The Remains of Britain's Steam Age Railway
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Glasgow and its Tunnels

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Welcome to theses pages on Glasgow and its Tunnels. From April 2016 to May 2017 I spent several very enjoyable days hiking around the wonderful
city that is Glasgow, the main reason was to track as many of the disused tunnels, but also to pick up any interesting bits of the steam age railway that remains.
The city once had a very extensive suburban system, some of it still remains and fortunately some of it has been re-opened. These pages are not intended as a
complete record of the area and will be added to over time. Any comments or observations will be most welcome, especially in naming some of the bridges and
viaducts, traditional the railways named their viaducts after the river or valley they crossed, the Kelvin River had at least Nine railway bridges over it in the space
of a couple of miles, so naming is very difficult.I have tried as best I can to describe the locations, but some areas especially some tunnels get rather
comlicated. The map below will show a thumbnail when hovering over a location and clicking will take you to the larger images and more detailed maps, alternatively
clicking on one of the names below the map will take you to the images.


Stations

Tunnels

Bridges/Locations

Anderston Cross
Ashfield
Belgrove
Botanic Gardens
Bridgeton Central
Bridgeton Cross
Bridge St
Central
Central Low Level
Crow Rd
Finnieston
Gallowgate Central
High St
Hyndhead
Kelvin Bridge
Kelvin Hall (Partick Central)
Kelvinside
Kirklee
Maryhill
Maryhill Central
Parkhead
Possil
Possilpark
St Enoch
St Enoch (Underground)
Springburn
Stobcross
Queen St

1. Stobcross Depot East Portal
2. Stobcross Depot North Portal
3. St Vincent Crescent South Portal
4. St Vincent Crescent North Portal
5. Kelvingrove South Portal
6. Kelvingrove North Portal
7. Yorkhill North Portal
8. Crow Rd South Portal
9. Crow Rd North Portal
10. Kelvinside South Portal
11. Kelvinside North Portal
12. Balgray South Portal
13. Balgray East Portal
14. Botanic Gardens North Portal
15. Great Western Road South Portal
16. Tamshill No. 1 West Portal
17. Kelvindale East Portal
18. Kelvindale West Portal
19. Temple Gasworks East Portal
20. Mosesfield North Portal
21. Mosesfield South Portal
22. Buchanan St South Portal
23. Queen St North Portal
24. Barnhill North Portal
25. Provan Gasworks North Portal
26. High St West Portal
27. Charing Cross East Portal
28. Belgrove West Portals
29. Belgrove East Portals
30. Barrack St/Gallowgate South Portals
31. Bridgeton Cross North Portal
32. Bridgeton Cross South Portal
33. Bridgeton Central North Portal
34. Bridgeton Central South Portal
35. Canning St South Portal
36. Dalmarmock North Portal
37. London Rd West Portal
38. London Rd East Portal

A. City Union Bridge
B. St Enoch Southern Approaches
C. Bridgegate Underbridge
D. St Enoch Northern Approaches
E. Saltmarket Underbridge
F. London Rd Underbridge
G. Bell St Underbridge
H. Clyde Bridge
J. Kelvinhaugh Arches
K. Sandyford St
L. Ferry Rd
M. Kelvin River Bridge
N. Kirklee Underbridge
O. Kirklee Overbridge
P. Kelvin Bridge (Maryhill South)
Q. Kelvin Bridge (Maryhill North)
R. Kelvin Bridge (Dawsholm Branch)
S. Kelvin Bridge (Temple Gasworks Branch)
T. Kelvindale Overbridge (New Station)
U. Possil Station Overbridge
V. Chapel St Overbridge
W. Ashfield St Overbridge
X.LittleSt/KerrSt/DuncanSt/TureenSt Overbridges
Y. Sydney St/Barrack St Overbridges
Z. Darnick Underbridge

 

A1, Springburn Works
A2. St Rollox Works
A3. North Canal Swing Bridge
A4. Polmadie

A late 1890s map of Glasgow Central before the 1901-6 expansion.

Glasgow Central 02/04/2016

Glasgow Central 02/04/2016

Glasgow Central 02/04/2016

Glasgow Central 02/04/2016

Looking across the Clyde from the original station, showing how the tracks were slewed when the original
Clyde Bridge was closed.Glasgow Central 02/04/2016

Glasgow Central 02/04/2016

Glasgow Central 02/04/2016

Glasgow Central 02/04/2016

Glasgow Central 02/04/2016

Glasgow Central 05/05/2017

Glasgow Central 05/05/2017

Glasgow Central 05/05/2017

Glasgow Central 05/05/2017

Glasgow Central 05/05/2017

Glasgow Central 05/05/2017

Subterranean Glasgow Central 19/05/2017

The original Cab entrance to Glasgow Central 05/05/2017

The abandoned low level island platform at Glasgow Central 05/05/2017

The Clyde bridge approaches to Glasgow Central 02/04/2016

The Clyde bridge approaches to Glasgow Central 02/04/2016

One of the abandoned piers of the original Clyde Bridge.02/04/2016

Looking south across the Clyde showing the remains of the original 1879 bridge.02/04/2016

Looking towards the buffer stops, two piers of the origianl bridge.02/04/2016

Underneath The Clyde Bridge gives you a good idea of the scale and workmanship involved.02/04/2016

A good overall view showing both Clyde bridges looking south.02/04/2016

Glasgow Bridge St Station circa 1895.

Just south of the Clyde is the site of Bridge St station, pre-dating Central and only closing when the enlargement
of Central took place in 1905. The original buildings were on the left in this picture, demolished in 1971,
the building shown here is the huge extension from 1888 which still survives,
but in these days of sealed windows on trains is not easy to photograph. 20/10/2016

Glasgow Bridge St Station. 20/10/2016

Glasgow Bridge St Station. 05/05/2017

Polmadie Engine Shed circa 1895.

No visit to Glasgow would be complete without a mention of Polmadie Engine Shed. 20/10/2016
Sadly these photos are nothing more than a snapshot out of a passing train window of the once historic site.

Polmadie Engine Shed. 20/10/2016
Heading back south later in the evening as the sun was setting
I could picture the Pacifics brewing up, as they were prepared for their overnight runs into England.

Heading west from Glasgow Central Low Level the first station you come to is Anderston Cross.
Not the prettiest of stations or areas, but significant as this route from Partick to Rutherglen was mostly closed in
1964 only for a more enlightened railway and local authority to re-open it in 1979, what a colossal waste of money to
close it in the first place, fortuantely Scotland today does have some forward thinking people unlike their useless conterparts in London.
14/07/2016

Next stop the re-opened Stobcross Station, today called Exhibition Centre, looking east towards the city.
14/07/2016

Circa 1895 map showing the vast stretch of lines on the north Quay, now virtualy all gone, most if not all of the water shown on this map has been in-filled.
The line from Central comes into Stobcross at the bottom right, their is a junction shortly after, with one line (Still open) continuing towards Partick and the
other (Now closed) heading north to Kelvin Bridge. The Queen St Low Level line can be seen towards the top heading through the long closed Finnieston Station.

The East Portal of Stobcross Depot Tunnel, this is at the end of the platform at
Stobcross Station, just inside the tunnel their was a junction for the Kelvin Bridge route.
14/07/2016

Looking west at the site of Finnieston Station closed in 1916.
14/07/2016


Road level view of Finnieston Station, this is looking south
with the line to Charing Cross passing under the road from right to left.
14/07/2016

Looking west at Finnieston Station. 14/07/2016

Looking west where the Charing Cross-Partick line crosses the
Stobcross-Kelvin Bridge route, just past the supports for the overhead wires.
14/07/2016

The northern portal of Stobcross Depot Tunnel, where the Kelvin Bridge
route passes under the Charing Cross route, as seen in the previous photo.
14/07/2016

Turning around we see the Kelvin Bridge route heading north into the short St Vincent Crescent Tunnel.
14/07/2016

The northern portal of St Vincent Crescent Tunnel.
14/07/2016


Turning around again to look north the line went very shortly into Kelvingrove Tunnel on its way to kelvin Bridge.
14/07/2016


The northern portal of Yorkhill Tunnel, this is the
other route from Stobcross making its way to Kelvinhaugh.
14/07/2016

Shortly after leaving Yorkhill Tunnel, out of shot to the right, the line
crossed the Kelvin and went into Kelvin Hall (Partick Central) Station, out of shot on the left.
14/07/2016

Circa 1895 map showing the Caledonian route from Stobcross under construction at Kelvin Hall. The north portal of Yorkhill Tunnel is
on the extreme right shortly followed by the bridge over the Kelvin and then almost immediately into Kelvin Hall (Partick Central) Station
(Yet to be built). The line then passed through a short tunnel before entering a much longer one that passed under the North British Partick route,
shown on the middle left of the map. This whole area including the tunnels to the west of Kelvin Hall Station has been obliterated in the last year or two by building works.

The view looking East along the Kelvin. Kelvin Hall Station was where the trees
are on the left, the route crossed the bridge into Yorkhill Tunnel towards Stobcross.
The station was originaly called Partick Central but was re-named kelvin Hall in 1959.
14/07/2016

Looking towards Kelvin Hall Station across the Kelvin.
11/10/2016


Looking south at Kelvin Hall Station, the line ran from left (Stobcross) to right (Partick West).
Sadly I was just to late, the station building on the bridge had only been demolished in the past year.
14/07/2016


Kelvin Hall Station looking east. The stub of the Island platform can just be seen to the right of the skip.
14/07/2016

Kelvin Hall Station. 14/07/2016

Kelvin Hall Station looking west. The row of trees mark the platform, with the river just the other side.
14/07/2016

This is the North British route from Charing Cross to Partick, crossing Kelvinhaugh Arches.
14/07/2016

The other side of the arches looking towards Partick. 14/07/2016

Kelvinhaugh Arches. 14/07/2016

Bridge over Sandyfoot St at Kelvinhaugh. 14/07/2016

North British bridge across the Kelvin at Ferry Rd. 14/07/2016

North British bridge across the Kelvin at Ferry Rd. 14/07/2016
The following photos are taken in the Riverside Museum, a little too clinical for my liking ,
but the main reason for visiting was to see Glen Douglas and the Bassett-Lowke model of H.M.S. Hood.
14/07/2016

Glasgow & South Western Railway 0-6-0 No. 9

Highland Railway Jones Goods 4-6-0 No. 103

Caledonian Railway 4-2-2 No. 123

Caledonian Railway 4-2-2 No. 123

North British 4-4-0 No. 256

R.I.P to the 1415 and the 3 survivors.
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