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Maryhill Line
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A Class 156 at Anniesland, the outer terminus of the Maryhill Line
OwnerNetwork Rail
SystemNational Rail
Rolling stockClass 156, Class 158, Class 170
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Maryhill Line
Up arrow Argyle Line & North Clyde Line
Right arrow Argyle Line & North Clyde Line
UpperRight arrow to Argyle Line & North Clyde Line
Possilpark & Parkhouse
Right arrow
Croy, Glasgow–Aberdeen, Highland Main
& Glasgow–Edinburgh via Falkirk lines
Right arrow Cumbernauld Line
Glasgow Queen Street
(Glasgow Subway Buchanan Street)

The Maryhill Line is a suburban railway line linking central Glasgow and Anniesland via Maryhill in Scotland. It is part of the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport network. The line between Glasgow and Maryhill forms a part of the West Highland Line (linking the WHL and North Clyde Line with the former Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway main line out of Glasgow Queen Street High Level) and was reopened to stopping passenger services in 1993.[1] The line was reopened by British Rail and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive. Local services over the route had previously ended in the early 1960s, though it remained open thereafter for Fort William/Mallaig & Oban trains and freight traffic. In 2005 it was extended to Anniesland via a new station at Kelvindale in the north west of the city.[citation needed]

The route serves the following places:

Historical routes

The Maryhill line runs on the formations of the following historic railways:


Maryhill Line services connect with the Argyle and North Clyde Lines at Anniesland station, where the branch terminates in a bay platform built as part of the extension from Maryhill. Prior to 2005, trains terminating at Maryhill had to proceed empty to Knightswood North Junction (near Westerton, where the route joins the North Clyde suburban network) to reverse and change lines before returning to Glasgow. This procedure took several minutes (whilst the driver changed ends) and consequently restricted capacity at the busy junction – diverting the service to Anniesland freed up additional paths on the North Clyde route through there and allowed more trains to run between the south side of the city and the Milngavie branch. The connection from Maryhill junction to Westerton is used by Oban and Mallaig trains.

In 2015, a connection was installed between the Maryhill Line and the Glasgow-bound North Clyde Line at Anniesland, to act as a diversionary route into Glasgow Queen Street from Edinburgh and the North.[2]

The line is not electrified, though there have been calls from various bodies and Glasgow MSPs to do so in recent years (as it is one of the few routes not included in plans for the future upgrading of the network on the north side of Glasgow).[3] Passenger services are operated by ScotRail using Class 156, Class 158 and Class 170 diesel multiple units.

There has been a Sunday service on the line since 17 May 2014.


  1. ^ "£2.2 Million Puts Maryhill Back on Line" Sinclair, Keith Herald Scotland news article, 3-12-1993; Retrieved 2014-01-15
  2. ^ Edinburgh to Glasgow works Rail Engineer (retrieved 29-01-2016)
  3. ^ "MSP calls for Glasgow train line to be electrified" Paterson, S Glasgow Evening Times article 4 March 2016; Retrieved 26 August 2016