Hillfoot Railway Station

(Bun a' Chnuic)

A railway station in East Dunbartonshire, Hillfoot (referred to in Gaelic as Bun a' Chnuic) serves both the Argyle Line and North Clyde Line, a half-mile (1 km) east southeast of Bearsden. This station opened in 1900 on the Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway and is now operated by ScotRail. There was once a goods yard here. The station comprises two platforms and utilitarian passenger shelters. Hillfoot Railway Station is now unstaffed but was used around 320,000 passengers per annum (2015), with services to Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central. It is preceded by Bearsden Railway Station, a half-mile (1 km) to the west southwest, and followed by Milngavie, 1½ miles (2.5 km) to the north, which is the end of the line. The section between Bearsden and Hillfoot is double track, but between Hillfoot and Milngavie the line is reduced to single track. A remarkable alternative form of transportation was constructed above this latter section of track in the late 1920s. The Bennie Railplane was the invention of Glasgow-born George Bennie (1891 - 1957) and consisted of an overhead monorail with propeller-driven trains. The demonstration system continued to operate into the mid-1930s, although it was 1956 when it was finally demolished.

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