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Springburn (1887-)

Station code: SPR National Rail ScotRail
Where: Glasgow City, Scotland
Opened on the City of Glasgow Union Railway.
Open on the Glasgow to Cumbernauld via Duke Street.


This is a four platform station. Two platforms are through lines and two are bays served from the south east.

Formerly the Sighthill Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) bypassed the station on its south west side, those lines being lifted in the 1990s.

The relatively new Sighthill West Junction, for the Cowlairs Chord (British Railways), is to the north west and Sighthill East Junction (formerly Sighthill Junction) is to the south east.

An original street level building survives, designed by James Carsewell. It is a two storey building, presenting two floors to the platforms and a single storey at street level.

There was a goods yard on the north east side, served from the south east.

Two locomotive works were nearby - Hyde Park Works [2nd] to the south west and Atlas Works [2nd] to the north east. Both are now closed.

Springburn signal box was at the north/west end of the station, located on the east side of the railway and north of Springburn Road (on the east side of today's A803). It operated trailing crossovers on the CGU and the Sighthill Goods lines. There was an exit from the south end of Turkey Yard which lay on the west side of the Sighthill Goods line. The location is now Sighthill West Junction. The box closed in 1956, replaced by Cowlairs Panel Box.


Station terminus

External links

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


Gaelic name: Allt an Fhuarain

Chronology Dates

16/08/1875City of Glasgow Union Railway
Bellgrove to Springburn opened for goods, Haghill Junction to Parkhead Junction opened.
01/01/1887City of Glasgow Union Railway
'Bus train' service to Shields Road [CGU] extended to Springburn.
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 (Class 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.
07/11/1966Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)
Buchanan Street station closed; Buchanan Street to Sighthill East Junction closed. Where possible trains are diverted to Glasgow Queen Street High Level. A local shuttle to Cumbernauld commences from Springburn.
06/03/1989Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) City of Glasgow Union Railway
Crash at Bellgrove Junction when a train leaves Bellgrove station passing a red light (SPAD) and runs onto the single lead of the Springburn line striking a train leaving the branch. 2 were killed and 40 injured.
15/05/1989Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
Stepps station opened. Served by the Springburn to Cumbernauld services, and Greenfaulds opened on the same day.
15/05/1989Caledonian Railway
Greenfaulds station opened. Served by the Springburn to Cumbernauld services, and Stepps opened on the same day.
  /  /1991Sighthill Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
Slow, goods, lines to south/west of Springburn station - Cowlairs West Junction to Sighthill Junction - lifted.
19/05/2014Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Caledonian Railway
Electric passenger services begin operating between Glasgow and Cumbernauld following commissioning of 50 km of 25 kV 50 Hz electrification between Springburn and Cumbernauld.

News items

28/09/2023Glasgow trains cancelled or diverted as telegraph pole falls [Glasgow Times]
21/06/2022'Springburn has lost so much' - former railwayman's 90 years of Glasgow memories [Glasgow Times]
14/03/2022Historic Glasgow railway works could be saved from 'industrial vandalism' by heritage listing [Daily Record]
17/02/2022Glasgow line closed after roof blows off building near Alexandra Parade station [Glasgow Live]
07/08/2021Scotland Weather: Speed restrictions on Scottish trains due to heavy rain across the country [Scotsman]
27/01/2021Glasgow campaigners in call to bring jobs back to axed Caley rail works [Evening Times]
13/01/2020Historic Springburn Caley railworks could be re-opened by Brexit-backing tycoon [Evening Times]
26/07/2019Historic Springburn rail works in Glasgow mothballed after 163 years [Scotsman]
10/04/2019First Minister urged to help save rail depot where 200 jobs are at risk [ITV News]
07/03/2019Gemini Rail depot in Glasgow to close with loss of 120 jobs [BBC News]