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

  /  /1863[Busby Railway]
Act receives Royal assent
01/01/1866[Busby Railway]
Line opened from Pollockshaws to Busby largely in connection with quarrying.
  /  /1882[Busby 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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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
An up relief to the Thames Clyde Express runs south through Busby Junction on 9 August 1956. Locomotives are 2P 4-4-0 40661 piloting Jubilee ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 22/04/2019
Kingmoor Black 5 no 45012 passing Busby Junction on its way home in August 1965 with the 5.30pm Glasgow - Carlisle service. ...
G W Robin /08/1965
Under the watchful eye of signalman Jas. Colquhoun, an East Kilbride bound DMU is seen from Busby Junction signal box. ...
Ian Millar 29/01/1974

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
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
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
Platform scene at Thornliebank station in July 1948. Approaching with a morning train for Glasgow St Enoch is McIntosh 0-4-4T no 15219. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/07/1948






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
A train for St Enoch arrives at Giffnock on 20 June 1959 with a service from East Kilbride. The locomotive is BR Standard tank 80002. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/06/1959


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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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
Standard tank 80063 passing the site of Clarkston East Junction in May 1965 with ecs from East Kilbride. ...
John Robin 28/05/1965

This is a two platform station on the East Kilbride Line.
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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
Fairburn tank 42095 approaching Clarkston on 14 March 1955 with a train from St Enoch.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/03/1955
A train for East Kilbride approaches Clarkston in July 2009. ...
John Steven 01/07/2009

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.
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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 tank 42164 about to leave Busby with a train for East Kilbride on 11 September 1958, with signalman D MacKay standing alongside. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/09/1958
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
The 09.27 East Kilbride - Glasgow Central DMU pulls way from the platform at Busby after a shower of rain on a May morning in 2007. The train has just ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2007


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 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