Opened as Alexandra Park: 1st July, 1881. Closed: 1st January, 1917. Reopened: 2nd June, 1919. Renamed Alexandra Parade: 9th July, 1923.
Alexandra Parade Station serves the Alexandra Parade district of eastern Glasgow. It is situated 1¾ miles east of Glasgow Queen Street Station on the Springburn Branch of the North Clyde Line. It was built as part of the City of Glasgow Union Railway which provided a link across the River Clyde between Shields Junction on the Glasgow & Paisley Joint Railway and Sighthill Junction on the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway.
The station is presently served by two trains per hour to Dalmuir via Glasgow Queen Street Low Level and two trains per hour to Cumbernauld via Springburn.
Ex-LNER Class V1 2-6-2T no. 67630 starts away from Alexandra Parade Station on 5th August, 1959, with the 5.32pm Clydebank East to Springburn train. This train ran for only a few more weeks as Clydebank East Station closed on 14th September, 1959. Beyond the station can be seen the signals for Haghill Junction, where the lines to Carntyne and Bellgrove diverged. [W.A.C. Smith]
BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0 No. 76105 runs between Haghill Junction and Parkhead Junction on 16th July, 1960, with the 9.45am Glasgow Fair special from Clydebank Central to Whitley Bay, routed by way of Springburn and Bathgate. On the left, ex-North British Railway Class C (LNER Class J36) 0-6-0 No. No.65246 has been put in the loop to allow the passage of a DMU special from Airdrie to St. Andrews. [W.A.C. Smith]
Duke Street Station is situated on the northern section of the former City of Glasgow Union Railway, 1½ miles north-east of Glasgow Queen Street Station, and serves the Duke Street district in the east end of Glasgow. It was built as part of the City of Glasgow Union Railway which provided a link across the River Clyde between the Glasgow & Paisley Joint Railway at Shields Junction and the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway at Sighthill Junction.
Formed by a pair of Pressed Steel Co. Class AM3 Blue Train (Class 303) 3-car EMUs with No. 303 005 leading, a Springburn to Milngavie train approaches the westbound platform at Duke Street Station during January 1986. The bridge in the background carries Cumbernauld Road over the railway. [Eastbank Model Railway Club]
Opened as Blochairn: 1885. Renamed Garngad: 1885. Closed: 1st March, 1910.
Forming a Springburn to Milngavie train, a Pressed Steel Co. Class AM3 'Blue Train' (Class 303) 3-car EMU emerges from the tunnel beneath the Garnkirk & Glasgow line and passes the site of Garngad Signal Box and Station during January 1986. [Eastbank Model Railway Club]
Still in GSWR colours three years after the Grouping, '495' Class (LMSR Class 3P) 4-6-0 No. 503 waits to leave St. Enoch Station with an express for Carlisle in 1926. This locomotive was built by the North British Locomotive Co. and entered service as GSWR No. 389 in June 1903. It was withdrawn as LMSR No. 14664 in October 1931. [T.G. Hepburn/Rail Archive Stephenson]
An accident-damaged Pressed Steel Co. Class AM3 Blue Train (Class 303) EMU car stands with other withdrawn vehicles of the same class in a siding near Shields Road Depot during July 1981. [Eastbank Model Railway Club]
Springburn Station is situated 1¼ miles north of Glasgow Queen Street High Level Station, and serves the Springburn district in the north-east of Glasgow. The station was built by the City of Glasgow Union Railway, whose branch line from Bellgrove opened to goods traffic in 1875. However it was not until 1887 that the station was opened for passenger traffic. It was built as a terminus, but two through platforms were added shortly afterwards when the CGUR gained running powers over the Sighthill Branch of the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway, which ran alongside the CGUR at this location, giving the CGUR access to both the E&G main line at Cowlairs and also the former Garnkirk & Glasgow Railway, which had now become the main Caledonian Railway route from Glasgow to north-east Scotland via Cumbernauld and Stirling. Several different passenger routes operated from the station, including workers' trains to Singer on the Glasgow, Dumbarton & Helensburgh Railway and a circular suburban service via the Stobcross Railway and the GD&HR. The CGUR was absorbed jointly by the North British and Glasgow & South Western Railways in 1896, with the NBR taking over the Bellgrove to Springburn branch.
The section to Springburn from Bellgrove electrified in November 1960 as part of the North Clyde Electrification scheme, but regular services northwards to Cowlairs ended in 1963 when the workers trains to Singer were withdrawn. However, from November 1966 trains to and from Cumbernauld were diverted to Springburn following the closure of Buchanan Street Station. Passengers had to change onto the North Clyde Line at Springburn to reach Glasgow as there was no direct route to Queen Street Station. Through running to Queen Street High Level Station eventually commenced in 1989, albeit with a reversal in a loop alongside Eastfield Locomotive Shed.
Since 1993, Cumbernauld trains have run directly to and from Queen Street High Level via the Cowlairs Chord, a new single-track curve running from Cowlairs to Springburn Station. Although currently diesel-operated, the line is in the process of being electrified as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme.
Springburn Station retains four platforms: two for through trains and two bay platforms for terminating services from Bellgrove and points west. Two through goods lines formerly ran past the south side of the station; these formed the original E&GR Sighthill branch. They were latterly used to access the goods yard at Sighthill prior to its closure in October 1981. They have now been lifted.
The station building at Springburn was designed by James Carsewell. It is now protected as a category B listed building.
Pressed Steel Co. Class AM3 Blue Train (Class 303) 3-car EMU No. 081 stands at the buffer stops at Springburn Station on 7th June, 1964, prior to forming the 4.53pm train to Milngavie. The through platforms on the right were little-used at this time, workers' trains to and from Singer being the only regular traffic. The large factory in the background was the Atlas Works of the North British Locomotive Co., which had recently gone into liquidation. The NBL Co's Hyde Park Works were situated to the right of the station. [Fred Landery]
A westbound Pressed Steel Co. Class AM3 Blue Train (Class 303) 3-car EMU passes High Street East Junction Signal Box during January 1986. The train is coming off the City of Glasgow Union & North British Railway joint section from Bellgrove East Junction and is approaching the Glasgow City & District section via Glasgow Queen Street Low Level. [Eastbank Model Railway Club]