Queens Dock

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Queens Dock (1877-1969)

Opened on the Stobcross Railway.
Opened on the Queens Dock Railway Lines.


This was a large dock to the west of central Glasgow on the north bank of the River Clyde. It was served by the Stobcross Railway. The dock was infilled and is now the site of the Scottish Exhibition Centre.

The dock was long planned, and by the time it was opened the railway serving it took a circuitous approach as Glasgow was expanding westwards. The dock was at, what was then, the western edge of Glasgow.

The dock was the second major dock built on the Clyde after the Kingston Dock.

On entering the dock there was a large canting basin at the west end, beyond which to the east the dock was divided by a large centre pier. All quaysides were equipped with warehousing and railways.

The dock was closed in 1969 but remained intact with much silting at the east end. The western portion still saw some traffic, probably simply mooring. In the late 1970s and early 1980s the docks were actively filled with rubble from the east end, the steady infilling being obvious from the nearby railway to the north. Some of the material, 250,000 cubic metres, was from Glasgow St Enoch which was demolished at this time.

Little remains of the dock save the site of its entrance at the west end and the pumphouse, now undergoing conversion to a distillery (2017).


Clydeside Distillery

Scottish Event Campus

The SSE Hydro




Stobcross Depot

External links

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


  /  /1840Clyde Trustees
Buy land at Stobcross. This was to later become the Queens Dock and would be served by the Stobcross Railway from 1874.
  /  /1860Clyde Trustees
Decide to build a wet dock (the Queens Dock) on their land at Stobcross. The North British Railway promotes the Stobcross Railway as a branch of the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway to serve it. (1860s).
  /  /1870Clyde Trustees
Queens Dock authorised. (Also known as Stobcross Dock.)
26/11/1894Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway) Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway Glasgow Central Railway
Balornock Junction to Possil Junction, Maryhill [CR] and Stobcross (L&D railway no 4) opened to minerals and goods. This gave the Caledonian Railway an independent line to the Queens Dock lines.
  /  /1904Queens Dock Railway Lines
New dock tramways and a diversion of Pointhouse Road authorised by the Queens Dock.
15/07/1968Stobcross Railway
Kelvinhaugh Junction to Queens Dock closed.
  /  /1977City of Glasgow Union Railway
Glasgow St Enoch station starts to be demolished after having been a car-park. Rubble used to fill the Queens Dock (Glasgow).
  /  /1987Scottish Exhibition Centre (Glasgow)
Opened on the site of the Queens Dock, which was filled in with the rubble of the demolished City of Glasgow Union Railway's demolished Glasgow St Enoch station.
  /  /2002Meadowside Granary Meadowside Shipbuilding Yard
According to developers a development, ^Glasgow Harbour^, will only be a success if a light rail system is extended from the city to the area. The site of the Meadowside Granary becomes flats, the Meadowside Shipybuilding Yard (intended office, leisure and retail developments) and Merklands Lairage sites are cleared and not developed. The sites are a mile downstream of Glasgow Harbour^s Queens Dock and Princes Dock. During development the neighbouring cyclepath, the intact solum of the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, is cleared and partly redeveloped, it being explained that the embankment created a barrier between the development and Partick. The alignment from Smith Street to the Merkland Street Tunnel is obliterated.


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