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Parkhead Railway Station
DetailsName: Parkhead Stadium Railway Station
aka: Parkhead Railway Station, Celtic Park Train Station
Opened: 1 Feb 1897 as "Parkhead"
Renamed: 3 March 1952 as "Parkhead Stadium"
Closed: 5 October 1964
BackgroundParkhead Stadium was a railway station in the east end of Glasgow. It was opened by the Caledonian Railway as Parkhead on 1 February 1897.
Parkhead Railway station served the east end of Glasgow for much of the 20th century.
The station was situated in a cutting overlooked by what is now called Whitby Street but which was then known as Winston Street in honour of Winston Churchill who had married a niece of Lord Newlands who was a well known benefactor in the area. Newlands primary school at Parkhead Cross was built by him and bequeathed to the people of the area in perpetuity.
In recognition of its proximity to the Celtic Park, by 1904 it was known generally as Parkhead (for Celtic Park); and it was even referred to in some timetables as "Parkhead for Celtic Park".
The station was renamed Parkhead Stadium by the British Railway Board on 3 March 1952. The nearby ex-North British Railway's Coatbridge Branch station, "Parkhead", was renamed "Parkhead North" on 30 June 1952.
In July 1914 King George V, Queen Mary and their entourage disembarked here for a royal visit to Beardmore's Parkhead Works.
Sadly, the station became a victim of "Beeching's Rail Reform" and it was closed to passengers on 5 October 1964, and in 1989 it was filled in and landscaped. Another bit of Celtic history lost to us forever.
The majestic photo below was taken in June 1963. In the background can be seen the floodlights of Celtic Park which were first switched on in Oct 1959 and at the time were reputed to be the highest in the world standing at 208 feet above the pitch.
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