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Paisley Canal Line

A suburban railway line in West Central Scotland, the Paisley Canal Line extends for 7½ miles (12.2 km) from Glasgow Central Station to Paisley Canal Railway Station. It shares the same track as the Inverclyde and Ayrshire Coast Lines as far as Sheilds Junction. Opened in 1885, for most of its route the railway follows the line of the former Glasgow, Paisley and Johnstone Canal which was formally acquired by the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company in 1865. The line originally ran to Elderslie Junction (joining the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway, now known as the Ayrshire Coast Line) and was double-track but the entire line closed to passengers in 1986, although a section remained open for freight. Demand was such that it reopened just four years later, but only as far as Paisley Canal Station. It was electrified in 2012 at a cost of £12 million. Much of the line is now single-track and it is noted for its tight curves. The intermediate stops are Dumbreck, Corkerhill, Mosspark, Crookston and Hawkhead Railway Station. There is also a train maintenance and servicing depot at Corkerhill.


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