Milngavie railway station
Milngavie railway station serves the town of Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, near Glasgow in Scotland. The station is 8 1⁄2 miles north west of Glasgow Central on the Argyle Line and 9 miles north west of Glasgow Queen Street on the North Clyde Line, its principal purpose today is as a commuter station for people working in Glasgow city centre. The station itself is a category B listed building. Milngavie station is well kept and has had a history of winning many awards and commendations for the quality of the flower baskets and tubs in station garden competitions; the station is the usual access point for the 154 km long West Highland Way, a long-distance trail which starts in Milngavie town centre marked by a granite obelisk. The first few hundred yards of the way follow the line of short spur of the railway built to serve the Ellangowan Paper Mills; the station was opened on 28 August 1863, was part of the Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway. Built with three platforms, one platform has since been removed.
The land where the third platform once stood is now the site of a Kwik-Fit garage. The double track line from Hillfoot station was singled in 1990. Milngavie station has a ticket office, staff facilities, disabled access. There is no taxi rank, but there is a regular bus service operating from the bus stop outside the station entrance. A pedestrian underpass links the station to the town centre, pedestrianised, the southern end of the West Highland Way long distance footpath to Fort William. Milngavie signal box was situated on the east side of the railway, it opened in 1900. A new lever frame with 35 levers was installed in 1959; the signal box was closed on 21 October 1990 under a resignalling scheme that saw control of the whole North Clyde Line transferred to Yoker Signalling Centre. Passenger services are operated by Abellio ScotRail with assistance from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. Trains to Glasgow operate on a regular schedule, with a departure once every 15 minutes on weekdays.
Two trains per hour go to Edinburgh Waverley via Glasgow Queen Street and Bathgate on the North Clyde Line, while the other two travel to Motherwell via Glasgow Central and Hamilton Central on the Argyle Line. In the evenings and on Sundays a half-hourly service operates via Glasgow Central to Motherwell via Hamilton. Return services on the Argyle Line arrive from Larkhall via Hamilton Central. Argyle line services are operated by Class 318, Class 320 and less by Class 334 electric multiple units. Video footage of Milngavie railway station
Anniesland railway station
Anniesland railway station is a railway station that serves the Anniesland suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. The station is served by Abellio ScotRail as part of the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport network, it is located on the Argyle Line, 3 3⁄4 miles west of Glasgow Central, on the North Clyde Line 4 1⁄4 miles west of Glasgow Queen Street, is the terminus of the Maryhill Line 6 1⁄4 miles away from Glasgow Queen Street. Opened by the North British Railway in 1874 on their route linking the Glasgow and Helensburgh Railway at Maryhill to Queens Dock on the north side of the River Clyde, it became part of the London and North Eastern Railway during the Grouping of 1923; the station passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. When Sectorisation was introduced by British Rail in the 1980s, the station was served by ScotRail until the privatisation of British Rail; the line towards Westerton was electrified in 1960, along with the line southwards to Jordanhill & Hyndland as part of the North Clyde Line modernisation scheme.
The chord from Maryhill remains. This chord was closed in 1985 and lifted three years but relaid and reopened in 2005 when the Maryhill Line was extended as part of the project to re-open the railway to Larkhall on the Argyle Line. After the 2005 re-opening, there had been no physical link between the two routes here – the single line from Maryhill Park Junction terminated in its own separate bay platform on the eastern side of the station and the two routes were under the control of different signalling centres. However, in late 2015, Network Rail carried out a programme of works to connect the Maryhill chord to the North Clyde Line, just north of Anniesland station; this was done to provide a diversionary route from the main Edinburgh to Glasgow line into Glasgow Queen Street Low Level while the High Level station is shut during 2016 for tunnel works. There is a regular service daily from Anniesland to Glasgow Queen Street on the North Clyde Line and to Glasgow Central on the Argyle Line.
Destinations that are accessible from Anniesland are Balloch and Dalmuir and Helensburgh Central northwestbound and Whifflet and Cumbernauld on the Argyle Line and Airdrie and Edinburgh Waverley on the North Clyde Line southeastbound. Argyle line arrivals are from Motherwell and Larkhall. There is a half-hourly service from Anniesland on the Maryhill Line to Glasgow Queen Street via Maryhill Monday to Saturdays. Since a timetable revision on 18 May 2014, a limited hourly Sunday service operates on the route via Maryhill. Brailsford, Martyn, ed.. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man. Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8. Butt, R. V. J.. The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt and stopping place and present. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. Jowett, Alan. Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0.
OCLC 22311137. Jowett, Alan. Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas. Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687. Station on navigable O. S. map RAILSCOT on Glasgow City and District Railway RAILSCOT on Glasgow and Clydebank Railway RAILSCOT on Stobcross Railway RAILSCOT on Whiteinch Railway
Larkhall railway station
Larkhall railway station serves the town of Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The station is the south-eastern terminus of the Argyle Line, 16 1⁄4 miles south east of Glasgow Central railway station; the station was opened as Larkhall Central on 1 July 1905 by the Caledonian Railway as part of their Mid Lanark Lines which filled in various gaps around Larkhall, Stonehouse and Blackwood. It closed to passengers on 4 October 1965. Forty years after closure, the station was reopened on 9 December 2005 by Jack McConnell MSP, the First Minister for Scotland. Passenger services started on 12 December 2005, with trains serving the Argyle Line. In March 2007, there was speculation that the line may be extended beyond Larkhall station, to stations in Stonehouse and Strathaven. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport are expected to fund a feasibility study into reopening the section of line to Stonehouse at some time in 2008. From opening in December 2005, trains run every 30 minutes beyond to Dalmuir.
As of May 2016, they run to Milngavie instead. An hourly Sunday service started from December 2007 on a one-year trial basis; this trial has been successful, the hourly Sunday service is now a permanent feature. It runs to Balloch via Clydebank. Argyle Line services are operated by Class 318s and Class 320s. Train times and station information for Larkhall railway station from National Rail Larkhall to Milngavie rail link - Scottish Executive 2003 New Link for Larkhall opens - BBC News Scotland website RAILSCOT on the Larkhall re-opening - for history and pictures of the station and line. RAILSCOT on the Mid Lanark Lines
Westerton railway station
Westerton railway station is a railway station that serves the Westerton district in the town of Bearsden, Scotland. The station is served by Abellio ScotRail as part of the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport network, it is located on the Argyle Line, 5 miles west of Glasgow Central and the North Clyde Line, 4.3 miles west of Glasgow Queen Street. The station lies close to the Forth and Clyde Canal and the boundary between East Dunbartonshire and the city of Glasgow. Westerton signal box, situated in the vee of the junction to the west of the station, opened in 1900 as "Milngavie Junction". Renamed "Westerton" on 10 May 1959, the box was provided with a new frame of 20 levers and took over control of Knightswood North Junction. Colour light signals replaced the semaphores. Westerton signal box closed by British Rail on 21 October 1990 under a subsequent resignalling scheme that saw control of the whole North Clyde Line transferred to Yoker Signalling Centre. Monday to Saturday daytimes eight trains per hour go southeastbound: four towards Glasgow Queen Street of which 2 go to Airdrie and 2 go to Edinburgh Waverley via Bathgate on the North Clyde Line.
Northwestbound trains head towards Dalmuir. On Monday-Saturday evenings the Milngavie-Edinburgh Waverley service ceases to operate, other routes continue to run. Sundays there are 2tph between Helensburgh Central and Edinburgh Waverley and 2tph between Milngavie and Motherwell via Hamilton. Prior to 19 September 2014, Westerton was served by the overnight Caledonian Sleeper service between Fort William and London Euston running on Sunday-Friday nights. From 21 September 2014 the sleeper service was re-routed to call instead at Queen Street Low Level and so the stop was removed from the timetable; the station has adjacent parking with 14 sheltered bicycle stands. The station has a staffed ticked office with a public toilet on platform 1 and sheltered seeting on platform 2; the station has a cross platform bridge with lift access which began production in June 2017 and became operational in 2018. Brailsford, Martyn, ed.. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man. Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
Butt, R. V. J.. The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt and stopping place and present. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. Jowett, Alan. Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137
The River Clyde is a river that flows into the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. It is the eighth-longest river in the United Kingdom, the second-longest in Scotland. Traveling through the major city of Glasgow, it was an important river for shipbuilding and trade in the British Empire. To the Romans, it was Clota, in the early medieval Cumbric language, it was known as Clud or Clut, was central to the Kingdom of Strathclyde; the Clyde is formed by the confluence of the Daer Water and the Potrail Water. The Southern Upland Way crosses both streams before they meet at Watermeetings to form the River Clyde proper. At this point, the Clyde is only 10 km from Tweed's Well, the source of the River Tweed, is near Annanhead Hill, the source of the River Annan. From there, it meanders northeastward before turning to the west, its flood plain used for many major roads in the area, until it reaches the town of Lanark. On the banks of the Clyde, the industrialists David Dale and Robert Owen built their mills and the model settlement of New Lanark.
The mills harness the power of the Falls of Clyde, the most spectacular of, Cora Linn. A hydroelectric power station still generates electricity here, although the mills are now a museum and World Heritage Site. Between the towns of Motherwell and Hamilton, the course of the river has been altered to create an artificial loch within Strathclyde Park. Part of the original course can still be seen, lies between the island and the east shore of the loch; the river flows through Blantyre and Bothwell, where the ruined Bothwell Castle stands on a defensible promontory. Past Uddingston and into the southeast of Glasgow, the river begins to widen, meandering a course through Cambuslang and Dalmarnock. Flowing past Glasgow Green, the river is artificially straightened and widened through the centre, although the new Clyde Arc now hinders access to the traditional Broomielaw dockland area, seagoing ships can still come upriver as far as Finnieston, where the PS Waverley docks. From there, it flows past the shipbuilding heartlands, through Govan, Whiteinch and Clydebank, all of which housed major shipyards, of which only two remain.
The river flows out west of Glasgow, past Renfrew, under the Erskine Bridge past Dumbarton on the north shore to the sandbank at Ardmore Point between Cardross and Helensburgh. Opposite, on the south shore, the river continues past the last Lower Clyde shipyard at Port Glasgow to Greenock, where it reaches the Tail of the Bank as the river merges into the Firth of Clyde. A significant issue of oxygen depletion in the water column has occurred at the mouth of the River Clyde; the valley of the Clyde was the focus for the G-BASE project from the British Geological Survey in the summer of 2010. The success of the Clyde at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution was driven by the location of Glasgow, being a port facing the Americas. Tobacco and cotton trade began the drive in the early 18th century. However, the shallow Clyde was not navigable for the largest ocean-going ships, so cargo had to be transferred at Greenock or Port Glasgow to smaller ships to sail upstream into Glasgow itself. In 1768, John Golborne advised the narrowing of the river and the increasing of the scour by the construction of rubble jetties and the dredging of sandbanks and shoals.
A particular problem was the division of the river into two shallow channels by the Dumbuck shoal near Dumbarton. After James Watt's report on this in 1769, a jetty was constructed at Longhaugh Point to block off the southern channel; this being insufficient, a training wall called the Lang Dyke was built in 1773 on the Dumbuck shoal to stop water flowing over into the southern channel. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, hundreds of jetties were built out from the banks between Dumbuck and the Broomielaw quay in Glasgow itself. In some cases, this resulted in an immediate deepening as the constrained water flow washed away the river bottom. In the mid-19th century, engineers took on a much greater dredging of the Clyde, removing millions of cubic feet of silt to deepen and widen the channel; the major stumbling block in the project was a massive geological intrusion known as Elderslie Rock. As a result, the work was not completed until the 1880s. At this time, the Clyde became an important source of inspiration for artists, such as John Atkinson Grimshaw and James Kay, willing to depict the new industrial era and the modern world.
The completion of the dredging was well-timed. Shipbuilding replaced trade as the major activity on the river, shipbuilding companies were establishing themselves on the river. Soon, the Clyde gained a reputation for being the best location for shipbuilding in the British Empire, grew to become the world's pre-eminent shipbuilding centre. Clydebuilt became an industry benchmark of quality, the river's shipyards were given contracts for prestigious ocean-going liners, as well as warships, including the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth 2 in years, all built in the town of Clydebank. From the founding of the Scott family's shipyard at Greenock in 1712 to the present day, over 25,000 ships have been built on the River Clyde and its Firth and on the tributary River Kelvin and River Cart together with boatyards at Maryhill and Kirkintilloch on the Forth & Clyde Canal and Blackhill on the Monkland Canal. In the same time, an estimated over 300 firms have engaged in shipbuilding on Clydeside
Glasgow Queen Street railway station
Glasgow Queen Street is a city centre railway terminus in Glasgow, Scotland. It is the smaller of the city's two main line railway terminals and the third busiest station in Scotland; the station is situated between George Street to the south and Cathedral Street Bridge to the north, at the northern end of Queen Street adjacent to George Square. Queen Street station serves the Greater Glasgow areas northern towns and suburbs; the station serves the Edinburgh Waverley shuttle and is the terminus for all inter-city services to destinations in the North of Scotland. The other main city-centre station in Glasgow is Glasgow Central; the station was built by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, opened on 21 February 1842. In 1865 the E&GR was absorbed into the North British Railway, in 1878 the entire station was redesigned by the civil engineer James Carswell, it became part of the LNER group in 1923. The climb through the tunnel to Cowlairs is at 1 in 42 and until 1909 trains were hauled up on a rope operated by a stationary engine, although experiments were carried out using banking engines in 1844–48.
Three people died in 1928. Modern diesel trains have no difficulty with the climb; the adjacent Buchanan Street station of the rival Caledonian Railway closed on 7 November 1966 as a result of the Beeching cuts and its services to Stirling, Inverness and Aberdeen transferred to Queen Street. This caused difficulties with longer trains, as Queen Street is in a confined position between George Square and the tunnel. In the 1980s, HST were used on Cross Country and East Coast services run by InterCity, having to use Platform 7 with the end of the train being close to the tunnel mouth. Queen Street station's platforms are on two levels, with the High Level platforms running directly north-south, the Low Level running east-west, they are connected by staircases at either end of the Low Level platforms, by lifts accessible from Platform 7 on the High Level. In 2018, the typical Monday to Saturday service is: 10 trains per hour to Edinburgh Waverley, 4 via Falkirk High, 4 via Airdrie and Bathgate and 2 via Cumbernauld and Falkirk Grahamston.
2 trains per hour to Springburn. 2 trains per hour to Anniesland via Maryhill. 3 trains per hour to Stirling 1 train per hour to Aberdeen via Dundee. 1 train per hour to Dundee. 6 trains per day to Oban 3 trains per day to Mallaig 1 train every 3 hours to Inverness 6 trains per hour to Airdrie, of which 4 continues to Edinburgh via Bathgate. 2 trains per hour to Balloch 2 trains per hour to Helensburgh Central 2 trains per hour to Milngavie 1 train per day to Markinch 1 train per day to/from London Euston The High Level station is the larger of the two levels, is the terminus for the Edinburgh shuttles and all routes north of the Central Belt run by ScotRail diesel multiple units. The high level railway approaches the station building through the Queen Street Tunnel, which runs beneath the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre to the Sighthill area northeast of the city centre. Platforms 1–7 occupy the High Level, Platform 1 being at the western end of the trainshed, being shorter – it is only used for local stopping services.
Platforms 8 and 9 comprise the Low Level station, it is the most central stop on the North Clyde Line of the Glasgow suburban electric network. Trains run between Helensburgh on the Firth of Clyde and suburban Milngavie to Airdrie, on the eastern edge of the Greater Glasgow conurbation and onward to Edinburgh via Bathgate and Livingston; the line is electrified. Services on the West Highland Line to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig use the Low Level station when the main route into the High Level is unavailable due to engineering work; as of September 2014, the Fort William to London Euston overnight sleeper calls here instead of Westerton in the northwestern suburbs, eliminating the need for those travelling between Glasgow & Fort William on the sleeper to change there, the only locomotive-hauled train to call here. The Low Level line between High Street, Queen Street and Charing Cross was built before the Glasgow Subway, making it the oldest underground railway in the city. In May–June 2014, work was carried out to redevelop the Low Level platforms, which now have new compliant seating.
Queen Street signal box, opened in 1881, was on a gantry spanning the tracks close to the tunnel mouth. It closed on 26 February 1967 when control of the high level station was transferred to a panel in Cowlairs signal box; that box was superseded by the new Cowlairs signalling centre on 28 December 1998. This in turn was abolished in October 2013 and the station is now under the supervision of Edinburgh IECC; the low level station had two signal boxes,'Queen Street West' and'Queen Street East'. Both boxes were over the tracks and closed on 8 February 1960; the low level lines came under the control of Yoker Signalling Centre on 19 November 1989. Minor refurbishment of the station has taken place over in recent years, which has seen the station internally repainted and paved with new flooring, the CRT screens that displayed train timetables and passenger information were replaced with new LED information boards similar to those in Glasgow Central Station but smaller, in January 2008. In August 2006 Network Rail
Abellio ScotRail, operating services under the name ScotRail, is the Dutch-owned national train operating company of Scotland. A subsidiary of Abellio, it has operated the ScotRail franchise since 1 April 2015. In November 2013, Transport Scotland announced that Abellio, FirstGroup, MTR Corporation and National Express had been shortlisted to bid for the new ScotRail franchise. In October 2014, the franchise was awarded to Abellio; the franchise will operate for 7 years with a 3-year extension available contingent on performance criteria being met. Abellio began operating the franchise on 1 April 2015 and it opened the Borders Railway on 6 September 2015. In June 2016, the RMT union announced that train guards would be going on strike several times during the summer months in protest at more driver only trains. Six 24-hour and three 48-hour strikes were held on ScotRail services during June and July 2016. An agreement was reached in September 2016, it was agreed that the new Class 385 trains will have the doors controlled by both the driver and guard, with the driver opening the doors and the guard closing them.
On 20 January 2017 the Managing Director of ScotRail and the ScotRail alliance stepped down from his role after 18 months in the company. Within a few days Alex Hynes was named as the new Managing Director. Abellio ScotRail took over all of the services operated by First ScotRail on 1 April 2015, except for the Caledonian Sleeper services, which were transferred to a separate franchise operated by Serco; the franchise agreement requires the introduction of'Great Scottish Scenic Railway' trains on the West Highland, Far North, Borders Railway and Glasgow South Western lines. Steam special services are promoted by Abellio ScotRail. Current off-peak services are as follows. Abellio ScotRail operates 352 stations in Scotland. Not included are Glasgow Prestwick Airport station and operated by the airport, as well as both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, which are managed by Network Rail. Abellio ScotRail operates Lockerbie though none of its services call there, it took over management of Dunbar operated by Virgin Trains East Coast, in June 2015.
Abellio ScotRail's fleet is maintained at Edinburgh Haymarket, Glasgow Eastfield, Glasgow Shields Road, Corkerhill Glasgow Yoker, Ayr Townhead and Inverness as well as a newly built EMU stabling depot at Millerhill in Midlothian. Abellio ScotRail operates a diverse fleet of EMUs and loco-hauled stock. From Sunday 10 December 2017, Class 380 EMUs were introduced onto services between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk High; this was the first step in creating an electric service between the two cities, now expected to start in October 2018 with Class 385 EMUs, which should have entered service in December 2017, but have been delayed due to a windscreen fault. Abellio ScotRail began operations with the rolling stock below transferred from First ScotRail: Abellio ScotRail has mentioned the following as part of the future rolling stock. Abellio ScotRail were meant to introduce a brand new fleet of 46 three-car and 24 four-car Class 385 electric trains from December 2017, to operate services on the lines being electrified as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme.
However, due to infrastructure problems, issues with the trains involving software and windscreen issues, their introduction was delayed until September. In the meantime Abellio ScotRail hired 10 Class 365 units from Great Northern. If Abellio is granted a three-year optional franchise extension, it will order a further 10 three-car Class 385 units. From October 2018, Abellio ScotRail introduced former GWR HSTs on services between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, branded as "Inter7City" in reference to Scotland's seven main cities; the Mark 3 coaches, up to 40 years old, were intended to all have refurbished interiors and are fitted with powered doors. There will be 26 sets: 9 four-car trains; as with the Class 385’s there have been delays getting the refurbished trains into service. As a result a considerable number have been pressed in to service without refurbishment to allow for others to have refurbishment completed; this new rolling stock will result in ten Class 156, eight Class 158 and 21 Class 170 sets returning to their leasing companies when their leases expire in 2018.
Transport Scotland negotiated to retain an extra 13 Class 170s to support services through Fife to Aberdeen and the Borders railway. Northern will receive five of all the 158s and 16 of the 170s. In June 2018 it was announced that ScotRail will lease 5 Class 153 and reconfigure them to accommodate bikes and other outdoors sports equipment; the Class 153 will be attached to ScotRail Class 156s which will operate the line from Summer 2019 travelling between Glasgow, Fort William and Mallaig and may be introduced on Northern lines between Inverness, Kyle of Lochalsh and Wick. Media related to Abellio ScotRail at Wikimedia Commons Official website