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When Queen Street railway station had its first redesign in 1878, engineer James Carswell introduced electric lighting.
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Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Light and space at Queen Street following the reopening of the extended platforms 4 and 5. 16th October 2019.
Colin McDonald 16/10/2019


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Given the interest in the current rebuilding of Glasgow Queen Street here is a BR PR&PO view of part of the station prior to a previous rebuilding.

The caption simply reads 'No 2 Booking Office : Queen Street'. The photograph was taken on 23rd November 1955.

The board to the right of the building reads:

No 15 Window
Airdrie, Milngavie, City and District Stations, Weekly Season Tickets and Railway Employee Privilege Tickets

A destination between Airdrie and Milngavie has been painted out. We think it may be Bothwell (closed a little earlier in the year - July 1955) - does anyone know better?

A handwritten note on the back states 'Must return Day Features' so possibly suggests the photo was lent out for a press feature.

Top left hand corner '2/8' suggests this is one of eight of a series of views. I only have one and two!

We think this may be the former Dundas Street entrance. This had an indoor taxi rank (left) and several arches. To orientate yourself, today the entry to the low level platforms is to the right.
PR&PO British Railways (Douglas Blades Collection) 23/11/1955


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Given the interest in the current rebuilding of Glasgow Queen Street here is a BR PR&PO view of part of the station prior to a previous rebuilding. The caption simply reads 'No 1 Booking Office : Queen Street'. The photograph was taken on 23rd November 1955. The board below the advertising hoarding reads:

Tickets

Window No 6, Stations to Fife and North via Forth Bridge and Larbert

Windows 2 & 3, Stations to Edinburgh & England Lenzie Kirkintilloch Falkirk Grangemouth Bathgate & Bo'ness

Enquiry Office, Circular Tours, Reserved Seats, Sleeper Berths, Season Tickets

A handwritten note on the back states 'Must return Day Features' so this possibly suggests the photo was lent out for a press feature.

The top left hand corner '1/8' suggests this is one of eight of a series of views. I only have one and two!

I also don't recognise where in the station this might be. Possibly facing the high level platforms from the west side of the station?
PR&PO British Railways (Douglas Blades Collection) 23/11/1955

Multiple train routes from Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central are seeing 'major disruptions' due to the snow.
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We all know what happened to Grahamston, but what about the other areas that were lost to the arrival of train stations, lines and goods depots?
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High Street East Junction: View west at High Street East Junction on 8 June 1957 as 57553 approaches from the Saltmarket direction with a down freight on the CGU line. Over on the right 67631 is passing with an eastbound train on the GCD route between High Street and Bellgrove stations. Between them an unidentified diesel shunter is hard at work in College goods yard.
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/06/1957

Railway passengers in Glasgow are being reminded of disruption throughout the festive period, as Network Rail begin works in city stations.

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Glasgow Central remains the busiest station in Scotland with almost 33 million passenger entries and exits in the last year, figures published today by the Office of Rail and Road reveal.

Edinburgh (23,087,646), Glasgow Queen Street (16,685,760), Paisley Gilmour Street (3,903,776) and Haymarket (2,980,386) stations made up the remainder of the top five most used stations in Scotland.

[Railscot note: ORR comments that the reference period for the estimates runs from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. The ORR has also provided data for 1 April 2019 to February 2020.]
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Edinburgh Waverley: Plenty of takers for the 0752 LNER Aberdeen - Kings Cross HST, seen here arriving at Waverley platform 19 on 21 November 2019.
John Furnevel 21/11/2019


Glasgow Central: The large, open, bright and airy space of the Glasgow Central concourse.
Beth Crawford 23/05/2018


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Passengers arriving at Queen Street Station on 24th September 2019, presented with a view of Glasgow's fine architecture through the new facade.
Bill Roberton 24/09/2019

All eyes are on Glasgow's Queen Street Station these days, as the £120m renovation works which started in 2017 near completion.
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Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Glasgow Queen Street pillar refurbishment in October 2020.
Network Rail /10/2020


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The revamped Glasgow Queen Street looks so starkly new in this image that it appears more like an architect's simulation. The view is from George Square.
David Panton 19/09/2020


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: New departures board at Queen Street. No one can claim to be starved of information, including a little train graphic to show the number of carriages. The Next Edinburgh Express panel is presumably there to steer people off the stoppers which depart first but arrive later (here, the 10.25). Infotec no longer supply amber LED boards so they'll gradually fade away (probably not literally).
David Panton 12/03/2020

Glasgow Queen Street Station has been voted as the nation's favourite.

A 'World Cup of Stations' poll recorded over 95,000 votes, asking participants to select their favourite out of over 2000 train stations across the country.

Queen Street was crowned as the UK's number one favourite station the week-long poll.
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Glasgow Queen Street High Level: The revamped Glasgow Queen Street looks so starkly new in this image that it appears more like an architect's simulation. The view is from George Square.
David Panton 19/09/2020


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A late afternoon view over Queen Street station on 22nd January 2019, with just one class 385 train at platform 4 in view. The steelwork of the west truss of the new station frontage can be seen just above the cab of the single decker bus crossing Cathedral Street bridge.
Colin McDonald 22/01/2019


Glasgow Queen Street High Level: A view of the busy rebuilt interior of Queen Street.
Beth Crawford 09/12/2019

Resurfacing works are due to be carried out as part of the ongoing station development.
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Network Rail Scotland is restarting work on major construction projects across Scotland's Railway following a three-month pause due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
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October marks two years since Network Rail began the main £120m redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station.
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It will be an extraordinary addition to Glasgow's cityscape, returning the railways to George Square after 40 years of being hidden behind an ugly hotel extension.
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A hidden piece of Glasgows architect-ural history is being revealed for the first time in decades.
The curved glass canopy of Queen Street station was completed in 1842 but entirely obscured by the concrete extension to a neighbouring hotel in the 1970s.
The Victorian gem has been exposed once again as part of the £120 million redevelopment of the hub which links Glasgow with Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and the Highlands.
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A landslide near Queen Street Station in Glasgow causes severe disruption to trains after heavy thunder storms.
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Railtrack


Post Hatfield Crash repairs


On the 15th there were three locations affected by Gauge Corner Cracking.

200 points and 75,000 yards of track have been renewed.


Junction remodeling


40 junctions which are known to be bottlenecks are to be remodeled.


Speed restrictions


As of the 15th 53 speed restrictions existed in Scotland.


New station facilities and station regeneration


81 stations have been identified for new toilets.

New Information Systems (CIS) will be installed at Hyndland, Partick and Queen Street Low Level.

Partick station is to be refurbished and platforms resurfaced.

Gourock station is due to be rebuilt and Railtrack is in discussion with developers.

Perth station is to be regenerated with footbridges and canopies renewed.

Broughty Ferry has been rebuilt at the cost of £1,000,000.


Train Protection Warning System


Installation of Train Protection Warning System on Scotland's railways and trains continues and is expected to be complete by December 2002.


Edinburgh Crossrail


The contracts for the Edinburgh Crossrail scheme (reopening of freight only route from Portobello to Brunstane and Newcraighall to passengers) have been signed with the council and contractors.


Stirling to Alloa and Dunfermline


The details of reopening the closed but mostly extant line from Stirling to Alloa and on to Kincardine have not yet been resolved.


Larkhall to Milngavie


Although there have been some doubts about the reopening of the closed line between Larkhall and Hamilton, Railtrack and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive are continuing discussions.


Aberdeen to Inverness improvements


Railtrack is considering its options for improving capacity of the Aberdeen to Inverness line.


A loop may be opened at Orton.


Forres loop may be altered to run by the Forres goods loop and a two platform station opened on the loop.


Signalboxes between Elgin and Nairn may be closed.


Proposals will be drawn up to 'level 4' (complete design) and given to the Strategic Rail Authority by the end of the year. Actual changes will be delayed as work on signaling is being focused on installing Train Protection Warning System until December 2002.


Members of the RPC and public suggested that perhaps a section of double track at the beginning of the route in Aberdeen and Inverness would help - such as that which the Inverness and Perth has. It was also commented that the station at Keith can be a bottleneck as the loop is located to the east of the station - a train at the station has to occupy the Keith to Elgin section and consequently trains have to be held at Keith loop or Elgin loop when there is a train at the station.


Cornton Level Crossing


Cornton Level crossing, by Stirling, is fitted with cameras which photograph every road vehicle which passes through the lights at red. 250 vehicles were photographed between January and May this year, many belonging to local people. The crossing has been checked and complies to safety standards. The council and Railtrack are considering further traffic calming options including permanent closure of the road.


Ninewells


The council in Dundee is considering opening a station at Ninewells which would serve new developments in the area, the airport and Ninewells Hospital.


Tay Bridge repair


Repairs to the Tay Bridge are due to be complete in 2003 and will allow higher speed running on the bridge and freight to pass over it.


Edinburgh Park


Railtrack and New Edinburgh Ltd have resolved difficulties and a station at Edinburgh Park can now be built. It could be open by 2003.
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