Kirklee railway station

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Kirklee
Kirklee station.jpg
Kirklee station platforms in October 2007
Location
Place Kelvinside
Area Glasgow
Operations
Original company Glasgow Central Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Platforms 2
History
10 August 1896 Opened
1 May 1939 Closed to passengers
5 October 1964 Line closed
1971 Station buildings demolished
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Kirklee railway station was a railway station serving the Kelvinside area in the West End of Glasgow.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 10 August 1896 by the Glasgow Central Railway.[1] Also known as Kirklee for North Kelvinside, it was closed between 1 January 1917 and 2 March 1919 due to wartime economy,[1] and closed permanently to passengers on 1 May 1939,[1] with the line being closed on 5 October 1964.

The station building was designed by famous architect Sir J.J. Burnet who earned his knighthood on the basis of his design for the extension of the British Museum.[2] The construction of the station was controversial in the 1890s as it destroyed a local beauty spot known as the Peatree Well.[3] Little is known of the station's use after closure but a photo taken in 1959 appears to show it in use a private house.[4] The station buildings were demolished in 1971 having fallen into disrepair.

The bulk of the station site is now occupied by blocks of apartments, however the platforms partially remain in place to the south, beyond the supports for a bridge which has since been removed, and just before a long tunnel leading to Botanic Gardens railway station. A telegraph pole dating from the line's operation is still present just before the mouth of the tunnel.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butt, page 136
  2. ^ Urquhart, Chapter on West End Railways
  3. ^ Morton,
  4. ^ Anderson and Smith,

References[edit]

  • Anderson, Paul and Smith, W.A.C. (1993). Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways. Irwell Press. ISBN 1-871608-33-3.
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.
  • Morton, Henry B. (1973). 'A Hillhead Album'. Unknown publisher. ISBN 0-9502034-3-2.
  • Urquhart, Gordon R. (2000). 'Along Great Western Road: An Illustrated History of Glasgow's West End'. Stenlake Publishing. ISBN 1-84033-115-1.

External links[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Botanic Gardens
Line and station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Glasgow Central Railway
  Dawsholm
Line and station closed
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow Central Railway
Maryhill Central
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 55°52′55″N 4°17′33″W / 55.8820°N 4.2926°W / 55.8820; -4.2926