Old Partick Central

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Postby james73 » Wed May 26, 2004 12:09 am

crusty_bint wrote:Superb James!!!! :D You must post these in Fossy's marvellous little Old/New thread :wink:

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Postby Fossil » Wed May 26, 2004 12:22 am

WOW good photos james73
never seen that one of the station before 8)

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Postby shuttle534 » Tue Jun 01, 2004 12:58 am

Good pic. What a shame the developers got their grubby little flat building hands on it all.
(But sometimes it is better to have a building still standing as flats. Than not standing at all)
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Postby birdie » Fri Jun 11, 2004 9:59 pm

The tunnel was called Merkland Street and is 150 yards long. I visited the area last year and it was not possible to walk due to the amount of scrap metal that was guarding the entrance. I'm interested by your pictures though and gives me a better picture of what it was like.

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Postby Timchilli » Fri Aug 20, 2004 1:40 am

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So this Partick Central Station was actually called "Merkland Street" and was part of the underground, while Partickhill Station (which can be seen on the overground as you approach [modern day] Partick Station from Hyndland) is something entirely different?

Incidentally, has anyone ever taken photos of the old Partickhill Station? From my many years of travelling past it at speed, it does look amazingly intact. In fact, a friend who worked on the railways emailed me with this earlier on this evening...

The first to spring to mind, and a mere track inspection report from your house, is the ghost of Partickhill old station. The platforms and ticket office are, infact, still visible from the train today. She can be seen from the mainline on the approach to Partick station. However, unfortunately, platform access is restricted only to those with a "yella vest" and a hard hat (i.e. me, when I worked for those c**ts).

*use your imagination to complete the asterisks.

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Postby Timchilli » Fri Aug 20, 2004 2:02 am

Merkland Street Underground station in 1977
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Source: The Glasgow Story

In 1977 the Glasgow Underground system was closed so that it could be fully modernised. Merkland Street station was demolished and its replacement was renamed Partick station. Some of the old station's fixtures and fittings were removed from by Glasgow Museums, and used to recreate an Underground station in the city's Museum of Transport.



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Postby james73 » Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:31 pm

Timchilli wrote:Image

So this Partick Central Station was actually called "Merkland Street" and was part of the underground, while Partickhill Station (which can be seen on the overground as you approach [modern day] Partick Station from Hyndland) is something entirely different?


Nope.

This Partick Central Station was actually called both Partick Central and
Kelvin Hall. The line was below the building (duh) and was part of the
Glasgow Central (Low Level) Railway. The GCR was closed in 1964.

It was nothing to do with the Undergroud - it was a heavy rail line.
The GCR was partially reopened in 1979 as the 'Argyle Line', but now
takes a different route at Finnieston and instead of passing under Partick
Central, it joins to the Queen Street line at Yorkhill/Finnieston.


Partickhill station (as you say, still obvious today) was always there and
always called Partickhill, as far as I'm aware. Also AFAIA, it was closed
upon the opening of the current Partick station on the other side of
Dumbarton Road which, I'd hazard a guess at, must've been around 1980
after the refurbishment of the Underground.





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Postby deebers » Sun Sep 12, 2004 7:23 pm

This is looking down onto the platform:
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This is a peek through the letterbox:
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What was the ledge for? Advertising?
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Looking down onto the tunnel:
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Postby scotia47 » Mon Sep 13, 2004 10:03 pm

Very impressive. :D The one throught the letterbox is my fave - didn't imagine there would still be tables and chairs lying about.
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Postby red_kola » Mon Sep 13, 2004 10:52 pm

scotia47 wrote:Very impressive. :D The one throught the letterbox is my fave - didn't imagine there would still be tables and chairs lying about.


I think it's been in use until relatively recently. I'm sure it was a minicab office when i was living on Ferry Road; mid 90s... Possibly something to do with furniture or antiques before/after that :?
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Postby thecatsmother » Tue Sep 14, 2004 1:51 am

There is an old sign on the front of the building which reads "Partick Central Auctions", so I imagine that was the last use.
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Postby epple » Tue Sep 14, 2004 3:56 pm

you can see my house in these pictures...
however is this part of the same line that runs into the tunnel beside the transport museum? I took a walk in there armed with my lighter and napkins one drunken sunday morning but got a bit spooked. Im planning another trip and have bought me a nice new torch that sticks to my head and everything, but does it actually lead anywhere or is a dead end? Just so's i know what to expect...

Anybody been in there?

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Postby james73 » Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:01 pm

epple wrote:you can see my house in these pictures...
however is this part of the same line that runs into the tunnel beside the transport museum?


Yes, that's the same line.



epple wrote:I took a walk in there armed with my lighter and napkins one drunken sunday morning but got a bit spooked. Im planning another trip and have bought me a nice new torch that sticks to my head and everything, but does it actually lead anywhere or is a dead end? Just so's i know what to expect...


Right. It's a bit complicated. This line was called the Glasgow Central
Railway (GCR) AKA the Glasgow Central Low Level line. It was closed
entirely to passengers in 1964, a combination of the Queen St low level
line being electrified and the amount of duplication the two lines created
west of Partick.

More on it here: http://www.railscot.co.uk/Glasgow_Central_Railway/frame.htm

The line headed west from Glasgow Central to Anderston, then to
Stobcross (later Finnieston, later still SECC), then it split in two just
inside the tunnel which is at the current SECC Station. One line headed
north to Kelvinbridge - Botanic Gardens - Kirklee - Maryhill Central - Possil
Central.

The other headed west to Partick Central - Partick West - then all the
way to Dumbarton through various local stations for local people.
This is the section of tunnel that runs behind the Transport Museum.

When part of the line was to be re-opened in 1979 as the 'Argyle Line' they
used part of the Stobcross to Kelvin Hall tunnel for the new eastbound line
between Partick and Finnieston. The idea was to connect the Queen St and
Central lines at Yorkhill via a non-conflicting junction - the westbound line
climbs up the retaining wall at the Clydeside Expressway next to the SECC.

This explains the odd layout of track at the SECC station itself - they branched
the eastbound line off the main line at Yorkhill and created a new section
of tunnel underneath Gilbert St in Kelvinhaugh which burrows into the side
of the old Stobcross to Kelvin Hall tunnel. This image kind of explains it.
Whether or not there's a dead end where the new tunnel burrows into the
old one I don't know - I've heard they piled earth in up to the height of the
tunnel roof to stop tresspassing and "control the air flow."

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epple wrote:Anybody been in there?


Not yet, but tomorrow's another day...



epple wrote:ps long time listener, first time caller....


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Postby james73 » Thu Oct 07, 2004 2:46 am

james73 wrote:This explains the odd layout of track at the SECC station itself - they branched
the eastbound line off the main line at Yorkhill and created a new section
of tunnel underneath Gilbert St in Kelvinhaugh which burrows into the side
of the old Stobcross to Kelvin Hall tunnel.

Whether or not there's a dead end where the new tunnel burrows into the
old one I don't know - I've heard they piled earth in up to the height of the
tunnel roof to stop tresspassing and "control the air flow."


This, in fact:

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Postby Dexter St. Clair » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:33 pm

The offices on the partickhill station have been demolished.
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