|Wishaw and Coltness Railway
This line is largely open. The line was
initially called the Glenturk and Garion Railway. Today it is a part of
the West Coast Main Line between Motherwell and Wishaw. The line was planned
to run from Coatbridge to Jerviston to Wishaw. A branch from Jerviston
to Cleland was added. Further lines went on to Morningside. Closed
sections run through the now closed Ravenscraig
Steelworks and from Wishaw to Morningside via Coltness.
This line runs through an area which was intensively
mined for coal. The north part started in Coatbridge where the early ironworks
developed and the south part in Motherwell is where the iron and steel industry
later expanded. The line was originally encouraged by the Houldsworth family
who owned an ironworks company at Newmains called the Coltness Iron Company.
Newmains to Wishaw Central and Shieldmuir was
built (for the Caledonian
Railway) by Duncan
and Henderson of Edinburgh.
Note to self; was Shieldmuir to Wishaw, Wishaw
to Law, Wishaw to Holytown, Wishaw to Newmains via Cambusnethan all built as
one scheme - the Wishaw Deviation Line?
Further note; when was the Cleland to Morningside section opend, and as what
Description of route
This line ran from Coatbridge (from a junction
with the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway)
to Morningside via Wishaw, with a branch from Mossend to Cleland.
Dundyvan Basin Junction
(Monkland and Kirkintilloch
Mossend Marshalling yard
This is the principal marshalling yard in the
west of Scotland. At the south end is a famous viewpoint where the old Mossend
station was located. There was a fine view of the yard from a former bing at
the orth end but when the yard was redeveloped to have a secure section for
Channel Tunnel freight this was landscaped. A short line runs to the east to
serve warehousing but this fell from use not long after opening.
There was once a connection to the Airdrie
and Newhouse Line (Caledonian Railway) via Calderbank low level which served
coal mines en route, but this is long gone.
Mossend North Junction
Connection to the Clydesdale Junction Railway
at Uddingston Junction via the Cleland and Midcalder line.
Mossend East Junction
This is the junction between the Wishaw and
Coltness's "main line" south to the Coltness Ironworks and the Cleland
branch. Today one line goes south towards Motherwell, the one west towards Glasgow
and the one east towards the Mossend Marshalling Yard and the north. The junction
may also be known as Fullwood Junction.
Deviation Line runs
to Law Junction)
Cleland West Junction?
and Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway))
and Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway))
(Cleland and Midcalder
Railway (Caledonian Railway))
Mossend South Junction
The now closed Clydesdale Steelworks is on
the left. The view looks South towards Motherwell.
A line ran from Jerviston Junction southwards
to the Ravenscraig Steelworks.
The north part of the line followed the original course of the Wishaw and Coltness
Railway before striking off further east for the works.
This was the original Motherwell station.
The first class 90 in Scotland - heading south
again after travelled north by the Motherwell by-pass line and having turned
at the mossend junctions. This site is now Shieldmuir station. From here a spur
runs over to the Wishaw
Deviation Line for access to Wishaw station. A station has been built here
since the photograph was taken.
as Wishaw Re-named:1/6/1880 as Wishaw South Closed:15/9/1958
This station is closed. Nearby, to the north,
is a new Royal Mail Depot which is rail served. This is on roughly the same
site as the former Shieldmuir Steelworks.
This station is closed.
(Junction with the Caledonian
Stirling Road / Coltness
Stirling Road, looking east.
Costain works, looking north.
A new coal loading siding has been laid in
from Stirling road junction (just to the south west of the old Stirling Road
/ Coltness station) past the site of the station to a loading facility. The
left photograph shows the site of the former Stirling road junction. The new
siding runs away from the camera towards the distant electricity pylon.
The costain concrete works are served from
here. This works is the only part of the former Coltness Iron Company works
at Newmains still in operation.
Update: the Costain site has been closed for some time and the opencast loading point has seen little use.
(End-on junction with the Wilsontown,
Morningside and Coltness Railway, connection to the Airdrie,
Cleland and Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway)
Page created in 1997
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford