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T is for Train Stations

Glasgow has two main train stations: Queens Street, which has trains to Edinburgh (spit!) and the North, and Central Station which has trains to the south.

Central StationCentral Station is the larger of the two. It opened in 1879 but by 1890 it was extended slightly only to be found to be inadequate again by the turn of the century. A massive rebuild was undertaken between 1901 and 1905 including the erection of an eight track bridge over the River Clyde.

Queen Street Station was built by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and opened in 1842. Just outside the station is Cowlairs tunnel, a 1 in 42 slope which trains had to be pulled up by a stationary engine until 1909.

Queen Street StationQueen Street Station was the one I was most familiar with as a child. We never travelled anywhere by train, but the Number 51 Bus, which went between Queenslie and Douglas Street in the north of the city centre, had a stop on the Cathedral Street Bridge where we would alight to walk down to Argyle Street and Lewis’s. This walk took us through the station and I remember thinking that to travel by train was to travel in style.

The station closest to me heart, however, is Central as it was outside Peckham’s on the concourse where I first met my husband on a blind date. Awwwww!


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6 thoughts on “T is for Train Stations

  1. Reading this has made me homesick!! I know Central Station so well….I was once sat on the ground with a coffee waiting for a boyfriend to get off the train and a bloke walked past and put a pound into my coffee cup! I know I was a student at the time but I didn’t think I looked THAT bad!! 🙂

    C x

  2. My Dad was a train driver and I always loved train stations. I have great memories of train journeys. We went free as children. Trains are still my favourite mode of transport. Central Station looks so lovely. I’ve never visited Glasgow but I hope my first time will be by train arriving at this fabulous station. 🙂

  3. Nettie – I love train stations. There really is something romantic and adventurous about them even though they can also be gritty and have ugly parts to them. No wonder you loved this one!

  4. I love train stations. I spent 3 months (20 years ago) with a backpack and a Eurorail pass. It was such a wonderful way to travel. Taking the Amtrak from Minneapolis to Chicago just isn’t the same.

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