Former Paisley Canal railway line :: Shared Description

The railway line takes its name from the former Glasgow to Ardrossan Canal, the route of which it follows from Glasgow to Johnstone. A line branched off at Elderslie to Princes Pier in Greenock, via Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm. It closed from the west in stages from the late 1950s, finally closing to passenger traffic from Kilmacolm to Glasgow on 8th January 1983. The line from Glasgow to Paisley was retained to serve the fuel depot at Hawkhead, but the tracks west of Canal station were lifted.

The line reopened to passenger traffic in 1990 and is still in use today, served by Diesel Multiple Units (see update below) from Glasgow Central to a new Canal station, slightly east of the old one.

The trackbed west of the new station is now a cycle path, part of the National Cycle Network. Route 75 heads along the Kilmacolm line to Greenock and Gourock. Route 7 heads along the Lochwinnoch Loop line to Ayrshire. Both are traffic free and fairly flat.

Update: The line was electrified in 2012. Electric trains ran during November, alternating with diesels until the service went fully electric on 9th December 2012.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS4164 : National Cycle Network Route 75 by Thomas Nugent
NS3766 : National Cycle Network Route 75 by Thomas Nugent
NS5362 : Welded rail joint at Corkerhill railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS4064 : National Cycle Network Route 75 by Thomas Nugent
NS4062 : National Cycle Network Route 7 by Thomas Nugent
NS4164 : National Cycle Network Route 75 by Thomas Nugent
NS3569 : National Cycle Network Route 75 by Thomas Nugent
NS4863 : Paisley Canal railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS3559 : National Cycle Network Route 7 by Thomas Nugent
NS3860 : Bridesmill Road by Thomas Nugent
NS4064 : National Cycle Network Route 75 by Thomas Nugent
NS4163 : National Cycle Network Route 7 by Thomas Nugent
NS4263 : Former Lochwinnoch Loop railway line by Thomas Nugent
NS4463 : Cycle path at Elderslie by Thomas Nugent
NS3965 : Main Street, Bridge of Weir by Thomas Nugent
NS4162 : Millikenpark, Johnstone by M J Richardson
NS5362 : Corkerhill railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS2775 : Former Princes Pier railway line by Thomas Nugent
NS5263 : Crookston railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS4363 : Former Lochwinnoch Loop railway line by Thomas Nugent
NS3865 : National Cycle Network Route 75 by Thomas Nugent
NS4863 : Former Paisley Canal Line by Thomas Nugent
NS5462 : Corkerhill railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS4863 : Paisley Canal railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS3860 : Kenmure Hill Temple by Thomas Nugent

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Created: Wed, 4 May 2011, Updated: Sat, 10 Oct 2015

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