Port Eglinton Basin

Location type

Place

Name and dates

Port Eglinton Basin (1811-1880)

Opened on the Polloc and Govan Railway.

Description

The basin was the eastern extreme of the Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal. It opened in 1811. The Glasgow and South Western Railway owned the canal from 1869.

It was served by a line from the south which ran to West Street Junction, opened around 1840.

To the north was the Eglinton Street Goods of the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway (1840) and running immediately to the north of the canal, after 1870, was the City of Glasgow Union Railway. Some realignment of the canal was probably needed at West Street to accommodate both the canal and line.

The canal closed in 1881, the basin possibly closing earlier to allow railway developments. Port Eglinton Goods was developed on the site of the basin.

Tags

Canal

External links

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

Dates

  /  /1791Glasgow and Ardrossan Canal
Proposed by Earl of Eglinton. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
  /  /1807Glasgow and Ardrossan Canal
Construction begins. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
  /  /1811Glasgow and Ardrossan Canal
Last section built into Port Eglinton Basin, Glasgow. The canal ran from Johnstone to Port Eglinton Basin. An aqueduct across the Clyde to join up with the Forth and Clyde Canal was considered, but not built. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
01/08/1811Govan Waggonway
William Dixon (Junior) buys land from the Corporation of Glasgow for building a waggonway from the Govan Colliery at Govanhill to the Ardrossan Canal at Port Eglinton Basin.
  /  /1837William Dixon (Junior)
Opens the Govan Iron Works ('Dixon's Blazes'), for bar iron. It was built near the Govanhill Colliery on the south bank of the River Clyde near Glasgow and Port Eglinton Basin of the Ardrossan Canal.
01/07/1885Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Opened from Port Eglinton Junction to Elderslie Junction. The line uses much of the former route of the Glasgow and Ardrossan Canal, the line runs skew across a former aqueduct bridge at Paisley Hawkhead. The canal route under the main line at Elderslie was used for a link to the Bridge of Weir Railway so that Greenock Princes Pier bound trains did not have to cross the track used by Ayr to Glasgow trains. The former Port Eglinton Basin becomes the Salkeld Street Parcels depot.

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

Caledonian Railway

Glasgow Stations