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Abandoned Central Low Level in 1967
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:40 pm    Post subject: Abandoned Central Low Level in 1967  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

This subject should interest many Glasgow folks as I've noticed a lot of questions on local forums being asked about the old steam days of the Central Low Level line, closed in 1964 under the Beeching cuts. People complain about a lack of a photographic record. A reply to this query came from an intelligent reader and it was that the stations were always badly lit. Furthermore they were permeated by smoke and steam, to such an extent, that it was not surprising that there were few historical photographs taken.
I explored this line in 1965 and then again in 1966, 1967 and 1969. I took some of my friends with me in 1967 and in 1969 as it was a spooky, unknown and lengthy walk in pitch darkness for most of the way. The line and stations through Glasgow are mostly in tunnel and we relied totally on a battery torch to light the way. Later we discovered an old carbide (acetylene) railway lamp on the station platform at Glasgow Cross station. My friend quickly refurbished it to get the item working again. We bought some Calcium Carbide from a local hardware store and pressed the lamp back into use, mainly for effect in the further explorations that took place in 1967. The pictures you are about to see were taken in 1967 and in 1969. In 1969 I had a Pentax SLR with an F1.8 lens. This was the camera that enabled me to extract the utmost detail out of the most challenging of subjects. The remaining railway architecture at that time was fascinating and demanded a record. When I first entered these low level stations, it was like going back in time, the smell of sulphur was still present in the air and the atmosphere felt decidedly Edwardian. There were a few dodgy occasions when we were forced to wade with rubber boots through a foot of floodwater. This water lay between the platforms in the Central low level underground station in 1967. I believe the flooding still continues today.

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Above: Rutherglen junction 1969. The Glasgow Central line is on the curve to the middle of the picture. Photo: I Russell


Looking south toward Rutherglen from Strathclyde street. 1969. Entrance to Glasgow Central line is on lower right of the picture. Photo: I Russell


Looking north from Strathclyde Street to Dalmarnock 1969 Photo: I Russell


Dalmarnock station 1969 Photo: I Russell


Looking south on Dalmarnock station west platform 1969 Photo: I Russell


Looking south again from the west platform Dalmarnock station 1969 Photo: I Russell


Dalmarnock station platforms looking north toward Bridgeton Cross in 1969 Photo: I Russell


Bridgeton Cross low level station 1968 Photo: I Russell


Station area at Bridgeton X low level 1969. The platform on the right was for Parkhead Stadium. Photo: I Russell


Explorers at Bridgeton Cross low level station 1967 Photo: I Russell


Bridgeton X tunnel portal goes westward toward Glasgow City Centre. The two wee boys just happened to be there and have their picture taken. 1969 Photo: I Russell


Glasgow Green station frontage 1969 Photo: I Russell


Looking east from Glasgow Green platforms 1969 Photo: I Russell


Glasgow Cross station building in 1969 Photo: I Russell


Author and co-explorer on Glasgow Cross station platform 1967 Photo: I Russell


My friend Brian at Glasgow Cross station in 1969 Photo: I Russell


Christmas time at Glasgow Cross station 1969 Photo: I Russell


The author on Glasgow Cross station platform in 1969 Photo: I Russell


Shops in Argyle Street, above the low level station in 1969 Photo: I Russell


The space at Central low level station. I guess it was a must to let the smoke and steam out. The row of shops would be above left. Photo: I Russell


Pumping out water at the Central low level station 1969 Photo: I Russell


The huge tunnel east portal to the station. Note the 'cut and cover' construction 1969. This felt like being inside an old church from ground level. Note: Drainage work in progress. Photo: I Russell


Another view on the east portal looking toward the Central low level station 1969 Photo: I Russell


Back out into the light again at Stobcross junction 1967 Photo: I Russell


Stobcross signal cabin 1967. This was the first box to use miniature levers operated by hydraulic rams due to the limited space available. Photo: I Russell


'Mad men' of railways inside the box 1967 Photo: I Russell


Stobcross station building 1969 Photo: I Russell


Detail of stonework at Stobcross station 1969 Photo: I Russell


Stobcross station platforms looking east 1967. This station is now called Exhibition Centre. Photo: I Russell



Tunnel portal at Stobcross station 1967. This leads westward and splits a short distance inside toward Scotstoun on the left and on the right toward Kelvinbridge (on the Possil route via Botanic Gardens). The light in the tunnel is from the acetylene lamp held by my colleague. Photo: I Russell


The author standing at a platform signboard in Glasgow Central low level station 1967. Photo: I Russell
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Absolutely brilliant.

Thanks for sharing these.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Wow - fantastic set   .
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Those are absolutely amazing. Many, many thanks for sharing!  
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Literally give this guy a medal!    
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

For a new member this is absolutely fantastic Ian

I know these photos will interest loads of people who visit Urban Glasgow. It is really great that you have chosen this site to share your photos.

Maybe if you have any more someone could think about making then an addition to the Urban Glasgow Collection. They are really too good for just posting in the main forum and will I am sure be appreciated more if included there.

Once again, thanks for letting us see your great collection of photos.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

This is an important historical record of times gone by, once again thank you for posting on UG mate      
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Please allow me to be perfectly blunt about these recent postings.

"fcuk me these are awesome   "
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

   

Many thanks for scanning these in and posting them Ian. These are real gold dust.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

wow!! just wow!!!


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