Glasgow Queen Street

Trains depart from Queen Street through a long tunnel with a 1:42 gradient. The picture below was taken from Glasgow’ Buchanan Galleries shopping centre which straddles the departure lines as they enter what is known as the Cowlairs tunnel. On the left horizon the towers of Glasgow’s City Chambers can be seen.

Glasgow Queen Street concourse.

The starting point for journeys on the scenic West Highland Line to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig, Glasgow Queen Street station is in the centre of Scotland’s largest city, beside George Square and the majestic City Chambers.

Fort William/Mallaig is served by three daily departures (Mondays to Saturdays) from Glasgow, while Oban has six.  Some trains run combined, with a section for Oban, and a section for Fort William and Mallaig.   The two sections are uncoupled at Crianlarich which is the junction of the Oban and Fort William lines. On Sundays, there is one train in winter, with additional departures in summer.

Connecting trains from Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen also arrive in Queen Street. The station is also linked to Buchanan Street Subway station,and nearby Buchanan Bus Station. Glasgow Central, where trains from south and south-west Scotland and London arrive, is less than 10 minutes walk from Queen Street station. There is an inter-station bus service linking Central and Queen Street.


Despite Queen Street Station’s location on the corner of George Square, its status as Scotland’s 3rd busiest (in excess of 17million passenger movements annually) and being Glasgow’s 2nd city cente station (the other is Glasgow Central, Scotland’s busiest with double the passenger numbers) it had until recently a very inauspicious entrance on George Street (Picture above left). However redevelopment of Queen Street station has commenced and the current entrance and the building in the above picture is now demolished to replace the current 1960s main entrance at George Square with a modern, 500m² glass frontage. This view should be history by 2020. There is also a side entrance on Dundas Street which leads to the main concourse and gives quick access to the low level platforms (Picture above right).

 Trains depart from Queen Street through a long tunnel with a 1:42 gradient.  Queen Street Station is a magic gateway between Scotland’s premier cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh and the wonderful scenery of the West Highland Lines. It is also Glasgow’s railway gateway to Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Inverness and the scenic delights of the lines to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Far North. Queen Street has also low level platforms serving the north Glasgow conurbations from as far as Balloch (Loch Lomond) and Helensburgh in the west to Airdrie and Motherwell in the East.

An evening view from the far end of the station. Carriages are Scottish Railway Preservation stock on a rail tour charter.

Taken from the throat of the Cowlairs tunnel. Deltic locomotive at head of a Scottish Railway Preservation train.