Neilston railway station
- For the station on the former Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway see Neilston Low railway station.
|Scottish Gaelic: Baile Nèill|
|Local authority||East Renfrewshire|
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|Original company||Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway|
|1 May 1903||Opened|
|1 January 1917||Closed|
|1 February 1919||Re-opened|
|2 June 1924||Renamed Neilston High|
|6 May 1974||Renamed Neilston|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Neilston from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Neilston railway station is a railway station in the village of Neilston, East Renfrewshire, Greater Glasgow, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and lies on the Cathcart Circle Lines, 11¾ miles (18 km) south west of Glasgow Central station.
The station was originally opened as part of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway on 1 May 1903. It closed between 1 January 1917 and 2 March 1919 due to wartime economy, and upon the grouping of the L&AR into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923, the station was renamed Neilston High on 2 June 1924. It was renamed back to Neilston on 6 May 1974 by British Rail.
The station is fully operational today as the terminal station on the Glasgow Central - Neilston line. The railway was electrified in May 1962 (using overhead wires supplying 25kV A.C) and Class 303 "Blue Train" electric multiple units provided almost all trains services for many years thereafter, being joined by the similar Class 311 from 1967. Following withdrawal of the Class 303 and 311, Class 314 have been the mainstay of the service with occasional services operated by Class 318 and Class 334.
The line previously continued southwest to Uplawmoor, but this section closed to passengers in April 1962 and to all traffic in December 1964. British Rail also put forward plans to close the station here in the early 1980s and cut the branch back to Whitecraigs, but the proposals were never implemented.
Layout and Facilities
Although the station is a terminus, it has kept a conventional two platform layout with separate tracks for arrivals & departures. The two lines merge into a single reversing siding immediately west of the station (on the course of the old L&AR line to Uplawmoor) and terminating trains use this to change platforms before returning east to Glasgow. It is a staffed station, with step-free access to each platform via ramps (although these are quite steep) and a footbridge linking the two. A P.A system and passenger information screens provide train running information.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Cathcart Circle Lines
Line and station closed
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
station never constructed
- Butt (1995), page 167
- Stansfield (1999), page 41
- "The Origins of the Neilston Line"Netherlee.org; Retrieved 31 August 2016
- "Neilston railway station, Renfrewshire Thompson, Nigel; geograph.org; Retrieved 31 August 2016
- Neilston station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 30 November 2016
- Table 223 National Rail timetable, May 2016
- 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.
- 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 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
- Stansfield, G. (1999). Ayrshire & Renfrewshire's Lost Railways. Ochiltree: Stenlake Publishing. ISBN 1-8403-3077-5.
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