Maryhill Central railway station

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Maryhill Central
MaryhillPortal.JPG
This is all that is visible of the southern portal of the former Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway line heading north from Maryhill Central station. Hidden behind the Gala Bingo club, the tunnel entrance has been backfilled with earth, and the arch keystone is visible behind the shrubbery. Crossing above is the Glasgow Branch of the Forth & Clyde Canal.
Location
Place Maryhill
Area Glasgow
Coordinates 55°53′15″N 4°17′16″W / 55.88752°N 4.28782°W / 55.88752; -4.28782Coordinates: 55°53′15″N 4°17′16″W / 55.88752°N 4.28782°W / 55.88752; -4.28782
Operations
Original company Glasgow Central Railway
Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMS
Platforms 4
History
26 November 1894 Opened as Maryhill Barracks
1 October 1895 Renamed as Maryhill[1]
15 September 1952 Renamed as Maryhill Central[1]
2 November 1959 GCR services ceased
5 October 1964 Closed to passengers[1]
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Maryhill Central was a railway station to the north west of Glasgow.

Location[edit]

To the west of the station was a triangular set of junctions. Immediately to the west was Maryhill Central junction where the line to Kirklee diverged to the south and the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway headed east to Bellshaugh Junction where the western side of the triangle (from Kirklee Junction at the southern point of the junctions) and the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway met before the line to Dawsholm diverged to the north. The station served the nearby Maryhill Barracks and it was from this station that tanks and soldiers departed for Buchanan Street station in order to be deployed at George Square in the 'Red Scare' of January 1919.

Closure[edit]

It was closed to passengers on 2 November 1959 on the Glasgow Central Railway route and on 5 October 1964 on the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway between Possil and Partick, with the lines in the area being closed at the beginning of October 1964.

Current site usage[edit]

The site of the station is now occupied by Maryhill Shopping Centre which was built in the early 1980s. However, a space was left in the basement of the shopping centre to allow the line to be re-opened in future; this was still considered an option in the mid 1990s with the building of a large bingo hall on the cutting east of site left a channel for the original line to be re-opened below ground. In 1999, however, this prospect was put to rest with the sale of land for housing along many parts of the track in the Kirklee and Cleveden sections of the track along with the demolition of many of the bridges around the same area for safety reasons. Maryhill Shopping Centre was demolished in early 2010 and replaced by a new Tesco supermarket. The void beneath the supermarket for the railway station has again been retained to allow the future possibility of reopening the railway line.

Railway routes[edit]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Kirklee
Line and station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Glasgow Central Railway
  Terminus
Dawsholm
Line and station closed
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow Central Railway
Kelvinside
Line and station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway
  Possil
Line and station closed


1923 map of Maryhill[edit]

Map of railways in the locality in 1923. Both Maryhill stations are shown, Maryhill Central (also confusingly called 'Maryhill') is adjacent to the barracks


References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butt (1995), page 156

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