Neilston [1st]

Location type


Names and dates

Crofthead (1855-1868)
Neilston [1st] (1868-1870)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Opened on the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway.
Opened on the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway.


This was a terminus. When initially opened the line from Barrhead was single track. The line terminated with a loop and two sets of goods sidings. There was a shed, Neilston Shed.

Springbank Print Works (Calico) was to the west, Crofthead Mill (Cotton) and Neilston Gas Works to the south and Crofthead House to the south west.

On extension of the line it was replaced by Neilston Low just to the south east. The new alignment was made to the north of the original station which was cleared - replacement goods facilities were built at the newer station. Springbank Print Works was demolished to allow the line^s extension.

The site of the station has been mostly obliterated by extension of the railway south in 1870 and in a re-alignment of the A736, although a large retaining wall remains next to the former alignment of the road.


Station terminus


  /12/1852Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway
Closed to passengers. Blackhall, Headlesscross, Crofthead and Longridge [2nd] closed.
  /  /1853Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Crofthead extension from Barrhead approved.
08/10/1855Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Crofthead extension opened.
  /  /1865Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Authorisation of a Caledonian Railway extension from Crofthead to Kilmarnock and the Beith [Town] branch.
  /  /1866 Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Authorisation of a deviation to the north at Crofthead.


An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways