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From it's junction with the Possil line at Partick West station the main line of the original Lanarkshire & Dunbartonshire Railway continued west alongside the River Clyde towards Dumbarton serving the industrial enterprises that had grown up there. Today the trackbed of the line is a public right-of-way giving easy access to what remains of the railway infrastructure. 

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The remains of the island platform at Whiteinch Riverside station looking east towards Partick.

Another view at Whiteinch Riverside this time looking west towards Scotstoun.

Scotstoun East station an elevated island platform stood on the left hand side of the bridge.

A view of the entrance to Scotstoun East station.

Scotstoun East island platform looking west.

Another view as above, compare this with the picture on page 97 of "An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways".

Scotstoun East island platform looking east with impressive pigeon "doocot".

Scotstoun West station stood on this bridge. Another island platform station the station building stood to the left of the bridge structure. Taken from the track bed of the freight line to Rothesay Dock which left the main line just to the east of Scotstoun West station.

Another view from the same location where the freight line to Rothesay Dock crosses Dumbarton Road.

Looking west from the same location, this time showing the complete bridge deck.

Scotstoun West station showing all that remains of the island platform building hidden in dense undergrowth.

A closer view on Scotstoun West station showing what was the stairway to street level.

From platform level on Scotstoun West station. The view looking towards the bridge over Dumbarton Road which carried the freight line to Rothesay Dock.

The eastern end of the island platform at Scotstoun West. Nature has reclaimed much of this area since it has been neglected for over forty years.

Looking up Greenlaw Road with Lasswade Street on the right, in the distance is Dumbarton Road. The bridge carrying the line has gone but the embankments still stand. Yoker Ferry station was to the immediate right on the embankment

Yoker Ferry station was behind the bushes on the embankment. The path to the right was part of the trackbed leading into Rothesay Dock on the left. Nothing remains of the dock but note a short piece of track still shows through the road surface.

The remains of the western end of  Yoker Ferry station, looking east towards Dumbarton with the island platform barely discernible. The tracks to Rothesay Dock (to the left) passed under the station at an acute angle at this point.

Another view of the remains of the island platform at Yoker Ferry station looking east. Nothing remains at all of the station buildings or the stairway to street level.

This bridge carried the line and the western end of the  island platform at Yoker Ferry station over the four freight tracks (two ex-Caley and two ex-NB) which led into Rothesay Dock (behind the camera from this viewpoint).

Underneath the bridge looking towards Rothesay Dock showing the remains of the ex-NB tracks with some concrete sleepers still in evidence.

From Yoker Ferry the line continued east to Clydebank Riverside station. Although the site is largely composed now of industrial units the building housing the original booking office and station offices still exists. This imposing building highlights the importance this station had on the line with its proximity to John Browns Shipyard.

Another view of the booking office building.

At the other end of the station offices building a fine Caledonian Railway Company coat of arms is engraved above a window.

A great aerial view of the area surrounding Clydebank Riverside Station when shipbuilding was still the major industry. The layout of the station buildings and platforms can be clearly seen. Note that the building circled in red is the booking offices, the only part of this site that now remains.

The line then continued north to cut under the ex-NB line (now the north bank electric line). It is likely that the pedestrian underpass is where the ex-Caley line passed under Dumbarton road.

The underpass continues north parallel with Argyle Road along what probably was the trackbed of the line and through the stone arch on the right. The line then turned west and within a short distance reached Kilbowie Road station. This area is now taken up by the bus station and the Clydebank Shopping Centre. On the other side of Kilbowie Road where the station would have been are now Council Offices.

Beyond Kilbowie Road Station the line then re-crossed Dumbarton Road on an overbridge before approaching Dalmuir Riverside Station.

The site of Dalmuir Riverside Station looking east from the Beardmore Street overbridge. Just discernable on the left are the remains of the western end of the ramp and main platform edge. Further to the left was a short bay with a run round loop.

Another view of the remains of the eastbound platform edge. The sloping retaining wall behind it bordered the pedestrian walkway giving access to the main and bay platforms. From here a pedestrian footbridge gave access to the westbound platform.

Now looking west from the station site The first of two views of the bridge which carries Beardmore Street across the remains of the trackbed. The larger bridge opening was for the double track main line, to the left the smaller opening allowed access to what was probably industrial tracks beyond the westbound platform.

From here the line continued east with the next station to be reached being Old Kilpatrick. A good general view of Dalmuir Riverside Station can be found on page 29 of Glasgow Railway Memories by W.A.C. Smith and Paul Anderson.

 

 

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     Page last updated: 01 May 2016

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