The Paisley & Barrhead District Railway

Published by the Caledonian Railway Association and Lightmoor Press this book tells the story of a railway built to the highest engineering standards, comprising two lines with seven passenger stations, none of which was ever opened.

Although it managed to eke out a sixty-year existence as a goods line, this obscure and largely unknown backwater never came close to returning a profit.

Having its origins in schemes dating back to the ‘Railway Mania’ of the 1840s, it was not until 1897 that the Paisley & Barrhead District Railway received Parliamentary approval and another year before the contracts were let, with the opening throughout set for 1901.

Because of slow progress for many reasons it was still far from completed when the Caledonian Railway took over the troubled company in 1902. The CR ploughed some three-quarters of a million pounds into completing the line, which finally
opened for goods traffic in the summer of 1905. However, by this date, the imminent opening of the Paisley District Tramways Company’s line between Paisley and Barrhead resulted in the railway never being opened for passengers.

The book comprises 120 pages of text and illustrations, 275 mm by 215 mm, printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated card covers and is lavishly illustrated with some 180 photographs, drawings and maps. The many photographs taken during the construction are being published for the first time.

The book was launched at the Perth Model Rail Exhibition in June 2016 and is now available by Mail Order, from the CRA Stand at Exhibitions and at our Glasgow meetings.

Publishers' usual price for the book only : £15.00 + £3.00 p&p to a UK address.

Caledonian Railway Association members enjoy a special discount price of £13.00 for the Book plus £3.00 p&p to a UK address.

Mail orders can be placed using the button below for online payments or by post using the order form here.

Overseas buyers - Postage to non-UK addresses can be significant.  Please contact the Sales Officer for Postage and Packing Costs before ordering.


The Paisley and Barrhead District Railway