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 Cathcart District Railway

This line is open. The line is now known as the "Cathcart Circle". There is an electric passenger train service provided around the circle, from Glasgow Central and back to it.

Survey To be entered
Engineers To be entered
Act 7/9/1880
Contractors To be entered
Opened 1/3/1886
Closed No
Clickable map of the Cathcart District Railway

  303 at Queens Park heading south. 
303 at Queens Park heading south.

Local area 


This line is in the south of Glasgow. It runs through a residential area consisting mostly of tenement housing.



Description of route 


From Pollokshields to Cathcart, later extended by another route back to Pollokshields.

Muirhouse Junction
(Glasgow Central Station Lines)(No access to Barrhead line from Pollokshields East)

Pollokshields East

Queens Park  
303 at Queens Park heading south. 
303 at Queens Park heading south.
Queens Park station building.
Queens Park station building.


This is an island platform station. The station was re-glazed in the late 1980s.


Mount Florida 

Cathcart North Junction?
(Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway)

Cathcart (Old) 
This was the original terminus of the line before it was extended west and then north to Glasgow Central. Nothing now remains of the old station.


Cathcart West Junction 
Here the line is met by the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway at a junction which faces both east (for for Neilston) and west (for Newton). The junction was been re-aligned when the lines were electrified to allow running to Neilston and Newton from the Cathcart Circle.

Langside and Newlands 

Pollokshaws East 


Maxwell Park

Pollokshields West  
Inner circle train entering Pollockshields West.
Newton train entering Pollockshields West.

This is an island platform station.

Muirhouse Junction 
(Glasgow Central Station Lines)
(Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway)

Page created on 20/01/1998
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford