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Chronology for Caledonian Railway

31/7/1845Caledonian RailwayAct receives Royal assent.
//1846Polloc and Govan Railway
Caledonian Railway
Polloc and Govan Railway merged with Caledonian Railway
//1846Clydesdale Junction Railway
Caledonian Railway
Clydesdale Junction Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
//1846Caledonian RailwayAct for branch from Slateford to Granton rejected by Government
//1846Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)Act for Caledonian Railway branch from Slateford to Granton rejected by Government.
1/1/1846Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway merged with the Caledonian Railway
//1847Glasgow Paisley and Greenock Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway. Alternative date; 1851.
//1847Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)Slateford to Haymarket (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) Act passed
//1847Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Act passed for a line from Motherwell to Bankhead (beyond Coalburn). The Caledonian fail to build the line.
10/9/1847Caledonian RailwayCarlisle to Beattock opened.
15/2/1848Caledonian RailwayBeattock to Glasgow (Buchanan Street) and Edinburgh (Lothian Road) opened. The stations at Abington and Elvanfoot on its main line are used by the lead mines and villages at Leadhills and Wanlockhead.
7/8/1848Caledonian RailwayCastlecary Branch opened from Gartsherrie North Junction to Greenhill Lower Junction to meet the Scottish Central Railway.
//1849Wishaw and Coltness Railway
Caledonian Railway
Wishaw and Coltness Railway merged with Caledonian Railway.
17/9/1849Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)Newton to Hamilton opened.
//1851Glasgow Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
24/7/1851Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Line re-authorised (this time independently but backed by the Caledonian Railway); route Motherwell to Ferniegair to Coalburn to Bankend, branch to Northfield.
//1853Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)Slateford to a bay platform by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railways Haymarket station opened. Trains could run from the bay to Carstairs or Falkirk.
5/1/1855Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)Opened to goods.
/8/1855Blairgowrie Branch (Caledonian Railway)Wooden shed at Blairgowrie opened.
1/12/1856Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Motherwell to Coalburn opened to minerals.
//1857Granton Branch (Duke of Buccleuch and Caledonian Railway)Line authorised.
8/10/1857Motherwell Deviation Line (Caledonian Railway)Line opened from Jerviston Junction (Wishaw and Coltness Railway) to Lesmahagow Junction (Clydesdale Junction Railway). The line allowed Motherwell station to be moved further west from Flemington to Lesmahagow Junction. Motherwell (Old) became Flemington and Motherwell (New) was opened in the V of the junction at Lesmahagow Junction. A large viaduct was required by Braidhurst.
//1858Granton Branch (Duke of Buccleuch and Caledonian Railway)Construction begins.
21/7/1859Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)Act receives Royal assent
//1860Blairgowrie Branch (Caledonian Railway)New two road Blairgowrie shed built in stone.
//1860Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Northfield branch opened.
//1861Symington, Biggar and Broughton RailwayCaledonian RailwaySymington, Biggar and Broughton Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
//1861Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Nethan viaduct showing severe wear and tear, later Ferniegair bridge also shows wear both replaced, Ferniegair bridge still in use as part of the Hamilton Circle line.
24/6/1861Switchback (Caledonian Railway)Rutherglen to Dalmarnock goods opened along with a bridge over the River Clyde.
30/7/1861Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Branch line authorised from Larkhall to Cots Castle (Stonehouse).
28/8/1861Granton Branch (Duke of Buccleuch and Caledonian Railway)Line opened to freight.
1/11/1862Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)North Southfield to Southfield opened to minerals.
7/8/1862Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)Crew Junction (Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Leith Western Docks authorised.
1/9/1862Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Opened from Larkhall to Canderside to goods.
//1863Granton Branch (Duke of Buccleuch and Caledonian Railway)The Caledonian Railway buys the Duke of Buccleuchs share in the line.
11/5/1863Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Caledonian Railway authorised to double Motherwell to Southfield and to run passengers trains to Brocketsbrae, the Stonehouse branch and the Blackwood branch. The Caledonian Railway owns the Lesmahagow lines by this time.
//1864Hamilton and Strathaven Railway
Caledonian Railway
Hamilton and Strathaven Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
1/11/1864Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Motherwell to Southfield junction line doubling complete.
1/4/1864Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)Line doubled on opening of Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway).
1/9/1864Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)Dalry Junction to Coltbridge Junction (Granton Branch (Duke of Buccleuch and Caledonian Railway)) opened.
1/9/1864Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)Leith line opened.
1/9/1864Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)Pilton Junction West to Pilton Junction East opened.
1/9/1864Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Canderside to Cots Castle opened to minerals. This leads to the singling of Hamilton and Strathaven Railway south of quarter.
//1865Scottish Central Railway
Caledonian Railway
Scottish Central Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
//1865General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
Caledonian Railway
General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
//1865Dumfries Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway
Caledonian Railway
Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
20/9/1865Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledonian Railway)Rutherglen to Coatbridge opened to goods
//1866Scottish North Eastern Railway
Caledonian Railway
Scottish North Eastern Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
1/12/1866Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Passenger services start; bus runs between Hamilton and Ferniegair 1st for route to Glasgow^s South Side; the main route through to Buchanan Street. Blackwood carriage dropped at Southfield Junction and taken on separately.
1/12/1866Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Ferniegair to Brocketsbrae, Stonehouse Branch, Blackwood Branch opened to passengers.
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