Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway

Introduction

This line is open. Today it is part of the line known as the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock or GBK. It purchased the Glasgow Southern Terminal Railway to extend the final mile to its Glasgow terminus South Side [GB and NDR].

The line was worked by the adjoining Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway. It became part of the Caledonian Railway and then it became jointly owned with the Glasgow and South Western Railway as the joint Glasgow to Kilmarnock route. With this, it became part of the main line to London St Pancras, the route via Barrhead being shorter (although more arduous) than that via Paisley.

Joint ownership ended with the joint companies being grouped into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.

Today, the line between Glasgow Central and Barrhead is supported and promoted by the South West Glasgow Community Rail Partnership .






Dates

  /  /1845Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1846Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Victoria Colliery [Nitshill] branch authorised.
  /  /1846General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
Act receives Royal assent. Line from General Terminus, a depot on the south bank of the River Clyde, to West Street Junction (Govan and Polloc Railway), Strathbungo Junction (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway) and Shields Junction No 1 (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway).
  /  /1846Glasgow Southern Terminal Railway
Line authorised. This line replaces the projected Glasgow portion of the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway.
  /  /1846Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Approval for link between Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway and the Polloc and Govan Railway near Gushetfaulds - the curve is the Victoria Junction to Cathcart Road Junction (the former was later called Langside Junction and the latter is now Larkfield Junction).
  /  /1847Glasgow Southern Terminal Railway Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Glasgow Southern Terminal Railway authorised to be absorbed by Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway.
  /  /1848Hurlet Waggonway
Closed when nearby Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway progressively replaces it.
27/09/1848Spiersbridge Branch (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway)
Spiersbridge and Spiersbridge branch opened to passengers.
29/09/1848Glasgow Southern Terminal Railway Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Line opened from South Side [GB and NDR] to Barrhead. Stations at South Side [GB and NDR], Pollokshaws, Crofthead [GBK], Nitshill and Barrhead
17/11/1848Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Victoria Colliery [Nitshill] branch opened.
  /  /1849Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway leased by the Caledonian Railway. (Alternative date 1846).
  /  /1849Glasgow Southern Terminal Railway Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Glasgow Southern Terminal Railway absorbed by Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway.
30/03/1849General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
West Street Junction (Govan and Polloc Railway) to Shields Junction No 1 (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway) and General Terminus opened. Curve to Strathbungo Junction (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway) opened.
01/05/1849Spiersbridge Branch (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway)
Spiersbridge branch closed to passengers, remaining open to goods and minerals.
01/06/1849Clydesdale Junction Railway
Line opened between Rutherglen [1st] and Motherwell [1st]. The Caledonian Railway begins running trains from the Glasgow terminus South Side [CR] station. Station opened to goods, passengers and minerals. This station opened on a short branch from the former Polloc and Govan Railway at Gushetfaulds. The terminus was immediately alongside the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway terminus. Stations opened at South Side [CR], Rutherglen [1st], Cambuslang, Uddingston [1st].
27/09/1849Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway Caledonian Railway
The Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway is leased by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1851Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct RailwayCaledonian Railway
Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1853Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Crofthead extension from Barrhead approved.
08/10/1855Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Crofthead extension opened.
  /  /1869Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint RailwayGlasgow and South Western RailwayCaledonian Railway
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Line committee formed for the under construction line. The joint line includes the Caledonian Railways former Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway. This gives the G&SWR a shorter route to Kilmarnock (and Carlisle) just as the City of Glasgow Union Railway, and its Glasgow St Enoch, is under development. It gives the Caledonian access to Kilmarnock with some running powers beyond.
07/01/1870General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
Tolls set for the Glasgow and South Western Railway between Strathbungo Junction (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway) and Shields Junction No 1 (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway). Either end of the line was joint Caledonian Railway and G&SWR, the intervening line was CR owned.
  /  /1872Caledonian Railway Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway Govan and Polloc Railway
Link between Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway, Victoria Junction (Langside Junction), to Govan and Polloc Railway, Cathcart Road Junction (Larkfield Junction), authorised. The former was about to be extended to Kilmarnock in 1873.
  /  /1872City of Glasgow Union Railway Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Gorbals Junction to Langside Junction authorised
  /  /1873Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
William Tite's building at South Side [GB and NDR] and South Side [CR] demolished to make way for the City of Glasgow Union Railway lines connecting to the Barrhead line.
17/10/1876City of Glasgow Union Railway
Glasgow St Enoch opened. Through service from London St Pancras via the Midland Railway starts. Dunlop Street closed. Gorbals Junction on the City of Glasgow Union Railway to South Side on the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway opened.
01/10/1877Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
South Side [GB and NDR] closed.
  /  /1880Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway Company wound up. Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway Company wound up. Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway - Greenock Guaranteed Company - wound up.
  /06/1888Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Crossmyloof station opened.
  /  /1896Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Authorisation to modify Nitshill bridge.
  /  /1960Spiersbridge Branch (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway)
Spiersbridge branch closed.
31/01/1960Spiersbridge Branch (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway)
Thornliebank Goods to Kennishead (excluded) closed to public traffic (private sidings remained in use).
18/03/1960Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Kennishead closed to goods.
  /  /1990Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Priesthill and Darnley opened.

Route described

This line runs south west from Glasgow to Barrhead, steadily climbing and latterly running in the valley of the Levern Water during the steeper climb to Barrhead. Along its route there are three large viaducts Pollokshaws Viaduct, just outside Glasgow, Kennishead Viaduct and Levern Water Viaduct on the eastern edge of Barrhead.

The line served several works (such as the Thornliebank Dye Print and Bleach Works, Nitshill Chemical Works, Shanks Victorian Pottery Works, Fereneze Works, Crofthead Mill) and mines.

The Glasgow South Side [GB and NDR] terminus was built by the Glasgow Southern Terminal Railway, a short line replacing the original promoted terminus and acquired by the larger company shortly after the railway opened.

Trains ran to that terminal, and later the Glasgow Central and St Enoch stations. Today they run to Glasgow Central.


Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This terminus was located at the junction of Pollokshaws Road and Cathcart Street (now Cathcart Road). Initially it was the Glasgow terminus of the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston direct Railway. An eastern portion was added to the station, opened with the Clydesdale Junction Railway and Hamilton branch. The terminus was on the south side of the River Clyde, a little distant from old ...

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City of Glasgow Union Railway
Glasgow Southern Terminal Railway
A St Enoch - Kilmarnock local passing the former South Side station shortly after commencing its journey on 20 July 1961. At the head of the train is ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
Black 5 4-6-0 no 44992, with a train of empty stock destined for St Enoch, photographed alongside the former South Side station on 20 July 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73057 passing South Side on 20 July 1961 with a train from Dumfries bound for St Enoch. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
Stanier Pacific 46244 King George VI passing the site of South Side station on 20 July 1961 with a St Enoch - Carlisle train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1961
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This was a long six road carriage shed south of South Side [GB and NDR], built after 1892 on the east side of the approach to that former station and with the City of Glasgow Union Railway line on its east side on approach to Glasgow St Enoch from Langside Junction to the south. The sidings through the carriage shed were looped.
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City of Glasgow Union Railway


This was a junction on the approach to Glasgow St Enoch from the south until 1973.
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Glasgow Southern Terminal Railway
Stanier Pacific 46227 Duchess of Devonshire heading south through Langside Junction on the afternoon of 5 May 1956. The train is the Saturday ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1956
The 5.30pm ex-St Enoch runs south through Langside Junction on the first day of August 1955 en route to Carlisle. Locomotives are Fairburn tank 42122 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1955
Standard class 5 4-6-0 73060 brings a Carlisle - St Enoch train through Langside Junction on 8 August 1964. [Ref query 29 August 2017] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/08/1964
The 12.50pm from St Enoch runs through Langside Junction on 8 September 1954. Jubilee 4-6-0 45713 Renown is piloting Clan Pacific 72008 Clan ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1954
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This junction remains open. This is the junction between the main line south from Glasgow Central to Barrhead and the freight only curve to Larkfield Junction. It was once a goods junction and later the junction between the routes to Glasgow St Enoch and Glasgow Central.
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General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
A Kilmarnock service passing Muirhouse South on 25 August 2018. The line to the right leads to Larkfield Junction and has no passenger services. ...
David Panton 25/08/2018
A pair of 156s creeping through the shadows onto Muirhouse South Junction off the little used link from Larkfield Junction on their way to Crossmyloof ...
Fraser Cochrane 29/12/2008
Muirhouse South Junction facing north. Line to left for Cathcart Circle, to right to Barrhead. Distant left to Glasgow Central and distant right for ...
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This was a two platform station with waiting rooms on the platforms and an office on the road overbridge at the east end.
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2P 4-4-0 no 40592 runs south through Strathbungo on 1 August 1955 with a train for Kilmarnock. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1955
A Barrhead service passes the site of Strathbungo station on 11/02/2017. The station wasn't too much of a loss as there are three stations with ...
David Panton 11/02/2017
A southbound service passes through the site of Strathbungo station on 7 July. This station was probably one of the more justifiable Beeching closures ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
DMU 107438 smokily heads for the site of Strathbungo station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This is a two platform station. It is a minimal station with two platforms.
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Fairburn tank 42263 photographed at Crossmyloof on 20 September 1963 heading for East Kilbride with the 5.33pm ex-St Enoch. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/09/1963
A service for Glasgow Central makes its last stop on 20 June. You can tell whether it has come from East Kilbride or Barrhead purely by the number of ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
The 5.30pm Glasgow St Enoch - Carlisle train, photographed shortly after passing Crossmyloof on 14 July 1964. The locomotive is Kingmoor Black 5 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/07/1964
Royal Scot 46117 Welsh Guardsman photographed near Crossmyloof on 20 September 1956 at the head of a Glasgow - Leeds train. [Ref query 15 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/09/1956
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This goods and minerals depot was located to the north of Pollokshaws West station and the Pollokshaws Viaduct. The yard was on both sides of the line. The goods shed and loading bank was on the east side, approached from the south. Sidings on the west side were approached from the north.
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BR Standard 2-6-4 tank no 80128 passing the yards at Pollokshaws on 9 August 1956 at the head of a train from Beith bound for St Enoch.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/08/1956
57560 passing the yards at Pollokshaws on 10 August 1956 with a train for Barrhead. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/08/1956
Compound 4-4-0 no 40915 passing the yards at Pollokshaws with a train for Kilmarnock on 23 August 1955. [Ref query 2 November 2018] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/08/1955
A very clean BR Standard 4MT tank, 80058, passing the yards at Pollokshaws West on 31 August 1964 with the 5.33pm St Enoch - East Kilbride. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 31/08/1964
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This is a double track five arch viaduct, over the White Cart Water, north of Pollokshaws West station.
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BR Standard 2-6-4 tank no 80051 crossing the White Cart Water on Pollokshaws in September 1954 with a St Enoch - East Kilbride service. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/09/1964
156493 crossing Pollokshaws viaduct at the rear of a three unit train heading towards Glasgow Central ...
Graham Morgan 28/05/2007
Clan Pacific no 72005 Clan MacGregor crossing the Cart at Pollokshaws on 4 August 1964. The train is the 5.20pm St Enoch - Carlisle. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/08/1964
Royal Scot 46160 Queen Victoria's Rifleman crossing the viaduct over the White Cart at Pollokshaws on 31 August 1964 with the 5.30pm St Enoch - ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 31/08/1964
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This is a two platform station with original station buildings on both platforms. It is now the oldest station in the Glasgow area.
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A Glasgow service calls at 'Shaws West on 4 May 2019. Four cars indicate an East Kilbride origin; Barrhead services manage fine with two. ...
David Panton 04/05/2019
156495 leads the 11.12 Carlisle - Glasgow Central into Pollokshaws West on a wet 2nd January 2020. Both platform buildings survive, but not in active ...
Bill Roberton 02/01/2020
A 4-car service for East Kilbride calls at 'Shaws West on 11 November 2017.
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David Panton 11/11/2017
Pollokshaws West, looking towards Glasgow Central ...
Graham Morgan 28/05/2007
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This is the junction between the line from Glasgow Central to Kilmarnock and the branch to East Kilbride.
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Busby Railway
A train from Darvel approaching Busby Junction in the autumn of 1956 behind 2P 4-4-0 no 40665. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1956
A local train on its way from Kilmarnock to Glasgow approaching Busby Junction from the south on 6 October 1953. The locomotive is class 2P 4-4-0 no ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/10/1953
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73057 hurries past Busby Junction on 8 September 1956 with a Glasgow bound freight. [Ref query 24 October 2017] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1956
Black 5 4-6-0 no 44727 passing Busby Junction with a down freight in September 1956. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1956
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This is a two platform station. The station has few facilities. A footbridge crosses between the platforms.
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Spiersbridge Branch (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway)
156499 pulls into Kennishead with a Barrhead to Glasgow service on 14 October 2017.
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David Panton 14/10/2017
A Barrhead service pulls into Kennishead on 8 September 2018. Anything but a Class 156 would seem unthinkable here, but they can't last forever. ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
Southbound DMU at Kennishead. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Excessively long and overgrown platforms at Kennishead. Looking to Barrhead. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This double track viaduct is west of Kennishead station and directly west of the new bridge by which the M77 crosses over the railway.
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Jubilee 45660 Rooke crossing Kennishead Viaduct in 1965 with a train from Leeds. ...
John Robin //1965
Kingmoor Black 5 no 44677 brings a train off the south end of Kennishead Viaduct in March 1965. ...
John Robin 31/03/1965
70035 Rudyard Kipling takes a parcels train north over Kennishead Viaduct on 31 March 1965. ...
John Robin 31/03/1965
This viaduct was renewed a few years ago after I had reported being able to see through the sleepers to the ground below... bridge was painted in ...
Colin Harkins 25/02/2007
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This is a relatively new minimal two platform station, of 1990, opened to serve housing developments.
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A Barrhead to Glasgow service calls at Priesthill on 8 September 2018, in charge of the comfortingly inevitable Class 156. ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
A St Enoch - Barrhead train photographed near Darnley on 4 August 1955 behind ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 57560. [Ref query 1021] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/08/1955
156 435 at Priesthill and Darnley in January 2008 with a service for Glasgow Central. ...
David Panton 12/01/2008
Platform view west at Priesthill and Darnley on 17 June 2007. ...
John Furnevel 17/06/2007
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This is a two platform station with a lattice footbridge. The platforms are slightly staggered.
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A Barrhead to Glasgow services is about to call at Nitshill on 8 September 2018. Looks like the lighting columns are being replaced. ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
Nitshill's venerable hump-backed footbridge has an almost alarmingly low parapet. It is the only access to the Up platform (here helpfully labelled). ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
DMU leaves Nitshill for Barrhead. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Southbound service races through Nitshill. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This is a large masonry two track structure. There are two large arches over the Levern Water to the west, a large masonry section and then a smaller arch over Salterland Road to the east. The viaduct is 50 ft high. Also known as Salterland Viaduct.
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A local from Dumfries to Glasgow St Enoch crossing the Levern Viaduct between Barrhead and Nitshill on 21 March 1957. Locomotive in charge is Black 5 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 21/03/1957
The lengthy Euston - St Enoch sleeper crossing the Levern Viaduct between Barrhead and Nitshill on the morning of 21 March 1957. Locomotive in charge ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 21/03/1957
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Class 2P 4-4-0 no 40645 passing the site of Barrhead North Junction on 10 April 1953 with a Kilmarnock - St Enoch train. Part of the large Shanks & Co ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/04/1953
View from the east fork of the Glasgow and South Western's extension of the Potterhill Branch to Barrhead. In the background a passing Sprinter is on ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
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This junction was north east of Barrhead station. It was the junction for Barrhead Central. This was a double track junction. On the north side of the junction was the Shanks Victorian Pottery Works, served by a siding making a trailing connection to the Barrhead-Glasgow line.
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Barrhead Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Class 2P 4-4-0 no 40686 about to bring a train from Darvel through Barrhead South Junction on its way to Glasgow in October 1956. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/10/1956
McIntosh ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 no 54453 runs through Barrhead South Junction on 10 April 1953 with a local from St Enoch. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/04/2020
Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45691 Orion passing Barrhead South Junction on 10 April 1953 with a St Enoch - Newcastle service. View from the signal box. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/04/1953
A St Enoch - Kilmarnock train approaching Barrhead South Junction on 10 April 1953 behind class 2P 4-4-0 no 40612. The train is about to cross the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/04/1953
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This is a three platform station to the south west of Glasgow. One platform, on the north side, is a bay platform for Glasgow. It enjoys a commuter service to Glasgow Central and is also served by longer distance trains between Glasgow and Carlisle. A signal box (dating from 1894) still stands to the east of the station.
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Late blooming flowers adorn the southbound platform at Barrhead and, across the way, a Sprinter rests in the bay platform. ...
John Yellowlees 22/10/2015
Barrhead: a station with buildings on both sides, a bay platform and a signal box; quite a survivor. A Kilmarnock service calls on 3 August 2019. ...
David Panton 03/08/2019
A Kilmarnock to Glasgow service departs its last stop, Barrhead, on 15/10/2016 while a stopper waits in the bay. The person who invents the Gaelic ...
David Panton 15/10/2016
156 503 in the bay platform at Barrhead with the 14.57 to Glasgow Central. ...
Bill Roberton 09/02/2016
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This intermediate box was on the south side of the line between Barrhead and Neilston [1st].
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2P 4-4-0 40617 climbing Neilston Bank near the long closed Barshagra box in May 1954 with a Kilmarnock local. The chimney of the Fereneze Works is ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/05/1954
The down Thames - Clyde Express photographed passing Neilston Low on 6 May 1954. The train is hauled by Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46103 Royal Scots ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/05/1954
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This was a shed located by the first Neilston station, Crofthead, a terminus to the north of Neilston.
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This was a terminus. When initially opened the line from Barrhead was single track. The line terminated with a loop and two sets of goods sidings. There was a shed, Neilston Shed.
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Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
The site of the original terminus of the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway was on the left. On the right is the original route of the ...
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017
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