Buchanan Street railway station

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Buchanan Street
Glasgow Buchanan Street Station 1931166.jpg
The station in 1961
Place Glasgow
Area Lanarkshire
Coordinates 55°52′01″N 4°15′11″W / 55.867°N 4.253°W / 55.867; -4.253Coordinates: 55°52′01″N 4°15′11″W / 55.867°N 4.253°W / 55.867; -4.253
Grid reference NS590660
Original company Caledonian Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 6
1 November 1849 Opened as terminal station[1]
7 November 1966 Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Buchanan Street Station was the least known of Glasgow's four main terminal railway stations, the other three being Central, Queen St and St Enoch. It was to the north-west of Queen St Station and served the north of Scotland.


Constructed in 1849 by the Caledonian Railway Company as its main terminus for the city, the original station buildings consisted of supposedly temporary wooden structures, which lasted until the 1930s. A goods station at the site opened in 1850. Services ran primarily northbound, to Aberdeen, Perth and Stirling and other destinations.

The station was marked for closure and replacement in the "Bruce Report" about how to redevelop Glasgow in the post-Second World War period. The plan included replacing Buchanan Street and Queen Street stations with a Glasgow North station on land including the site of Buchanan Street, but many times larger. There was also a similar scheme to replace Central and St Enoch stations with a Glasgow South station, but neither came to fruition.

Despite this reprieve, it proved only to be temporary as the station was closed in 1966 as part of the rationalisation of the railway system of Great Britain devised by Richard Beeching, with most of its services running to Queen Street. The buildings were demolished in 1967. The 430 yard Buchanan Street tunnel that ran from just outwith the station to Sighthill still exists, but public access is prohibited.

Buchanan House (named 'ScotRail House' between January 1985 and April 1994) and Glasgow Caledonian University occupy the site of the station.



  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), Page 103.


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 

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