Kelvinbridge railway station

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Kelvinbridge
Kelvinbridge GCR Station (1).jpg
The remains of the station above the bridge crossing the River Kelvin
Location
Place Kelvinbridge
Area Glasgow
Operations
Original company Glasgow Central Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Platforms 2
History
10 August 1896 Opened
15 June 1952 Station closed to passengers
6 July 1964 Station closed to freight
5 October 1964 Line closed
August 1968 Station building destroyed by fire
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Kelvinbridge was a railway station for the Kelvinbridge area in the West End of Glasgow, close to Kelvinbridge subway station on the Glasgow Subway.

Chronology[edit]

This station was opened on 10 August 1896.

It served as the mainline station for taking visitors to the 1901 Glasgow International Exhibition.

It was closed to passengers on 4 August 1952 and to freight on 6 July 1964, with the line being closed on 5 October 1964.

The building was destroyed by fire in August 1968.

Description of the site[edit]

The line entered the station site in the south east corner passing under Gibson Street next to the River Kelvin and ran alongside the east side of the river until reaching the north west corner when it crossed the river prior to passing under Caledonian Crescent where the station building was located. The goods yard was located to the east of the line, and was converted to a Park and Ride Car Park as part of the Glasgow Subway modernisation in 1976-1979.

The station building was designed by well known Glasgow architect James Miller who designed many other Caledonian Railway stations, including Botanic Gardens which was the next stop on the line. It was in a style similar to other stations designed by Miller at the time. It was destroyed by a fire started by children while abandoned in August 1968.[1] The outer walls with some decorative stonework as well as the base of an entrance vestibule with the pattern and fragments of the black and white checked floor tiles remain. Above the station site and mouth of the tunnel is Caledonian Mansions which was built by the Caledonian Railway company on land it purchased for tunnel construction. The company's monogram is still visible on the east side of the mansions on Caledonian Crescent, just uphill from the station site.

At the north west corner of the site the formation of the line from the station towards Botanic Gardens passes under Otago Street where the station buildings were located, before entering the tunnel under Great Western Road.

It was through the tunnel (at the south of the site) to Stobcross that the River Kelvin flowed when it burst its banks at the site of the station goods yard in December 1994. As part of the flood defence measures put in place, a bank was put in place in front of the tunnel mouth.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Stobcross
Line closed; Station open
  Caledonian Railway
Glasgow Central Railway
  Botanic Gardens
Line and station closed

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Evening Times, Glasgow, August 1968, held at Mitchell Library

Sources[edit]

  • 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 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137. 
  • Urquhart, Gordon R. (2000). 'Along Great Western Road: An Illustrated History of Glasgow's West End'. Stenlake Publishing. ISBN 1-84033-115-1.

Gallery[edit]

Looking south towards the site of the former station building, the ruins of which can be seen above the river bridge.
Date: 23 March 2007
Looking across the railway bridge towards the location of the station buildings. Bizarrely, the metal doors feature a canal-themed mural.
Date: 23 March 2007
Glasgow Central Railway passing under Caledonian Crescent.
Date: 23 March 2007
The entrance of the tunnel going under Otago Street from Kelvinbridge railway station to Botanic Gardens railway station.
Date: 23 March 2007
The entrance to the tunnel from Kelvinbridge railway station to Stobcross railway station.
Date: 23 March 2007
Looking under Gibson Street, the entrance to the tunnel from Kelvinbridge railway station to Stobcross railway station. Under the bridge is the bank put in place following the December 1994 flood to prevent water flowing down the tunnel.
Date: 23 March 2007

Coordinates: 55°52′29″N 4°16′52″W / 55.8747°N 4.2811°W / 55.8747; -4.2811