Loose Ends started fifty connections ago at Aberdour Castle in Fife. All sorts of links later, via the most recent at Espedair Street in Paisley, I came to Glasgow Central Station. I was going home anyway but Central had a tenuous link to Espedair Street through the works of Iain Banks. As well as Espedair Street, he also wrote The Bridge. Bridge, railway, station, Central Station. It came to me walking down Hope Street. Looking up at the clock tower and the station frontage, I knew I had made the right choice.
Central is one of two mainline railway terminals in Glasgow. It is the busiest railway station in Scotland and the 11th busiest in the UK with 32 million entries and exits in 2017-2018, according to the Office of Rail and Road. Trains leave Central bound for all sorts of destinations, London, Penzance, Manchester further afield, Milngavie, Lanark and Gourock just three closer to home. Plus my bit. This particular night was busy with commuters, folks with buggies, kissing couples, engine noises, dispatchers’ whistles and a near-continuous stream of announcements, all the classic staples of a busy railway station. I spent a few minutes looking around, watching the people but looking up too, admiring the curve and elegance of the station buildings. The glass roof reminded me of Edinburgh Waverley with city buildings above and around Central too. Central is very familiar but rarely do I stop to really look. I suspect most folk are the same.
To the connections and the only one that really occurred to me at the time was Wemyss Bay station, down the Clyde, since it is also curved in design. I’m sure something will come to me, maybe on a train.