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Corkerhill Railway Institute

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Corkerhill Railway Institute

A meeting at the Corkerhill Railway Institute, c 1930s-1940s.

The Railway Institute was built in the 1890s by the Glasgow & South Western Railway Co at its Model Railway Village at Corkerhill. The Institute provided a range of services for the railway employees who lived in the village and worked at the nearby locomotive depot, including a library, reading rooms, a meeting hall and hot baths. Sunday services were conducted in the hall by ministers from nearby churches or by members of the Railway Mission. Around 100 children attended Sunday School and about seventy young men and women were enrolled in the Bible Class. Infant classes were held at the Institute during the week until Mosspark Primary School opened in the 1930s.

The Model Railway Village contained 136 yellow brick houses accommodating around 700 people. The village had a general store and a wash-house, and the G&SWR also provided allotments, access to a company doctor and subsidised travel into Glasgow. The village was demolished in 1971 and the site was transferred to the Council.

Reference: 355.79.166

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

Keywords:
Bible classes, Corkerhill Model Railway Village, Corkerhill Railway Institute, G&SWR, Glasgow & South Western Railway Co, halls, infant schools, libraries, meetings, model villages, Railway Missions, railwaymen, reading rooms, Sunday Schools, women



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