Wemyss Bay To Glasgow By Train

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Shields Depot

This rolling stock maintenance depot lies between Cardonald and Glasgow Central stations. The diesel line from Paisley Canal Station joins here. The line then crosses the Glasgow Subway at West Street (no connection) on its journey to the city centre.
NS5763 : Shields depot by Thomas Nugent NS5763 : Shields depot by Thomas Nugent NS5864 : West Street subway station by Thomas Nugent

Some roadside views of Shields Depot, not visible from the train.
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The above scene has changed considerably with the construction of a new shed in preparation for the new Class 380 trains which are due to arrive in September 2010.
NS5763 : Shields Depot by Thomas Nugent NS5763 : Shields Depot by Thomas Nugent NS5763 : Shields Depot by Thomas Nugent NS5763 : Shields Depot by Thomas Nugent
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Former Bridge St Station

Bridge Street was the terminus of the line before the Clyde was bridged in 1878, eventually closing in 1905 when Glasgow Central was extended. A nearby subway station now bears the name, but there is no connection to the main line.
NS5864 : Former Bridge Street station by Thomas Nugent NS5864 : Former Bridge Street station by Thomas Nugent NS5864 : Bridge Street subway station by Thomas Nugent
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Glasgow Central

The original station opened in 1879 and was extended in 1905 by James MillerExternal link and it is fitting that we end our journey in another of his masterpieces by the River Clyde. Platforms 14 and 15, within Miller's extension, are typically used by the Wemyss Bay and Gourock services, which is logical since this reduces the need to cross over other tracks when entering or leaving the station from the west.

There are 15 platforms 'upstairs' and a further two 'downstairs' at the low-level station, which is in a long tunnel and which should not be confused with the Glasgow Underground.

Glasgow Central is an awe inspiring, cavernous building. I'm no architect and will let the photos speak for themselves.

Upstairs

NS5865 : Platforms 12 and 13 (now 14 & 15) by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Platforms 12 & 13 (now 14 & 15) by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Glasgow Central station by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : The Kilmarnock Edition by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Red lights all round by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Glasgow Central Station by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Midland Street by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Glasgow Central by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Bike park at Glasgow Central by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Glasgow Central Station clock by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Central Station "cathedral window" by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Central Station "cathedral windows" by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Hielan'mans Umbrella by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : British Transport Police Station by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : The train now departing by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Gordon Street by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Argyle Street by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : War memorial by Thomas Nugent

Platforms 11a, 12 & 13 in the upper station were re-numbered in late December 2008, becoming 12, 14 & 15. Low Level platforms 14 & 15 were re-numbered to 16 & 17.
NS5864 : Glasgow Central Station by Thomas Nugent NS5864 : Re-numbered platform by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Re-numbered platforms by Thomas Nugent

This renumbering was done in preparation for the addition of two new platforms, numbered 12 & 13. These new platforms were built on the site of the present through road and car park. The related Glasgow Airport Rail Link project was cancelled in September 2009, but the additional platforms were built, as was the additional (third) track to Paisley.
NS5865 : Glasgow Central roadway by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Former car park at Glasgow Central by Thomas Nugent NS5864 : Remodelling at Glasgow Central by Thomas Nugent

The new platforms opened in July 2010, shortly before the new Class 380 trains entered service.
NS5865 : New platforms at Glasgow Central by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : New platforms at Glasgow Central by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : New train mock-up at Glasgow Central by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Scotrail Class 380 train by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Class 380 train at Glasgow Central by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Scotrail Class 380 train by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Scotrail Class 380 train by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Scotrail Class 380 train by Thomas Nugent

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Downstairs

NS5865 : Glasgow Central Low Level by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Glasgow Central Low Level Station by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Glasgow Central Low Level station entrance by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Glasgow Central Low Level station entrance by Thomas Nugent
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