Never-before-seen photos of Glasgow appear online of the lost St Enoch train station and hotel in the 1970s
A series of never-before-seen photographs showing the final days of St Enoch’s station have appeared online.
Dozens of color snaps of the lost monument, taken in July 1975, were shared last week on the Lost Glasgow page on Facebook and met with great success.
They then show the abandoned station, closed to rail traffic in 1966 and finally replaced by the St Enoch Centre, used as a car park.
The exterior shots show the surrounding streets and the once bustling grand hotel of the station.
Built in 1876, the sprawling St Enoch Terminal was one of Glasgow’s four mainline railway stations that existed before the infamous Beeching Cuts of the 1960s.
The accompanying St Enoch Station Hotel, which was the first in the city to be fitted with electric lighting, rose several stories above St Enoch’s Square.
The rail terminal and hotel were demolished in 1977 – much to the horror of many locals.
The 1975 image was taken by budding photographer Enid Reid, who, as a photography and interior design student in Glasgow, loved capturing contemporary scenes around the city.
Enid, who now runs a successful florist, Enid Reid Flowers, in Battlefield, says she particularly loved the area around St Enoch Square as it was where her father had an office in the 1960s.
She told Glasgow Live it’s a shame St Enoch station – in particular the hotel – is no longer with us.
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Enid said: “I knew St Enoch’s Square very well because my father had an office there with a little balcony that overlooked the station when I was young.
“I thought it was terrible when the buildings were torn down. It was such a busy part of town, with wine merchants and all kinds of things.”
Enid’s photographs provide a fascinating insight into the area around St Enoch’s Square and the surrounding streets as they looked in the mid-1970s.
Besides the now-vintage cars, signage and unmistakably 1970s fashions – including flares and platform soles – on display, many of the scenes captured are largely unrecognizable today.
In one image we can see the famous St Enoch station clock, which after the bulldozers moved into Cumbernauld town center and very famously featured in the film Gregory’s Girl.
Another features JW Galloway’s butcher’s shop, on the corner of St Enoch Square and Howard Street, with its pun-laden red lettering on the front, reading “Meat at Galloway’s”.
For Enid, the photographs, recently digitized by her son, Rob, evoke strong memories of sights, sounds – and, as a florist, smells – of the time they were taken.
Enid also says it was a shock to see St Enoch’s Hotel demolished – and she’s not a fan of the shopping center eventually built on the site in 1989.
She said: “I remember everything so clearly. There was a venom in the back of Lewis’s department store that had the most incredible smell of exhaust – there was absolutely no ventilation.
“At that point we knew the resort was going to go, but we assumed they would save the hotel. Unfortunately at that point, if you gave the developers a thumbs up, they would take 12.
“I’ve always hated St Enoch Center – it’s awful compared to what we lost. If they had kept the facade imagine how fantastic it would have been. What a shame. They did some criminal stuff in the 60s and 70s.”