A couple of people over the years have asked if I had any photos of the Goods Shed or Low Blantyre Railway Station, so it was with great delight, when Chris Ladds contacted me and forwarded me these photos to share here.
Pictured in May 1963 is Low Blantyre Railway Station, pictured from Station Road, looking down on the Station. In the background are the houses at Rosebank Avenue. The old pedestrian bridge roughly in the same position as where a pedestrian bridge is today. Station Road is just out the picture to the left. The white wooden fences, perhaps looking so good, as the Queen had visited Blantyre Station only a year before, part of a tour on the official opening of East Kilbride’s new town celebrations.
In the background is the Goods shed. Between the shed and the railway lines, were further sidings, permitting the goods carriages to stack up, ready for loading and offloading. Out the picture to the right was a tall crane, opposite the modern day ticket office. The building appears to have been made of wood and corrugated tin, which may have later been replaced with asbestos. This was actually the second good shed at that location. Prior to 1910, a smaller shed existed immediately adjacent to the railway line, dating from the opening of the Station.
This building in the photo was constructed between 1898 and 1910 and was set further back from the railway and more away from nearby property Homeston, at Rosebank Avenue. It was built on part of an allotment site, although this small path at the side dates from WW2 years.
Sandra Brightside told me, “I remember the goods shed well. The clanking of the carriages as they were shoved into the front door. What goodies lay inside? Was is more than just coal? We were always curious as children about the contents of the goods shed, but told by mother not to play near the railways.”
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