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About Bellgrove Station
Bellgrove was built as an island platform station and was opened in 1871. It was and still is, to a degree, a fairly busy junction station. In the past westbound trains were able to travel through to Glasgow St. Enoch station, south over the Clyde to join with the line to Kilmarnock and to join with the line out to Paisley and beyond. Now westbound trains go via Glasgow Queen St. low level to Helensburgh, Balloch and Milngavie.
Eastbound trains would travel out to Springburn, Coatbridge and Airdrie. Now they travel out to Cumbernauld, reversing at Springburn, and out to Edinburgh via Bathgate.
There is still much evidence of how busy this station was. At the western end of the station a second disused twin track tunnel can be seen. This would allow goods trains access to the High Street goods depot without blocking the station.
To the south was a number of cattle pens.
Just to the east was a large junction that allowed trains to head to Springburn or Airdrie and to the High Street depot. Also just to the north of this was another set of cattle pens.
Due to the decline of rail freight traffic all the freight lines in the area were lifted in 1986 and the junction was reduced to the point where trains going to and from Springburn run over a short section of single line. In 1989 two trains collided here killing 2 people.
Today the station sees approx. 6 trains per hour each way.
Stealth is needed to retrieve the cache as it near to a bus stop and overlooked by flats.
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- Looking EastLooking east along the platform. The overgrown area to the left is where the freight lines were allowing trains to access the High St. Goods depot without blocking the station.
- Looking WestLooking west along the platform. The area to the left was the site of the cattle pens.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum