Busby Railway

Introduction

This line is open. Today it is a commuter line associated with East Kilbride, the new town, it originally opened to serve considerable stone quarries.

It opened to Busby in 1866 and was extended to East Kilbride in 1868. (It was later extended to Hamilton (actually Hunthill Junction, High Blantyre) in 1885.






Dates

  /  /1863Busby Railway
Act receives Royal assent. The Busby Railway made a working agreement with the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1863Busby Railway
Busby Print Works branch authorised from Busby Railway.
  /  /1865Busby Railway
Approval to extend line from Busby to East Kilbride. The Caledonian Railway working agreement is extended to East Kilbride.
01/01/1866Busby Railway
Line opened from Pollokshaws (Busby Junction) to Busby largely in connection with quarrying.
01/01/1866Busby Railway
Busby Print Works branch opened.
01/09/1868Busby Railway
Opened from Busby to East Kilbride.
  /  /1874Busby Railway Caledonian Railway
Busby Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
27/11/1877 Busby Railway
East Kilbride Shed authorised.
  /  /1878Busby Railway
Approval to double Giffnock to Busby.
  /05/1878Busby Railway
East Kilbride Shed opened.
  /  /1896Busby Railway
East Kilbride Shed shut before this date.
  /  /1907Busby Railway
Approval to extend sidings at Giffnock.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is the junction between the line from Glasgow Central to Kilmarnock and the branch to East Kilbride.
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Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
A train from Darvel approaching Busby Junction in the autumn of 1956 behind 2P 4-4-0 no 40665. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1956
A local train on its way from Kilmarnock to Glasgow approaching Busby Junction from the south on 6 October 1953. The locomotive is class 2P 4-4-0 no ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/10/1953
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73057 hurries past Busby Junction on 8 September 1956 with a Glasgow bound freight. [Ref query 24 October 2017] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1956
Black 5 4-6-0 no 44727 passing Busby Junction with a down freight in September 1956. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1956
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This foundry was on the west side of the East Kilbride line just south of Busby Junction. It was served by a siding controlled from Eastwood Signal Box.
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This was the signal box for the Argus Foundry siding. It was a short distance from Busby Junction, the start of the East Kilbride line.
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This is a two platform station not far south east of Busby Junction where the East Kilbride line leaves the Glasgow and Kilmarnock line.
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An East Kilbride to Glasgow pulls into leafy Thornliebank station on 19 September 2020. ...
David Panton 19/09/2020
156 439 calls at Thornliebank with an East Kilbride service on the cold
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David Panton 11/11/2017
A morning train for East Kilbride pulls into Thornliebank under a low autumn sun on 13 October 2007. Unit 156 439. ...
David Panton 13/10/2007
Black 5 4-6-0 no 45458 seen here passing Thornliebank signal box southbound on 15 June 1959 with a train from St Enoch terminating at Busby. [Ref ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/06/1959
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This is a two platform station. The main station building, an original, is on the northbound platform.
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An East Kilbride service calls at Giffnock on 4 May 2019. ...
David Panton 04/05/2019
A Glasgow train pulls in to pick up Saturday shoppers at Giffnock on 4 May 2019. ...
David Panton 04/05/2019
An East Kilbride train calls at Giffnock on 11 November 2017. The fine
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David Panton 11/11/2017
The only passenger to disembark from the 0947 ex-Glasgow Central crosses the station footbridge at Giffnock on a sunny Sunday morning in May 2007. ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2007
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This was a short lived junction between 1903 and 1907. The Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway reached Cathcart (for passengers) and Clarkston East Junction (for minerals) from Ardrossan in 1903.
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Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
BR Standard tank 80056 descending towards Giffnock on 25 May 1964 with the 8.15am ex-Clarkston. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/05/1964
BR Standard 2-6-4 tank no 80047 photographed at Clarkston East Junction on 25 June 1964. The train is the 5.08pm from St Enoch, bound for East ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 31/01/2020
Black 5 4-6-0 no 45459 crossing the bridge over the L&A route as it approaches the site of Clarkston East Junction on 26 May 1962 with a freight ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/05/1962
BR Standard tank 80021 climbs past the site of Clarkston East Junction on 8 April 1963 heading for East Kilbride. [Ref query 6574] ...
John Robin 08/04/1963
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This is a two platform station on the East Kilbride Line. The main station building was on the Glasgow bound platform, with a waiting room opposite.
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^Clarkston & Stamperland^ announced the big blue running-in board when I first
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David Panton 11/11/2017
An East Kilbride service at Clarkston on 7 July. As at some other locations the lattice footbridge could seriously do with a coat of paint, at least. ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
A train for East Kilbride approaches Clarkston in July 2009. ...
John Steven 01/07/2009
Take the last train to Clarkston and I^ll tweet you at the station. An East
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David Panton 11/11/2017
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Fairburn tank 42276 crossing Busby Viaduct on 8 July 1964 with an evening train for East Kilbride. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/07/1964
View from the footplate of McIntosh 3F 0-6-0 no 57622 approaching Busby Viaduct with a westbound freight in 1960. [Ref query 6620] ...
David Stewart //1960
A pair of Standard tanks running light across Busby Viaduct on the evening of 30 May 1963. ...
John Robin 30/05/1963
BR Standard tank 80063 at the head of the 5.8pm St Enoch - East Kilbride train crossing Busby Viaduct on 31 March 1965. ...
John Robin 31/03/1965
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This is a two platform station with staggered platforms - the northbound platform being slightly further north and extended in timber out over a road bridge. The stone built station building and goods shed survive.
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Ex-Caledonian McIntosh 2P 0-4-4T no 55224 runs round its train at Busby in the summer of 1955. This locomotive, built at St Rollox Works in 1914, was ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/07/1955
BR Standard tank no 80108 prepares to run round its train at Busby in the summer of 1959. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/06/1959
Shunting an East Kilbride freight in the goods yard at Busby on 4 July 1961. The locomotive is Polmadie Black 5 4-6-0 no 45320. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/07/1961
An East Kilbride service calls at Busby on 20 June. It will shortly enter the single track section through Throntonhall and Hairmyres which sadly ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
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This is a single platform station. The original stone single storey station building still stands. It is in the smaller Caledonian Railway station style. It is extended at the west end.
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New cycle hoops installed at Thorntonhall. ...
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Entrance to the platform at Thorntonhall on the East Kilbride line in May 2007. ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2007
BR Standard tank 80054 nears Thorntonhall with a train on a chilly morning in April 1966, during the final week of steam haulage on the East Kilbride ...
John Robin /04/1966
BR Standard Class 4 tank 80116 descends to Busby in April 1966 with a morning train from East Kilbride Bound for St Enoch. ...
G W Robin 13/04/1966
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This signal box, servicing Dripps Quarry which was reached by a zig-zag line, was between Thorntonhall (to the west) and Hairmyres.
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This is a single platform station. The platform is on the south side of a single line with a large car park to the south. The station building survived into the 1990s, but is now gone. East of the station is Hairmyres Loop.
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BR Standard tank 80051 approaching Hairmyres on Saturday 27 August 1960 with an East Kilbride train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/08/1960
Glasgow Central to East Kilbride 156462 approaching Hairmyres station on 9th March 2018. ...
Ian Millar 09/03/2018
Black 5 4-6-0 no 45320 shunting at Hairmyres in the summer of 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/07/1961
Arrival at Hairmyres. ...
John Yellowlees 10/01/2017
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This station has a single platform and is a terminus. A loop at the terminus survived until 2005. To the west, the Hairmyres Loop opened in 1990.
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Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Thanks to the lengthy platform at East Kilbride it is possible to stack barrel trains back to back. ...
John Yellowlees 08/03/2016
A 4-car 156 about to return to Glasgow on 5 January 2019. East Klbride is a terminus crying out for a second patform, but I suppose to be effective ...
David Panton 05/01/2019
Ex-Caledonian 0-4-4T 55211 stands alongside the platform at East Kilbride on 19 June 1950 with a Glasgow train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/06/1950
The East Kilbride line reaches its 150th anniversary. There was a plaque-unveiling today at the station by Kiwi Preschool Playgroup with Deputy ...
John Yellowlees 03/09/2018
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