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Exhibition Centre railway station, previously called Finnieston (1979–1986) and Stobcross (1894–1959) due to its location in the Stobcross area of the city, is a railway station in Glasgow on the Argyle Line. It serves the SSE Hydro and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, which are accessible by adjoining footbridge from an island platform. The station suffers badly from congestion at concerts as most of Greater Glasgow can be reached from the station. There is a siding adjacent to Platform 2, that can be used as a turnback siding for trains terminating at Anderston or Glasgow Central Low Level. The line is served by Class 318s and Class 320s. Ticket gates are in operation.

Exhibition Centre National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Ionad Taisbeanaidh[1]
Exhibition Centre railway station - view towards Anderston.jpg
View east along Platform 2 towards Anderston
Location
PlaceFinnieston
Local authorityGlasgow
Coordinates55°51′40″N 4°16′58″W / 55.8611°N 4.2828°W / 55.8611; -4.2828Coordinates: 55°51′40″N 4°16′58″W / 55.8611°N 4.2828°W / 55.8611; -4.2828
Grid referenceNS571655
Operations
Station codeEXG
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 1.375 million
2014/15Increase 1.640 million
2015/16Increase 1.743 million
2016/17Increase 1.892 million
2017/18Decrease 1.848 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTESPT
History
Original companyGlasgow Central Railway
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
26 November 1894Opened as Stobcross (GCR to Maryhill)
5 May 1896L&DR to Clydebank opened
10 August 1896GCR services commenced through to Glasgow Central
3 August 1959Station closed to passengers
5 October 1964Line closed to all traffic
5 November 1979Reopened as Finnieston
1986Renamed Exhibition Centre
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Exhibition Centre from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

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HistoryEdit

In the days when the station was named Stobcross, the formation in front of Platform 1 was originally double track, with a platform where the overhead electrification masts are currently located. Just inside the tunnel from Partick, there was a junction.

 
A mural of Clydeside landmarks by Platform 1

The route, now disused, to the north went to the Glasgow Central Railway's Maryhill Central.

The route to the west is partially used by the Argyle Line link to the Clyde North Line (a new single track tunnel being constructed to connect up at Finnieston West Junction). Previously the line went to Partick Central railway station[2] (which at one time had been renamed Kelvin Hall) and onwards along the River Clyde to Dumbarton.

In 2017, the station's signage was changed to Craiglang,[3] after the fictional town from the sitcom Still Game as a live version of the show was playing at the nearby SSE Hydro. Actors Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill provided pre-recorded safety announcements during this time.[4] They had previously provided on-board announcements during a 2014 live-show run.[5]

IncidentsEdit

Heavy rain in December 1994 resulted in the River Kelvin bursting its banks at Kelvinbridge and the resultant torrent through the disused Glasgow Central Railway tunnel flooded the Argyle Line trapping Class 314 Units at Glasgow Central Low Level.[6]

At 08:34 on Monday 3 September 2007, a set of empty coaches derailed after leaving the sidings at Exhibition Centre to start the 08:38 service from Anderston to Motherwell. This derailment resulted in two members of staff being injured and the line between Partick and Rutherglen being closed for two days.[7]

RoutesEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Anderston   Abellio ScotRail
Argyle Line
  Partick
  Historical railways  
Anderston
Line and Station open
  Glasgow Central Railway
Caledonian Railway
  Kelvinbridge
Line and Station closed
  Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway
Caledonian Railway
  Partick Central
Line partially open; Station closed

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ Hidden Glasgow: Partick Central
  3. ^ MyScotRail [@myScotRail] (4 February 2017). "We had loads of fun at Exhibition Centre station this afternoon with our staff dressed as #jackandvictor…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ http://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/whats-on/comedy-news/dont-git-legless-clansman-scotrails-12556333
  5. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/celebrity/still-game-duo-ford-kiernan-4312085
  6. ^ Hidden Glasgow: 1994 Floods
  7. ^ http://www.raib.gov.uk/cms_resources/090212_R042009_Glasgow.pdf

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