Argyle Line

Introduction

The 'Argyle Line' was the name given to the portion of the former Glasgow Central Railway which re-opened in 1979. A flying junction and new connection were formed at the west end and the rest of the route used a relatively intact series of tunnels, including the Anderston Tunnel.

Why built

This re-opening reconnected the network on the north bank of the River Clyde with that south of the river and relieved congestion at Glasgow Central terminus.



Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Rutherglen to Exhibition Centre

This portion of the former Glasgow Central Railway re-opened in 1979 with a new station at Argyle Street. Not all stations re-opened, Glasgow Green and Glasgow Cross remain closed. Only one of the two island platforms of Glasgow Central Low Level re-opened, thus the present station has only two platforms.

Coming together. View south approximately half way between Dalmarnock station and the River Clyde on 1 April 2007. To the left is the trackbed of the ...
John Furnevel 01/04/2007
Ex-NB J36 0-6-0 65232 shunting at Strathclyde Junction on 17 May 1957. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 17/05/1957
Scene at Strathclyde Junction on 17 May 1957 as Fairburn 2-6-4 tank 42164 brings a train of empty stock north across the river. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 17/05/1957
Just south of Strathclyde Junction is this view looking south to Rutherglen. The yard on the left is Bridgeton Yard for the Civil Engineer. The line ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This is a partly underground two platform station. It is a re-opened station which opened with the Argyle Line. The south east end of the station is exposed but in a deep stone lined cutting and the north west end is in the Dalmarnock Road Tunnel.
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Engineering works in the Motherwell area on 25th August 2018 meant that this Class 318 was entering Dalmarnock ECS after biding its time in the ...
David Panton 25/08/2018
1324 service to Larkhall leaving Dalmarnock for Rutherglen.
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Colin Harkins 29/01/2015
Parting of the ways. Scene heading north from Strathclyde Junction, less than quarter of a mile from Dalmarnock in the spring of 2007. The line on the ...
John Furnevel 01/04/2007
318 260 pulls into Dalmarnock with a Dalmuir service on 17 March 2010. ...
David Panton 17/03/2010


This is a two platform station.
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318264, operating a Larkhall service, pulls into 'Brigton' on 2nd September 2017.
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David Panton 02/09/2017
The 1104 Motherwell - Milngavie Argyle Line service leaves Bridgeton on Sunday morning 12 October 2014 and disappears into the 460 yard Canning Street ...
Veronica Clibbery 12/10/2014
318 248 calls at a sunny Bridgeton with a Lanark indirect service on 2 May. Until closure in 1964, Bridgeton Cross, as it then was, sported full ...
David Panton 02/05/2011
Scotrail's programme of Gaelic education by station nameboard rolls
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David Panton 11/09/2010



This is an underground island platform station principally accessed from Argyle Street, a busy shopping street in Glasgow. The ticket office is at street level.
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Looking west along the platforms at Argyle Street on 8 September 2018. Colour schemes have come and gone, but the stations retains the yellow wall ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
A Dalmuir service pulls out of Argyle Street on Saturday 16th December 2017 while its many disgorged passengers queue for the exit and Argyle Street's ...
David Panton 16/12/2017
Always popular during the Festive Season, the Christmas Market previously held in St Enoch Square was relocated in 2014 to the area outside Argyle ...
Colin McDonald 15/12/2014
Evening rush hour at Argyle Street station on 15th December 2014, the first week day of the new timetable which extended the newly electrified ...
Colin McDonald 15/12/2014

This is an underground island platform station with two faces.
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A Whifflet train calls at Central Low Level on 5 August. It's only 11am but already Celtic fans are making their way to Dalmarnock for Celtic Park. ...
David Panton 05/08/2017
A 320 with a Dalmuir service calls on 11/02/2017. For long enough 320s were
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David Panton 11/02/2017
The unused Low level platform at Glasgow Central seen in December 2015. This will hopefully have a length of track and railway carriage on display as ...
Gordon Steel 18/12/2015
318 260 waits a few minutes at Glasgow Central Low Level station on 8 August 2009 before continuing its journey west with a Milngavie service. ...
David Panton 08/08/2009


This is an island platform station.
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Green liveried 320416 at Anderston station on Friday 5th August 2016. ...
Veronica Clibbery 05/08/2016
Situated underneath Scotland's busiest stretch of road, and with roads on
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David Panton 22/05/2017
A green liveried 320 spotted at Anderston on Friday 5th August in the afternoon.
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Veronica Clibbery 05/08/2016
N15 0-6-2T 69163 calls at Anderston Cross on 6 May 1961 with the BLS Bathgate and District rail tour from Maryhill Central. The station closed in ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/05/1961


This station is at the east end of a flying junction from Partick, leading to an unusual V shape.
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A Whifflet service calls at Exhibition Centre on 7 July. The Up and Down lines come together at this end of the platform, having made their own, ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
Exhibition Centre masquerading as Craiglang for the duration of the run of 'Still Game' at the centre. This would be the fourth name for this location ...
John Yellowlees 16/02/2017
The train now standing on platform 1 is... Barry the Barrel! [see news item] ...
First ScotRail 22/02/2012
The 50th Model Rail exhibition, which will be at the SECC from the 26th to 28th of February, is being advertised.
John Yellowlees 21/01/2016




Exhibition Centre to Finnieston East Junction

This is one half of a flying junction. This short link was new with the re-opening. At the east end it began at the east end of the formerly double track Yorkhill Tunnel, of the Glasgow Central Railway, but quickly followed a new single bore, Kelvinhaugh Tunnel, to Yorkhill where it connected to the existing line, making the approach in an area formerly served with sidings just to the east of the former Yorkhill station.

This station is at the east end of a flying junction from Partick, leading to an unusual V shape.
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A Whifflet service calls at Exhibition Centre on 7 July. The Up and Down lines come together at this end of the platform, having made their own, ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
Exhibition Centre masquerading as Craiglang for the duration of the run of 'Still Game' at the centre. This would be the fourth name for this location ...
John Yellowlees 16/02/2017
The train now standing on platform 1 is... Barry the Barrel! [see news item] ...
First ScotRail 22/02/2012
The 50th Model Rail exhibition, which will be at the SECC from the 26th to 28th of February, is being advertised.
John Yellowlees 21/01/2016

An Edinburgh - Helensburgh service crosses the bridge over Sandyford Street on its way to Partick on 9th June 2015. This stretch of line from ...
Colin McDonald 09/06/2015
PS Waverley awaiting the season. ...
John Yellowlees 07/04/2016
Seen here in the dusk on 7th November, major work on the bridge at Sandyford Street took place over the weekend of 7-8th November 2015, closing both ...
Colin McDonald 07/11/2015
Finnieston East Junction looking east. Viewed from westbound train on the Queen Street line. This incline gave access to the Queens Dock from ...
Ewan Crawford 05/05/2006




Exhibition Centre to Finnieston West Junction

This single track line opened with the Argyle Line in 1979. It follows the course of a spur which formerly ran down from the Stobcross Railway to serve the Queens Dock and Yorkhill Quay. This line was connected to the Glasgow Central Railway at Stobcross station, now re-opened as Exhibition Centre.

This station is at the east end of a flying junction from Partick, leading to an unusual V shape.
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A Whifflet service calls at Exhibition Centre on 7 July. The Up and Down lines come together at this end of the platform, having made their own, ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
Exhibition Centre masquerading as Craiglang for the duration of the run of 'Still Game' at the centre. This would be the fourth name for this location ...
John Yellowlees 16/02/2017
The train now standing on platform 1 is... Barry the Barrel! [see news item] ...
First ScotRail 22/02/2012
The 50th Model Rail exhibition, which will be at the SECC from the 26th to 28th of February, is being advertised.
John Yellowlees 21/01/2016


Finneston West Junction looking east. Eastbound train running down to Exhibition Centre. The westbound trains from Exhibition Centre take a different ...
Ewan Crawford //1988