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Lanark Branch
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This line is open. Today the branch is single track.

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Lanark station, an evening in 1988.
Lanark station, an evening in 1988.

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This line runs through farmed countryside from Cleghorn to Lanark.

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Description of route 

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From Cleghorn to Lanark. 
 
Cleghorn Junction 

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This is the west facing junction with the West Coast Main Line ( formerly the Caledonian Railway). The junction is used by trains from Glasgow running to Lanark. The branch was double track but is now single.

Silvermuir Junction 

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This was an east facing junction where the branch met the West Coast Main Line (formerly the Caledonian Railway). The signalbox here, in the 'v' of the junction, was located a few metres south of the mainline. This box later became "Lanark Junction" and controlled all three sides of the junction triangle. The junction was used by services frm Edinburgh to Lanark which now cannot run. The formation of the junction is partly occupied by a house. The branch was double track.

Silvermuir South Junction 

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At this junction the west (Glasgow) and east (Edinburgh) forks of the Lanark branch met.

Smyllum East Junction 

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At this north facing junction the Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway) joined the branch and the lines from Lanark Junction and Lanark East Junction merged. This allowed through running for freight trains off the branch and avoided reversal at Lanark. The triangular Smyllum Junctions were used to turn engines after arriving at the Lanark terminus. The lines to Lanark were double track and the line on to Douglas single.

Smyllum West Junction 

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This west facing junction allowed passenger trains coming off the Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway) to run into Lanark station.

Lanark

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This is the terminus of the line. A goods yard existed slightly further east. Today the terminus has two platforms and retains its station buildings. The single track (formerly double) of the line doubles as it enteres the station. There is no run-around loop. A run-round loop sat between the two single branch tracks - now lifted.


Page created on 19/01/1998
Page last edited on: 23/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford