Bellshaugh Junction

Location type

Junction

Name and dates

Bellshaugh Junction (1896-1964)

Opened on the Glasgow Central Railway.
Opened on the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway.

Description

This was a four way junction. To the west were the lines to Dawsholm (north west, 1895) and Dumbarton Central (west, 1896). To the east were the lines to Maryhill Central and Balornock Junction (east, 1895) and Glasgow Central (south, 1896). The junction was on a cramped site on the south bank of the River Kelvin, the Dawsholm fork crossing the river immediately north west of the junction.

The junction was the western apex of a triangle formed with Maryhill Junction to the east (crossing the River Kelvin to reach the junction) and Kirklee Junction to the south.

All lines were double track. A signal box opened at the junction in 1896, on the south side of the junction.

There was a large yard on either side of the line, just east of the junction. This had 5 looped sidings to north, accessed from west (from Dawsholm only) (originally also accessed from east from Kirklee Goods Signal Box) and two looped sidings to south, access from both ends.

There was also goods yard within the triangle, Kirklee Goods, accessed from Bellshaugh Junction.

The line south to Kirklee closed in 1960. The branch north west to Dawsholm and Dawsholm Shed closed in 1964. With this the site ceased to be a junction, however the signal box remained open.

The remaining line, from west to east, closed in 1966.

The site is largely housing today. The western meeting of lines is landscaped.

Tags

Junction


Dates

  /  /1891Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Bellshaugh Junction (Glasgow Central Railway) to Maryhill Junction (Glasgow Central Railway) authorised, (which would complete a freight route in the north of Glasgow).
01/08/1895Glasgow Central Railway
Opened to goods from Maryhill Junction to Bellshaugh Junction (using the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway) and from Bellshaugh Junction to Kelvindale Paperworks.
01/05/1896Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Maryhill Junction to Bellshaugh Junction to Clydebank Riverside, Partick West Junction to Stobcross and Bellshaugh Junction to Kirklee Junction opened for goods. Kelvinside, Partick Central, Scotstoun Goods, Whiteinch [CR], Yoker [CR] opened to goods. Branch into the Clyde Bank Iron Shipyard [2nd] opened.
01/10/1896Glasgow Central Railway
Bellshaugh Junction to Dawsholm station opened to passengers.
01/05/1908Glasgow Central Railway
Bellshaugh Junction to Dawsholm station closed to passengers.
16/05/1960Glasgow Central Railway
Kirklee Junction (excluded) to Bellshaugh Junction (excluded) closed (the south to west curve at Kirklee/Maryhill).

Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

The Vanished Railways of Old Western Dunbartonshire (Britains Railways/Old Photos)