Cathcart Circle Line

(Cathcart District Railway)

A suburban commuter railway line which serves S Glasgow, the core of the Cathcart Circle Line is a 5.2 mile / 8.4 km loop between Pollokshields West Railway Station and Pollokshields East, which is connected to Glasgow Central, 1¼ miles / 2 km to the north. In addition, there are two branches which diverge from this loop on either side of Cathcart Railway Station and terminate in Neilston (East Renfrewshire) and Newton (South Lanarkshire), extending to 7¾ miles (12.5 km) and 5.1 miles (8.3 km) respectively. The latter branch connects to the Argyle Line. The loop opened in sections between 1886 and 1894 as the Cathcart District Railway. These branches both originally formed part of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway, which once extended to the coast at Ardrossan to take coal from the Lanarkshire coalfields to the port. The section which remains in use, between Neilston and Newton, opened 1903-04. The lines were electrified in 1962 and there are 21 stations in total.

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