Busby Railway

Introduction

This line is open.






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
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
BR Standard tank 80120 climbs up towards the main line at Busby Junction in April 1966 with a morning train from East Kilbride heading for Glasgow. ...
John Robin /04/1966

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
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
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

This is a two platform station. The main station building, an original, is on the northbound platform.
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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
View from the car park at Giffnock towards the station building and northbound platform on 6 May 2007. ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2007
McIntosh 3F 0-6-0 no 57622 poses with a cheery Polmadie crew at Giffnock in 1960. ...
David Stewart //1960

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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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
'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

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. ...
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
An East Kilbride - Glasgow Central service departs Thorntonhall on 22 May. ...
John Steven 22/05/2009

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
Next stop East Kilbride, as a service from Glasgow Central prepares to leave Hairmyres on 10 June. ...
John Steven 10/06/2009
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
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
Footplate photocall at East Kilbride station in the summer of 1949. The locomotive is Fairburn 2-6-4 tank no 42244 and the small face at the cab ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/07/1949