Knightswood North Junction

Location type

Junction

Name and dates

Knightswood North Junction (1886-)

Opened on the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.
Opened on the Glasgow City and District Railway.

Description

This is a single lead junction where the double track line between Westerton station and Anniesland is met by a single track from Cowlairs West Junction, this doubling shortly after the junction going east. (The junction has been converted into a single lead junction.) It is located just north of the Forth and Clyde Canal.

The junction was formerly double, but singled in the Yoker Resignalling Scheme.

The original line was the Cowlairs route, the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway of 1858. This was met by the Glasgow City and District Railway of 1886 - a new curve which connected, by a flyunder junction from Knightswood South Junction just north of Anniesland, the existing line to the former Stobcross Railway such that a train from the Stobcross line could run westwards. The Stobcross line itself was extended east to High Street station passing under Glasgow Queen Street High Level.

The signal box was on the south side of the lines, above the Forth and Clyde Canal. It closed in 1959, taken over by the box at Westerton Junction.

When the Maryhill service recommenced from Glasgow Queen Street High Level in 1993 trains terminated at Maryhill but had to run west to the junction to change from the westbound to the eastbound track using the single lead. This fouled the junction, even although the train did not run onto the Anniesland-Westerton section, and reduced its capacity. As part of the increased frequency of trains expected with the Larkhall re-opening it was decided to take these terminating trains to Anniesland on a re-opened Maryhill Park Junction to Anniesland curve. With the opening of this a greater frequency of trains could run through Knightswood North Junction.

Tags

Junction

External links

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




Dates

01/08/1886Glasgow City and District Railway
Knightswood North Junction to Knightswood South Junction opened. The section included a tunnel under the Forth and Clyde Canal and Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.

Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

Glasgow Railway Memories

Glasgow Stations

Glasgow's Last Days of Steam

Rails Around Glasgow

The Railways of Glasgow: Post-Beeching

The Vanished Railways of Old Western Dunbartonshire (Britains Railways/Old Photos)