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Wishaw Devation Line

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Wishaw Devation Line
(Caledonian Railway)

This line provides a 'Motherwell bypass' for freight (particularly from and to the Mossend Marshalling Yard) and non-stop passenger services. The line is also used by recently introduced service to and from Lanark.

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Opened 1/6/1880
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Local area

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This line runs through the former Ravenscraig Steelworks.

Chronology

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Description of route

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From Holytown to Wishaw and Law.

Holytown Junction

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The line starts at a west facing junction with the former Wishaw and Coltness Railway's Cleland Branch just to the east of Holytown station.

Ravenscraig No 2 (Coal Marshalling Yard)

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This yard was located to the west side of the line. Approach was from the north by a viaduct over the Calder.

Ravenscraig No 4 (Ore Marshalling Yard)

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This yard was located to the east side of the line. Approach was from the north by a viaduct over the Calder.

Wishaw Opened:1/6/1880 as Wishaw Central Re-named:14/6/1965 as Wishaw
 
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This is a two platform station. A spur from a south facing junction runs from the north end of the station to join the former Wishaw and Coltness Railway at Shieldmuir. A closed branch ran from the south end of the station, a north facing junction, eastwards to Cambusnethan.

Overtown Opened:1/6/1880 as Overtown Waterloo Re-named:1/10/1881 as Overtown Closed:1/1/1917 Re-opened:1/1/1919 Closed:5/10/1942
 
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This was a two platform station. It is closed. Nearby were coalmines belonging to the Coltness Ironworks which were connected to the works by a private railway.

Law Junction

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Here, at a south facing junction, the line meets the former Caledonian Railway main line.


Page created on 22/06/2002
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford
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