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Postby downward_spiral » Mon Apr 29, 2002 12:40 am

For a while I've been trying to find some info on the 'other' platform in the Low Level. Being what feels like a wee yin myself (I'm only 20.. bless), I never knew anything about it.. until I read this page:

http://abandoned.urbanexploration.org/mkg/arg-01.htm

The paragraph at the bottom in particular:

"This is the view off the eastern end of the platform. The arch on the left leads through to the "forgotten half" of the station, where the other island platform used to be."

Anyone know anything about it? I tried to grab a picture of the portal last week, but I got shouted at for straying away from the main part of the platform. (Of course, they didn't mind those neds throwing their McDonald's around and threatening to get each other squished by a train 8) )
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Postby jim » Wed Sep 04, 2002 8:26 pm

seven levels / untouched since WW1 / Grahamstown / Underneath the Arches / Faint ritual chanting mixed with the sound of heavy machinery heard issuing from drains in the vicinity.
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Postby applemaca » Sat Jan 10, 2004 12:58 am

Tell us more please jim!!!!
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Postby Pgcc93 » Sat Jan 10, 2004 10:34 pm

I'd be intrested too Jim. Last time I was in there it was the British Rail Staff Car Park circa 1987. You could access the low level lineside from here by going down a cast iron spiral staircase which led you to a subteranean ante room with adjacent 4ft Dia waste pipe which flowed into the Clyde. Presently the stairwell has been replaced with a modern style steel enclosed ladder to facilitate inspection. :-(

Last time I saw this place was several years ago when the Arches expanded the premises and most of the the lower levels were brought up to standard for HSE reasons.

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Postby glasgowken » Mon Oct 03, 2005 8:57 pm

Sorry to bump this old thread :oops: Did anyone save the photo from the above website ? I'd love to see it.
Also does anyone have more photos or info on the 'forgotten half' ?

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Postby tarzan-bridge » Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:59 pm



I notice from that map that it has "Hope St." in the 19th century.
I thought Hope St was called Main St until the 1920's when Bridgeton was absorbed into the city and it's name was changed, leaving the one "Main St" in Glasgow belonging to Brigton.
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Postby glasgowken » Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:39 pm

According to the 1857 OS map, it was Hope Street even at that date.
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Postby tarzan-bridge » Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:12 pm

glasgowken wrote:According to the 1857 OS map, it was Hope Street even at that date.


Is this an urban myth then?
I was told about the name change years ago but forgot about it until I read it in, I think, David Daiches' book..
I've still got the book, must look it out.
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Postby glasgowken » Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:15 pm

Perhaps it was a mix up, as you know a lot of streets have changed their names over the years.

Here's the bit from the 1857 OS map. (From NLS site).

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Postby tarzan-bridge » Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:36 pm

You seem to be spot on glasgowken, I slandered Daiches, his book has a map from 1847 and that shows Hope St.
Like I say I first heard of that story years ago, even remember who from, a "Glasgow Hire" van driver. He had the piss ripped by the other older guys (all aged in their 40's/50's in 1967/8 ) and I completely forgot it until I actually read it somewhere, recently at that, must try and find the piece.

I'm glad Daiches' reputation is still intact, as among other little factoids in his tome, (Glasgow. pub. Andre Deutsch 1976/70), is the naming of the first person to be buried in the Necropolis.
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Postby MacotheIsles » Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:08 pm

As to urban railway fact and folklore subsection 1: Complete Victorian Railway Stations, Subterranean, Long Forgotten but Still There; I can do no better than to refer you all to Stephen Mulrine's wonderful 'Whistle in the Dark', broadcast as Radio Clyde's Ghost Story for Christmas, 1982.

Truly excellent, and - alas - completely unavailable.
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Postby bigross » Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:15 pm

tarzan-bridge wrote:


I notice from that map that it has "Hope St." in the 19th century.
I thought Hope St was called Main St until the 1920's when Bridgeton was absorbed into the city and it's name was changed, leaving the one "Main St" in Glasgow belonging to Brigton.


You may be thinking of Blythswood Street, which was called Mains Street up until the 1850s I think.
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Postby motman » Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:44 am

Just spotted a print for sale on eBay (buy now 9.50)
>clicky< depicting the Broomielaw in the 1880s before the Central Station appeared, so the Grahamstown frontage is visible.
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Postby glasgowken » Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:48 am

motman wrote:Just spotted a print for sale on eBay (buy now 9.50)
>clicky< depicting the Broomielaw in the 1880s before the Central Station appeared, so the Grahamstown frontage is visible.


I think the first Central Station bridge is there, just out of sight, as it was completed in 1878.
There's a very old photo in the Mitchell which pre-dates Central Station (and even St Enoch).

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