Visit to the Victorian Platform

A message from Vice President Lynne Watson,

As mentioned last night I am in the process of arranging a visit to the Victorian Platform which in underneath Glasgow Central Station, so I thought I’d give you all a little bit more information about what to expect.

Last year Network Rail starting arranging tours of the station, the underground tunnels and platforms. This is an excellent tour with exceptional tour guides who explain and entertain you with tales of the station from bygone days. These tours have proved very popular with places booking out almost immediately when released. Feedback from many people who visited was “when can we see the Victorian Platforms?” Network Rail took this on board and have now installed a broad staircase that allows visitors on these tours to access this area.

The following extracts are from the Central Station website:

View the old Glasgow Central Railway Victorian Platform below Glasgow Central Station. Platforms for suburban railway lines that ran from the west end of the city to the east end and incorporated the famous Glasgow Botanical Gardens Station. We have a special viewing point set up on the tour to allow you to see the platform from a unique position. You can almost smell the smoke and steam of the engines as they travelled through the darkness beneath the city’s streets.

Explore the dark corners of Glasgow Central Station’s subterranean sprawl below the streets of Glasgow. Walk down winding stairwells, turn sharp corners and before you know it you’ll find yourself in the underground vaults beneath Glasgow Central Station. Built as store houses for a city at the peak of its power as the technological and industrial beating heart of a long ago empire.

To allow access for photographers I have arranged a slightly longer tour of the underground station. This will involve a short presentation of the history of the station and then we will get access to the Victorian platform with time to set up tripods and take photographs. This will be exclusive to us, ie no other tours will be in the area at the same time.

Tours will cost £20 each with a minimum number of 15 people. If you are interested in attending. please let me know and I will add you to the list, I currently have about 7 people who have noted interest, once I have possible dates from Central Station I will advise everyone and we can select the best date, but I am suggesting a Saturday morning in the first instance.

If I have missed anyone from the mailing list please don’t hesitate to forward it on. Look forward to hearing from you.


Lynne Watson

Vice President

Mark Medcalf comes to the club 2nd Nov.

Kirkintilloch camera club welcomes wildlife photographer Mark Medcalf, on Monday 2nd November.

Mark Medcalf
Mark Medcalf

Mark Medcalf is an award winning wildlife photographer living in Scotland. Much of his work has been taken within Scotland and the Western Isles and Orkney. He has also travelled extensively to other areas in the UK, Spain and Iceland specifically photographing the wildlife.
His work has been used by the BBC for some of their projects. Also he supplies Getty images upon request. He won the Scottish Nature Photography Wildlife Portrait Award in 2013 and had two images short-listed in 2014.



Julian Calverly Writes..

I’m delighted to announce that the #IPHONEONLY exhibition is heading north to the city of Glasgow, to the Breeze Art Gallery, which is situated in the Merchant City district.

It will be the first time the work has been shown in Scotland. As well as a selection of imagery from the book, there will also be other edition prints on display, including a selection of triptychs. The #IPHONEONLY book will also be available throughout the exhibition.

The opening of the show coincides with a talk that I’m giving, at the Apple Store in Buchanan Street, on Sunday 8th November at 3PM, and I’ll be heading to the Breeze Gallery straight afterwards. The gallery will be open until 7PM that day.

I will also be on hand at the gallery on Saturday 14th November, so please do drop in for a chat. I’ll have main my portfolio of large landscape work with me too, the work made on my ALPA camera, which may well be of interest to some of you.

The exhibition runs from Sunday 8th November to Friday 20th November.

Breeze Art Gallery
141 Ingram Street,
Merchant City,
G1 1DW
Tel: 0141 221 0189