Cowlairs

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Cowlairs (1860-1964)

Opened on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.

Description

This was a station located at the top of the Cowlairs Incline. The station had an island platform. Nearby was the steam engine which hauled the cable bringing trains up the incline from Glasgow Queen Street High Level. A footbridge from the south end of the platform connected to the Cowlairs Works. The platform was originally very narrow and was widened around 1908 (after removal of ^the rope^).

The station opened to the public in 1860. Prior to this, from the line^s opening, there was a timber ticket platform here.

To the north of the station, on the west side of the line, was Cowlairs North signal box. The Cowlairs Works were to the west. This box was replaced by Cowlairs Panel Box in 1956.

To the south of the station, on the east side of the line, was Cowlairs Station signal box. This box was replaced by Cowlairs Panel Box in 1956.

South and on the west side was access to the North British Railway^s stores in the southern part of the Cowlairs Works. Access was from the north.

An early out of use signal box was retained for many years as it was the oldest in Scotland. It has not survived.

The location of the station^s island platform can be identified today - there is a gap in the lines between the southbound passenger line and southbound passenger loop on its east side.

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Dates

  /  /1844Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Banking engines tried on the Cowlairs Incline between Glasgow Queen Street High Level and Cowlairs. Rope haulage was used to assist locomotives pulling trains up this incline. The rope was dropped at the top of the incline. Brake vans were used going down into Glasgow Queen Street High Level.

Books


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An Illustrated History of Edinburgh's Railways

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

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Edinburgh (Rail Centres)

Edinburgh (Rail Centres)
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Edinburgh Waverley

Edinburgh Waverley Station Through Time
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Glasgow Stations

Glasgow's Last Days of Steam

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Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

On Either Side, 1939: The Train between London King's Cross & Edinburgh Waverley, Fort William, Inverness & Aberdeen (Old House)

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The Next Stop: Inverness to Edinburgh, station by station

This Magnificent Line (the story of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Railway

Vanished Railways of West Lothian