Location type


Names and dates

Rutherglen [3rd] (1897-1964)
Rutherglen (1978-)

Opened on the Dalmarnock Branch (Caledonian Railway).

Open on the Glasgow to Larkhall.
Open on the Hamilton Circle.

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


This is an island platform station. It opened with the re-opened Argyle Line in 1978 and the remaining part of Rutherglen [3rd] closed. The station is overshadowed by the M74 Motorway extension.

Rutherglen Permanent Way Depot was located north of the station on the west side and Rutherglen Yard on the east side.

Rutherglen was an extensive station with a complicated history.

The original station, Rutherglen [1st], was a small two platform station west of Farme Loan Road located just north of Rutherglen itself.

The station was relocated to the east of Dalmarnock Junction, now Rutherglen Central Junction, and Farme Loan Road with the opening of the London Road Branch (Caledonian Railway).

It was relocated a third time to Rutherglen [3rd] and platforms opened on the north to east curve when the Glasgow Central Railway opened.

Further platforms were added on each side of the triangle and terminus platforms added within the triangle for trains from the north.


Station junction terminus island platform

External links

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


05/11/1979Glasgow Central Railway
The Argyle Line; Stobcross to Strathclyde Junction and Rutherglen Junction re-opened to passengers. Stations at; Finnieston [2nd] , Anderston, Glasgow Central Low Level, Argyle Street, Dalmarnock and Rutherglen.
09/12/1994Glasgow Central Railway
The River Kelvin bursts its banks and floods the disused tunnels from Kelvinbridge to Stobcross, where it floods the open Argyle Line railway. The route through Low Level Glasgow Central is closed between Partick and Rutherglen and trains are diverted onto the Sunnyside Junction to Whifflet section of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway for access to Motherwell. This remains in operation for around nine months.