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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:31 pm    Post subject: Buchanan Street Railway Station Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Buchanan Street Station was the least known (and least architecturally
impressive) of Glasgow's four main terminal railway stations, the other three
being Central, Queen St and St Enoch. It was based to the Northwest of Queen
St Station and ran services to the North of Scotland.

Constructed in 1849 by the Caledonian Railway Company as their main
terminus station for the city, the original station buildings consisted of
supposedly temporary wooden structures, which actually lasted on site
until the 1930s. A goods station at the site opened in 1850. Services that
ran from the station were primarily northbound, with Aberdeen, Perth and
Stirling being common destinations. The platforms later had canopies
added to them, but even these were not new - they had been taken from
Ardrossan North station. The station lacked any real character - it had no
spectacular dome roof like Saint Enoch or Queen Street, nor was it built on
a raised viaduct like Saint Enoch or Central.

The station was marked for closure and replacement in the "Bruce Report"
- a study into how to redevelop the city of Glasgow in the post-Second World
War period. The plans set out a scheme whereby Buchanan Street and
Queen Street stations were to be closed and a new Glasgow North railway
station
was to be built in their place. This station would have been built on
land including the site of Buchanan Street although would have been many
times larger. There was also a similar scheme to replace Central and St
Enoch stations with a new Glasgow South railway station, but neither plan
came to fruition.

Despite this reprieve, it proved only to be temporary as the station was
closed to operations in 1966 as part of the rationalisation of the railway
system of the entire United Kingdom devised by Dr Richard Beeching, with
most of its services running to Queen Street instead. The buildings had
been completely demolished by 1971, although the 430 yard long Buchanan
Street tunnel that ran from just outwith the station coming out at Sighthill
still exists, although public access is prohibited.

Buchanan House (named 'ScotRail House' between January 1985 and April
1994) and Glasgow Caledonian University occupy the site of the railway station.



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The drab entrance



Kiosks inside the station





A train emerges from the tunnel into the station. This tunnel portal
remains in situ, although the area in the foreground has been converted
into flats. The retaining wall held back the Monkland Canal, now buried
in a pipe below the M8 motorway.




High level view of the area, with Queen Street Station at the right. circa 1971-75




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More central view, with Parlimentary Road cutting a path straight
through Townhead. That part of the road is now a footpath. Note: none of
the Townhead masionettes have been built yet. circa 1971-75




The area of the station and goods yard. Note the Caledonian Uni
(nee Glasgow College of Technology) appearing rather isolated as
Cowcaddens Road hasn't been built yet. The building in the bottom
centre of the picture survived until the late 1990's and the main entrance
to Buchanan St Bus Station was immediately next to it. The new hotel
building built on it's site curiously kept to the same misalignment.
The Buchanan St Railway Station main building was to the middle left
in the area now occupied by parked cars. The influence cars were beginning
to have on the city centre is clear to see in these images.

Scotrail House (later Railtrack House) is to the left of the University
buildings and is wrongly quoted as having been built on the site of the
Railway Station. This is not true, as pictures available in many books
clearly show. ­Note also the dark, hole in the ground to the upper right
of the muddy field - this is an air vent for the Queen St Station tunnel
and the new east part of Cowcaddens Road now passes to the immediate
north of it. circa 1971-75




The old building next to the new Bus Station. Note the multi storey
eyesore, er, carpark behind it. The famous Apollo Thearte Building is
in the background. circa 1976




High level view of the area. Parlimentary Road has been cut off at the
new section of North Hanover St (although a part survived in use up at
the Castle St end until the early 1980's). The new Bus Station is complete
as is Cowcaddens Road east. Re-alignment of "Killermont St" (nee
Parlimentary Road) has yet to take place. It wasnt complete until the early
1980's - not a very welcoming site for visitors to the city, was it? The
Cunningham St bridge over Queen St Station and the demolished remnants of the old
Bus Station survived in situ as a surface car park until the hideous
Buchanan Galleries were built. circa 1976





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A4 No. 60034 leaves for Aberdeen. Scotrail House is under construction in the
background. Picture taken from the tunnel retaining wall.




B1 4-6-0s No. 61244 'Strang Steel' and A4 No. 60026 'Miles Beevor' wait to
depart August 1965. The wooden walkway between the tracks was apparently
for the convience of the staff.




An overview of the station from the Dobbies Loan roadbridge. The 'grottyness'
of the station is plain to see in this shot - kind of like Blackpool North with less
character... The platform canopies were taken from the closed Ardrossan
Harbour station.  




A2 No. 60528 'Tudor Minstrel' enters the station May 1966. The roadbridge
in the background is Dobbies Loan. Unlike St Enoch, Buchanan Street never lost
it's semaphore signalling.






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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Here's a map of how the area was in back in the day. Might make a good overlay for google earth

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The familar sight of the Sauchiehall St office block in the background.



Enthusiasts watch A4 No. 60031 'Golden Plover' leave for Dundee, April 1965.



A2 No. 60532 'Blue Peter' departs towards the tunnel July 1966.



A4 No. 60034 '' departs for Aberdeen July 1966. Scotrail House is under construction
in the background, but is barely visible thanks to the plume of steam.




V2 2-6-2 No. 60816 climbs uphill towards St Rollox station. The area of this photo
has now been filled in totally. The bridge behind carried a freight rail line into
the Pinkston works. Behind that (hard to see) is a road bridge which carried
Pinkston Road over the railway as it appeared from the tunnel. The entire area, to
this day, stinks to high heaven thanks to the chemical factory that was nearby.
The muddy ground next to the track was said to be saturated with waste from
the plant.





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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Aerial view of the entrance



The tunnel entrance after closure



Looking towards the buffers



Buchanan Street Station then



Buchanan Street Station now




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I suppose you two think yer clever VG chaps
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Great article James

Have you got this one ?


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Aye - did I not post that?




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