The Railway Line

Train Station 

The railway line through the Parish of Drumchapel played an important part in the development of this area.

The railway was introduced in Scotland in 1826 with horse drawn wagons, and were converted to locomotives in 1831. They were designed for the transport of coal from the Lanarkshire fields to the Forth and Clyde canals, any third class passengers carried were frequently conveyed in open wagons without seats, which could and did duty as coal trucks when the need arose.

After 1872 the conditions for 3rd class passengers improved, and they were provided with padded seats.

This was the period of the “railway mania” and four lines were built in the county. When Clydebank sprung up an involved network of competitive lines was laid following the Clyde and though the railway came through the Parish of Drumchapel in 1858 there was as yet no station.

Prior to that year the railway had come only from Balloch to Bowling, and the passengers traveling from the east would travel by canal boats disembark at bowling and continue their passage to the Clyde ports by steamer.

A railway station was built in Drumchapel in 1891,for the benefit of the villagers, being in a remote situation, residents had to walk or cycle if they wanted to visit friends or shop thus this new station came as a tremendous benefit to the people.

Mr. Hunter was appointed stationmaster and he combined this duty with being church elder for the new Kilpatrick Church Session. The first sign of the end of the railway monopoly was the establishment of tramways in towns and Cities starting in the 1870 ‘s, and when the trains were electrified at the turn of the century there was a great improvement in speed and this attracted many passengers from the railway. However this did not affect Drumchapel for many years as the tram service stopped at Anniesland until well into the twentieth century.

Drumchapel Village developed on the South East edge of the Garscadden Estate 1870 when coalmining began in the vicinity It was the decline of industry and the opening of the station in 1891,that stimulated the building of a dozen or so middle class villas in the Drumchapel and Garscadden Roads. A church was built in 1901 (replaced after the influx of worshippers from the adjacent Knightswood) then a school in 1905.

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  1. I remember the stationmasters house it stood where the Peel is now. I was never in his house but I was in the Peel often enough.
    There was also a market garden at the back of the trees in the old photo, Rose’s I think it was called they had a shop where Olivers is now and their house was on the corner where the petrol station used to be.
    do you have anything on the original stonedyke I stayed in this area but it is a bit of a mystery to me. Nice site.


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