Pollokshields East Junction

Location type


Names and dates

Cathcart Junction (1886-1903)
Pollokshields East Junction (1903-)

Opened on the Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway).
Opened on the Cathcart District Railway.


This junction is formed between the Gordon Street Lines (the approach to Glasgow Central from Muirhouse South Junction [1st] opened in 1879) and the Cathcart District Railway of 1886.

The signal box opened with the junction in 1886. This was located on the east side of the line.

There were many junctions here in very close proximity.

The Gordon Street Lines met the General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway immediately north of Strathbungo Junction on the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway.

Pollokshields East station is to the immediate south of the junction on the Cathcart line.

With the opening of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway to Cathcart in 1903 the junction was renamed, breaking with the naming of junctions for destinations, to the more geographically correct Pollokshields East Junction.

The Gordon Street Line's original course south west is slightly altered, using the links which were put in place in 1894 when the Cathcart District Railway was extended round to Muirhouse Central Junction.

The signal box closed in 1961 when it was taken over by the new 1961 Muirhouse Junction box.

There was a goods yard to the immediate west of the junction, served from the south, for a sawmill. This became a permanent way depot latterly and fell out of use in the early 2000s.




01/03/1886Cathcart District Railway
Cathcart Junction to Mount Florida opened for passengers. Stations at Pollokshields East, Queens Park, Crosshill, Mount Florida.
02/08/1886Cathcart District Railway
Cathcart Junction to Cathcart [1st] opened for goods.
01/05/1903Cathcart District Railway
Cathcart Junction renamed Pollokshields East Junction.