Singer Workers Platforms

Location type

Station

Names and dates

Kilbowie [1st] (1879-1907)
Singer Workers Platforms (1907-1960)

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

Opened on the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.

Description

This was a two platform station originally. A large goods yard developed to the south which had a line into the Kilbowie Iron Works.

With the opening of the Singer Works in 1884 further platforms were added on the south side of the station, accessed from the east. To the west sidings lines served the works. When the works opened there were virtually no houses in the area, the entire workforce had to commute from elsewhere. It was not until well into the 20th century before housing was developed nearby. The station was essential to the success of the works.

The signal box was located at the east end of the station and on the north side of the line.

With expansion of the works around 1907 the through line closed, becoming a works line, and a deviation was opened to the north with Singer station. The box was replaced by a new one at the eastern junction of the new deviation, Singer Deviation (North British Railway).

Worker's trains came from numerous locations to serve the site. After closure of Bridgeton Central the destination board still bore a sign 'Singer Worker's Train'.

The line here is closed although Kilbowie Road still crosses over the trackbed, now a walkway. The station site is now the Clydebank Shopping Centre.

Local

Clyde Shopping Centre

Tags

Station private workers platforms

External links

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



Dates

03/11/1907Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Singer station on new loop line skirting round the north of the Singer Works opened. The old course of the line becomes a goods line to the west of Kilbowie Road and the old station becomes a terminus for worker's trains, Singer Workers Platforms, and is expanded to 6 platforms.
05/11/1960Glasgow North Bank Electrification
Service begins with electric services to termini at; Helensburgh Central, Balloch Pier, Singer Workers Platforms station, Milngavie, Bridgeton Central, Springburn, Airdrie. The new trains (303s) built at Pressed Steel Co Ltd, Linwood, became known as the Blue trains, these were used in all the Glasgow electrification schemes.
20/03/1964Singer Works
Springburn to Singer Workers Platforms passenger trains cease.
08/05/1967Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Singer Workers Platforms station closed and electrification removed.
  /  /1969Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Singer Workers Platforms station closed completely.

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

Glasgow Railway Memories

Glasgow Stations

Glasgow's Last Days of Steam

Rails Around Glasgow

The Railways of Glasgow: Post-Beeching

The Vanished Railways of Old Western Dunbartonshire (Britains Railways/Old Photos)