase mines at Santander, North Spain and the Monte de Hierro mineral field in south Spain. This traffic was initially received at General Terminus (Glasgow Harbour), but the harbour commissioners soon had plans for a new facility at Rothesay Dock served by the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway).
|/ /1958||Ravenscraig Steel WorksGeneral Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway|
General Terminus re-built for importing coal and iron ore as the facilities at Rothesay Dock and the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway) were not sufficient.
|/ /1962||Ravenscraig Steel Works
General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway|
Coal and Iron ore trains from General Terminus swap from steam to 2 class 20s.