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

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Page 4 and the final page of my tour of the railways of Glasgow. This page broadly covers the North Eastern side of
the city which includes the world renowned Railway Works, as much at the backbone of the city as the Shipbuilding on
the Clyde was. The photo above is of the wonderful detail above the entrance to the head office of Springburn Works.




Continuing the Lanarkshire & Dumbartonshire line from Partick via Maryhill
Central to Rutherglen we come to Possil Station, North was added in 1954.
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Possil Station was only 300yards from the North British Railwasy Possilpark Station and was the terminus for services from
Partick. The station had through platforms and there was a plan for a service to continue to Rutherglen, but this never came about.
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Possil Station quite a remarkable survivor, but for how much longer?
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The Possil line comes in from the left crossing the North British Possilpark route,
Possil Station (not marked) was just up the road from Possilpark, the line then runs in a deep cutting past Possil Junction
(junction for Ruchill Hospital branch) and then crossed the North British Railways Edinburgh Mainline just above Cowlairs East Junction.
Circa 1895.

Possil Station.
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Possil Station.
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Possil Station.
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Possil Station looking west to Maryhill Central. The station closed
in 1964 and the route east of Possil in 1965, and west of closed in 1966.
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Possil Station.
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Possil Goods Shed amidst the scrap yard.
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This would have been the original Overbridge at Possil, presumably their would have been
an area in front of the station for cabs etc and at some point that was turned into the main road,
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Possil Station Overbridge.
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East of Possil Station the line runs in a deep cutting climbing at around 1:77 toward the North British Mainline at Cowlairs.
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Overbridge at Possil Junction.
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Looking west to Possil at Possil Junction. I have walked and explored disused railways in every corner of mainland Britain,
and have seen some pretty grim sites, but this stretch of line is one of the worst I have walked, the level of rubbish of every
description is behond words, almost without exception houses backing onto the line have rubbish piled high against the fence
where it has just been thrown over from the bottom of the garden. Do people really care so little about where they live? Don't
they even stop and think about the Rat population? If they knew what was living at the bottom of their gardens they would never open
their doors again.
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Looking west from the Overbridge in the previous photo. The line to Ruchill Hospital curved off to the left and has been infilled
and landscaped. Passenger trains may not have got further east than Possil, but freight certainly did, coal and iron ore was hauled
in vast quantites, double headed by Dawsholm Austerities in later years. What a sound they must have made blasting up the bank to
get over the North Britih Mainline at Cowlairs.
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After crossing the mainline from Queen St at Cowlairs the line turned south around what is
now Stobhill Hospital. At High Balornock the line passed through the short Mosesfield Tunnel.
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Mosesfield Tunnel North Portal, a cut and cover affair, presumably the tunnel was only built to keep
the owners of Balornock House happy, as the drive and lodge for the house was right above the tunnel.
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Mosesfield Tunnel South Portal.
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Mosesfield Tunnel South Portal.
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Mosesfield Tunnel.
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This is the site of the North British Railways Possilpark Station looking west, behind the camera is the new station opened in 1993.
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Continuing on the North British towards Cowlairs , this is Ashfield Station looking east,
another new opening in 1993. In the distance is the Overbridge that marks Cowlairs North Junction.
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Ashfield Station looking west towards Possilpark, under the bridge was the
substantial Sarcen Iron Foundry, which of course had its own railway system.
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After negotiating Cowlairs North and West Junctions, and the 1992 BR Sighthill Junction we come to Springburn Station.
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The rather sad remains of Springburn Station. How many thousands of workers would have exited here over the
years on the way to the Loco Works. While taking this shot some people behind me sitting outside Shevlanes Pub
started talking about the history of the area and when I said I was heading to St Rollox, they said, you can't miss the Caley!
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Springburn Station looking south. The Atlas Works was off to the left and Hyde Park Loco Works was on the right.
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Springburn Station looking towards Cowlairs.
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Sringburn Station. In the late 1980s and early 1990s Springburn was a popular
loco change on the end of season steam hauled run from Fort William, a 37 would
come off Eastfield to take the train on to Edinburgh and the steam loco would then run light to Bo'ness.
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Long forgotten entrance to Springburn Station.
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Springburn Station looking south.
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Circa 1895. Cowlairs works of the North British Railway on the left then Hyde Park and the Atlas Works. The photo below shows the Head
Office at Sringburn after the North British Railway took over, on the map it is located where the Hyde Park Football Ground is, just below the Atlas Works.

Springburn Locomotive Works.
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North British Locomotive Company. In the ealry part of the 1900s the four
locomotive works in this part of Glasgow built a quater of the worlds locomotives.
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Springburn Works.
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Springburn Works.
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Springburn Works, this the back of the head office, the works itself was on the right.
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South of Springburn the line passed under the Caledonian Railways mainline to St Rollox and Buchanan St by the way of
Barnhill Tunnel. The line above the tunnel is the connection between the two lines and behind the trees is the mainline to Buchanan St.
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Circa 1930s map showing the approaches to St Rollox including the Engine Shed top towards the right
and the Provan Gasworks Tunnel in the centre, curving away through one hundred and eighty degrees from the mainline.

Provan Gasworks Tunnel North Portal.
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Provan Gasworks Tunnel North Portal.
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The Provan Gasworks branch ran just behind where I am standing at about the same level as the road, it connected to the mainline
at Garngad on the North British Springburn line.This shot is of the underbridge on Darnick St under the Buchanan St/St Rollox mainline.
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Circa 1895 map showing the maze of lines around St Rollox, the Provan Gasworks line was not built until 1902 so is not shown.

The Caledonian Railways St Rollox Locomotive Works. Although only a shadow of its former importance and size,
the works is still a rail servicing centre, but it has had a rather chequered time in recent years with several different operators.
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Offices of St Rollox Locomotive Works, St Rollox Station was out of shot to the
right, and the line to Buchanan St carried on under Springburn Road on the right.
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St Rollox Locomotive Works looking to the left from the previous photo.
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British Rail Engineering Ltd. St Rollox Locomotive Works.
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Offices of St Rollox Locomotive Works on Springburn Road.
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St Rollox Locomotive Works.
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Offices of St Rollox Locomotive Works on Springburn Road. The mainline to Buchanan St passed under where the car is.
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St Rollox Locomotive Works on Springburn Road.
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A view lookin north across Springburn Road at the Caledonian Railways
St Rollox Works. Where the person is walking the line to St Dundas and the Swing Bridge
in the following photos, crossed the road. Widening of Springburn Road swept away the Underbridge.
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Circa 1930s map showing all four Locomotive Works, for some strange reason Cowlairs in the middle left is not named.

Glasgow North Canal Swing Bridge which is at the bottom left of the above map in Port Dundas.
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Glasgow North Canal Swing Bridge.
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Circa 1895 map showing the mainline to Queen St at left centre entering Cowlairs Tunnel, north portal of Buchanan St Tunnel is in the
middle with the surviving south portal just shown at the bottom left of centre. The swing bridge in the previous photos is on the extreme middle left,
the other swing bridge marked, near Cowlairs Tunnel has long since disappeared when the Forth & Clyde Canal was in filled as part of the M8 construction.

Buchanan St Tunnel Southern Portal. The M8 runs just behind the parapet, and immediately behind where
I am standing is the slab side of one of the many student tower blocks that have sprung up all over the city.

Circa 1895 map of Buchanan St. The tunnel portal can be seen at top right directly above the dotted line of Cowlairs Tunnel.
The whole area has been transformed with various construction projects over the years, even the tunnel portal is well hidden from prying eyes.

Looking up Cowlairs Incline during electrification work.
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North Portal of Cowlairs Tunnel. This location would have been witness to
many battles in steam days as locos laboured up the 1:41 into daylight, while the
sound would have been quite something to hear, the conditions on the footplate would have
been appaling especially on the banking engine, I can't imagine the air in the tunnel ever cleared.
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Circa 1895 map of Queen St Station. Either side of the station can be
seen the Low Level line emerging into daylight for a very short distance.

Glasgow Queen St Station from what is now called Bath St, on the 1895 maps it is marked Cathedral St.

Queen St Goods Yard, being used as a compound for electrification works, what
the long term future holds I don't know, but I am sure eventually it will succumb to development.
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Dundas St on the west side of Queen St Station.
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Trainshed at Queen St Station , looking towards the buffers.
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The entrance to Cowlairs Tunnel is now hidden by the development above,
there was a short second tunnel which was used as a headshunt for the goods yard.
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Bath Road crossing the platforms at Queen St Station.
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Glasgow Queen St Station.
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Glasgow Queen St Station.
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Glasgow Queen St Station.
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Glasgow Queen St Station.
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Glasgow Queen St Low Level Station looking into High St Tunnel.
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Glasgow Queen St Low Level Station, east portal of Charing Cross Tunnel.
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