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James

Buchanan Street Railway Station

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.



James H
James

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




James H
James

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





James H
James

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.






James H
Fjord

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

James

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. Known locally as the "Stinky Ocean".





James H
James

Aerial view of the entrance



The tunnel entrance after closure



Looking towards the buffers



Buchanan Street Station then



Buchanan Street Station now




James H
glasgowken

Great article James

Have you got this one ?

James

Aye - did I not post that?




James H
glasgowken

Trying to confuse me now
Alex Glass

I just noticed the telephone box inside the station. I was just talking about this telephone box with one of my brothers. When he left Glasgow to live in Manchester in the mid 60's I often went to the telephone here with my mother when she made her weekly telehone call to my brothers in Manchester.

On the aerail photo showing the front entrance to the station you can just see the corner of Airdrie Street and Port Dundas Road. This is where I lived. On Fjord's map the close entrance would have been about where the last 'd' is at Port Dundas Road written on the map.

This is me standing outside the entrance to the station circa 1965



My sister standing at the corner of Airdrie Street/Port Dundas Road

James

Some interesting pics of the tunnel today >>> here <<<




James H
Stuball

noooooiiiice
Fjord

So thats what's inside that strange wee building


James

This? Aye. Looks like it's just a vent. How disappointing. Still like to have a look
inside, though...






James H
James

The original entrance






James H
James

The path of the tunnel




From c.1970, the tunnel air vent is visible on the upper left.




Now, the air vent is gone and a series of stones laid out in its place.




The stones are astronomically aligned to major solar events like the summer and winter solstices.






James H
glasgowken

katimac

james73 wrote:


The tunnel entrance after closure


James H


Fantastic pictures james73!!

I don't get it though.  From maps I've looked at, it seems that the tunnel didn't come out until somewhere near the rotunda at Pinkston Road.  In the picture above though, light can be seen at the end of the tunnel, which would suggest that it actually came out at the other side of the M8 in what is now Sighthill Park.   I took a wander round yesterday on my way home from work, but couldn't find any sign of anything in the park

Does anyone know anything else about it?  I've done loads of searching, but can't find any pictures of the tunnel from the other side, wherever that may have been.  I'm heading down there sometime in the next week and I'll take some photographs when I'm there, but any additional info would be really appreciated.  
James

katimac wrote:
james73 wrote:


The tunnel entrance after closure


James H


Fantastic pictures james73!!

I don't get it though.  From maps I've looked at, it seems that the tunnel didn't come out until somewhere near the rotunda at Pinkston Road.  In the picture above though, light can be seen at the end of the tunnel, which would suggest that it actually came out at the other side of the M8 in what is now Sighthill Park.   I took a wander round yesterday on my way home from work, but couldn't find any sign of anything in the park

Does anyone know anything else about it?  I've done loads of searching, but can't find any pictures of the tunnel from the other side, wherever that may have been.  I'm heading down there sometime in the next week and I'll take some photographs when I'm there, but any additional info would be really appreciated.  

The North portal of the old tunnel visible in that picture is at the location
of the "rotunda" at Pinkston Road.

It was landscaped in 1980 and there is now no access to it.



James H
darrel

the tunnel came out next to st rollox railway works there it ran in a cutting and there was st rollox station it was very overgrown and then in the early 1990s they cut back all the vegitation and you could see the platforms.  I never took any photos at the time.  
its now all been filled in and tesco extra has been built over the top of it.
katimac

Thanks for clearing that up.  I thought it looked too far for it to have come out at the rotunda - I'm not the best at calculating distances though  
James

darrel wrote:
the tunnel came out next to st rollox railway works there it ran in a cutting and there was st rollox station it was very overgrown and then in the early 1990s they cut back all the vegitation and you could see the platforms.  I never took any photos at the time.  
its now all been filled in and tesco extra has been built over the top of it.

darrel - no it didn't. It came out at Pinkston Road where the wee rotunda is now.



James H
kev

The old St Rollox station after closure

katimac

kev9 wrote:
The old St Rollox station after closure



Great picture.  So it would have been at the back of this building?

Stuball

katimac wrote:
kev9 wrote:
The old St Rollox station after closure



Great picture.  So it would have been at the back of this building?



Yeah, its Tesco Extra
katimac

Damn them!!  Damn them for building Tesco Extra  
kev

James is spot on ..the tunnel exists just next to where Broomhill is marked and the station is the rectangle next to St Rollox works
katimac

Funnily enough I've been sitting with a print out of that very map wondering if the rectangle was the station  
James

kev9 wrote:
James is spot on ..the tunnel exists just next to where Broomhill is marked and the station is the rectangle next to St Rollox works

A pic of a train entering St Rollox in the 1950s...




James H
katimac

Buchanan Tunnel May 2009

What a cracking picture!  I took a walk down to Buchanan Tunnel on my way back from work today and got a few pictures.  Please excuse the poor quality but I forgot to take my camera with me and they were taken on the phone.



Old stone steps leading down to the tunnel:


Support for the Queen Street tunnel I assume:


These metal fastenings were on the wall to the side of the steps.  Railing supports perhaps?







There were old sandbags inside the gate to the tunnel and by the looks of things it's been flooded in the past.  I'd love to get along there!  

Kate
John

Good pics for a phone katimac, the metal fastenings in the 4th pic are for carrying electric cables or pipes.
kev

Katimac...how did you get in there ? I tried once but couldnt find a way
katimac

First time I went up Canal Street to the M8, along the grass verge and down the hill, but there's a huge fence and I couldn't get in.  Today I went up Calgary Street to the Buchanan View student accomodation and straight in the gate which is lying wide open.  Nobody batted an eyelid.  

I didn't check if the gate to the tunnel was locked or not, so I'm going to go back again next week.  It had a bolt on the inside, but I couldn't see a padlock  
kev

Tried both ways as well ..student acom was totally dubbed up ... will give it another go as I would really like to see it.. Cheers
katimac

Good luck.  The lock on the student accomodation gate is broken, so get there fast!
kev

Will go down on Saturday as I will be in the area shooting some past /presents which I will post in the evening..
kev

Train emerging other side of the tunnel passing under Pinkston road on its way to Aberdeen

LowLight

Beauty Kev.
James

kev9 wrote:
Train emerging other side of the tunnel passing under Pinkston road on its way to Aberdeen


The bridge in the foreground was a freight line. The Pinkston Road bridge can be seen behind it.  


James H
kev

Aye makes sense James..How many bloody train lines were there in that area ?
James

kev9 wrote:
Aye makes sense James..How many bloody train lines were there in that area ?

From the map you posted earlier, you can see the freight line. It came off the
original Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway which crossed Springburn Road further
south of the line at St Rollox. It also crossed over the Queen St mainline and
connected to the branch at Sighthill.

kev9 wrote:
James is spot on ..the tunnel exists just next to where Broomhill is marked and the station is the rectangle next to St Rollox works



James H
Stuball

The picture of the steps leading down to the tunnel is strange... of all the pictures I've seen of the tunnel in use and just shut down, there was no steps. They appear to be fairly recent additions
kev

james73 wrote:
kev9 wrote:
Aye makes sense James..How many bloody train lines were there in that area ?

From the map you posted earlier, you can see the freight line. It came off the
original Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway which crossed Springburn Road further
south of the line at St Rollox. It also crossed over the Queen St mainline and
connected to the branch at Sighthill.

kev9 wrote:
James is spot on ..the tunnel exists just next to where Broomhill is marked and the station is the rectangle next to St Rollox works



James H

James..That is why I failed my geography O level...not paying enough attention to detail..Fraid its a habit I still have..cheers
James

Stuball wrote:
The picture of the steps leading down to the tunnel is strange... of all the pictures I've seen of the tunnel in use and just shut down, there was no steps. They appear to be fairly recent additions

They area had been partially landscaped (filled in) years back.   A girder bridge
carrying Dobbies Loan had been removed after the station was closed.




James H
Stuball

But this recent picture shows steps by the tunnel mouth... running over the arc that supports the wall above the queen st tunnel

ta da

kev

James .. That is one amazing photo   No time to explore it tonight but will be all over it tommorrow
James

Stuball wrote:
But this recent picture shows steps by the tunnel mouth... running over the arc that supports the wall above the queen st tunnel

ta da


That pic was some time shortly after closure. Click here to see
how much landfill has taken place.  



James H
Stuball

I was just pointing out that I'd never seen the stairs before and did'nt know they were there after landscaping
Alycidon

Here is one I did earlier and posted on that which is known as "the other place"


Another version


JBH
kev

James.. Have had a good look at your amazing picture from last night..there is one hell of a lot going on in it.Im sure Im not alone in wanting to know some more about the long gone buildings and roads if you have the info .It must have been a bee hive of a place..Thanks in advance..
Marti

kev9 wrote:
James.. Have had a good look at your amazing picture from last night..there is one hell of a lot going on in it.Im sure Im not alone in wanting to know some more about the long gone buildings and roads if you have the info .It must have been a bee hive of a place..Thanks in advance..


Here here, i've been studying it in detail, it's amazing just how much activity was actualy going on in such a small area.

This is one picture i would pay to have a high res copy of...
kev

Having checked out James photo I think all that remains are the two buildings in the penciled in bit





UNBELIEVABLE..
So much change in such a short time...even the 2nd photo has changed as the brown buildings are no more...anyway off out to the west end for beer..enjoy your weekend
katimac

The brown buildings I believe were Peter McCann House.  It was accommodation for homeless people unless I'm mistaken.  It was demolished not that long ago.  Snapped this on the way to work one morning - forgive the quality but it was taken on the iPhone:



Back to topic though, are you still taking a donner down to Buchanan Tunnel tomorrow Kev9?
kev

katimac wrote:
The brown buildings I believe were Peter McCann House.  It was accommodation for homeless people unless I'm mistaken.  It was demolished not that long ago.  Snapped this on the way to work one morning - forgive the quality but it was taken on the iPhone:


Thats a great photo and will be looked at and discussed in years to come by people that come after us..wonder if anyone else snapped its demolition  ..Aye going on a bit of exploration today..check out the past present section later on
James

Some interesting pics of inside the tunnel...

http://jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net/buchananstreettunnel



James H
Fjord

Not bad but I'd be more interested as to what lies at the far end.
katimac

What amazing pictures!!  I'm also very interested to know what lies at the far end of the tunnel.  I read somewhere that there's a small brick room at the end of it with daylight above (maybe underneath the rotunda at Sighthill).
orion83uk

Just read every post in this thread to catch up, and finally reached the 6th page  

Some VERY interesting pictures here - thanks to those for posting for sharing.

Also:
katimac wrote:
What amazing pictures!!  I'm also very interested to know what lies at the far end of the tunnel.  I read somewhere that there's a small brick room at the end of it with daylight above (maybe underneath the rotunda at Sighthill).


This is why the tunnel NEEDS to be explored - to answer this question LOL
Sydney Rosewater

Fjord wrote:
Not bad but I'd be more interested as to what lies at the far end.


Late 70s early 80s schoolboy myth had it that at the end of the tunnel was a brick wall with a skeleton painted on it.
Fjord

Sydney Rosewater wrote:
Fjord wrote:
Not bad but I'd be more interested as to what lies at the far end.


Late 70s early 80s schoolboy myth had it that at the end of the tunnel was a brick wall with a skeleton painted on it.


A brick wall might be a bit flimsy holding back tons of backfill but I like the painted skeleton myth.

JonoMc get your arse in gear and get some conclusive pictorial evidence of the far end of the tunnel posted... skeleton and all

And the shaft... don't forget the shaft FFS!
katimac

Took a walk down there on my lunch break the other day - pity I never had the camera with me so excuse the crap photography.  There's a lot of junk just inside the tunnel





There's a great hunk of concrete or something a way along the tunnel.  Doesn't look like it's come from the roof though  



I wonder what's down that hole..



Somebody's already been here



The steps leading back up from the tunnel



jonno22

Ive walked this tunnel twice over the past two months but only half way inside. I have yet to walk the other half until the point where the tunnel is filled in. Ther is nothing in the holes apart from a few pipes with little oxidation. These holes continue all the way up the tunnel until where I walked it to (half way). There is a lot of junk in the tunnel, especially polystyrene. I have photos that I had taken though I am going back to the tunnel within the next few weeks if and when I get time so I will upload them to my website when I have revisited the tunnel. Not bad pics at all for a phone btw;) You done well!

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net
katimac

Thanks Jonathan     One question:  how come you only walked half the length of the tunnel?  Are you planning to walk the full length on your next visit?  If so, will you post some pics and details of what you find at the other side?  I'm dying to get inside and explore to the far end  
jonno22

I post and give full details of all the photographs I take of these railway / tunnel explorations so therefore I can promise you what you have asked;). I have a few surprises for you tomorrow and next week;)

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net
katimac

Looking forward to it :)
orion83uk

I'm presuming the padlock has been knocked off the gate for this tunnel?
katimac

Not last week, otherwise I'd have been in already.
jonno22

All I will say is I am determined to get what I want in terms of photography;)

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk
jonno22

ABANDONED & DISUSED RAILWAYS: Buchanan St. Tunnel

Hi all. I have done a full urban exploration now of the abandoned and disused Buchanan Street Tunnel. Full information and all 24 photographs can be found in the link below:

ABANDONED & DISUSED RAILWAYS: Buchanan Street Tunnel:
http://jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net/buchananstreettunnel

Southern Portal Entrance

Looking North Towards Sighthill

Daylight Hitting Off The Southern Portal Entrance

Three Views Looking Inside The Tunnel Towards The Southern Portal Entrance



Looking North Towards Sighthill

Looking Up The Air Vent Which Did Have Ladders Which Led Upto The Rotunda Building That Is At The Bottom Of Sighthill Park To The Present Day At Pinkston Road

A Photograph Of The Northern Portal To The Tunnel Which Is Now All Filled In Completely With Bricks. Notice The Arch Which Leads To The Rotunda Building At The Bottom Of Sighthill Park At Pinkston Road

A Photograph Looking Up The Air Vent Half Way Through The Tunnel Which Is Filled In At The Top With Wood Or Metal Sheeting. Stone Structures Are Placed At The Top Of The Matierial Used To Fill This Air Vent At The Top Of Sighthill Park


Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net
cybers

Well that answers that question then ... No Skeleton.
Cheers for the images Jonno..
James

Re: ABANDONED & DISUSED RAILWAYS: Buchanan St. Tunnel

jonno22 wrote:

Looking Up The Air Vent Which Did Have Ladders Which Led Upto The Rotunda Building That Is At The Bottom Of Sighthill Park To The Present Day At Pinkston Road

A Photograph Of The Northern Portal To The Tunnel Which Is Now All Filled In Completely With Bricks. Notice The Arch Which Leads To The Rotunda Building At The Bottom Of Sighthill Park At Pinkston Road

A Photograph Looking Up The Air Vent Half Way Through The Tunnel Which Is Filled In At The Top With Wood Or Metal Sheeting. Stone Structures Are Placed At The Top Of The Matierial Used To Fill This Air Vent At The Top Of Sighthill Park

 Excellent. These answer a few questions.



James H
orion83uk

That vent in the roof of the tunnel I reckon was bang on half way down. As the shaft at the end, although we couldn't see any daylight, I definitely reckon it goes up into that small round brick building. There was evidence of ladders having once been there to get up and down the shaft, but they have been removed since.

Generally, the Buchanan Tunnel was fairly clean - not too much mud/sludge. No Graffiti either.
jonno22

I t was extremely hard to get the last few photographs. I am sure Orion38 would happily tell you I was there for at least 16 minutes taking some of the final outcome photographs. The lighting was extremely difficult. I bumped the ISO right up because I can let away with any noise as noise adds detail to the tunnel environment. I am glad you all like the photographs and yes Cybers and James it does answer the many questions that have been asked about what is inside the tunnel and what is at the end of it hence why I really wanted to go back and visit the tunnel. At the end there is a lot of very slippy sandstone but apart from that the tunnel is very stright with a very slight curve to the right towards the northern portal. All in all a very enjoyable and fascinating visit to this amazing tunnel. Any more question you want to know about the tunnel feel free to ask away and I'll reply when I can:)

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk
Doog Doog

What can I say?
Fjord

Good work lad's

However I took the liberty to tweak up the light levels in your pics cos it was like looking in a coal bunker at midnight with a pair of scant's over yer heid trying to make out any detail.  

Also you could have lit the whole place up by using a torch and painted it with light on a long exposure and tripod, it's a piece of piss and way cheaper than an expensive flashgun in this kind of situation.


 
orion83uk wrote:

No Graffiti either.


Apparently not... just gutted there wasn't a Skeleton to back up the urban myth.

jonno22

I know its a piece of cake but it was really dark down there and I done the best I could to get a decent(ish) photograph, enough to make out above basic detail. We didnt have the best of torches. I may revisit, though I am very happy with what I acheived last night:)

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk
Fjord

I ain't knocking it mate you did good in the circumstances but if you want to get proper results you just need to invest in a decent torch and a bit of photoshop skills which will work wonders for your hard earned pics.

Just look at all the good shitz they knock out over on 28dl who regularly work in low light conditions.... it's an occupational hazard after all

Just remember that Dark is neither an excuse nor an obstacle.
norrie

Great photos, I have heard about all these tunnels under Glasgow, these photos tell me, to let the younger guys do the exploring, I will stay up top

I put a lot of my photos through the programme that came with my camera, makes a difference, more so for photos that are shot in town with shadows on them.
I still know hee haw about taking photos right enough but it wont stop me

Bye for now, norrie
orion83uk

Fjord wrote:
I ain't knocking it mate you did good in the circumstances but if you want to get proper results you just need to invest in a decent torch and a bit of photoshop skills which will work wonders for your hard earned pics.


Just bought myself a Maglite LED torch. Should come in handy for future exploration. We had only one torch that day (mine) and it was a cheapy torch I got from Tesco, which then had a bulb from a Tesco Value torch in it (after the original bulb went the night before in the Kelvingrove tunnel) LOL. It was adequate for walking through the tunnel, but not so good at lighting up an area. Honestly though, you would need to be there to realise just how dark it was at the end of that tunnel. What would be ideal though is one of those large halogen spot lamp torches in a situation like this. Not expensive to buy, just the batteries don't last long (about 20minutes apparently from a single charge). LOL maybe we should set up a thread on torches and lighting

Jonno22 was setting his camera up such that it would do the work rather than software later on. Each shot was taking a good 20-30 seconds to take in order to get a decent exposure.

I take it software wise you could even get away with using Google Picassa as a cheaper alternative (since Photoshop can be a tad expensive)?
sputnik

he he the wee pub hanging on to grim life by a thread.
NewRSoul

Station Master's house

Hi all,

Have really enjoyed reading your adventures in the tunnel, and it got me thinking, my Dad's family came from Townhead, he died some decades ago, but he was brought up in the Station Masters House at what he referred to through my childhood as 'Townhead Station', I had loads of bedtime stories of goods train shunting and the like!

Now my question, is this the same station/tunnel my Dad referred too, the family name is Martin, and Station Master Martin (grandad) and his wife had 4 children 2 boys and 2 girls.  But if this is the correct station, where in the photo's is the house - I'd love to know more about them as they (grandad and grandma) both died before I was born.

Forgot to add the dates!  My Dad was born in 1937, and he was the youngest, so they'd been there for a while I suppose?

Thanks in advance

Peter
Stuball

If its the station master houses of Buchanan St station, they were at 328 and 336 Parlie road... long since gone and not in any of these pictures. My great grandfather was the station master of the goods station and lived in 328.
No. 336 lies under North Hanover St and 328 under the bus station
Stuball

NewRsoul

Do the names Jim Martin> Mary Martin? Jean Martin mean anything? Twins Stephen & Billy?
NewRSoul

Station Master's house

Stu,

Quote:
Do the names Jim Martin> Mary Martin? Jean Martin mean anything? Twins Stephen & Billy?


Yes and no - Uncle Jim Martin was married to Mary, they moved down (as did my Dad Tom) to Blackburn in Lancshire for work in the late 50/60's, Jim worked as an engineer/fitter for BR till he retired, but moved back to Scotland - Inverness to be precise, in the late 70's and finished his time in the depot there.

The girls were Margaret and Isabel, the later has passed on after living in Wakefield for most of her married life.  Margaret and her husband moved to Torquay when he retired.

I don't know my Grandad or Grandma's name as I said they died sometime before I was born.

Are we any closer?

Thanks Peter
kev

james73 wrote:
Stuball wrote:
The picture of the steps leading down to the tunnel is strange... of all the pictures I've seen of the tunnel in use and just shut down, there was no steps. They appear to be fairly recent additions

They area had been partially landscaped (filled in) years back.   A girder bridge
carrying Dobbies Loan had been removed after the station was closed.





Same area after demolition ..as you said ..girder bridge no more..


Anyone know who the sheds to the right belonged to ?Im sure it was an engineering firm
Broxi

Quote:

Anyone know who the sheds to the right belonged to ?Im sure it was an engineering firm


It was Kelvin Diesels. kelvindiesels.co.uk They moved out to Govan in the early 90s and the building was pulled down a couple of years later.
kev

Nice pic of train just leaving St Rollox ..through where the now ready to be demolished Sighthill flat are...heading to the tunnel

Alycidon

Hi all - I have been toying with the idea of modelling Buchanan Street Station in 00 for a while and have now started on a plan which will not be a full size representation, but will capture as far as possible the essential features of the station.  Thanks to this site, the RCAHMS site and other photographs trawled from the web I have most of the info needed to start building, the area I am struggling to find a photograph of is the North West Corner of the station concourse, the interior shots show the refreshment room (not sure of the name above the door here), and waiting room on the north side, John Menzies Bookstall and some upstairs offices on the south side and the low, more modern, booking office on the west side.  Unfortunately the photographer did not do a full circle, leaving that gap at the North West corner.  Any former users of the station know what was there??

Any help appreciated

Thanks

JBH
cybers

Sounds like you will have your hands full for a wee while with an interesting project.
I take it you mean the corner with the hotel ? is there a specific time period you have in mind ?
Davie Thistle


Walked from here to here!



Hulo folks, hope you don't mind me joining in!
this particular thread interests me,

I was dragged up in this area - thats the flats in the background,
Sighthill - from 1966 on,
& I mind a lot of the area as we as wains, explored it all,
including the pictured tunnel,
now, we used to walk the old line on a regular basis, sometimes from the Cawder Bar (at old Huntingdon Square)
all the way thru to the above pic and back!
at the Pinkston end, there was a kinda cutting in the hill,
something like the one in the old movie the ladykillers!!
many's a time we played on the tunnel walls.

and the old line took you to where the Tesco is now,
only it used to be then, the NCL, National Carriers Ltd.

in the middle of the tunnel, was the old vent, we called it the "Cup & Saucer"
and if you climbed the "Cuds" thats the hill above the tunnel, you could climb the vent and look down,
in the same token, if you were in the middle of the tunnel and looked up you could see daylight.

the venty thing at Pinkston is strange also,
as the line was slightly to the left of it, I can't place it's origins, I think it's a recent additive.
the old line took you from Springburn Road all the way thru to Dobbies Lane,

still, I don't mind the stairs leading up, at Dobbies that does baffle me!

Happy Day's!
D.T.
James

Davie Thistle wrote:

Walked from here to here!



Hulo folks, hope you don't mind me joining in!
this particular thread interests me,

I was dragged up in this area - thats the flats in the background,
Sighthill - from 1966 on,
& I mind a lot of the area as we as wains, explored it all,
including the pictured tunnel,
now, we used to walk the old line on a regular basis, sometimes from the Cawder Bar (at old Huntingdon Square)
all the way thru to the above pic and back!
at the Pinkston end, there was a kinda cutting in the hill,
something like the one in the old movie the ladykillers!!
many's a time we played on the tunnel walls.

and the old line took you to where the Tesco is now,
only it used to be then, the NCL, National Carriers Ltd.

in the middle of the tunnel, was the old vent, we called it the "Cup & Saucer"
and if you climbed the "Cuds" thats the hill above the tunnel, you could climb the vent and look down,
in the same token, if you were in the middle of the tunnel and looked up you could see daylight.

the venty thing at Pinkston is strange also,
as the line was slightly to the left of it, I can't place it's origins, I think it's a recent additive.
the old line took you from Springburn Road all the way thru to Dobbies Lane,

still, I don't mind the stairs leading up, at Dobbies that does baffle me!

Happy Day's!
D.T.

Excellent story DT. Sadly, I cant remember the tunnel portal at Pinkston Road
as it was filled in around 1980. This is when the wee air vent building was
built.

I'm sure I remember the air vent on top of the hill from around the late 1980s,
pretty sure it was a round structure?

As for the stairs at Dobbies Laon - do you mean the steps leading to the tunnel
mouth? This would've been added in recent years to give access to the tunnel
although the whole area shown in the picture above was landfilled years ago.



James H
gallowgategal

Davie Thistle wrote:
now, we used to walk the old line on a regular basis, sometimes from the Cawder Bar (at old Huntingdon Square)


Hi Davie, sorry to correct you but the Cawder Vaults was on Springburn Road and was my dad's second home.

The pub you are thinking of is The Caledonian used to be The Sidings and was a Reo Stakis bar many moons ago. It was also my first ever part time bar job when I was 18

I lived with my parents in Huntingdon Square for a long while and my mum was the last tenant out before the houses were demolished in May 2008

Enjoyed your photos  
Alycidon

cybers wrote:
Sounds like you will have your hands full for a wee while with an interesting project.
I take it you mean the corner with the hotel ? is there a specific time period you have in mind ?


Hi Cybers - the period I am modelling is the mid 1960s, just before the station closed.  I'm not sure what hotel you are mentioning but the area I am looking for is to the left of this photograph


and to the right of Canmore image Item SC 587295.  I would also like to know what the writing above the cafe is.

Mods - I was trying to link to photos but I am getting an error message saying that I am not allowed to use BBcode reserved for moderation, don't know what that is
Stuball

Alycidon wrote:
Mods - I was trying to link to photos but I am getting an error message saying that I am not allowed to use BBcode reserved for moderation, don't know what that is


Thats a bit strange... checked what I can and it all looks normal... I'll let James take a look
James

Alycidon wrote:
Mods - I was trying to link to photos but I am getting an error message saying that I am not allowed to use BBcode reserved for moderation, don't know what that is

You had the "Disable BBCode in this post" box ticked, that's why it didn't
work. The 'Mod' function in the reply box is for mods/admin only.



James H
Fjord

Davie Thistle wrote:

at the Pinkston end, there was a kinda cutting in the hill,
something like the one in the old movie the ladykillers!!


I knew that area had a familiar look about it. I wonder if any dodgy orchestra practice took place up that close.

hillmanimp

Fjord wrote:
Davie Thistle wrote:

at the Pinkston end, there was a kinda cutting in the hill,
something like the one in the old movie the ladykillers!!


I knew that area had a familiar look about it. I wonder if any dodgy orchestra practice took place up that close.



Fjord

That shot is a beauty!  The house does look remarkably like the one in The Ladykillers.  

Imp
Davie Thistle

gallowgategal wrote:
Davie Thistle wrote:
now, we used to walk the old line on a regular basis, sometimes from the Cawder Bar (at old Huntingdon Square)


Hi Davie, sorry to correct you but the Cawder Vaults was on Springburn Road and was my dad's second home.

The pub you are thinking of is The Caledonian used to be The Sidings and was a Reo Stakis bar many moons ago. It was also my first ever part time bar job when I was 18

I lived with my parents in Huntingdon Square for a long while and my mum was the last tenant out before the houses were demolished in May 2008

Enjoyed your photos  


..............awlritey gallowgategal?
yeah I know the Cawder & the Sidings (caledonian/Charlies bar)VERY well!!

But the Sidings is relatively new, circa 1971, and is built almost on the old line by then it was landfilled.
it used to be the old GPO site, that is now the 'new' Huntingdon Square.

I'm talking about the Cawder pal,
cos the first pic is right opposite the Pub,
and it ran right by the Cawder, the drop to the old line was about 25ft!
just at the bridge, before you got to the OLD huntingdon square on Springburn road,
we used to walk the full length of the line and surface opposite the cawder vaults, got my very first babysham in there !!!
Davie.
Davie Thistle


..........great pic!
If thats where I think it is,

the building this side of the cutting is the old paint-works,
& the building to the top of the pic used to be part of a slaughter house!
at the start of the 'new' Fountainwell road.

the buildings were all still up in '66/67'
cos we used to mess about in them!!

man the nostalga!!!!
D.T.

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