Twechar

Location type

Station

Names and dates

Gavell (1878-1924)
Twechar (1924-1951)

Opened on the Kelvin Valley Railway.
Opened on the Bairds of Gartshore^s Railway.

Description

This was a typical small North British Railway style station, with a building typical of the NBR. However there was a large yard on the south side of the line, accessed from the east.

Gavell Farm was just to the north, Twechar (and its mines) to the south. The name probably changed due to the increasing development of Twechar.

This was a single platform station. The yard was partly goods yard but largely associated with the interchange with the Bairds of Gartshore's Railway at the east end of the station. The signal box was located at the end of the platform and controlled this portion of the Kelvin Valley Railway and the junction.

There was a siding to the north of the platform line (the platform being to the south of the single track line) which could have been looped and a second platform added if required.

There was direct access to the Kelvin Valley line or the yard from the private railway, that line doubling as it reached the east end of the station. There was a further exchange yard of around 7 sidings at the start of the private line.

East of the station, and junction, the private line crossed overhead.

After closure to passengers in 1951 the station building was demolished. The line east remained open for goods and minerals until 1964 when the route to Kilsyth [1st] was closed. The signal box ('Gavell') closed in 1965. Until 1966 it remained open for coal traffic from the private railway, latterly trips to Cadder Yard.

A station house remains standing but most of the site is obliterated.

The next station west was Torrance and east Kilsyth (Old).

Tags

Station junction yard

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
NLS Map
03/08/2020


Dates

04/05/1964Kelvin Valley Railway
Kilsyth (Old) to Twechar (excluded) closed to freight.
04/04/1966Kelvin Valley Railway
Twechar to Kelvin Valley West Junction closed to freight.

Books


An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

Forgotten Railways: Scotland