Location type


Name and dates

Cardross (1858-)

Station code: CDR National Rail ScotRail
Where: Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Opened on the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.
Open on the Glasgow to Helensburgh.


This is a two platform station which retains its original Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway single storey station building on the eastbound platform. A similar building survives at Kilpatrick.

The station building is in red sandstone. Windows are rectangular topped with a semi-circle. The waiting room is separated from the platform with a glazed timber screen. When built platforms were lower than today and the platform, by the station building, was maintained at this lower level, the height dipping by the building. This has been raised.

Car parking is provided. Cardross Station Crossing is to the immediate west of the station.

A goods yard formerly existed to the west of the level crossing, accessed by a reversing spur requiring reversal over the crossing. This was expanded with an additional siding on the south side, approached from the west, around the time of the sawmill opening. (Sidings probably saw military use with the base south of Murrays Crossing just to the west.)

A signal box had stood on the north side of the railway west of the crossing. This was resignalled for electrification in 1960, but was destroyed in a fire in 1971. A block post operated from the station building until 1984.


RSPB - Cardross Bay



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


Gaelic name: CĂ rdanros
Bike rack
Free parking
Listing: C


28/05/1858Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Opened as single track from Cowlairs Junction to Bowling and Dalreoch Junction to Helensburgh. Due to a disagreement over station access charges between the company and the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway the first trains ran to Buchanan Street using the Sighthill Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) and a connection at St Rollox (Sighthill West Junction) with the Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway) line. The disagreement was resolved a month later. (Alternative date 31st.) Stations opened at (eastern portion) Maryhill, Dalmuir [1st] and Kilpatrick, and (western portion) Cardross and Helensburgh.
  /05/2003Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Fatal accident on the footway crossing Bainfield Level Crossing in Cardross.


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Glasgow Stations

Glasgow's Last Days of Steam

Rails Around Glasgow

The Railways of Glasgow: Post-Beeching

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