Maryhill Line

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Maryhill Line
156 Anniesland.JPG
A Class 156 at Anniesland, the outer terminus of the Maryhill Line
Overview
System National Rail
Locale Glasgow
Scotland
Stations 7
Operation
Opening 1993
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) ScotRail
Rolling stock Class 156, Class 158, Class 170
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Maryhill Line
Anniesland
for Argyle Line and
North Clyde Line
Kelvindale
Maryhill
Summerston
Gilshochill
Possilpark & Parkhouse
Ashfield
Glasgow Queen Street
GlasgowSubway logo notext.PNG Buchanan Street

The Maryhill Line is a suburban railway line linking Glasgow and Anniesland via Maryhill in Scotland. It is part of the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport network. The line between Glasgow and Maryhill forms a part of the West Highland Line (linking the WHL and North Clyde Line with the former Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway main line out of Glasgow Queen Street High Level) and was re-opened to stopping passenger services in 1993.[1] Local services over the route had previously ended in the early 1960s, though it remained open thereafter for Fort William/Mallaig & Oban trains and freight traffic. In 2005 it was extended to Anniesland via a new station at Kelvindale in the north west of the city.[2]

The route serves the following places:

Historical routes[edit]

The Maryhill line runs on the formations of the following historic railways:

Operations[edit]

Maryhill Line services connect with the Argyle and North Clyde Lines at Anniesland station, where the branch terminates in a bay platform built as part of the extension from Maryhill. Prior to 2005, trains terminating at Maryhill had to proceed empty to Knightswood North Junction (near Westerton, where the route joins the North Clyde suburban network) to reverse and change lines before returning to Glasgow. This procedure took several minutes (whilst the driver changed ends) and consequently restricted capacity at the busy junction - diverting the service to Anniesland freed up additional paths on the North Clyde route through there and allowed more trains to run between the south side of the city and the Milngavie branch.

The line is not electrified. Passenger services are operated by First ScotRail using Class 156, Class 158 and Class 170 diesel multiple units. There is currently no Sunday service on the line with West Highland line trains only using the line, A Sunday service will commence on 17 May 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "£2.2 Million Puts Maryhill Back on Line" Sinclair, Keith Herald Scotland news article, 3-12-1993; Retrieved 2014-01-15
  2. ^ Railscot - Larkhall & Maryhill - Anniesland Reopening www.railbrit.co.uk; Retrieved 2014-01-15