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Botanic Gardens Station

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Postcards Collection

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Botanic Gardens Station

This postcard from 1906 shows a tramcar passing Botanic Gardens Station on Great Western Road.

The railway station was built on a stretch of the Glasgow Central Railway line which ran underneath Great Western Road and swung north at the Botanic Gardens on its way to Maryhill. The Royal Botanic Institution of Glasgow demanded an ornamental station, and architect James Miller obliged with a building topped by onion-shaped domes which was said to bear some resemblence to the Kremlin.

The station opened in 1894 and closed in 1939. The street level buildings were demolished following a fire in 1970, but the platforms remain intact in the underground tunnel. The line to Maryhill closed in 1964, and proposals to reopen it for train or tram traffic have been unsuccessful.

Reference: Mitchell Library GC Postcards

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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Botanic Gardens station, clock towers, domes, Glasgow Central Railway, overhead wires, postcards, railway stations, railways, Royal Botanic Institution of Glasgow, streetscenes, trams



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