Sighthill West Junction

Location type

Junction

Name and dates

Sighthill West Junction (1992-)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the City of Glasgow Union Railway.
Opened on the Cowlairs Chord (British Railways).

Description

This junction opened in 1992 when the single track Cowlairs Chord opened from here, the east end, to Cowlairs South Junction the west. This new chord allowed trains to Cumbernauld to run directly from Glasgow Queen Street High Level for the first time. Prior to this this diesel shuttle service ran from Springburn to Cumbernauld, connecting with the electric Milngavie to Springburn service. Adding this curve completed the process which began in 1966 when Buchanan Street closed and the curve from its approach at Sighthill East Junction [1st] north to Sighthill Junction was upgraded to take passenger trains.

The curve runs through the southern part of the site of the former Turkey Yard. In addition the former Springburn 'bypass', the Sighthill Goods line, was closed and its route is crossed by the chord.

Close to this junction was the site of the former Springburn signal box.

The junction appears to have been called Springburn Junction when the Cowlairs Curve was first installed.

Tags

Junction

Aliases

Springburn Junction




Dates

28/05/1858Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Opened as single track from Cowlairs Junction to Bowling and Dalreoch Junction to Helensburgh. Due to a disagreement over station access charges between the company and the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway the first trains ran to Buchanan Street using the Sighthill Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) and a connection at St Rollox (Sighthill West Junction) with the Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway) line. The disagreement was resolved a month later.