Location type


Names and dates

Johnstone (1840-1851)
Johnstone High (1851-1962)
Johnstone (1962-)

Station code: JHN National Rail ScotRail
Where: Renfrewshire, Scotland
Opened on the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway.
Open on the Glasgow to Ayr and Stranraer.


This is a two platform station. The main station building is on the Glasgow bound platform. It formerly had large platform canopies.

There was a large goods yard on the north side of the line, approached from the west. The yard had a large goods shed. This yard expanded and further sidings, and a turntable, were added on the south side of the line.

To the north west was the canal basin of the Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal. The goods sidings reached as far as the former basin.

The signal box was at the west end of the station, south side of the line opposite the goods yard turn out. Originally named Johnstone West the box was numbered Johnstone No 2 and replaced, possibly around 1910. With the closure of No 1 box it became Johnstone box. It burned down in 1985, just before replacement by the Paisley Signalling Centre.

Much of the former large goods yard is now the station car park.

Just to the east of the station was the double track junction (Johnstone Junction) between the line to Glasgow (the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway) and a curve put in by the Greenock and Ayrshire Railway to allow trains from Ayrshire to approach Greenock Princes Pier [1st]. The Greenock line is now closed.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Nearby stations
Johnstone North [2nd]
Johnstone North [1st]
Milliken Park [1st]
Milliken Park
Tweenie Hills
Paisley West
Paisley St James
Netherfield [Bishopton]
Johnstone Junction
Johnstone Canal Basin
Banktop Engine Works
Union Iron Works
Vulcan Works [Johnstone]
Cart Junction
Cartside Junction
Johnstone North Signal Box
Barbush Pit No 4
Elderslie Fly Under
Clippens Junction
Elderslie Junction
Brannocklie Coal Pit
Fulton Pit (Ironstone)
Johnstone Castle
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Chronology Dates

  /  /1811Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal
Last section built into Port Eglinton Basin, Glasgow. The canal ran from Johnstone to Port Eglinton Basin. An aqueduct across the Clyde to join up with the Forth and Clyde Canal was considered, but not built. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).

News items

07/10/2022Johnstone station bridges accessibility gap [Network Rail]
24/11/2021Plan for new bridge and lifts to give station step-free access [STV]
25/08/2021Railway station staff raise more than £10,000 for charity [Daily Record]
09/08/2021Heavy rain and flooding shuts Glasgow railway line at Johnstone and Millken Park [Irvine Times]
13/01/2021Motorist was high on drink and drugs as he drove onto rail tracks [The Gazette]
15/08/2020Car struck by train at Renfrew railway line as emergency services race to scene [Daily Record]
03/07/2006Woman loses arm and foot in fall [BBC News]