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Angelinda

Finnieston Station?

Hello. Let me first make a disclaimer: I live in the Netherlands, I've never been to Glasgow, so please excuse my ignorance.

I am a fan of the band Depeche Mode, and I am active in a Facebook group where I and other fans are trying to figure out the dates and locations of photos of Depeche Mode.

A photographer shot photos of Depeche Mode in spring 1986, when they were performing and somewhere outside. I think they were taken on the same day. I saw a fan ascribing one of these photos to their concert in Glasgow, which was April 6th 1986.

I've been looking at photos of the location of the SECC, and from what I've read, I've gathered that Finnieston area has changed a lot since then (which you know better than I do). So I have these outside photos, but given the fact that there are so few photos of Finnieston area around that time, I'm having a hard time comparing the locations for confirmation. So I'm hoping you guys can help me.

The biggest clue is this building in the background. It appears to me as (being a part of) a train station, and so I think it was the Finnieston station (or the Finnieston Station Booking Office?) that operated from 1979 till March 1986, right before it was demolished and replaced by the Exhibition Centre railway station. Some of you talked about Finnieston station a year ago: http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/ftopic3419-0-asc-550.php





And then there's this other photo that resembles the old photos of Finnieston area that you guys have found:


Here are 2 more photos if that helps you:



Even if I'm wrong about the railway station, do you recognise any of it? Where ever this was, it is clear that it was a desolate area which was about to be replaced by new constructions, so time-wise, this having taken place in Glasgow in April 1986 makes sense.
I realise this is a bit of an odd topic, but I hope you can help me! Thanks in advance.
Stuball

Picture 5 looks so familiar.... just can't quite place it
Alycidon

I'm sure that it is down at Polmadie
Angelinda

Alycidon wrote:
I'm sure that it is down at Polmadie


Thanks for your answer. I actually believe it was closer to the SECC, so Polmadie seems a bit of a detour. But you gave me the idea to look for depots that match the depots that can be seen in the 4th photo that I posted yesterday:


And I think I got it:


Look at the blue depots in the back... Location is 217 Maclellan Street: https://www.google.com/maps/@55.8489176,-4.293748,21z . Perhaps there was once a hotel or train station there?
Stuball

The adjacent trainline to that location doesn't have any stations on it... nearest would be Dumbreck.
While that street may look close on the map, at the time of the photograph, it wasn't since the only way to cross the river would be to drive in to town and back out by Seaward street.
BTJustice

I'm gonna throw in my tuppence and say the building in the first pic looks similar in style to a lot of park buildings (band stand/parkies bothy/toilets/bowling hut/pitch and put clubs/row boat hire etc). I dont know what Finnieston station looked like but I would place a guess at that building being in a park given the amount of graffiti and the trees in the background.
Catnip

I did wonder whether it was maybe Kirklee station? Can't mind when the office was demolished.
Alycidon

Angelinda wrote:
Alycidon wrote:
I'm sure that it is down at Polmadie


Thanks for your answer. I actually believe it was closer to the SECC, so Polmadie seems a bit of a detour. But you gave me the idea to look for depots that match the depots that can be seen in the 4th photo that I posted yesterday:


And I think I got it:


Look at the blue depots in the back... Location is 217 Maclellan Street: https://www.google.com/maps/@55.8489176,-4.293748,21z . Perhaps there was once a hotel or train station there?


Should have spotted that one, that is Scottish Galvanisers, they are one of my suppliers and I have been in that yard several times
Stuball

Catnip wrote:
I did wonder whether it was maybe Kirklee station? Can't mind when the office was demolished.


Nah, there is pictures of that on another thread

Finnieston station should be quite dark since it was below street level
cybers

Maybe it is not a station at all and perhaps its located in one of the parks  
IBrown

Remember there was an 'old'  Finnieston station on the Glasgow Queen Street Low Level line, the station building was wooden and sat at street level just on the Partick side of the tunnel. It survived into the 1980s when it was destroyed by fire.

There are some similarities, it was single storey and sat above and across the tracks, between two taller tenement buildings, and yes there were some trees up there, but the 'gable', ornamental canopy on the front (that's on the street) and garish red paint job etc certainly weren't there at that time, and it was in use as a shop so all that grafitti doesn't quite fit either.

I don't think the band were photographed at a railway station. It's more like a park pavilion, and there are toilet signs on the doors either side of the band.
Marblez

The original Finnieston Station was on Argyle Street almost opposite Kent Road. Stobcross station was renamed as Finnieston when the Argyle line (Central low level) reopened in 1979 and became Exhibition Centre later on (1986 or thereabouts).
Catnip

Are there any photos of the 1886-1917 station?
Gap74

RCAHMS have this - can just recognise the asbestos roof of the old Kelvin Cinema in the background so it's in the right location:

http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/details/595706/
Catnip

Fantastic, thanks!  
IBrown

Memory's gone I think, could have sworn that building was wooden when seen from the train often, and when I passed it in the street (just the once)? After the fire, there was nothing left  and temporary  wooden hoarding was put up to stop folk falling from the street onto the track. 1993 also seems a bit late for the fire, I'd have said a lot earlier than that.

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