Abandoned railway line -Dawsholm

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Abandoned railway line -Dawsholm

Postby fraserspeirs » Sat Dec 13, 2003 10:11 pm

Hi,

I just found out about this site and wanted to share a set of my pictures with you: http://www.mycamera.org.uk/centralline

This is an abandoned railway line that ran behind my old house near Dawsholm. I don't know its name for sure - I think it maybe was called the Central Line? It runs under the road bridge connecting Dawsholm and the roundabout at the Canal, and eventually part of it converges on the current line at Maryhill station.

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Postby james73 » Wed Dec 17, 2003 4:12 pm

Fraser.

Nice pictures.

I hope your house isnt too close to that line because it's going to be
restored soon. It connected Maryhill directly to Anniesland, and was
uplifted sometime in the early 1980's, I believe. They are also intending
to open a Dawsholm Station, although Im not sure of its exact location.

Incidently, this line wasnt called the Glasgow Central Line - that was the
one which had the other Maryhill station on it, the one which now has a
supermarket built on its site.


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Postby partickular » Fri Jan 23, 2004 12:37 am

Yes that's about right re: it being lifted early to mid 80s. I used to travel regularly by train at that time from my (then) Milngavie home to the city. At that time you got a great view from the front of the Blue Trains (orange by that time), and I often used to wonder about that line. I never once saw a train use it at that time. I wonder what kind of service will use it if re-opened. Perhaps Queen St high level to Queen St low level! :wink:
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Postby tip2tail » Fri Jan 23, 2004 1:32 am

partickular wrote:I wonder what kind of service will use it if re-opened. Perhaps Queen St high level to Queen St low level! :wink:


Nope! That will be part of the (believe it or not) Larkhall Link. I live in Hamilton and we have ben waiting for this for as long as I can remember. It also means we wil start to get 15 min services to Glasgow Central (Low Level).

Have a look at http://www.spt.co.uk/news/story207.html for more info.

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Postby james73 » Fri Jan 23, 2004 12:14 pm

partickular wrote:Yes that's about right re: it being lifted early to mid 80s. I used to travel regularly by train at that time from my (then) Milngavie home to the city. At that time you got a great view from the front of the Blue Trains (orange by that time), and I often used to wonder about that line. I never once saw a train use it at that time. I wonder what kind of service will use it if re-opened. Perhaps Queen St high level to Queen St low level! :wink:


Not with the Maryhill to Cowlairs to Springburn section being un-electrified.
That would mean DMU's in the Queen Street/Charing Cross tunnels.

Years ago, they were talking about a Northern Circle, going from Queen
St Low Level - Belgrove - Springburn - Cowlairs - Maryhill - Anniesland -
Partick - Queen St Low Level. I haven't heard much more about this for
quite a few years though. The problem is always going to be the tracks
between Yorkhill, Partick and Hyndland - it's a bottleneck, and unless they
can extend it to a 4-track section (seems unlikely) there's not much more
room for services on this section. Especially with the clowns at the Scottish
Parliment claiming they want to re-open the Bathgate to Airdrie line and
run services from Helensburgh to Edinburgh... :roll:


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Postby partickular » Fri Jan 23, 2004 11:57 pm

Just kidding re: Queen St high level to Queen St low level. :) Whatever they do, it will be an interesting development I'm sure. Re: diesels in the low level tunnells (sorry if this getting off topic), wasn't there a short spell in the late 80s/early 90s when the Fort William-London sleeper went through Queen St low level lines (to avoid the reversal into high level), and joined up with the Inverness-London sleeper at Mossend yard or somewhere like that? ( Jings, my anorak-ish past is coming back to haunt me..... :wink: )
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Postby james73 » Sat Jan 24, 2004 2:07 am

partickular wrote:Just kidding re: Queen St high level to Queen St low level. :) Whatever they do, it will be an interesting development I'm sure. Re: diesels in the low level tunnells (sorry if this getting off topic), wasn't there a short spell in the late 80s/early 90s when the Fort William-London sleeper went through Queen St low level lines (to avoid the reversal into high level), and joined up with the Inverness-London sleeper at Mossend yard or somewhere like that? ( Jings, my anorak-ish past is coming back to haunt me..... :wink: )


Possibly, but where did it go from Queen St low level? Up to Springburn
then back up the line to Cumbernauld, and heading down to Coatbridge?



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Postby Pgcc93 » Sat Jan 24, 2004 3:16 pm

The Fort Bill sleeper departed from Glasgow Central High level, I think it left around 04.45 and went via the West curve at Rutherglen then through the Glasgow Central L/L. It used to trigger the fire alarms at most of the stations if the driver had the throttle wide open.
I used to catch a lift to Partick at the end of my nightshift on it many a time. Had to jump the wall, as the station wasn't opened for business, went on my arse more than once during the winter months :oops:

The only loco hauled train that I remember using Queen Street L/L was in the early 90's when Scotrail ran the 'Young Explorer' trains during the summer. Don't think they were very well patronised as they left too late in the afternoon to use them for Munro Bagging of an afternoon.

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Postby partickular » Sat Jan 24, 2004 4:08 pm

Interesting. I didn't realise it left from Central High level for a while. I used to use it a few times (to do the whole West Highland line to Mallaig and back in a day) back in the 80s when it left from Queen St High level at 0550. Before all these changes discussed here they used to add a few more carriages here for 'domestic' travellers.

Thanks for the info.
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Postby james73 » Sat Jan 24, 2004 5:30 pm

On a similar sort of subject, I found pics on the internet the other
day of the APT at Finneston (now SECC) station, heading east. By
the looks of the pictures, it had to pull up twice because it was so long. :)

Wonder why it was there, and where would it's journey have started?



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Postby Pgcc93 » Sat Jan 24, 2004 6:30 pm

The APT was used to ferry HRH & all the hingers on to open the SECC don't remember the date. A workmate who worked in Hyndland Depot took some pics of it while it was shunted into Hyndland Loop beside the station. Wonder if they got it up on the tilt with lizzy on board?.

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Postby james73 » Sat Jan 24, 2004 11:40 pm

The SECC was opened sometime in 1985, IIRC. The rubble used to fill
in the Queens Dock was that from the remains of St Enoch Station :cry:



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Postby partickular » Mon Jan 26, 2004 11:15 pm

Re: The APT at SECC station - maybe for loading guage trials in tunnells/subterranean stations perhaps?
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