Beeching Railway Cuts

The name of Dr Richard Beeching has passed into daily use due to his authoring of a report entitled ” The Reshaping of British Railways” . This report was collated in order to attempt to save spending by British Rail and enable British Rail to operate more as a private enterprise. Ultimately the cuts only saved £7 million.

Scottish lines closed include:-

  • Aviemore to Forres.
  • Dunblane to Crianlarich.
  • Connel Ferry to Ballachulish.
  • Dumfries to Stranraer (the ‘Port Road’).
  • Carlisle to Edinburgh

Glasgow Stations removed:-

Buchanan Street Station, one of the four main terminal railway stations in Glasgow, the other three being Central, Queen Street and St Enoch. It was based North West of Queen Street, roughly were the Scotrail Building and Caledonian University reside. This station ran services to the North of Scotland.

This station was constructed in 1849 by the Caledonian Railway Company. The station existed until 1966, when it was closed as part of the Beeching report.

St Enoch Station was constructed in 1876 and operated by City of Glasgow Union Railway. Closed in 1966 as part of Beeching restructuring. The station was demolished in 1977 and the site is occupied by the St Enoch Centre. The clock from the station is currently resident in the Antonine Centre in Cumbernauld with the remains of the station and hotel used to fill the Queen’s Dock and enabling the creation of the SECC.

Glasgow Cross this station opened in 1895 for Caledonian Railway and closed with the line in 1964. The Argyle line as opened in 1979 but did not include the re-opening of this station. It is discussed that the station will open under the Glasgow Cross Rail proposal.

Glasgow Green opened in 1895 as part of Caledonian Railway and was closed in 1917 (reopening 1991) and closed for good in 1953. The station building remains although the platforms were removed.

Partick Central built in 1890s and serving Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway Company. It was renamed Kelvin Hall in 1959. Services ceased in 1964, although the building was still used. Tesco demolished the remaining building in 2007 before planning permission had been granted.

Partick West was situated beside the Meadowside Granary in Thornwood and serviced the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshite Railway. Closed in 1964 due to Beeching cuts.

Partickhill operated by North British Railway company and opened in 1887. The station was spared the Beeching cuts but was cut due to the development of the Argyle Line when the SPTE decided to open Partick railway station on the same site as the underground station.


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