Port Eglinton Junction

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Port Eglinton Junction (1885-1967)

Opened on the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway).
Opened on the City of Glasgow Union Railway.


This was an important junction where the routes to Ayrshire via Paisley Gilmour Street and Paisley Canal met before running together to Glasgow St Enoch. The layout altered over the years.

This junction was just west of Cumberland Street and controlled, to the west, the junction between the lines to Shields Road station (1870), Shields station (1885) and the goods line to Shields Bank Signal Box and General Terminus (1874). To the east it controlled the approach to Cumberland Street station. The original box opened in 1885 (replacing 'Shields Road No 2' which opened in 1870), on the south side of the junction directly west of the bridge over Salkeld Street.

The box was replaced here in 1903 with a new box on an over line gantry (it also replaced the box at West Street Junction [GSWR]), opened just after the four platform Cumberland Street station was opened, replacing Main Street Gorbals, and the lines west were realigned becoming eight tracks wide. The box was over the northern two tracks.

To the south was Port Eglinton Goods.

The signal box closed in 1967 when taken over by Glasgow Central Power Box.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

  /  /1874City of Glasgow Union Railway
Scotland Street Junction to Port Eglinton Junction opened.
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, Paisley 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 [1st] bound trains did not have to cross the track used by Ayr to Glasgow trains. The former Port Eglinton Basin becomes the Port Eglinton Goods depot.
  /  /1896City of Glasgow Union Railway
Authorisation to quadruple line from Glasgow St Enoch to Port Eglinton Junction.
  /  /1898City of Glasgow Union Railway
Glasgow St Enoch to Port Eglinton Junction quadrupled, complete with Union Bridge (over the Clyde) rebuilt to accommodates 4 tracks.