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Glasgow Central Railway Station

(Glasgow Central, Glaschu Mheadhain)

Glasgow Central Station
©2017 Gazetteer for Scotland

Glasgow Central Station

Opened in 1879 by the Caledonian Railway Company as a terminus for southbound passenger trains, Glasgow Central Station (Gael: Glaschu Mheadhain) originally had nine platforms. A low-level station opened in 1896 with two further platforms, but with an increase in passenger numbers, the original station was extended and expanded by four more platforms during the period 1901-05. The result was an Edwardian station which was probably one of the grandest in Scotland and is certainly now the busiest, with 28 million passengers per annum, the third busiest outside London (2014). The low-level station closed in 1964, but due to an increase in services was brought into use once again in 1979. The station now has 17 platforms.

The Category-A listed building has some of Glasgow's best loved landmarks are associated with it. The Shell, a First World War artillery shell which was converted into a charity bowl, is a well-known meeting point, while another is the Heilander's Umbrella, the area beneath the railway bridge which crossed Argyle Street and was frequented by travellers from the Highlands and Islands.

Unlike Queen Street Station, Central Station is one of only twenty British railway stations directly managed by Network Rail.

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