Glebe Street

Posted by Duncan MacRae On November 25, 2019 Comments Off

Glebe Street – O Gauge

 

Located in north Glasgow between Maryhill and Bishopbriggs, Glebe Street Goods Station owes its origins to the establishment of the Glebe Iron Works in the community of Sauchtonburn in 1797.   Established on glebe land purchased from St. Andrew’s Parish Church in Sauchtonburn by Patrick Cameron, a Glasgow ironmaster, the works were served by both a cut from the Forth & Clyde canal and a branch line off the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.   As time went on the Iron Works and the community of Sauchtonburn developed until eventually a new high-level passenger line was developed by the North British Railway for passenger traffic into Sauchtonburn and the original station became Glebe Street Goods Station but still serving the Iron Works, as they can be seen today.

With the passing of time the community enlarged and as well as being served by the railway was also connected to the Glasgow Corporation Tramway system.   Passenger traffic increased and gradually the goods station became less used.   The British Railways modernisation scheme of the 1960s saw developments to the passenger line with the track being relaid and reballasted and the provision of motorised point control, colour light signalling and, as can be seen on the layout, the commencement of electrification provision.   Meanwhile the goods station carried on quietly and the trams kept on running – for a short while.

It is in this state that the layout displays Glebe Street and Sauchtonburn today.   However, try as you might, you will not find any trace of these places on a current or historical map of Glasgow.   It’s all in the imagination, but it could well have been for real as the links to the lines and the canal could have been there.   Hopefully it will give those viewing an idea of what that part of Glasgow was like then, or maybe bring about a few memories.   Why Glebe Street?   Well no doubt you have heard of a family who lived in Glebe Street, the Broons, and a laddie who stayed nearby called Oor Wullie.   OK, they were actually in Dundee, but if we can imagine a whole community surely we could imagine them living here as well.

Some technical information.    The layout is 0 scale, 7mm to the foot, and is operated using DCC with NCE controllers.   The upper level is fully signalled, correctly located, and is fully interlocked with the pointwork and the block instruments – it helps having a member who is a signal engineer with Network Rail.   Stock is a mixture of kit built and RTR, old and new, and is appropriate to the area and era, although occasionally a ‘visitor’ from elsewhere or some other time may be spotted.   All the scenic work and infrastructure is kit or scratch built by various club members and partners.

Track Diagram

 

 

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