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The major feature of this line was Glasgow St Enochs station. This station was famous for its quality hotel. The station has been closed an completely demolished. There were two glazed roofs side-by-side here situated above the Glasgow streets. The original smaller version of the station was called Dunlop Street. The site of the station is now several car-parks and the St Enoch's shopping centre.

This railway is open to freight between Shields Road and High Street. Between Bellgrove and Springburn the line is open to passenger trains. A new line (the Cowlairs Chord) has been brough into use to allow trains to run down the line from High Level Glasgow Queen Street. The line has a link to the line to Cumbernauld and trains from High Level Queen Street use this link. The section of the line between Gorbals and Larkfield is closed and uplifted.

Clickable map of the City of Glasgow Union Railway

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This line divides into two parts. The southern section runs across through the centre of Glasgow. At its east end it runs near High Street, the oldest part of the city, crosses the River Clyde to the Gorbals and then finishes at Shields Road on the south side of the city. The northern section starts at High Street and runs north to Springburn.



Description of route 


This is a double track railway which formerly included the large terminus St Enochs. Today the line mostly carrys freight on its sothern portion and both passengers and freight in its northern portion. The southern portion connects the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway to the Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway). The northern portion connects the Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
Shields Road
(Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
(Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)

Cumberland Street 

Main Street 

Gorbals Junction 

South Side 
(Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway)


Clyde Junction

St Enoch


Model of St Enoch's station.

St Enoch was one of the principal stations in Glasgow. It had two large glass trainsheds. It was originally owned by the City of Glasgow Union Railway, which was a joint railway between the Glasgow and South Western Railway and the North British Railway and had platforms which could serve both the city union line north to the High street Junctions and south to Gorbals and Pollockshields. Most of the platforms served the lines running south for the GSW's line to Carlisle via Dumfries. The station came under complete control of the G&SW.

There were a triangle of lines just outside the station and trains could bypass the station - the bypass being open today. In the triangle of lines was a locomotive shed. Both the station and locomotive shed were at first floow level and oil would drip down from the locomotive shed on walkers underneath. The station closed to passengers, was briefly used by postal trains and then became a car-park. The train sheds were later demolished and even later the stonework and St Enoch's hotel were demolished and used to fill in the Queen's Dock in preparation for the building of the Scottish Exhibition Centre.

Saltmarket Junction 


St Johns

College Goods 
(Also jnct for Gallowgate Central on the Glasgow City and District Railway) 

High Street East Junction 
(Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)) 

Bellgrove Junction 
(Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)) 

Duke Street 

Haghill Junction

The view shows the site of a bridge on the line between Haghill Junction and Parkhead. The line formerly ran from left to right on the embankment.

Haghill Junction 
(Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)) 

Alexandria Parade 



Sighthill Junction

Sighthill Junction was renamed Sighthill East Junction [2nd] on the openeing of the Cowlairs Chord from Sighthill West Junction to Cowlairs South Junction.



Springburn, looking towards Cumbernauld.

The Sighthill branch ran parallel to the line here and led to the large goods yard to the south east of this site. During an early dispute with the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway ran its trains allow this line and onto the line at St Rollox for access to Buchanan Street. The Sighthill Branch ran parallel from here up to Cowlairs. To the north of the station the Cowlairs Chord comes in from the site of the one-time Cowlairs station. The chord gives high-level Queen Street direct access to the City of Glasgow Union Railway and the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway lines for running to Cumbernauld.

Cowlairs West Junction?
(Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)

Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford