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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:01 pm    Post subject: Saint Enoch Station Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

St Enoch Station was a former mainline railway station in Glasgow.

Located on St Enoch Square in the city centre, it was opened by the City of
Glasgow Union Railway, in 1876. The first passenger train stopping there
on 1 May 1876, with the official opening taking place on 17 October 1876.
The St Enoch Hotel at the front of the station opened on July 3rd 1879.
With 200 bedrooms and 20 public rooms, it was the largest of the city's
three railway hotels. The imposing frontage facing St Enoch Square was
360ft long and 120ft high and the North wing, extending to Dunlop Street
was 500ft long.

In 1883 it was taken over by the Glasgow and South Western Railway and
it became their head quarters. St Enoch Station was the first major public
building in Glasgow lit by electricity. The original six platforms were
covered by an arched roof measuring 83ft high, 204ft wide and 525ft long,
modelled on St Pancras Station in London.Such was the success of the
station, that extra platforms and a second roof, 70ft high by 143ft wide
were added in 1901. In the 1923 grouping it was taken over and then
operated by the London Midland and Scottish Railway. After the
nationalisation of the United Kingdom rail network, the station was run by
British Railways.

It was a large station (the second largest in the city) with 12 platforms and
two impressive semi-cylindrical glass/iron overall roofs. The station was
closed in 1966 as part of the rationalisation of the railway system
undertaken by Dr Richard Beeching. In an act that can be described as
nothing more than architectural vandalism, the roofs of the structure were
demolished, despite protests, in 1976. The St Enoch Hotel which fronted
the station and the brick-arch viaducts which supported the station were
then demolished in 1977, with the city council claiming the site was
earmarked for a building for use by the Ministry of Defence - this never
materialised. The site is now occupied by another glass structure, the St
Enoch Centre, a large and rather hideous shopping centre which opened in
1988. The remains of the station and hotel were used to help in fill the
Queen's Dock on the banks of the River Clyde, today the home of the
SECC.




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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Great article James.

I'm sure you know already, there's also a ton of great photos from it's rather sad car park days, in the RCAHMS.
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Great work James.

Some good photos there is this a wetpaint project?

Keep up the good work. Always interesting to see the photos you post.
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