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Douglas Branch
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Local area 

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This line runs through an area of countryside and former mining.

Chronology 

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Description of route 

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From Lanark to Douglas Station.

Smyllum East Junction 

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This junction faced north and allowed freight trains to leave the Douglas branch and join the Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway) without having to reverse at Lanark.

Smyllum West Junction 

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This junction faced west and allowed passenger trains from the Douglas Branch to run into Lanark station on the Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway).

Lanark Racecourse 

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This station served the racecourse in Lanark. It was a two platform station and a little of the southbound platform remains. To the north the two spurs from the East and West Smyllum junctions merged. To the south the line became single track. The triangular Smyllum Junctions were used to turn engines terminating at Lanark station.

Sandilands 

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There was a town here, to the right of this view, but it has been entirely demolished. The view looks towards Lanark. A single platform remains here and part of the loading banks and a height clearance check in the goods yard.

Ponfeigh 

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This station was actually in the village of Douglas Water. The view looks towards Lanark. A Colliery branch ran from a junction in the distant middle of this picture on an embankment to the right of this picture. 

Douglas 

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This station was not convenient for the town of Douglas and was renamed Happendon on the extension of the line west as the Muirkirk Branch (Caledonian Railway). The station had very long platforms which remain relatively intact.


Page created on 19/01/1998
Page last edited on: 11/09/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford