Pollokshields East

Location type


Name and dates

Pollokshields East (1886-)

Station code: PLE National Rail ScotRail
Where: Glasgow City, Scotland
Opened on the Cathcart District Railway.
Open on the Cathcart Circle.
Open on the Neilston Line.
Open on the Newton Line.


This is an island platform station with a building, not the original which was of typical Cathcart District Railway design.

The station's signal box did not open with the line, but in 1893. It was located at the south end of the island platform. It closed in 1921.

When the station opened it the lines of the Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway) were on its west side. On its east side was undeveloped land which was absorbed by Coplawhill Tram Depot during its expansion.

The station is to the immediate south of Pollokshields East Junction. It has steps down from Albert Drive.

To the immediate east is the Tramway arts venue, formerly Coplawhill Tram Depot.

To the south the line dives under the former Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway.

To the west was Muirhouse North Junction and is Muirhouse Central Junction.

The station was the location of notorious murders when, on the 10th of December 1945, porter/clerk William Wright, station clerk Annie Withers and junior porter Robert Gough were shot by a gunman unknown to them. Wright raised the alarm with the signal man. Withers died before reaching the hospital and Gough died after two days at hospital. The safe was raided. Nearly a year passed before Charles Templeman Brown, a railway fireman, was arrested and tried. After serving a prison term he was to die in a road accident, curiously on the 10th of December 1960.


Glasgow Police Museum - The Pollokshields Railway Murders of 1945



External links

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

Chronology Dates

01/03/1886Cathcart District Railway
Cathcart Junction to Mount Florida opened for passengers. Stations at Pollokshields East, Queens Park, Crosshill, Mount Florida.
01/01/1917Cathcart District Railway
Pollokshields East and Crosshill stations closed for wartime economies.
01/03/1919Cathcart District Railway
Pollokshields East re-opened.
10/12/1945Cathcart District Railway
Murder at Pollokshields East.
21/04/1976Cathcart District Railway
Pollokshields East station burnt down.

News items

29/08/2021Glasgow Crime Stories: The story of the Pollokshields railway murders [Evening Times]
23/03/2016Scottish stations benefit from £20,000 funding [Keep Scotland Beautiful]
12/08/2008Early finish to Pollokshields East repairs [Network Rail Article]
08/07/2008Urgent repairs required on Glasgow suburban line [Network Rail Article]


An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways