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East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway) 

This line is mostly open. This was a single track extension of Busby Railway the to Hamilton (High Blantyre). The Hamilton to East Kilbride section is now closed.
Ground was taken from East Kilbride to Hamitlton to allow a double line to be laid, with only the westbound line being laid.

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Hamilton and Strathaven Railway Busby Railway Clickable map of the East Kilbride Line

  101 at Hairmyres on an East Kilbride train.
101 at Hairmyres on an East Kilbride train.

Local area 

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The line served an area of fairly low population and farming until the development of East Kilbride and expansion of Hamilton and High Blantyre - the portion of the line in that area sadly being closed. East Kilbride is now a sizable new town and the line is used by commuters to Glasgow.

Chronology

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Description of route 

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From Busby to Hamilton via East Kilbride. Initially the line ran east to East Kilbride and was extended east to High Blantyre to meet the Hamilton and Strathaven Railway.
 
Busby

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Busby was the terminus of the Busby Railway. From an end on junction the line was extended east to East Kilbride and High Blantyre. A freight line ran off to the south west.

Thorntonhall

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Thorntonhall station used to be in the countryside and served a low population. Today it is a commuter station.

Hairmyres

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101 at Hairmyres on an East Kilbride train.
101 at Hairmyres on an East Kilbride train.

Hairmyres station.
Hairmyres station.

This is a single platform station. Sidings here served a print works which printed The Radio Times for many years.

East Kilbride

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East Kilbride looking east before removal of the goods yard.


East Kilbride looking westbefore removal of the goods yard. The line used to continue east of here.

East Kilbide station once served the small town of East Kilbride. East Kilbride became a new town and is now quite sizable. The station has a single platform and an extensive carpark. Bus services connect with trains to serve outlying parts of the town. In recent years the goods yard has been demolished and flats built on its site. The line continued east from here and can be traced by road bridges over the former cutting now largely infilled. To the east there were sidings serving Mavor And Coulson's works.

Calderwoodglen

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There was a halt here which was popular in summer for visiting the glen and Calderwoodglen house. The trackbed is largely landscaped here but can still be followed.

Hunthill Junction

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The line crossed a viaduct, built to allow two tracks, and then met the Hamilton and Strathaven Railway at an east facing junction. This junction was just to the north of High Blantyre station but the East Kilbride line did not serve the station.


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