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High Street & College Rail Goods Yards

Stretching from Duke Street in the north to Bell Street in the south, and hemmed in by Hunter Street to the east and High Street to the west, the land is absolutely steeped in history and development. Founded as the grounds of the Dominican Friary (Black Friars), the area later encompassed the Duke of Hamilton's Dowhill Estate and the city (archery) butts, before it passed to the University of Glasgow in 1460. More pictures and information on earlier developments can be found here: http://www.theglasgowstory.com

During the 19th century the surrounding area declined in fortunes and the city's merchants moved further westward, prompting the University to sell the lands to the City of Glasgow Union Railway Company in 1870. The North British Railway Company had already built the College Railway Station slightly further north of the University in 1866 and this was re-sited and replaced with the current High Street Railway Station by 1871. Two goods yards and large warehouses were created on one of the city's original greenfield sites and remained open until 1968. Once these closed, two sections remained open as G.C.C. car parks and as of 2012 the Collegelands development project which occupies most of the land is the largest district of its kind in Glasgow since the 1960s.

My focus is on comparing the area's past guises with the present, whilst keeping one eye on what remains of the High Street (North British Rail) and College (City of Glasgow Union Rail) Goods Yards -- (04/03/2012)

A big nod to RCAHMS Iain Hume, James 73, SmartAlex, Charles Wilson et al for the older pics
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A map of the High Street area in 1547


A map from 1778 showing the development of the University's old College


The Old College facing onto High Street 1880
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College Station opened in 1866 was SE of the current High Street Station and was the first railway development on this land. Although closed in 1871 the sheds and platforms were incorporated into the High Street Goods Yard and demolished in the 1980s

College Station, High Street Yard 1979


College Station (site of), Blackfriar Road 2012


College Station, High Street Yard 1969



College Station, High Street Yard 1979


College Station (site of), Blackfriar Road 2012
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An aerial view from the 1950s showing the NBR High Street Yard and CGUR College Yard to the right of the photo


The NBR yard can just be made out to the top left of this earlier photo


Entrance to the NBR yard at the corner of Duke Street and High Street 1968


Now G.C.C. offices and a N.C.P. car park 2012

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High Street entrance to NBR yard 1968


N.C.P. car park 2012


High Street Station 1965


High Street Station 2012
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High Street Station 1965


High Street Station 2012


The C-Listed wall of the NBR warehouse has been a feature on Duke Street since it was built - here it is in 2006


The wall remains focal as part of G.C.C. offices whilst the hang-off is due to be used as part of a proposed hotel in 2012
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2006 as the boundary wall of a car park


2012 as G.C.C. offices


2006


2012
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Rear view looking NE to Pettigrew Street 2006


Rear view looking NE to Pettigrew Street 2012


View from the car park NE over the former warehouse to Duke Street 1987


View from the car park N over the former warehouse 2012 - G.C.C. offices
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Couple more of the High Street NBR yard in 1987 just days before demolition



Some features remain of the NBR yard in 2012




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At High Street West Junction stood a signal box until it was demolished in 2009

Signal box 2006




...and in 2009...


...and site of in 2012
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For all that it was a railway yard, there are scant few surviving photos of trains in the area! Here is one leaving High Street Station to pass the yard in 1968


High Street Station 2012 looking W to city centre


High Street Station 2012 looking E to High Street West Junction
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Looking NW from Barrack Street bridge over the yard 1968


Looking NW from Barrack Street bridge over Collegelands 2012


Here is what occupies the former NBR Yard/Dowhill in 2012;

From Duke Wynd (Great Eastern Hotel) looking SW -- to the right N.C.P. Duke Street multi-storey car park, to the left Collegelands student accommodation


Carbon Footprints Nursery in the foreground is under construction, whilst more student flats are anticipated for the vacant land
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High Street car park



Behind Collegelands is the start of a new waterway that may one day stretch to the former abbatoir and meat market at Bellgrove/Gallowgate


A lucky capture of the Gallowgate Twins before demolition!  


The wall on the left still curves but stops abruptly to where steps have now been built. Once the route out of the warehouse to the main line, the wall continued to curve all the way onto the Duke Street portion
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Harking back to this map, you can just make out a bridge over the High Street Station which linked the NBR yard to the CGUR yard


Looking NE where the bridge once stood -- 1880s brick meets familiar SPT brickwork from the spate of station rebuilds in the 1980s


On the N side looking SW to the site of the CGUR yard
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To end our tour of the High Street side of things, here are the plans for Collegelands

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On the site of the old College was the CGUR College Goods Yard

Entrance from High Street 1968


Site of entrance from High Street 2012


CGUR yard offices, High Street 1968


Now a chemist and an Aldi supermarket 2012
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Looking N up High Street to the NBR yard with CGUR yard offices to the right 1950s (by this point merged to be London Midland Scottish)


Looking N up High Street 2012


CGUR yard facing onto High Street 1968


Strathclyde University accommodation 2012
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The warehouses for the CGUR yard stretched 3/4 of the way down High Street, before following Bell Street eastwards to the viaduct at Molendinar Street

Looking NE at the corner of Bell Street/High Street 1968


Looking NE at the corner of Bell Street/High Street 2012


Looking W down Bell Street at the CGUR warehouses 1965


Looking W down Bell Street at the now converted flats and offices 2012
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Extension buildings to CGUR warehouses on Bell Street 1965


Now demolished and converted to storage spaces under the arches 2012


South side of Bell Street showing the former entrance to Gallowgate Station 1965


South side of Bell Street now a car washing business 2012
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Water pumping station next to Bell Street viaduct 1965


Site of 2012


Looking N up Watson Street to CGUR warehouses 1968


Looking N up Watson Street to flats and offices 2012
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Bell Street CGUR warehouses 1968


Bell Street flats and offices 2012


Rear of Bell Street/High Street looking S over former College Goods Yard 1979


Looking S to Bell Street/High Street past Stratchclyde University halls of residence 2012 -- arches from previous photo just visible as part of McCuills Pub
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Looking out over former CGUR yard to High Street West Junction 1987


Looking out over the same area 2012


Wouldn't be Glasgow without spotting a traditional rite of passage  


What remains of the CGUR College Goods Yard in 2012;

Boundary wall on Hunter Street


Bell Street sidings and latterly a dumping ground
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Viaduct carrying the freight only CGUR over Bell Street - once the Gallowgate Station which closed in 1957





Former fire exit from the station, latterly a storage unit
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Arches set back from Bell Street behind what used to be an extension to the CGUR warehouses


1880s meets 1980s again...


A number of former gateways have been developed for flats on Bell Street - you can still see where the metalwork once graced this arch


When Glasgow University did a dig on the site in 1992 before development, they rediscovered a 1930s workmens tunnel that ventured under the College Station and came out near to High Street Station -- here is the southern portal -- the northern portal has long since been landscaped
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Plenty of signs of companies that traded from the yard are still etched into the stonework - here are some from Bell Street




A couple from the High Street side

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Set back from the current Blackfriars N.C.P. car park is the space remaining from when the yard was in use




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Cobbled roadways still provide access to High Street West Junction for Network Rail

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Couldn't figure this one out - Bonny_____ supermarket trolley?  
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Leaving the best until last and leaving the beaten path, there are two excellent wee buildings that still stand from the time of the College Goods Yard;

The first lies between the line into High Street Station and the trackbed of the College Station line





I suppose even Jakes need to battle the old germs  
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The first building is choc-full of old electronics and switches

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The second building was an unexpected gem -- set back from the current line it is a bunker-like structure with a small access point. I had to wait a while for the foxes who have made it home to move on




Well that completes my tour of the two yards and their remaining features. If anyone has any older photos or information to offer, I'd be delighted to see it!  
James

 Superb stuff mate.


James H
cybers

The last image looks bomb proof ???
cell

Great stuff Hawick, really enjoyed that post!

I had a poke around that site many moons ago and came across several large vaulted caverns towards the east of the High Street site, behind Alexander’s school? From your old aerial pic the lines seem to have been elevated at this point, so I guess they were the remains of the arches which had been partially exposed by demolition. I never explored them fully (too dark!) but one was full of empty unused whisky bottles, so I guess they had been used to store goods.
Beano

Cell... from the whisky distillery, still there in 1970

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Nice find Beano -- did not even know that place existed!  
Doog Doog

   Brilliant bit of work Hawick
cell

Nice one Beano, from your photo it appears to be a bonded warehouse rather than a distillery but they also advertise bottling which would certainly explain the unused whisky bottles I found! This site never fails to amaze me, from my casual recollection and then you produce a photo which explains what I saw all those years ago. I think they were the distinctive "Black Bottle" shaped bottles, just to add a bit more detail for any whisky enthusiasts out there.

I had a look on the 1935 NLS 25 inch map and this building appears on it, but not on the 1913 edition. It is not identified specifically on the map but the layout corresponds perfectly with your picture. It seems to be a separate site from the main high street goods depot but I suppose it would be reasonable for them to lease and use the arches under the depot.

Here is a link to the 1935 map which shows the two yards in all their glory.

http://maps.nls.uk/os/25inch-2nd-and-later/view/?jp2=82891767
Beano

cell wrote:
Nice one Beano, from your photo it appears to be a bonded warehouse rather than a distillery but they also advertise bottling which would certainly explain the unused whisky bottles I found! This site never fails to amaze me, from my casual recollection and then you produce a photo which explains what I saw all those years ago. I think they were the distinctive "Black Bottle" shaped bottles, just to add a bit more detail for any whisky enthusiasts out there.

I had a look on the 1935 NLS 25 inch map and this building appears on it, but not on the 1913 edition. It is not identified specifically on the map but the layout corresponds perfectly with your picture. It seems to be a separate site from the main high street goods depot but I suppose it would be reasonable for them to lease and use the arches under the depot.

Here is a link to the 1935 map which shows the two yards in all their glory.

http://maps.nls.uk/os/25inch-2nd-and-later/view/?jp2=82891767


Cell..yes it was a bonded warehouse and not a distillery they did bottle whisky there. My mother in law worked there early 1970, I recall meeting her at the gates and following her down a slope to the side of the building.
btw "Black Bottle" was Long John lable made in london rd
Beano

cell found this on internet about the inside of the warehouse Chivas Regal

Merlot

Brilliant thread, so interesting.
Thank you.

Merlot
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Cell, that's a great set of maps on thon NLS website! That's my night sorted
Beano

This photo was taken when I was a Gallowgate kamikaze pilot  

kev

Some pics of the signal box











gittus

Great work as usual Hawick.

Your trolley will be from here:

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Beano that is a stoater mate  

Kev, great detail of the signal box  

Gittus, great shout! There was me thinking it was some long gone 1970s supermarket trolley or something    
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Duke Street Car Park by David C Laurie, on Flickr


Duke Street by David C Laurie, on Flickr
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Cybers great shots pal, good to see this side of the city        
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I had a plan for a load more but then the fog came and that could have worked but it was followed by the rain and like John the brolly was not in the car but in the house  
After me reminding him too... Och well will maybe do some Day shots of the east end at the weekend.
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Cybers... T'was thinking of doing Molendinar st did you take a shot pal.
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Never did mate some guy was getting his fence post sorted oot and his builder was on a hourly rate if yi know what i mean.
fastnet

cybers wrote:
and like John the brolly was not in the car but in the house  
After me reminding him too....


FANNY...........    
Beano

cybers wrote:
Never did mate some guy was getting his fence post sorted oot and his builder was on a hourly rate if yi know what i mean.

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Cracking Cybers! :)
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High Street Station (02/01/2013)


Marti

Absolutely excellent stuff..just spent a good couple of hours on this thread...and that map site...
Stevie

the line between bellgrove & partick on the up line & from high st to partick on the downline was closed today for engineering works,
there was a load of new wooden sleepers lying on the old middle platform in queen st low level for the last few weeks.

hopefully the work gets finished on time as i need to get the train early tomorrow morning  
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Absolute gem which brought back memories. I recognise the photos of remains of the signalbox - that was High Street Yard box, no prizes for  that one I suppose.

I thought there was a photo of it published on the web to which I'd contributed commentery, but it is just out of view. I've posted the link to it which I'm sure will add to the thread as it shows College box and yard at the end of their working life, and the business end of a busy High Street Depot.

View from a train on City Union line heading towards Gallowgate: -
http://www.rcts.org.uk/features/m...ege&serial=8&img=G-050-24

In my day, College had become at best sidings, and was the first to close, Bell Street Warehouse was the first to be sold and redeveloped.

But High Street was a busy place to the end, one of the few Glasgow Depots that could transfer steel sections from road vehicles to rail wagons - it had an overhead crane. It is in the photo, just behind the stone building which looks laike a base for a former water tower. Traffic at High Street was built up (from the closure of the Depot at Sighthill, Springburn) then suddenly transferred to Salkeld Street Depot (on the south side) formerly 'Glasgow Parcels', and High Street closed in the early 80's. Salkeld Street followed not long afterwards........
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That photo is a cracker IBrown, thank you!  
IBrown

Reflecting on the photos on page 3 of the 2 buildings in College:

Building 1: is almost certainly the relay-room for College Goods signal box - I'm sure 650v is the railway signal supply voltage.

Signal boxes can look different, some were wood construction, some brick construction and others wood and brick. But they were mostly built to the same 2-tier design - the relay-room was housed on the ground floor, and the operating floor was on the 1st floor - this is where the signalman worked, to give him a good view of the lines he controlled.

The reason the kit was just left is because it is obsolete.

Building 2:  I've a dim recollection of seeing the entrance to one of these before in a working yard and I was told by the person showing me round that it was a WW2 air raid shelter.

Railway installations were prime wartime targets, so staff working there 24/7 had to be afforded some protection. Not always the case it seems from a story told by a former work colleague of mine - he was a freight guard who had just arrived on a train into Rothesay Dock, Clydebank when the bombs started falling; he sought refuge in Green Road box but there was just one refuge provided there - a metal coffin-like affair (handy!) with a slit in the metal to see out. Only room for one - and the signalman was already in it. Tony left to find another safe place - and survived to tell his story.
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Certainly goes someway to explaining what these building were.  
IBrown

Hawick_1987 wrote:
Certainly goes someway to explaining what these building were.  


I've been making enquiries on another site about the relay room. They date it from 1950/60, which I think is too 'young' for College box, and as there's also no sign of the underside of a lever frame anywhere there, I now think I got that one wrong. They've also noted its SGE equipment which is the firm that originally resignalled the North Electric Line back at the time it was electrified. The period is right so this may be one of High Street Junction's remote relay rooms for signalling the North Electric Line. I can see that it lies near the boundary wall between College and that line, but can you confirm where it was? For example, was it near the junction with the City Union?
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It is situated on the southern end of what was Bridgeton Cross Junction (branch line to Bridgeton Central), west of College North Junction (now collectively part of High Street Junction) and north of St. John's Junction (on the City Union Line towards Gallowgate).
Beano

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Coaches line up on the site of the demolished Goods Yard ahead of the U.E.F.A. Champions League match between Celtic and Juventus- these fans are from Italy. (12/02/13)
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New memorial slab on Hunter Street (16/02/13)


The last of the old fencing facing onto Hunter Street has been removed
and the area landscaped






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I'd never noticed this until today. A small reminder of the various roads into the railway yards.






A pile of rubble from the Collegelands site clearance

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