Shawfield Junction

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Shawfield Junction

Opened on the Polloc and Govan Railway.
Opened on the Clydesdale Junction Railway.


This location is to the east of Polmadie Depot and Polmadie Down Sidings, it is west of Rutherglen West Junction.

Today it is not a true junction but a ladder of crossovers. It was once a junction for the short branch north east to Shawfield Chemical Works on the south bank of the River Clyde.

The ladder allows, for example, a train from the west curve at Rutherglen to swap from the Up Slow to the Down Slow, Up Fast, Down Fast, Up Clydesdale and Down Clydesdale. Another example might be to allow a train from the R&C to take the Burma Road.

The signal box was on the south side of the junction. It was a very tall box.

Shawfield Chemical Works was to the north. The site was served by a short branch from Shawfield Junction which ran north east serving portions of the works on either side of Glasgow Road, crossed by a level crossing. (Later further lines from Rutherglen West junction reached the site.) The works closed in the 1970s.

The box closed in 1973 when it was replaced by Glasgow Central Power Box.


Crossovers junction

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