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Lost Railways of Glasgow (Part 3). We continue Chris Jennings' survey of Glasgow's lost suburban railways, starting with a look at the Caledonian Railway's former branch from Kirklee to Partick West. Some useful links, e.g. to network maps, will be found in the introduction to Part 1 of this series, Photo Gallery 130.

Left: The south portal of Crow Road Tunnel, which led into Crow Road station (see below). As can be seen, these tunnels were not very deep, and the railway could have used the cut-and-cover method to conceal its whole route below ground. Of course, the explanation for these steep, stone-faced cuttings is that they were needed in order to vent the locomotives' exhaust. 11th October 2016. (Chris Jennings)

 
Above: The north portal of Crow Road Tunnel, unsurprisingly, exhibits the same characteristics as its southern neighbour (see above). Trains heading north ran out of here straight into Crow Road station. 11th October 2016. (Chris Jennings)
 
Above: The island platform of Crow Road station has an almost subterranean look about it, accentuated by the wide road overbridge which crosses it. The station's gloomy appearance reflects the fact that it was served by a railway built largely in tunnels and cuttings. 11th October 2016. (Chris Jennings)
 
Above: The next station north along the line was Kelvinside, which was reached after a tunnel of the same name; Kelvinside station has survived very well, having been converted into a restaurant. Few nowadays could guess that this elegant, classically-styled building has railway antecedents. 20th October 2016. (Chris Jennings)
 
Above: The rear view of Kelvinside station gives the game away, since it sits upon a raft which spans the old railway formation. The wooden lantern gives the building an almost Jacobean appearance. 20th October 2016. (Chris Jennings)
 
Above: Another give-away at Kelvinside is this evidence of the covered staircase which led down to platform level, etched into the cutting wall. As can be seen, the trackbed here has been partially infilled, and sloped access created. 20th October 2016. (Chris Jennings)
 
Above: Our photographer – standing in almost the same location as for the picture above – then turned right to record the south portal of Balgray Tunnel, which starts beneath Kelvinside station building. Note the extant sections of platform on either side of the trackbed. The railway couldn't use the Kelvinside name, because they had already taken that for the tunnel on the station's south side. 20th October 2016. (Chris Jennings)
 
Above: A fine view of the interior of Balgray Tunnel, looking north. This tunnel curves around to the right, i.e. from a north-south to east-west bearing, to bring the line out near Kirklee, which is illustrated in Gallery 131. 20th October 2016. (Chris Jennings)
 
Above: The eastern portal of Balgray Tunnel, after the line had negotiated the curve towards Kirklee. This is a damp location, and it is a good job that our photographer visited in the autumn, otherwise vegetation would have obscured most of this structure. 20th October 2016. (Chris Jennings)