Glasgow Central Railway

Glasgow Central Railway

Glasgow Central Railway

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The Glasgow Central Railway was a railway that ran from Maryhill in the north west of Glasgow through the West End and City Centre to Rutherglen and Newton to the south east of the city.

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:

  • 26 November 1894 - Stobcross to Maryhill
  • 1 November 1895 - Rutherglen to Glasgow Cross
  • 1 October 1896 - Line through Glasgow Central Low Level
  • 1 February 1897 - Link through Carmyle to Newton open

In 1923, the railway became part of LMS.

Connections to other lines

Stobcross Railway

Re-instated when the Argyle Line was re-opened in 1979 to provide a link to the North Clyde Line for westbound trains.

Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway

  • An underground junction at Stobcross. A section of this tunnel (with some new construction) was re-opened in 1979 to provide the eastbound link from the North Clyde Line to the Argyle Line.
  • A triangular junction at Maryhill Central.

London Road Link (The Switchback)

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 in the Coatbridge direction and the link onto Newton.

Clydesdale Junction Railway

Still open with WCML and Argyle Line services. At Newton connected...
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