The Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway

Finally, we come to the Glasgow and gunk Kerch Railway, the inventor and entrepreneur Charles Tennant, who was the pioneer of the bleaching of textiles. He owned the largest chemical factory in the world at some rollex in Glasgow, and by 1832 it was consuming 30,000 tons of coal a year. keen to reduce the costs of his supply. He became the chief sponsor of the Glasgow and gunk UK Railway, which would bring coal from the Coatbridge area directly into Glasgow. And by a coincidence of course, passing his factory at a distance of around eight miles. Construction on the line started in 1827. And the line opened in 1831. introduced the steam locomotive, which was built by Robert Stevenson in June 1831. So just one month after the monklands and kirkintilloch rally The line was reliant on the mind Clemson kirkintilloch Railway for access for some of the best Caulfield’s amateur, and the two lines worked in close partnership for a number of years. As we’ll see from the maps, the two lines join near Coatbridge itself. Other lines were built to exploit the vast land action West loading coal fields and the 1940 it became possible to travel between Edinburgh and Glasgow by rail, though you had to take a boat from Edinburgh up the union canal to Linlithgow to start that journey. The journey took around four hours and it used the Glasgow and gone kerkrade away from Coatbridge into Glasgow for that stretch of the journey. However, in 1842, the direct Edinburgh to Glasgow railway opened and this destroyed passenger traffic along this much more circuitous route. The Glasgow and Bangkok railway was leased by the Caledonian railway in 1840. And fully amalgamated with it in 1865. Much of this route is still in use by railway for the line from Glasgow Queen Street to Coatbridge via steps and gartcosh as we will see from the maps. So let’s go looking at the maps down and we start our journey along the Glasgow and gone Kerch Railway, on the website, rail map, which shows all the historic lines in the UK. We’re just going to give an overview here, we can see these were all the lines constructed. So later beyond the GM, Kirk and Glasgow, many, many lines were constructed as we can see here, all of these little offshoots and things will be colors and foundries and all sorts of things in the Atlantic she calls yield which is here, through into westerlo the end up here, loads and loads of old lines to be seen, but just to show the root of our line Firstly the monkland and kirkintilloch Railway ran from kirkintilloch. Here, there’s in Devitt. And it ran all through here through what’s now called mood is burned down into Coatbridge down here. So that’s that line that we saw earlier. And they’ve gone Kirk and Glasgow line runs from Glasgow is in the blue here runs from the north of Glasgow around here. And there’s this line here that follows through steps, what’s now called gartcosh, and so on into Coatbridge and later all these further extensions were built as the railway age took to Colt. If we quickly jump into rails we can see some information about the line opened in 27th of May at 31. As I said earlier, and the this website gives some some further information should you wish to look it up some much more recent photos steam engines on various parts of the line robroyston there in Glasgow modern trains there, much of this line and most of this line is still in use for the modern line through steps to Coatbridge as we will see. I mentioned earlier also that in 1831, the gong cook in Glasgow took delivery of a locomotive built by Robert Stevenson. And it was a planet type locomotive of this type here. This picture is from Wikipedia. Interesting. Okay, let’s jump to the maps. So we’re back at National Library of Scotland maps side by side mapping, and we’re in the port Dundas area of Glasgow. Charles tenants chemical works is around here somewhere. Find it. That’s just not fair, isn’t it? Yep, there we go. Can cowork so Charles tans chemical works was here, right near the canal. He was concerned that the monkland Canal had a monopoly on coal coming in and he was consuming a lot of coal in his chemical works. So he is one of the chief sponsors of the Glasgow and gam Kirk. And here we see it coming into Glasgow right beside these chemical works, I’m sure that was an absolute coincidence. And it went into Glasgow and terminated at the town head station, which is here, which is now offices as we can see, and as I said earlier, there’s a Network Rail office I think, in that modern building on the corner there, which presumably the railway still has some holdover and there is Glasgow Queen Street station which was built later. So main Terminus for the Edinburgh to Glasgow line, and now also the line that follows the route of our gelcap Tabasco line. Okay, so there is a beginning and it’s lost in This derelict land which was once site till flats and has now been redeveloped for housing. It goes past what became some looks railway works, but obviously wasn’t there when the railway was built. Now big shopping retail Park, very large Tesco there and there intersects with all sorts of other lines which were built after our railway. And we begin to come out of Glasgow now, following the line of the track there, which is As we can see, modern Railway, it’s all modern railway is still very much in use this line, which is a fitting compliment, I think. And now we see it following up. There’s robroyston there on the edge of Glasgow. Sweeping around here, this used mineral line there, we can still see a trace of it coming into the motorway. I think that’s the GMAT there. Yes, MIT And in two steps. Now we see here that steps on the old map the 1880 map is spelled with one p steps nowadays spoke to PS. There’s a modern step station there which was a railway carriage shed. Back in the day the old original station was here just where it intersects the road. I wonder if anything is evidence there in the ground. can’t see any structures from the satellite map it’s quickly flicked the 25 inch map see what it shows us? Yes, it shows us platforms but nothing on very jumped to the Open Street data. OpenStreetMap No, it’s not showing anything. For to 1937 map Yep, station still there. Jump forward to 1944 map yep station still there by the road and jump forward finally to the seven series which find that one should we? Yep station still there on the 1949 map. Jump forward to 1955 different scales have to zoom out a bit but stations still there so that modern station is fairly recent. Anyway let’s go back to the six inch continue to follow the line it became called the Glasgow gang Kirk and Coatbridge line as it was extended. But its original route is what we’re following. There’s gone Kirk and fireclay works as we’re now some sort of industrial site by the looks of it. Coming back round now the fire clayworks loads and loads of clay in this land we can see as we saw Ross on the other line gartcosh clayworks also later became a famous steelworks. Let’s If we can see that in the more for to map gartcosh deep not detailed enough that one really see very well as gartcosh work. So that’s where the Steel Works was in gartcosh by the 1940s. Let’s go back the way yep back. There isn’t that it’s still there on that 1888 map, and we’re following the line of the track. I’ll zoom out just a wee bit. This loop loops round to join onto the track go northbound out of Coatbridge. And in fact, if we scroll up a bit, we can see the monkland and kirkintilloch line or what was it coming in there past the fireclay works and joining up with our line just a bit further down as we see There’s a line and that’s where the two lines join down here. So the Glasgow and gang Kerch railway people were dependent on the monkland and kirkintilloch to give them access to all the Clay Pits, all the coal mines, all the Ironworks that were in Coatbridge and in the extended area and then we’re into Coatbridge again. And all all the lines that were there. That was railways, there’s a map one of these map options gives us railway somewhere there we go. We can see the extent of railways that the we’re in the area and if we jump back to rail map online and zoom out just a wee bit, we can see all the old driveways all of these in red are now gone. The ones in blue still exist. The main line is also coming through Where is it? Yep through here. The main Glasgow Edinburgh line is through Croix bishopbriggs through to Edinburgh. I mentioned also that in 1840, they’re glad they’re gone. Kirk and Glasgow joined up with the slamming them line so that you could travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow in four hours you had to come out of Edinburgh, which is through here and you had to follow the union canals who took a boat along the union canal which is not marked on this maps sadly to Linlithgow which is about here, and then you join the line. coming through here, this is the line here THROUGH THROUGH THROUGH to Coatbridge where you join the Glasgow and gang Kirk and took it through to Glasgow, of course that was knocked on the head. As soon as the main line Edinburgh to Glasgow was built, which is this line up here and the journey time now Takes about 15 minutes. Okay, that’s all thank you very much for listening. Watch back again for another video.