This is a three platform terminus with a glazed roof. (It was four, but one platform^s track is lifted.) There is a circulating area, covered by a glazed barrel ceiling with a small shop. The ticket office is by the main entrance off East Princes Street. At this entry is a two storey building facing the street, with a private lane on its west side. There is also a passageway entrance from the carpark to the north. The station is located in the centre of the town, close to the sea but one block inland from it.
The original station was somewhat smaller, rebuilding being around 1890. The original station was described in the Ordnance Survey Name Book thus
A large brick building situated Princes St, it is the Terminus of the Glasgow - Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.
The station is not far from Helensburgh Pier, a block away to the south and a little west, and the West Bay beach and its Esplanade, a promenade which stretches west for half a mile. To the east the flywheel of the PS Comet [I] can be found displayed in a small area of park overlooking the sea
About a mile uphill, and past Helensburgh Upper station, which is much closer but with far fewer trains, can be found the Helensburgh Hill House designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. (Much closer is another one of his works, the Mackintosh Club .)
Helensburgh Ticket Platform
Greenock Princes Pier [2nd]
Greenock Princes Pier [1st]
Greenock Cathcart Street [1st]
| Helensburgh Shed|
Helensburgh Gas Works
Helensburgh Upper Goods
Helensburgh Construction Camp
Craigendoran West Signal Box
Craigendoran West Yard
Woodend Level Crossing
Helensburgh Hill House
Craigendoran Old Ferry Pier
Ardencaple Level Crossing
|Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.|
|/ /1812||Henry Bell
The steam-powered PS Comet [I] sails from Helensburgh to Greenock. Hull built by John Wood & Co of Port Glasgow, Steam engine by John Robertson and the boiler by David Napier.
|28/05/1858||Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway|
Opened as single track from Cowlairs Junction to Bowling and Dalreoch Junction to Helensburgh. Due to a disagreement over station access charges between the company and the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway the first trains ran to Buchanan Street using the Sighthill Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) and a connection at St Rollox (Sighthill West Junction) with the Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway) line. The disagreement was resolved a month later. (Alternative date 31st.) Stations opened at (eastern portion) Maryhill, Dalmuir [1st] and Kilpatrick, and (western portion) Cardross and Helensburgh.
|/ /1879||Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway|
Combined Craigendoran Pier and Craigendoran authorised on a new loop, Craigendoran Pier Deviation, on the south side of the line, east of Helensburgh station. Original alignment abandoned.
|04/09/1894||West Highland Railway|
Helensburgh to Garelochhead train de-railed at Woodend Level Crossing by a stone placed on the line.
|08/06/1953||Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway|
Helensburgh renamed Helensburgh Central.
|04/11/1960||Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway|
Last steam trains from Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Helensburgh Central as the line is electrified.
|05/11/1960||Glasgow North Bank Electrification|
Service begins with electric services to termini at; Helensburgh Central, Balloch Pier, Singer Workers Platforms station, Milngavie, Bridgeton Central, Springburn, Airdrie. The new trains (303s) built at Pressed Steel Co Ltd, Linwood, became known as the Blue trains, these were used in all the Glasgow electrification schemes.
|/ /1985||Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway|
Glass removed from the deteriorating canopies at Helensburgh Central for safety.
|/07/1989||Yoker Re-signaling Scheme|
Re-signaling complete. Boxes at Helensburgh Central, Craigendoran, Dumbarton Central, Dalmuir Park, Singer, Milngavie, Westerton, Hyndland, Clydebank Dock, High Street East Junction, Bellgrove, Parkhead, Shettleston, Heatheryknowe Junction, Sunnyside Junction, Airdrie replaced by the new Yoker Signalling Centre.
|/06/2000||Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway|
Completion of a £1.4M refurbishment of Helensburgh Central with the trainshed and canopies repaired and re-glazed.
|17/08/2002||Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway|
Low speed collision between stalled car and Drumgelloch-Helensburgh Central train at Ardmore Level Crossing.
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An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways
Glasgow Railway Memories
Glasgow's Last Days of Steam
Rails Around Glasgow
The Railways of Glasgow: Post-Beeching
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