Glasgow Central Railway

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Glasgow Central Railway
Stations (from south east to north west)
Stations in bold are open
Newton
Carmyle
Tollcross
     
Rutherglen
Parkhead
     
Dalmarnock
Bridgeton
Glasgow Green
Glasgow Cross
Glasgow Central Low Level
Anderston
Stobcross
Kelvinbridge
Botanic Gardens
Kirklee
Maryhill Central
     
Dawsholme

Contents

Early days

The Glasgow Central Railway company received royal assent in 1888. The following year the company was absorbed into the Caledonian Railway. The line was opened in sections:

In 1923, the Railway became part of LMS.

Connections to other lines

Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway

Via an underground junction at Stobcross, and a triangular junction at Maryhill Central.

London Road Link

A connection to allow access to the north of Glasgow, including the sidings at Parkhead Forge and the Buchanan Street Main Line.

Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway

Still open for Whifflet Line services. The junctions gave access to Coatbridge and the link onto Newton.

Clydesdale Junction Railway

Still open with WCML and Argyle Line services. At Newton connected to allow trains to head in an easterly direction. At Rutherglen access to the WCML is in both directions via a triangle of lines.

Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway

Now part of the Kirkhill Branch of the Cathcart Circle, the Glasgow Central connected to allow trains to head in a westerly direction.

Closures

There were a number of individual station closures prior to the line being closed:

The line was closed to passengers between Maryhill Central and Stobcross on 2 November 1959, although freight from Maryhill through to the docks at Stobcross continued until 14 August 1960 and Kelvinbridge until 6 July 1964. On 5 October 1964 the remaining passenger services were withdrawn. The only section of the line that remained open was between Tollcross and Tollcross East Junction (at Carmyle) for freight until 4 April 1966.

Reopening

The line between Rutherglen and Exhibition Centre was re-opened as part of the Argyle Line in 1979, which included the construction of a new station at Argyle Street.


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