Cathcart District Railway
|Cathcart District Railway|
The Cathcart District Railway was authorised on 7 September 1880. The eastern section to Cathcart opened to Mount Florida station on 1 March 1886. The line was completed through to the first Cathcart station on 25 May 1886. The Extension Line, which completed the western half of the line, was authorised on 10 June 1890, being completed on 2 April 1894.
In the 1923 Railway Grouping it became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS).
The original route
The route diverges from the link line between Glasgow Central and the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway at Muirhouse North Junction, just north of Albert Drive. After Pollokshields East, the line turns east passing firstly under the St Enoch route of the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway running in cutting to Mount Florida. The line, now heading south reaches the complex of junctions at Cathcart where connection is made with the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway. Within these junctions is the location of Cathcart railway station.
The extension line
The western extension heads east, mainly on embankments as far as Pollokshaws East. Beyond Shawlands the line crosses over the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway, turning north to reach Maxwell Park. The final section through to Pollokshields West heads east before joining the General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway and the Glasgow Central line of the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway at Muirhouse Central Junction.
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- RAILSCOT on Cathcart District Railway