This line is open to Passenger traffic
and some goods traffic. The line is also known as the "Hamilton Circle".
The original line ran from Newton to
Hamilton West. An extension was built to Ferniegair and Motherwell and
Hamilton renamed Hamilton West.
This line runs from Newton, in the south east
of Glasgow south east to Hamilton. Hamilton is an old town which greatly expanded
when mining activity took off in the area. There was a large steelworks (Hallside)
to the south of the railway at Newton the site of which is now partly occupied
by housing and an enlarged carpark. The line passes through Blantyre where Dr
David Livingstone once lived.
Description of route
From Newton to Hamilton West.
Newton East Junction
This is a west
facing junction with the Clydesdale
Junction Railway. To the south was the Hallside steelworks.
This is a two platform station.
This was a north facing junction. The spur
from here to Auchenraith junction was a later addition, the original junction
for the Hamilton
and Strathaven Railway being Strathaven Junction, a south facing junction.
This was a south facing junction for the Hamilton
and Strathaven Railway line.
These sidings may presently be out of use.
The depot is a wagon maintenance depot.
To the north of Hamilton West station, and
on the west side of the line, was a large engine shed. This shed provided freight
engines for the many coal mines and works in the area and was also responsible
for providing bankers for the steeply graded lines out to Strathaven and Larkhall
This was the first station in Hamilton, originally
a terminus called Hamilton.
This is on a later continuation of the line
from Hamilton (renamed Hamilton West) to Ferniegair and Motherwell via Hamilton
Central. The line had three tracks between the two platforms and an all-over
glass roof. The central track has been lifted and the roof removed.
Here the lines to Motherwell and Coalburn split.
The line to Motherwell continued east to join the Coalburn
Branch (Caledonian Railway) at Ross Junction, a north facing junction. The
line to Larkhall and Coalburn turned south, passing under/over the Coalburn
Branch (Caledonian Railway) before joining it at Ferniegair Junction, a
south facing junction.
Page created on 19/01/1998
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford