All aboard for a magical railway tour
A MODEST door in Glasgow Central Station is like Harry’s Potter’s Platform 9¾ – beyond it lies a magical world.
I was privileged to slip through this portal in the company of Paul Lyons, Network Rail historian, to delve deep into the belly of this astonishing iceberg of a building.
While the tour touches on the fabric of the place (And what fabric! It is testament still to the skill of craftsmen whose handiwork is to tolerances we can barely achieve today) Paul makes it about far more than box-girders, cast iron and handmade rivets.
With his John Byrne-style beard and patter as magnificently droll as anything Billy Connolly or Chic Murray ever spouted, he has a raconteur’s ear for a human story.
He also has deep love and respect for the people whose blood, sweat and tears shaped Central Station and the city it serves.
These public tours are a labour of love for Paul and he hopes soon to add a recreation of a Victorian platform complete with genuine steam locomotive.
Generations of railway workers and passengers would be chuffed to see the flame of their stories being kept alive in such entertaining and deeply thought-provoking style.
Station guru: Tour guide Paul Lyons