The Railway

The Ticket office

Carol Mackenzie

Sometimes, if people came to visit us, we would go up to the train station, up at the back beside the bowling green, and you’d go and meet people off the train. It was different then because the train office was open and you would go in and, I’m sure it had a coal fire, it was quite old fashioned, Victorian, and you would go in there then all the tickets were laid out in front of the person that was selling tickets. Like all the different tickets labelled with destinations, so you had that.

The waiting room

Owen Sayers

The waiting room… if you took the building as a whole the bit nearest the Station Road that was the ticket office and the ticket office had a window that came out onto the platform but if that was closed you could go inside and there was another glass window for getting your tickets at that. And then there was the waiting room itself which, if my memory serves me right, also had a coal fire in it which was lit in the winter. But it was well used.

The blue trains

Billy Forsyth

When I was at school, at Gavinburn school, the blue trains, as they were called then, the electric train, the line was just getting electrified. I think that must have been about 1958 or something like that. So before that, trains weren’t really a factor in travelling, you know, from Old Kilpatrick into Glasgow. It was always by bus, nobody had a car. That was the thing then, children had a lot of freedom and scope to be able to go lots of places. There were no cars ever to bother you, because nobody had a car. There was only one car in our end of Dalnottar Road, and that was the man’s who lived next door to us.

Railway women

Maureen MacKeever

The railway were being coaxed into employing more women and I was only the second woman on the line between Helensburgh and Airdrie. So I started at Kilpatrick station in 1981 and I worked for 31 years on the railway until I retired. Kilpatrick station was quite unique because it had arched windows. It had a big waiting room, there was also a back room whereby the coal was kept because it was coal fires. It was quite an ordeal for me to be lighting a fire every day, I hadn’t been used to that. But the local shopkeeper knew what it was like in the station and would kindly give me a box of fire lighters every day, I took up my newspapers, got the fire lit, got quite used to it. But Kilpatrick was also awarded on numerous occasions the best kept station because previous employees liked to put up plants and flowers etc and I carried on that tradition at Old Kilpatrick, and we were lucky enough to win some prizes.

The big freeze

Maureen MacKeever

I know when I started at Kilpatrick station, I was only there a couple of years when they had the big freeze, there was no trains at all for weeks but we still had to make our way and the whole of Station Road was just a total ice rink but we still had to turn up for work. That must have been about 1984… I remember... I mean the stillness! The trees were frozen, everything was just frozen and wasn’t a breath of wind and that lasted for weeks.

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