Paisley Canal Line



Dates

  /  /1791Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal
Proposed by Earl of Eglinton. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
  /  /1807Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal
Construction begins. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
  /  /1811Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal
Last section built into Port Eglinton Basin, Glasgow. The canal ran from Johnstone to Port Eglinton Basin. An aqueduct across the Clyde to join up with the Forth and Clyde Canal was considered, but not built. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
  /  /1869Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal Glasgow and South Western Railway
The Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal is purchased by the Glasgow and South Western Railway. (Later the route of the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway).
09/02/1870Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Glasgow and South Western Railway shareholders refused possibility of joint ownership of proposed line.
  /  /1871Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Bill for joint ownership promoted by Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway rejected.
  /  /1884Maxwell Junction to Bellahouston No 1 Junction (Caledonian Railway)
Approval for a Caledonian Railway owned link between Maxwell Junction (General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway) and Bellahouston No 1 Junction (Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway, which was to open in 1885).
01/07/1885Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Opened from Port Eglinton Junction to Elderslie Junction. The line uses much of the former route of the Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal, the line runs skew across a former aqueduct bridge at Paisley Hawkhead. The canal route under the main line at Elderslie was used for a link to the Bridge of Weir Railway so that Greenock Princes Pier bound trains did not have to cross the track used by Ayr to Glasgow trains. The former Port Eglinton Basin becomes the Salkeld Street Parcels depot.
01/07/1885Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Shields station opened.
25/01/1886Maxwell Junction to Bellahouston No 1 Junction (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened between Maxwell Junction (General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway) and Bellahouston No 1 Junction (Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway
01/04/1925Glasgow and Paisley Joint RailwayCity of Glasgow Union Railway
New Shields Road station opened incorporating the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway Pollokshields station, City of Glasgow Union Railway Shields Road [CGU] station and Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway) Shields stations.
  /  /1938Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Station opened at Mosspark for the Empire Exhibition.
08/01/1983Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Paisley Canal line closed to passengers.
  /  /1986Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Track lifted between Canal Junction [Elderslie] and just east of Paisley Canal. Track singled from Paisley Canal to Corkerhill Depot. Line closed to freight from Canal Junction [Elderslie] to Hawkhead Oil Siding.
28/07/1990Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Paisley Canal line re-opened to passengers from Glasgow to a new Paisley Canal station.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is the busiest station in Scotland. It was established by the Caledonian Railway in 1879 and was hugely expanded in 1901-5.
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Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Glasgow Central Station Extension (Caledonian Railway)
314202 awaits its next duty at platform 7, Glasgow Central on 10th January 2019. It had recently arrived and the next trip was around the inner ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
A Voyager heads south out of Glasgow Central. ...
Veronica Clibbery 06/09/2017
A CrossCountry train at Glasgow Central. ...
Veronica Clibbery 16/09/2019
Part of a First World War exhibition at Glasgow Central. ...
John Yellowlees 19/01/2017
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This is a two platform station. It is a relatively new station having opened with the re-opening of the Canal Line in 1990.
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Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
The ramped entrance from Nithsdale Road leading down to platform 1 at the deceptively rural looking Dumbreck station. The next stop, less than two ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007
A Paisley Canal service calls at Dumbreck on 1 December 2018. It's the only station on the branch with two platforms (making photography easier) ...
David Panton 01/12/2018
A Class 314 comes to a halt at Dumbreck with a Glasgow train on 1 December 2018. This and a 4-car Class 380 were sharing the duties on the branch that ...
David Panton 01/12/2018
156 510 with a Paisley Canal - Glasgow Central service at Dumbreck on 17 February 2010 ...
David Panton 17/02/2010
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This is a two platform station, but only one platform is in use. It was initially a private station opening in 1896 for the nearby Corkerhill Shed, formerly a steam shed, just to the east. It became public in 1926.
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Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
380004 stands at Corkerhill on 19 November 2012, the first day of electric operations over the branch. ...
John Yellowlees 19/11/2012
A Paisley Canal service calls at Corkerhill on 21 July 2018. The line by the disused platform is a headshunt for the depot and the buffers just off to ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
Class 2P 4-4-0 No 40621 photographed in the shed yard at Corkerhill on Sunday 2nd April 1961. It was withdrawn from here the following October and ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/04/1961
Fowler class 2P 4-4-0 no 40641 runs alongside the White Cart Water shortly after leaving Corkerhill station on 30 June 1959 with a St Enoch - Paisley ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/06/1959
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This is a single platform station to the east of the Crookston Loop. It was opened for the nearby Empire Exhibition.
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Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
A Paisley Canal to Glasgow service pulls into Mosspark on 21st July 2018. The station was once known as Mosspark West, even though there wasn't ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
This poster at Mosspark seems to answer its own question with a 'No, but it doesn't really matter'.
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David Panton 05/03/2016
Looking towards Glasgow Central on 20 May 2007 along the platform of a wet Mosspark station. ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007
156 511 pulls into Mosspark on 28 July with a Paisley Canal - Glasgow Central service. ...
David Panton 28/07/2008
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This is a minimal single platform station. The platform is the former westbound platform - when the Canal Line re-opened to passengers in 1990 it was a single track and the eastbound line was not relaid.
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Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
A plaque was unveiled at Crookston today by the South Cardonald and Crookston Community Council at Crookston Station in memory of the late Alistair ...
John Yellowlees 02/12/2019
A Paisley Canal to Glasgow service calls at Crookston on 17 November 2018 in charge of a doomed Class 314. Leylandii was planted by the owners (or ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
The steps down to the former Up platform at Crookston in November 2018. The end of the existing platform is just visible. ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
C.R. 4.6.0 14643 on goods train near Crookston. Summer 1935. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1935
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This is a single platform station. The station dates from 1990, the re-opening of the cut back Paisley Canal Line, and replaced Hawkhead [1st] which closed in 1966. The original station was to the east of Hawkhead Road.
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Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
A Paisley Canal to Glasgow Central service with 314211 arrives at Hawkhead on 10 January 2019. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
ScotRail 156437 arrives at Hawkhead on 28 September 2012, a day it spent shuttling back and forth on the 18 minute end-to-end journey between Glasgow ...
John Furnevel 28/09/2012
Scene at Hawkhead station on 14 June 2008 with 156 432 arriving on a Paisley Canal - Glasgow Central service. ...
David Panton 14/06/2008
'Crab' 2-6-0 42911 westbound with a brake van after passing through Hawkhead station on 5 May 1953. In the background is the bridge carrying the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1953
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This is a single platform station built to the east of Causeyside Street in 1990 for the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway) re-opening.
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Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Photographs taken on a circular walk from Paisley Canal. ...
John Yellowlees 26/10/2018
380015, at Paisley Canal station, waiting to return to Glasgow Central on 26th July 2017. ...
David Bosher 26/07/2017
320315 at Paisley Canal on 12th May 2019. These units were not used on the branch before the May timetable change.
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John Yellowlees 12/08/2019
318264 at Paisley Canal on 12th August 2019. ...
John Yellowlees 12/08/2019
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