Hamilton and Strathaven Railway
This railway is closed. The line was
built by coal and iron masters to serve coalmines and the ironworks at
This line served an area with a fairly low
population (except at either end), the Quarter Ironworks and a number of coalmines
set in farmed countryside.
The line was built by iron and coal masters
such as William Dixon of the Govan Ironworks. Of particular interest to these
promoters would be the coalmines in the Hamilton, High Blantyre, Meikle Earnock
and Quarter areas as well as the ironworks at Quarter. South of Quarter there
were nothing like as many coalmines and the Quarter to Hamilton section of the
line was the most busy and remained double track.
The railway was sold the the Caledonian
Railway and it is probably no coincidence that these same promoters were
to later promote the Glasgow,
Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway which was to serve almost exactly
the same coalmines in Hamilton and High Blantyre areas. The promoters must have
rued selling the railway to the Caledonian
Railway and creating a monopoly on transporting their own minerals.
Description of route
This was a line ran south from Hamilton to
Strathaven. The line was doubled as it became more heavily used but was singled
from Strathaven to Quarter following the opening of the Coalburn
Branch line from Canderside to Cots Castle by Stonehouse abour two miles
east of Strathaven.
The station was located to the north of the
town at Flemington. When the Mid
Lanark Lines extended the Coalburn
Branch's Cots Castle line west to Strathaven the Flemington line was extended
south to meet this at a new central station just to the south of Strathaven.
Flemington was given over to goods and a new station, Strathaven North, served
the north of the town.
The line began from an south east facing junction
with the Hamilton Branch (Caledonian
Railway). This was convenient for trains originating in Hamilton but was
inconvenient for passenger trains coming from elsewhere (for example Glasgow)
and for mineral trains which had to reverse at Hamilton (later Hamilton West).
Later a new curve was put in between Blantyre Junction? and Auchinraith Junction?
to allow direct running.
This was a north west facing junction with
the Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
which was built to allow direct running of mineral trains down from the Strathaven
line towards Newton and Glasgow.
Here the lines from Haughhead Junction and
Blantyre Junction? met. The junction faced west.
From an east facing junction the East
Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway) left the line to Strathaven and ran west
to East Kilbride. The Strathaven line turned south and entered High Blantyre
This two platform station was located on a
slight curve where the line turned from running west from Hamilton to south
towards Strathaven. The station is completely gone now but a road in a housing
estate more or less follows the alignment of the track. Hunthill Junction was
immediately north of the station but the East
Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway) was not served by this station.
Little remains of this station which was situated
on the outskirts of what is now Hamilton. A branch to a coalmine at Eddlewood
left from a south facing junction to the south of the station. Coalmines in
that area were also served by branches approaching from Hamilton to the north
although there does not seem to have been a connection between these systems.
At this north facing junction a branch left
the main line and ran east to serve the Quarter Ironworks. This ironworks had
a system of lines which connected it to mines at Simpsonland, Carscallan and
This station was located on the road to Quarter
which was about a mile distant to the east nearby the Quarter Ironworks. After
the opening of the Coalburn
Branch (Caledonian Railway) the line south of here was singled. A station
house remains standing by a former level crossing.
Glassford station was over a mile west of the
town of Glassford. Little remains of the station here as it is partly landscaped
but a roadbridge which once crossed over two tracks remains.
This was the original terminus at Strathaven,
originally called Strathaven. The station was well sized taking a fair amount
of land and having distinct goods and passenger areas.
The line was extended south as part of the
Mid Lanark Lines scheme
to Strathaven Central from a north facing junction to the north of the station.
As a result the station closed to passengers and became a goods station instead.
Strathaven North was opened on the new line to serve this area.
Nothing remains of the station today except
a roadbridge over the former trackbed to the north. Immediately to its east
is a bridge over the extension to Strathaven Central.
This station was opened on the extension of
the line from Flemington to Strathaven Central to meet the Mid
Lanark Lines scheme. The station was located in a cutting and had a single
platform. The cutting has been infilled and houses built on the site of the
station. To the south the cutting remains intact and even some ballast can be
found. The line turned from running south to running west crossing over the
Stonehouse-Strathaven Road on a viaduct of which some piers survive before continuing
west across another viaduct to reach Strathaven Central.
To the east of this station the line from Hamilton
crossed a viaduct to meet the Mid
Lanark Lines which also crossed a viaduct before running into the "new"
Strathaven Central. The approach from Hamilton was at a higher level than the
approach from Stonehouse and the two routes ran parallel for a short distance
before crossing the viaducts. This station was better sited for the town than
the old Strathaven station and had a large island platform and goods yard ar
a higher level
The line was extended west by the Strathaven
and Darvel Line which was owned by the Glasgow
and South Western Railway from Darvel to Loudonhill. There were two booking
offices at street level to the north of the station with footbridges down to
the lower level island platform.
For many years the station site was the town's
rubbish dump but it has been cleared. The island platform can still be traced
and the goods shed still exists to the north.
Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford