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.



Dates

05/11/1979Glasgow Central Railway
The Argyle Line; Stobcross to Strathclyde Junction and Rutherglen Junction re-opened to passengers. Stations at; Finnieston [2nd] , Anderston, Glasgow Central Low Level, Argyle Street, Dalmarnock and Rutherglen.
09/12/1994Glasgow Central Railway
The River Kelvin bursts its banks and floods the disused tunnels from Kelvinbridge to Stobcross, where it floods the open Argyle Line railway. The route through Low Level Glasgow Central is closed between Partick and Rutherglen and trains are diverted onto the Sunnyside Junction to Whifflet section of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway for access to Motherwell. This remains in operation for around nine months.

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.

This seemingly grandiosely named junction was named for the Strathclyde Print Works which was on the north bank of the River Clyde by Dalmarnock House. In 1866 the Dalmarnock Branch (Caledonian Railway) opened from Dalmarnock Junction, Rutherglen, north to Bridgeton Goods, the line passing along the western boundary of the works. The junction was formed in 1877 when the ...

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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. There are heavy concrete cross-braces over the line to support the cutting walls.
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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
320414 comes out of the gloom as it departs from Dalmarnock with a service to Motherwell on 10 January 2019. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
320414 departs from Dalmarnock with a service to Motherwell on 10 January 2019. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
1324 service to Larkhall leaving Dalmarnock for Rutherglen.
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Colin Harkins 29/01/2015


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
318265 calls at Bridgeton with an eastbound service on 10 January 2019. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
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
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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A service to Whifflet calls at Argyle Street on 10 January 2019. 320317 is the rear unit on this 6 car service which only just fits on the platform. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
The entrance passageway to Argyle Street station, seen on 5 January 2019. ...
David Panton 05/01/2019
Mr Magoo about to board a Larkhall service at Argyle Street on 13 July 2019. ...
David Panton 13/07/2019
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

This is an underground island platform station with two faces.
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320413 has just arrived at Glasgow Central Low Level with a service to Larkhall as the passengers on platform 16 wait for the doors to open. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
Talking trains? Help for the uninitiated at Glasgow Central Low Level. ...
David Panton 22/06/2019
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
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


This is an island platform station. There is a ticket office at street level, below the Kingston Bridge, a motorway bridge.
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318268, on a Cumbernauld service, calling at Anderston station, Glasgow, on 26th July 2017. ...
David Bosher 26/07/2017
318268, on a service to Cumbernauld, arriving at Anderston station, Glasgow, on 26th July 2017. ...
David Bosher 26/07/2017
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


This station is at the east end of a flying junction from Partick, leading to an unusual V shape.
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A service for Dalmuir via Yoker calls at Exhibition Centre on 13 July 2019. The track on the right is a siding (buffers behind me) used by the few ...
David Panton 13/07/2019
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
It is a good thing trains are passing this mural too quickly for passengers to take it in properly as at takes a rather imaginative view of the Argyle ...
David Panton 13/07/2019
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




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 service for Dalmuir via Yoker calls at Exhibition Centre on 13 July 2019. The track on the right is a siding (buffers behind me) used by the few ...
David Panton 13/07/2019
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
It is a good thing trains are passing this mural too quickly for passengers to take it in properly as at takes a rather imaginative view of the Argyle ...
David Panton 13/07/2019
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

This is a junction between the low level Glasgow Queen Street and the low level Glasgow Central line. It was formed in 1979 on the opening of the Argyle Line. It forms part of a flying junction. It more or less equates to the location of the earlier Kelvinhaugh Junction.
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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 service for Dalmuir via Yoker calls at Exhibition Centre on 13 July 2019. The track on the right is a siding (buffers behind me) used by the few ...
David Panton 13/07/2019
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
It is a good thing trains are passing this mural too quickly for passengers to take it in properly as at takes a rather imaginative view of the Argyle ...
David Panton 13/07/2019
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

This double track tunnel originally ran from Kelvinhaugh Signal Box to the west to Stobcross station to the east. It closed in 1965.
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This is a junction between the low level Glasgow Queen Street and the low level Glasgow Central line. It was formed in 1979 on the opening of the Argyle Line. It forms part of a flying junction.
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Finneston West Junction looking east. Eastbound train running down to Exhibition Centre. The westbound trains from Exhibition Centre take a different ...
Ewan Crawford //1988