Knightswood South Junction

Location type


Names and dates

Knightswood South Junction (1886-1980)
Knightswood South Junction (2016-)

Opened on the Glasgow City and District Railway.
Opened on the Stobcross Railway.
Opened on the Cowdenhill Branch (North British Railway).
Opened on the Skaterigg Branch (North British Railway).


This junction is to the north of Anniesland station. To the east the original line, the Stobcross Railway of 1874 runs to Maryhill Park Junction, just west of Maryhill. This closed in 1980 and reopened in 2005.

A connection was re--installed in 2016 during the closure of Cowlairs Tunnel, the approach to Glasgow Queen Street High Level. These works were to lower the floor of the tunnel to allow installation of overhead wiring. While the works proceeded many services were diverted to the low level station.

To the north west the 1875 Cowdenhill Branch (North British Railway) (also known as the Knightswood Branch on OS maps) ran north west to pits, quarries, brick works and factories. This closed in 1965.

To the north the Glasgow City and District Railway of 1886 runs to Knightswood North Junction, just east of Westerton. This flies under the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway to make the connection.

To the south west were sidings serving the west goods yard, University Press, and Barr and Stroud beyond which an early mineral line had run to Skaterigg iron pits (nothing of this now remains).

To the north east a mineral line ran to the Anniesland Gas Works No 4. This opened around 1893 and closed around 1971.

The signal box was located in the 'V' of the junction and aligned with the approach to the tunnel. It closed in 1960 in the run up to electrification. It was taken over by Hyndland Power Box.



External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Nearby stations
Hyndland [1st]
Scotstoun Show Yard
Crow Road
Maryhill [Temporary]
Whiteinch Victoria Park
Ironstone Pit
Ironstone Pit
Temple Iron Works
Dawsholm Junction
Temple Works (Engineering)
Barr and Stroud Works
Temple Gas Works Exchange Sidings [CR]
Temple Gas Works
Ironstone Pit
Lock 26 [FCC]
Skaterigg Engine Pit
Lock 27 [FCC]
Knightswood Mineral Depot
Netherton Loop
Skaterigg Colliery Pit No 14
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Chronology 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.
02/04/1951Kelvin Valley Railway
Kilsyth (Old) (Kelvin Valley East Junction) to Maryhill (Maryhill East Junction) closed to passengers. Maryhill Park Junction [1st] to Knightswood South Junction closed to regular passenger trains.
  /  /1983Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway Stobcross Railway
Maryhill Park signal box burns down, line from Maryhill Park Junction [1st] to Knightswood South Junction (Anniesland) out of use. Trains from Rothesay Dock to BSC Ravenscraig Steelworks (imported coal) and stock movements unable to run. Fort William sleeper diverted to run through Singer.
  /  /1988Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway Stobcross Railway
Maryhill Park Junction to Knightswood South Junction (Anniesland) intentionally omited from Yoker Resignalling Scheme.


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