Exhibition Centre railway station
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.
|Scottish Gaelic: Ionad Taisbeanaidh|
View east along Platform 2 towards Anderston
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|Original company||Glasgow Central Railway|
|26 November 1894||Opened as Stobcross (GCR to Maryhill)|
|5 May 1896||L&DR to Clydebank opened|
|10 August 1896||GCR services commenced through to Glasgow Central|
|3 August 1959||Station closed to passengers|
|5 October 1964||Line closed to all traffic|
|5 November 1979||Reopened as Finnieston|
|1986||Renamed Exhibition Centre|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.|
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.
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 (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, 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. They had previously provided on-board announcements during a 2014 live-show run.
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.
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.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Line and Station open
|Glasgow Central Railway
Line and Station closed
|Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway
Line partially open; Station closed
- Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
- Hidden Glasgow: Partick Central
- 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.
- Hidden Glasgow: 1994 Floods
- Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) . Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
- "Hidden Glasgow on Partick Central".
- "Hidden Glasgow on 1994 Floods".