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Lenzie station
Campsie Branch Junction
Middlemuir Junction
Monkland Junction
Back o' Loch Halt
Lion Foundry Siding
Kirkintilloch
Kelvin Valley West Junction
Kincaid printworks
Milton of Campsie
Lillyburn works
Underwood chemical works
Campsie alum works
Lennoxtown Junction
Lennoxtown (Old)

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Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
North British Railway
Blane Valley Railway
Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway
Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway

Forth and Clyde Canal
Kelvin Valley Railway
London and North Eastern Railway

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ScotRail
Clan Lennox


Campsie Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) 

This railway is closed. The line was built for the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway. The junction station, Lenzie, is still open and a service is provided by ScotRail at this station. The line was double track from Lenzie to the old terminus at Lennoxtown.

Much of the route is now a road.

Opened 5 July 1848
Closed 4 April 1966
Clickable map of the Campsie Branch

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Chronology

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Description of route 

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From Lenzie station on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway to a terminus at Lennoxtown. The length was 5.5 miles. Later the railway was extended to Killearn and finally Aberfoyle by other companies (The Blane Valley Railway and Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway). 

Lenzie station 

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This station is still open on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway. The original buildings have been replaced. The station has a local service to Glasgow and Falkirk and non-stopping high speed services also pass through the station. 

Campsie Branch Junction 

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This junction is dismantled. At this point two tracks diverged to the north from the main Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway to the Campsie Branch. Some of the formation is still visible but a bridge over a road has been removed. Also at this point the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway passed under the main line viaduct and there was a spur which joined the main line to this. This spur was called the "Bull's horns" by the drivers. This formation, and original Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway sleepers (stone sleepers attached to each rail separately), can be found to the south of the main line. 

Middlemuir Junction 

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At this junction tracks joined the Campsie branch from the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway (which terminated at Middlemuir Basin on the Forth and Clyde Canal near the Whitegates level crossing).  

This single track spur was largely used by coal trains from the Kelvin Valley Railway heading to Lanarkshire Steelworks. 

The formation was still clearly visible. There was a signal box at this point to the west side of the junction on the cutting embankment. The Campsie branch and the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway are now footpaths. Also see Monkland Junction. 

Monkland Junction 

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A short spur from Middlemuir Junction connected the Campsie Branch to the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway at this point. This was largely used by coal trains from the Kelvin Valley Railway heading to Lanarkshire Steelworks. 

Back o' Loch Halt 

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This halt was built by the London and North Eastern Railway to improve passenger facilities in the area. The station consisted of two wooden platforms. 

This station was still visible. The footpaths down from a road over-bridge were still obvious although the platforms are no more. The location was becoming choked with trees.

The location has been obliterated by road development.

From this point to where the solum of the line passes under the Forth and Clyde Canal the line has been landscaped and encroached upon by roads. 

Lion Foundry Siding 

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The Lion Foundry has closed. Its site was to the west side of the railway just after the point where the railway passed under the Forth and Clyde Canal and over the River Luggie. A girder bridge remains across the river luggie at this point. The actual works site was recently developed into a new housing estate. 

Kirkintilloch 

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Kirkintilloch station had two platforms. There was an goods yard to the west side of the station and a siding into the Lion Foundry Works. 

The station site has now been cleared and landscaped. The goods yard is in use by a bus operator and the remains of the loading bank and a goods shed can be found. A yard lamplight standard was recently removed. Where the railway emerged from under the Forth and Clyde Canal there is now a mosaic representing a single track railway. It is easy to gain access to the canal embankment from the old station for an overview. 

From Kirkintilloch station to Lennoxtown (and on to Strathblane) the line is now a public footpath. 

Kelvin Valley West Junction 

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From this junction ran a short spur to Kelvin Valley East Junction on the Kelvin Valley Railway. This spur was used by passenger trains from High-level Glasgow Queen Street to Kilsyth via Kirkintilloch and by coal trains heading for the Lanarkshire steelworks.  

The Kelvin Valley Railway passed overhead the Campsie Branch north of this point.  

Kincaid printworks 

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This works has been demolished and landscaped. (Or am I wrong?) The works were a short distance from Milton of Campsie station. 

Milton of Campsie 

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This station had two platforms. 

The station site has been retained as part of a walkway. The original road bridge has been replaced by a pipe. Remains of the buildings can be found to the east of this bridge and to the west the uprights for a station sign can be found in the undergrowth. 

Lillyburn works 

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These works are to the north side of the railway. Amongst heaps of earth several trackbeds can be found. 

Underwood chemical works 

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A siding approach these works outside Milton of Campsie. 

Campsie alum works 

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A siding approached these works outside Lennoxtown. 

Lennoxtown Junction 

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This was the junction between the Campsie Branch and the Blane Valley Railway. 

The site is now landscaped. Nearby a single track bridge (the start of the Blane Valley Railway) and a double track bridge (leading to Lennoxtown (Old) and the goods yard) can be found . 

Lennoxtown (Old) 

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This was the original terminus of the Campsie Branch. The site has been landscaped and is now parkland.


Page created on 12/12/1996
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford