Busby Railway

Introduction

This line is open. 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
01/01/1866Busby Railway
Line opened from Pollockshaws to Busby largely in connection with quarrying.
  /  /1882Busby Railway
Caledonian Railway
Busby Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway

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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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 St Enoch 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

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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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
BR Standard 2-6-4 tank no 80052 approachng Thornliebank on 24 July 1963 with the 5.08pm from St Enoch to East Kilbride. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/07/1963






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
Ex-Caledonian McIntosh 0-4-4T no 55225 stands with a train at Giffnock station on 23 June 1949. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/06/1949
An East Kilbride train calls at Giffnock on 11 November 2017. The fine
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David Panton 11/11/2017


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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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
A Met-Cam DMU passing the site of Clarkston East Junction on 11 August 1959 with a Glasgow St Enoch - East Kilbride service. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/08/1959

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
Welcome to Clarkston platform display, photographed on 5 September 1952. (The station had been officially renamed 'Clarkston and Stamperland' 4 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/09/1952

This seven arch double track viaduct crosses the White Cart Water. It was north west of Busby station and south east of Clarkston station. ...

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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
80004 crossing Busby Viaduct in July 1965 with an evening service to East Kilbride. ...
G W Robin /07/1965

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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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
Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42165 about to complete the token exchange at Busby on 6 September 1952. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/09/1952
An East Kilbride to Glasgow service pulls into Busby on 20 June. Electrification of this line is surely long overdue, but if frequency is to improve ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
McIntosh 2P 0-4-4T no 55266 pulls away from Busby station on 16 June 1955 with a train for East Kilbride.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 16/06/1955


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. ...
First ScotRail //2006
Entrance to the platform at Thorntonhall on the East Kilbride line in May 2007. ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2007
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
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

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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Arrival at Hairmyres. ...
John Yellowlees 10/01/2017
A Glasgow service calls at Hairmyres on 17 November 2018. Running 4 cars on all Saturday services on the East Kilbride line is a good move as these ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
Next stop East Kilbride, as a service from Glasgow Central prepares to leave Hairmyres on 10 June. ...
John Steven 10/06/2009
Glasgow Central - East Kilbride service approaching Hairmyres on 22 May 2009. ...
John Steven 22/05/2009



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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Thanks to the lengthy platform at East Kilbride it is possible to stack barrel trains back to back. ...
John Yellowlees 08/03/2016
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
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
The 2017 East Kilbride - Glasgow Central service awaits departure from East Kilbride on 10 June 2009. ...
John Steven 10/06/2009