Caledonian Railway

Introduction

Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit

This line provided a service from Carlisle to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Greenhill (near Falkirk). The company acquired other lines and later the services encompassed Aberdeen, Dundee, Forfar, Perth, Stirling, Oban, Ardrossan, Peebles and a large number of other locations.

The line given here was the original route of the Caledonian Railway before it purchased and built many more lines. Today there are plans to re-open the closed station at Beattock.

The company is studied and history preserved by the Caledonian Railway Association .



Dates

31/07/1845[Caledonian Railway]
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1846[Caledonian Railway]
Act for branch from Slateford to Granton rejected by Government
  /  /1846[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Act for Caledonian Railway branch from Slateford to Granton rejected by Government.
  /  /1846[Polloc and Govan Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Polloc and Govan Railway merged with Caledonian Railway
  /  /1846[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Clydesdale Junction Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
01/01/1846[Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway merged with the Caledonian Railway
  /  /1847[Edinburgh Station and Branches] ([Caledonian Railway])
Slateford to Haymarket ([Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway]) Act passed
  /  /1847[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Act passed for a line from Motherwell to Bankhead (beyond Coalburn). The Caledonian fail to build the line.
  /  /1847[Glasgow Paisley and Greenock Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway. Alternative date; 1851.
10/09/1847[Caledonian Railway]
Carlisle to Beattock opened.
15/02/1848Caledonian Railway
Beattock 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.
07/08/1848[Caledonian Railway]
Castlecary Branch opened from Gartsherrie North Junction to Greenhill Lower Junction to meet the [Scottish Central Railway].
  /  /1849[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Wishaw and Coltness Railway merged with Caledonian Railway.
17/09/1849[Hamilton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Newton to Hamilton opened.
  /  /1851[Glasgow Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
24/07/1851[Coalburn 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.
  /  /1853[Edinburgh Station and Branches] ([Caledonian Railway])
Slateford to a bay platform by the [Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway]s Haymarket station opened. Trains could run from the bay to Carstairs or Falkirk.
05/01/1855[Lanark Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Opened to goods.
  /08/1855[Blairgowrie Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Wooden shed at Blairgowrie opened.
01/12/1856[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Motherwell to Coalburn opened to minerals.
  /  /1857[Granton Branch] (Duke of Buccleuch and [Caledonian Railway])
Line authorised.
08/10/1857[Motherwell 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.
  /  /1858[Granton Branch] (Duke of Buccleuch and [Caledonian Railway])
Construction begins.
21/07/1859[Wilsontown Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Act receives Royal assent
  /  /1860[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Northfield branch opened.
  /  /1860[Blairgowrie Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
New two road Blairgowrie shed built in stone.
  /  /1861Symington, Biggar and Broughton RailwayCaledonian Railway
Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1861[Coalburn 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.
24/06/1861[Switchback] ([Caledonian Railway])
Rutherglen to Dalmarnock goods opened along with a bridge over the River Clyde.
30/07/1861[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Branch line authorised from Larkhall to Cots Castle (Stonehouse).
28/08/1861[Granton Branch] (Duke of Buccleuch and [Caledonian Railway])
Line opened to freight.
07/08/1862[Leith North Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Crew Junction ([Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) to Leith Western Docks authorised.
01/09/1862[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Opened from Larkhall to Canderside to goods.
01/11/1862[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
North Southfield to Southfield opened to minerals.
  /  /1863[Granton Branch] (Duke of Buccleuch and [Caledonian Railway])
The [Caledonian Railway] buys the Duke of Buccleuchs share in the line.
11/05/1863[Coalburn 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.
  /  /1864[Hamilton and Strathaven Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Hamilton and Strathaven Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
01/04/1864[Lanark Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Line doubled on opening of [Douglas Branch] ([Caledonian Railway]).
01/09/1864[Dalry Road Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Dalry Junction to Coltbridge Junction ([Granton Branch] (Duke of Buccleuch and [Caledonian Railway])) opened.
01/09/1864[Leith North Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Leith line opened.
01/09/1864[Leith North Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Pilton Junction West to Pilton Junction East opened.
01/09/1864[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Canderside to Cots Castle opened to minerals. This leads to the singling of [Hamilton and Strathaven Railway] south of quarter.
01/11/1864[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Motherwell to Southfield junction line doubling complete.
  /  /1865[Scottish Central Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Scottish Central Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /  /1865[General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /  /1865[Dumfries Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
20/09/1865[Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway] ([Caledonian Railway])
Rutherglen to Coatbridge opened to goods
  /  /1866[Scottish North Eastern Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Scottish North Eastern Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
01/08/1866[Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway] ([Caledonian Railway])
Rutherglen to Coatbridge opened to passengers
01/12/1866Coalburn 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.
01/12/1866[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Ferniegair to Brocketsbrae, Stonehouse Branch, Blackwood Branch opened to passengers.
  /  /1867Forth and Clyde Canal
[Caledonian Railway]
Forth and Clyde Canal (and various assets such as the [Grangemouth Railway]) bought by Caledonian Railway to compete with the [North British Railway] in the Forth Clyde Valley.
01/03/1867Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Carstairs to Dolphinton [CR] opened.
01/04/1868[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Ferniegair to Motherwell, Lesmahagow junction opened to passengers.
01/09/1868[East Kilbride Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Opened.
  /  /1869[Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway authorised (Glasgow and South Western Railway and Caledonian Railway).
  /  /1869[Crieff and Methven Junction Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Crieff and Methven Junction Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
09/07/1869[Cleland and Midcalder Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Line opened
  /  /1870[Caledonian Railway]
Opens Kingmoor Locomotive depot.
18/07/1872[Hamilton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Hamilton West to Ross Junction (Ferniegair) authorised.
18/07/1872[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Hamilton West to Ross Junction (Ferniegair) authorised.
10/10/1872[Caledonian Railway]
Strawfrank curve opened
  /  /1874[Balerno Loop] ([Caledonian Railway])
Opened
30/06/1874[Dalry Road Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Dalry Middle Junction to Haymarket West Junction ([Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway]) authorised
  /  /1876[Wilsontown Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Opened with a triangular junction on the Edinburgh branch of the [Caledonian Railway]. A passenger service ran from Auchengray (where there was a bay platform) to Wilsontown.
29/05/1876[Hamilton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Hamilton West to Ferniegair opened to freight.
29/05/1876[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Hamilton West to Ross Junction opened to freight.
03/07/1876[Dalry Road Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Dalry Middle Junction to Haymarket West Junction ([Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway]) opened. The [Caledonian Railway] had running powers to Larbert from here.
18/09/1876[Hamilton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Hamilton West to Ferniegair opened to minerals.
18/09/1876[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Hamilton West to Ross Junction opened to minerals.
02/10/1876[Hamilton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Hamilton West to Ferniegair opened to passengers.
02/10/1876[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Hamilton West to Ross Junction opened to passengers.
  /  /1877[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
The Leadhills Silver-lead Mining Company approaches the [Caledonian Railway] to ask them to build a branch to Leadhills. The line is not built.
  /  /1877[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Brocketsbrae shed opened to the east of Lesmahagow station. At the time this was the limit of the passenger service.
12/04/1877[Switchback] ([Caledonian Railway])
London Road opened for goods.
27/11/1877[East Kilbride Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Locomotive shed at East Kilbride authorised
  /05/1878[East Kilbride Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Locomotive shed opened at East Kilbride.
01/04/1879[Switchback] ([Caledonian Railway])
London Road opened for passengers. Stations at; Rutherglen, Dalmarnock and London Road.
01/08/1879[Glasgow Central Station] ([Caledonian Railway])
Glasgow Central opened
01/08/1879[Leith North Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Passenger service starts. Stations opened at Craigleith, Murrayfield, Granton Road, Newhaven, Leith North. This required the opening of a new line between Newhaven Junction and Leith North for passenger services.
  /  /1880Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway
[Caledonian Railway]
[North British Railway]
Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway).
  /  /1880[Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway] ([Caledonian Railway])
Lock Street Viaduct built over the Monkland Canal to extend the line from Coatbridge to Airdrie
01/06/1880[Wishaw Deviation Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Law junction to Holytown opened. Stations opened at Wishaw Central and Overtown Waterloo.
  /  /1881[Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway]
[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
The rail served Edinburgh Dock at Leith opened.
01/10/1881[Wishaw Deviation Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Overtown Waterloo re-named Overtown.
  /  /1882[Busby Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Busby Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
01/07/1882[Cleland and Midcalder Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Addiewell opened
27/04/1883[Caledonian Railway][North British Railway][Alloa Railway][South Alloa Branch]
North British Railway given running powers over the Alloa Railway and South Alloa Branch from Alloa to Greenhill Junction on payment of £3000 annually to the Caledonian Railway.
14/07/1884[Alloa Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Alloa Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
19/04/1886[Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway] ([Caledonian Railway])
Airdrie branch (Caledonian Railway) opened for goods
01/06/1886[Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway] ([Caledonian Railway])
Airdrie branch (Caledonian Railway) opened for passengers
02/08/1886[Switchback] ([Caledonian Railway])
Extension from London Road to Blochairn goods opened.
  /  /1887[Blairgowrie Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
42ft turntable installed at Blairgowrie.
01/09/1887[Airdrie and Newhouse Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Cairnhill Junction to Chapehall opened
  /  /1888[Lancaster and Carlisle Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Involved in the railway races to Edinburgh!
02/07/1888[Airdrie and Newhouse Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Newhouse to Chapelhall opened
  /  /1889[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Leith New Lines planned; (Newhaven to Leith passenger terminus by [North British Railway]s Leith station, a triangular junction at Lochend with a line to Princes Street under the city with a branch to Waverley Market by Waverley station)
  /  /1889[Glasgow Central Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Glasgow Central Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway. Alternative date 31/5/1890
01/06/1889Gourock Extension (Caledonian Railway)
Opened from Greenock Central to Gourock via the Newton Street Tunnel. A new pier was built at Gourock. Stations opened; Gourock, Fort Matilda, Greenock West and Greenock re-built as Greenock Central.
  /  /1890[Balerno Loop] ([Caledonian Railway])
Villa building starts around Colinton
04/07/1890[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Act received for a line from Newhaven to Seafield (Seafield Junction was for the line to the terminus and the [North British Railway] lines)
25/07/1890[Barnton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Craigleith to Cramond Bridge authorised.
  /  /1892Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line
[Caledonian Railway]
[North British Railway]
Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway).
01/08/1893[Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /  /1894Forfar and Brechin RailwayCaledonian Railway
Forfar and Brechin Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
01/03/1894[Barnton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Craigleith to Cramond Bridge opened.
26/11/1894[Hamiltonhill Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Balornock Junction to Hamiltonhill opened.
26/11/1894[Switchback] ([Caledonian Railway])
Blochairn to Blackhill opened
01/04/1895[Hamiltonhill Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Branch to the Saracen foundry opened, but has to be closed as it was in breach of a formal agreement with the [North British Railway] which owned the nearby [Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway].
01/11/1895[Switchback] ([Caledonian Railway])
London Road closed
  /  /1896[East Kilbride Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
East Kilbride locomotive shed shut before this date.
  /  /1896[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Construction of line from Stonehouse ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) to Blackwood ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) begins.
  /  /1896[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Construction of line from Alton Heights ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) to Blackwood ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) begins.
  /  /1896[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Construction of line from Larkhall, Merryton Junction, ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) to Stonehouse ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) begins.
  /  /1896[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Construction of line from Cots Castle ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) to Strathaven Central ([Hamilton and Strathaven Railway]) begins.
  /  /1896[Solway Junction Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Solway Junction Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /  /1896Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Turntable provided at Dolphinton [CR] to the west of the station, there may also have been a locomotive shed.
11/03/1896[Switchback] ([Caledonian Railway])
Balornock Junction to Robroyston opened.
  /  /1897[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Light Railway order for the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway, the route to be by the Elvan Water rather than by up Glen Gonnar.
  /  /1898[Crieff and Comrie Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Crieff and Comrie Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /  /1899[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Construction of the line begins. Robert McAlpine employs approximately 100 men to build the line.
02/07/1900[Dalry Road Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Dalry Road station opened. Used by Leith, [Barnton Branch], Stirling and Falkirk bound trains.
  /  /1901[Glasgow and Renfrew District Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Glasgow and Renfrew District Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway.
01/10/1901[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Elvanfoot to Leadhills opened. (Alternative date 5/10/1901).
  /  /1902[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Seafield Engine Shed (a two road shed, with coaling facilities and sidings) opened.
  /  /1902[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Rispin Cleugh viaduct built by Sir Robert McAlpine.
  /  /1902[Moffat Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Moffat Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /  /1902[Lochearnhead St Fillans and Comrie Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1902[Paisley and Barrhead District Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Paisley and Barrhead District Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
19/09/1902[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Leadhills to Wanlockhead opened to goods.
12/10/1902[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Leadhills to Wanlockhead opened for passengers.
01/11/1902[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Granton Gasworks station (private) opened on a short branch by Breakwater Junction.
01/04/1903[Barnton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Cramond Brig renamed Barnton.
01/04/1903[Barnton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Barnton Gate renamed Davidsons Mains.
01/08/1903[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Double track line opened to freight from Newhaven Junction to Seafield Junction and South Leith. (Two-platform passenger stations at Newhaven, Ferry Road and Leith Walk West built but not opened).
  /  /1905[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Lesmahagow renamed Brocketsbrae.
01/07/1905[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Larkhall, Merryton Junction, ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) to Stonehouse ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) opened.
01/07/1905[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Stonehouse ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) to Blackwood ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) opened.
01/07/1905[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Alton Heights ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) to Blackwood ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) opened.
01/07/1905[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Cots Castle ([Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])) to Strathaven Central ([Hamilton and Strathaven Railway]) opened.
  /  /1906[Glasgow Central Station] ([Caledonian Railway])
Central station enlarged and a massive new bridge across the River Clyde opened.
  /  /1906Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Locomotive shed at Dolphinton [CR].
  /  /1908[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Pilrig Street, a temporary station, opened for a Military review.
28/02/1909[Glasgow Central Station] ([Caledonian Railway])
Enlarged Eglinton Street station opened.
16/08/1909[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
[Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway] absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /08/1910[Douglas Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Some doubling of the Douglas Branch to Lanark Racecourse took place in preparation for the Lanark Aviation meeting and the huge number of expected visitors. Lanark Race-course station was by the meeting site
  /  /1913[Bankfoot Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Bankfoot Light Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
01/10/1914[East Kilbride Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
East Kilbride to Hamilton (Hunthill Junction) closed
  /  /1915[Caledonian Railway]
By this date lodging dormitories for enginemen existed at Carlisle, Grangemouth and Oban.
  /05/1915[Caledonian Railway]
Military procession in memory of those killed in the Quintinshill Disaster
22/05/1915[Caledonian Railway]
Quintinshill disaster, Britains worst train crash. 227 people killed when a troop train crashes into a local passenger train and an express trains collides with the wreckage.
31/12/1915Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Dolphinton [CR] shed closed.
  /  /1917[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Line singled.
  /  /1917[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Seafield Engine shed leased to the [North British Railway].
01/01/1917[Wishaw Deviation Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Overtown closed.
01/01/1919[Wishaw Deviation Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Overtown re-opened.
  /  /1920[Wilsontown Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Line was probably extended about this date 3.5 miles west to Kingshill Colliery No 2. There may already have been a short section open between Wilsontown and to the west of Climpy Road.
01/01/1923Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway
Callander and Oban Railway
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Highland Railway
Cathcart District Railway
Killin Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Committee
Brechin and Edzell District Railway
Dornoch Light Railway
Wick and Lybster Light Railway
Grouped into London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
01/10/1923[East Kilbride Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
East Kilbride to Hamilton (Hunthill Junction) re-opened
14/07/1924[East Kilbride Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
East Kilbride to Hamilton (Hunthill Junction) closed to passengers (Occasional special workings until World War II)
28/07/1930[Bonnybridge Canal Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Bonnybridge to Greenhill Junction closed to passengers
01/12/1930[Airdrie and Newhouse Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Newhouse to Airdrie closed to passengers
  /08/1932[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Brocketsbrae shed, pit and siding removed. Shed closed not long after 1923.
  /05/1933Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Dolphinton [CR] shed removed.
01/12/1934[Leith North Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
East Pilton station opened.
05/01/1935[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Stonehouse to Dalserf closed to passengers
23/02/1935[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Stonehouse East Junction to Canderside Sidings closed to freight
18/11/1935[East Kilbride Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Mavor and Coulsons siding, East Kilbride to Hunthill Junction closed to freight
01/02/1937[Barnton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
House O Hill Halt opened.
  /  /1938[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Line closed.
  /  /1939[Airdrie and Newhouse Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Chapelhall to Calderbank closed to freight
02/01/1939[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Wanlockhead to Elvanfoot closed to all traffic.
11/09/1939[Balerno Loop] ([Caledonian Railway])
Balerno - Ravelrig Junction closed to passengers
11/09/1939[Muirkirk and Lesmahagow Junction Railway]
[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Douglas West (Poneil Junction) to Brocketsbrae closed to passengers (except a Saturdays only train using Alton Heights to Brocketsbrae until 2nd May 1942).
31/07/1941[Airdrie and Newhouse Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Calderbank to Airdrie closed to freight
  /  /1942[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Granton Gasworks station closed.
  /01/1942[Blairgowrie Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Blairgowrie shed closed, but not demolished. A sub-shed of Dundee.
02/05/1942[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Alton Heights to Brocketsbrae closed to passengers
05/10/1942[Wishaw Deviation Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Overtown closed.
  /  /1943[Balerno Loop] ([Caledonian Railway])
Closed to passengers
03/05/1943[Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway] ([Caledonian Railway])
Airdrie (Caledonian) to Whifflet Upper closed to Passengers
01/11/1943[Balerno Loop] ([Caledonian Railway])
Balerno to Edinburgh (Balerno Junction) closed to passengers (official 13 June 1949)
04/06/1945Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Dolphinton [CR] to Carstairs (Dolphinton Junction) closed to passengers.
13/06/1949[Balerno Loop] ([Caledonian Railway])
Balerno to Edinburgh (Balerno Junction) officially closed to passengers, although actually suspended in 1943.
05/06/1950[Bothwell Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Bothwell to Fallside (Bothwell Junction) closed to all traffic.
01/11/1950Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Dolphinton [CR] to Carstairs (Dolphinton Junction) closed to freight.
05/02/1951[Airdrie and Newhouse Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Morningside to Newmains closed to freight.
07/05/1951[Barnton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Barnton to Craigleith closed to passengers.
07/05/1951[Barnton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Barnton to Davidsons Mains closed to freight.
10/09/1951[Wilsontown Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Wilsontown to Auchengray (Wilsontown Junction) closed to passengers
01/10/1951[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Blackwood Junction to Tillietudlem (Southfield Junction) closed to passengers
01/10/1951[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Brocketsbrae to Hamilton (Ferniegair Junction) closed to passengers
  /04/1952[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
South Leith renamed Leith East Yard.
04/08/1952Kirriemuir Branch
(Caledonian Railway)
Kirriemuir to Forfar (Kirriemuir Junction) closed to passengers.
21/09/1953[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Alton Heights (excluded) to Brocketsbrae to Tillietudlem (Southfield Junction) closed to freight
10/01/1955[Blairgowrie Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Blairgowrie to Coupar Angus closed to passengers
09/09/1958[Leith North Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Newhaven signalbox re-painted for visit of King Olav of Norway.
  /  /1960[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Closed.
04/01/1960[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Blackwood Junction to Tillietudlem (Southfield Junction) closed to freight
04/01/1960[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Southfield Junction to Dalserf Junction closed to freight
01/06/1960[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Craigleith goods closed.
01/06/1960[Barnton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Davidsons Mains to Craigleith closed to freight.
  /01/1961[Glasgow Central Station] ([Caledonian Railway])
Original bridge over the Clyde taken out of use.
02/01/1961[Glasgow Central Station] ([Caledonian Railway])
Approach lines to the station re-signaled to use the new bridge only. The electropneumatic power frame box on the bridge removed.
  /  /1962Denburn Valley Line Aberdeen Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
A4 Pacifics introduced on the Aberdeen Joint to Glasgow Buchanan Street 3 hour Grampian run.
30/04/1962[Leith North Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Leith North passenger service withdrawn. Craigleith, Murrayfield, Granton Road, Newhaven and Leith North closed.
30/04/1962[Leith North Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Leith North to Edinburgh Princes St (Dalry Middle Junction) closed to passengers.
  /10/1962[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Seafield Engine shed closed.
02/03/1964[Dalry Road Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Edinburgh; Haymarket West Junction to Dalry Junction closed to passengers
04/03/1964[Dalry Road Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Stirling and Falkirk trains diverted from Princes Street to Waverley
09/03/1964[Dalry Road Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Edinburgh; Haymarket West Junction to Dalry Junction closed to freight
09/03/1964[Dalry Road Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Coltfield Junction to Dalry Middle Junction to Dalry Junction closed to freight
09/03/1964[Dalry Road Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Dalry Junction to Coltbridge Junction closed
09/03/1964[Dalry Road Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Dalry Middle Junction to Haymarket West Junction closed
20/04/1964[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Dalserf Junction to Ferniegair Junction closed to freight
20/04/1964[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Canderside Sidings to Dalserf closed to freight
04/05/1964[Wilsontown Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Wilsontown Junction to Wilsontown closed
06/07/1964[Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway] ([Caledonian Railway])
Airdrie East to Calder (Imperial Tube works) closed to freight
07/09/1964[Switchback] ([Caledonian Railway])
Balornock Junction to London Road closed.
07/09/1964[Edinburgh Station and Branches] ([Caledonian Railway])
Duff street connection opened (Duff Street Junction, at Haymarket on the [Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway] opened). This connection allowed Edinburgh Princes Street to be closed.
05/10/1964[Muirkirk Branch CR] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway)]
Muirkirk to Ponfeigh closed to all traffic.
05/10/1964[Muirkirk Branch CR] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Douglas Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Muirkirk to Lanark (Smyllum West Junction) closed to passengers.
05/10/1964[Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway] ([Caledonian Railway])
Whifflet Upper to Langloan West Junction closed to passengers
07/12/1964[Bonnybridge Canal Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Bonnybridge Canal to Greenhill closed to freight
07/12/1964[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Strathaven Central to Stonehouse closed to freight.
14/06/1965[Wishaw Deviation Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Wishaw Central re-named Wishaw.
21/06/1965[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Murrayfield goods closed.
21/06/1965[Kirriemuir Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Kirriemuir to Kirriemuir Junction (excluded) closed to goods.
02/08/1965[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Crewe Junction to Granton Gasworks closed.
06/09/1965[Caledonian Railway]
Edinburgh Princes Street to Slateford Junction closed to passengers
04/10/1965[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Coalburn to Hamilton (Haughead Junction) closed to passengers.
04/10/1965[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Coalburn to Auchlochan Colliery closed to freight.
04/10/1965[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Strathaven to Stonehouse closed to passengers.
18/10/1965[Douglas Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Lanark Racecourse to Smyllum West Junction closed to freight but is retained for turning engines.
06/12/1965[Blairgowrie Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Blairgowrie to Coupar Angus closed to freight
07/01/1966[Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway] ([Caledonian Railway])
Coatbridge to Rutherglen closed to passengers
24/01/1966[East Kilbride Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Mavor and Coulsons siding to East Kilbride closed to freight
04/04/1966[Airdrie and Newhouse Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Chapelhall to Bellside junction closed
04/04/1966[Airdrie and Newhouse Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Newhouse to Chapelhall closed to freight
18/04/1966[Lanark Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Lanark to Carstairs (Lanark Junction South Curve) closed to passengers.
04/07/1966[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Newhaven Junction to Leith Walk West (excluded) closed.
15/08/1966[Caledonian Railway]
Edinburgh Princes Street-Slateford Junction closed to freight
03/09/1966Denburn Valley Line Aberdeen Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
A4 Pacifics from Aberdeen Joint to Glasgow Buchanan Street withdrawn.
07/11/1966[Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway] ([Caledonian Railway])
Coatbridge Central to Rutherglen Junction closed to passengers
04/09/1967[Granton Branch] (Duke of Buccleuch and [Caledonian Railway])
Granton Junction to Leith North (excluded) closed.
04/09/1967[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Leith North Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Newhaven Junction to Coltfield Junction closed to freight.
04/12/1967[Balerno Loop] ([Caledonian Railway])
Balerno Goods to Balerno Junction closed to freight
04/12/1967[Balerno Loop] ([Caledonian Railway])
Balerno ground frame to Ravelrig Junction closed to freight
15/01/1968[Douglas Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Ponfeigh to Lanark Racecourse to Smyllum East Junction closed to freight.
05/02/1968[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Granton High (goods) closed. (Latterly accessed via the [Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway]).
28/02/1968[Leith North Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
George Street Depot to Newhaven Junction closed to freight.
06/05/1968[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Leith Walk West to Seafield Junction (excluded) closed.
05/08/1968[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Leith North closed. (Latterly accessed via the dock lines from the [Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway]).
05/08/1968[Leith North Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Leith North to George Street Depot closed to freight. (Accessed from former North British Railway lines latterly)
16/09/1968[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Auchlochan Colliery to Larkhall Central closed to freight.
07/10/1968[Lanark Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Lanark to Carstairs (Lanark Junction South Curve) closed to freight. (Alternative date 20/10/1968).
04/11/1968[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Larkhall Central to Haughhead Junction closed to freight.
  /  /1970[Caledonian Railway]
[Lancaster and Carlisle Railway]
[Lancaster and Preston Railway]
[Preston and Wigan Railway]
[Wigan Branch Railway]
[Warrington and Newton Railway]
[Grand Junction Railway]
Weaver Junction (south of Warrington) to Glasgow electrification authorised.
  /04/1970[Caledonian Railway]
[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
[Polloc and Govan Railway]
[Glasgow Central Station]
West Coast Main line electrification authorised.
03/01/1971[Caledonian Railway]
Beattock closed
  /  /1972[Glasgow Central Station] ([Caledonian Railway])
Automatic ticket barriers introduced
  /  /1972Caledonian Railway
Dolphinton Junction signalbox closed.
22/10/1972[Glasgow Central Station] ([Caledonian Railway])
Powerbox modernised.
31/12/1973[Leith New Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Leith East Yard, last section of the line, closed. (Latterly accessed from [North British Railway] lines via Seafield Junction)
06/05/1974[Caledonian Railway]
[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
[Polloc and Govan Railway]
[Glasgow Central Station]
Glasgow Central to Carlisle electrification complete.
05/06/1979[Caledonian Railway]
Cobbinshaw (temporary) signalbox opened to control down line between
  /  /1980[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Granton Bitumen works siding closed. (Latterly accessed via the [Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway] which is cut back to Powderhall).
10/11/1981[Caledonian Railway]
Cobbinshaw (temporary) signalbox closed
22/11/1981[Caledonian Railway]
Midcalder Junction box closed
  /  /1983[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway Society formed.
  /01/1984[Switchback] ([Caledonian Railway])
London Road High Level closed to goods (except rare scrap workings)
  /  /1986[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Track laying starts.
  /  /1986[Granton Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Line lifted from Granton Harbour to the Bitumen works.
  /  /1986[Cleland and Midcalder Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Polkemmet Colliery line lifted.
  /  /1988[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Service starts running over a quarter of a mine of track running south from the new Leadhills station.
  /  /1991[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
Rispin Cleugh viaduct demolished.
04/10/1993[Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway] ([Caledonian Railway])
Local passenger service established between Glasgow (Rutherglen Junction) and Whifflet. Trains interconnect with services to Motherwell and Coatbridge. Heritage Diesel Multiple Units in use.
13/02/1998[Glasgow Central Station] ([Caledonian Railway])
Last mail train runs from the station to Cardiff.
04/07/2005[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Signalling switched on on the re-opening Hamilton - Larkhall branch.
17/07/2005[Coalburn Branch] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Mid Lanark Lines] ([Caledonian Railway])
Overhead Line Equipment (overhead wires) energised on the re-opening Hamilton - Larkhall line.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Carlisle to Carstairs

Passenger and goods line from Carlisle to Float Junction, Carstairs.

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A murky summer Saturday morning at Carlisle on 3 August 1963, as Bank Hall based Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45717 Dauntless takes on water alongside ...
K A Gray 03/08/1963
Carlisle station is currently almost unrecognizable, being clad in scaffolding to allow refurbishment of the glass roof. ...
Ken Strachan 01/08/2017
The slightly late running 11.34 Edinburgh to Manchester Airport Trans Pennine Express waits to leave Carlisle in May 2018. ...
Gordon Steel 17/05/2018
The 0837 Glasgow Central - London St Pancras waiting to leave Carlisle on a grey Saturday morning in August 1965. Locomotive in charge is Black 5 ...
K A Gray 14/08/1965

This goods yard was just north of Carlisle Citadel. It was on the west side of the passenger line and the east side of the Carlisle Goods Loop (Carlisle Goods Traffic Committee) from which it diverged at Caldew Junction, access being from the north.
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The northbound Chrysler company train photographed looking east across the remains of Carlisle's Viaduct Yard in the summer of 1972. The train has ...
John Furnevel 22/08/1972
429 approaching Carlisle station with a train from the north in August 1972. In the foreground are some of the remains of the Caledonian Railway's ...
John Furnevel 22/08/1972
Class 40 bringing a train from the north into Carlisle in September 1971 with some clearance work still to be completed on the former Viaduct Yard. ...
John Furnevel 17/09/1971

View north along the River Caldew at Willowholme on 18 April 2007 as a coal train heads south towards the station. ...
John Furnevel 18/04/2007
A J.Manson Class 240 4-4-0 of Glasgow & South Western Railway. No. 253, It was renumbered 388 in 1919, and on grouping became LMS 14260. It was built ...
Graham Morgan Collection //


This was a two platform station with the main station building on the southbound platform. There was a goods yard on the east side of the line, approached by a long siding from the southbound line.
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Looking west at the station building at Rockcliffe. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/09/2006
Carlisle - Glasgow (via Dumfries) service passing the site of Rockcliffe station in May 2007. The station house can be seen through the trees while in ...
John McIntyre /05/2007
The former station at Rockcliffe in April 2007 looking west towards the WCML. ...
John Furnevel 18/04/2007
Glasgow bound Pendolino north of the former Rockcliffe station at the point where the up slow line begins its climb to the flyover into Carlisle ...
Ewan Crawford 14/04/2008

This was a two platform station to the north of Floriston Level Crossing. The railway remains open and is the West Coast Main Line.
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A Glasgow bound Pendolino crossing the Esk just north of Floriston late in the afternoon of 14 April 2008. ...
Ewan Crawford 14/04/2008
Floriston level crossing, looking south. ...
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Voyager southbound over Floriston LC on 25 May. ...
John McIntyre 25/05/2007
Northern Trains 156 crosses Floriston LC heading south towards Carlisle on 25 May. The destination panel shows Cleethorpes! ...
John McIntyre 25/05/2007


66121 southbound on the slow line at Mossband Junction. The buffer stop on the right is part of the Longtown complex of sidings. ...
Ewan Crawford 14/06/2010
Northbound 4S44 Daventry-Coatbridge heading north from the Esk Viaduct towards Mossband Junction. Above is the M74. ...
Ewan Crawford 21/02/2011

This was a two platform station immediately south of the England/Scotland Border at Sark Viaduct. The main station building was on the northbound platform and there was a goods yard on the east side, approached by reversal.
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Kingmoor Black 5 no 44672 heads north from Gretna on the WCML in the 1960s [see image 28054]. ...
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Southbound coal train passing the former Gretna station on 2 June behind a Freightliner class 66. ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2008
Southbound FTPE service to Manchester Airport passing Gretna on 2 June 2008. ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2008
With heavy traffic on the M6 in the background, EWS 66076 approaches Gretna Junction from the south in August 2007 with coal empties. The train will ...
John Furnevel 03/08/2007

This junction was just to the north of the former Gretna [CR] station. The junction is now single lead junction for the route to Dumfries and double for the line north to Lockerbie. The Dumfries route doubles after leading the junction.
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Crossing the border. Most of the 0730 London Euston - Glasgow Central is now in Scotland, with the rear of the train still to complete the crossing of ...
John Furnevel 03/08/2007
47386 takes a Permanent Way train south through Gretna Junction. The Dumfries route is off to the left. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
DRS 66404 takes containers south through Gretna Junction on 3 August 2007. ...
John Furnevel 03/08/2007
The 1205 Euston - Glasgow Central at Gretna Junction on Saturday 1 July 1972, double headed from Crewe by 407+422. The train is taking the ex-GSWR ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 01/07/1972

There are refuge loops at Quintinshill on both the north and south bound lines. The loops were installed in 1880. The location is just north of Gretna Junction. Quintinshill is the site of the Quintinshill Disaster. ...

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Scene inside Quintinshill signal box on 1 July 1972. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 01/07/1972
Interior of Quintinhill signal box in 1972. The diagram can now be found at the Devil's Porridge Museum by Eastriggs [see image 54155]. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 01/07/1972
View south at Quintinshill, the site of Britain's deadliest ever rail crash. One hundred years ago this year, a multiple crash involving five trains ...
John Gray 11/08/2015
Plaque at Quintinshill - February 2014 [see image 4071]. ...
John Yellowlees 03/02/2014

This was a two platform station just to the south of Kirkpatrick. There was a goods yard at the east end.
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The 1400 TransPennine Manchester Airport - Edinburgh Waverley on 13 May 2010 on the WCML some 4 miles north west of Gretna about to pass the site of ...
John Furnevel 13/05/2010

This was a small two platform station until the opening of the Solway Junction Railway in 1869.
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West Coast Railway 37516 heads north on the WCML at Kirtlebridge on 1 June 2014 over the emergency crossovers running light engine Carnforth to ...
John McIntyre 01/06/2014
Looking north over the site of Kirtlebridge station and junction (for Annan and the Solway Viaduct) in 2010. Both have been oblitered with the ...
Ewan Crawford 15/04/2010

This was a two platform station on an east-west alignment. The southbound (up) platform was to the north. The main station building was on the southbound platform. This was a crow-stepped gable building typical of the line.
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The site of these sidings, just east of Castlemilkgates, is now under the M74 bridge over the line. There was a box and sidings on the west side of the line, served from the north. ...

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This is a two platform station. The main station building is on the northbound platform.
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A Voyager catches the late afternoon sunshine as it hurries southwards at Lockerbie on 27 May 2012. ...
John McIntyre 27/05/2012
The 1139hrs TPE service from Manchester Airport to Glasgow Central pulls away from Lockerbie on Thursday 8th February 2018.
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David Prescott 08/02/2018
The 0907 Glasgow Central - Manchester Airport arrives at Lockerbie on 4 June 2015. ...
Bruce McCartney 04/06/2015
44871 and 45407 (with 37517 leading) set off through Lockerbie after a pause in the loop south of the station. ...
Bruce McCartney 28/03/2018

This was a two platform station to the north of a level crossing. There was a goods yard on the west side, north of the crossing, approached from the north.
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This was a two platform station to the south of a level crossing. There was a goods yard on the west side of the line to the north of the crossing, reached by reversal from the northbound line.
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Scots Guardsman gets to grips with the GB VII railtour as it pulls away from the water stop at Lockerbie on 29 April 2014. The photograph was ...
John McIntyre 29/04/2014
A Stobart Rail liveried class 92 locomotive hauling a southbound ballast train on the west coast main line on 24 May 2011. The location is ...
Bruce McCartney 24/05/2011

This was a two platform station with a small goods yard on the east side, approached from the south. The line runs on an embankment.
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A BR Standard class 9F 2-10-0 with a down WCML Freight passing Wamphray, thought to be in April 1965. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /04/1965
A southbound WCML freight about to pass the closed station of Wamphray, Dumfriesshire, between Beattock and Lockerbie circa April 1965. [With thanks ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /04/1965

This was a three platform station on the Glasgow-Carlisle main line. There were two main line platforms and a bay at the north end for the Moffat Railway. The station buildings were demolished after closure in the 1970s but the stationmaster's house, of a similar design, remains albeit in poor condition.
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A Caledonian Railway seat at Beattock station in 1961. Note the 'CR' worked into the armrest. ...
David Murray-Smith 19/03/1961
A Virgin Voyager, on 9M53 the 1000hrs Glasgow Central - Birmingham, passing Beattock on 6th November 2017.
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David Prescott 06/11/2017
A Voyager heads south shortly after passing through the remains of Beattock station on 27 March 2017. [See image 58903] ...
John Furnevel 27/03/2017
Class 7MT 70052 'Firth of Tay' leaving Beattock on Manchester-Glasgow train in March 1961. ...
David Murray-Smith 19/03/1961

Beattock Shed was located by Beattock station, just to the north on the west side. It was a double ended two road shed approached from the north and south.
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Ivatt class 4 43106, off Kingmoor (12A) on the turntable of Beattock Shed (66F) after working the Border Countryman special from Carlisle. ...
Richard Mercer 26/02/1967

First TransPennine Express 1706 hrs service from Glasgow Central to
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John McIntyre 30/05/2011
A northbound BR Standard Pacific with a light load climbing Beattock in April 1965, photographed near Auchencastle. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /04/1965
A PW train descending Beattock bank in the mid sixties in the vicinity of the former Auchencastle station. ...
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An EE Type 4 northbound near Auchencastle in the 1960s. The train is the combined ex-Liverpool & Manchester morning service which will split at ...
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A Manchester Airport to Edinburgh TPE service passes Beattock Summit on 19 April 2017. ...
John McIntyre 19/04/2017
After leaving the loop at Beattock Summit on 12 June 2018, Colas Railfreight 70809 rejoins the race north with the traffic on the parallel A74(M). The ...
John Furnevel 12/06/2018
A nine-car Pendolino approaching the loops at Beattock Summit with a Glasgow to Euston service on 14 August 2015. ...
Mark Bartlett 14/08/2015
A northbound Pendolino passes Beattock Summit and the road traffic on the M74 behind it (in more ways than one!) on 03 June 2013. ...
John McIntyre 03/06/2013

This was a two platform station on the Caledonian Railway main line with interchange for the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch (Caledonian Railway).
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Scene just to the south of Elvanfoot on 27 July 2016 as the 0739 London Euston - Glasgow Central via Birmingham hurries past on the 73 minute last leg ...
John Furnevel 27/07/2016
A northbound First TransPennine Express 185 rounds the curve approaching Elvanfoot on 1 June 2009. The photograph is taken from near the bottom of ...
John McIntyre 01/06/2009
Train passing Elvanfoot heading south. ...
Ewan Crawford 15/08/2004
TESCO train passing Elvanfoot heading north. ...
Ewan Crawford 19/09/2007

This was a two platform station.
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GBRf 66707 Sir Sam Fay heads north from Crawford with a Carlisle - Millerhill engineers train on 3rd October 2017.
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Bill Roberton 03/10/2017
A southbound Pendolino runs through Crawford on 25 July 2012. ...
John Steven 25/07/2012
Pendolino heading for Glasgow at Crawford. ...
Ewan Crawford //2005
Running north from Crawford and about half-way to Abington. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This was a two platform station with passing loops on either side of the line just to the north. The passing loops remain in use today but nothing remains of the station except nearby railway cottages and the former station forecourt. A siding here is in permanent way maintenance use. ...

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A northbound TPE Class 350 between Abington and Lamington, on the afternoon of 24 August 2018, with the River Clyde in the foreground. ...
John McIntyre 24/08/2018
DRS 88009 Diana speeds through Abington loops with the Daventry - Mossend Tesco train on 3rd October 2017.
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Bill Roberton 03/10/2017
The Northern Bell on a Manchester Victoria to Edinburgh excursion approaches Abington taken on Saturday the 24th of October. ...
Alastair McLellan 24/10/2015
The tail end of a Virgin Pendolino disappears north (photographed from a much delayed Caledonian Sleeper waiting for it to pass in the loop at the ...
Colin McDonald 10/02/2018

This was a two platform station. ...

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Running north along the banks of the River Clyde at Lamington on 22 February 2016 is the 0725 First TransPennine Manchester Airport - Edinburgh ...
John Furnevel 22/02/2016
An unidentified class 90 in Railfreight Distribution livery with a southbound freight at Lamington in August 1996, seen shortly after crossing the ...
John Furnevel 16/08/1996
A dark and dangerous looking River Clyde at Lamington, photographed during the early evening on 1 September 2006. In the background a Virgin Voyager ...
John Furnevel 01/09/2006
A Northern class 156 DMU crossing Lamington Viaduct in December 2002 on its way to the Alstom works at Springburn. ...
John Furnevel 07/12/2002

This was a two platform station, replaced by a larger junction station to the north when the Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway opened. The station was immediately north of the bridge over the A72.
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The 0830 London Euston - Glasgow Central Virgin Pendolino, having just crossed the bridge over the A72, is about to run north through the site of ...
John Furnevel 06/01/2013

This was a three platform junction station opened with the Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway. It replaced Symington [1st] around 1000 ft to the south. Between the two station was the goods yard on the east side of the line.
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DRS 66427 on a light engine movement from Carlisle to Grangemouth on 21 March 2011. The locomotive has just crossed the bridge over the A72 and is ...
John Furnevel 21/03/2011
Ex-LMS Crab 2-6-0 42737 with Scottish Rambler No 3 at Symington on 29 March 1964 having just returned from a trip along the branch to ...
K A Gray 29/03/1964
Kingmoor Black 5 45105 approaching Symington from the south on 10 July 1965. The train is a summer Saturday relief from Morecambe to Glasgow Central. ...
John Robin 10/07/1965
The 12.54 Glasgow Central - Manchester Airport TransPennine Express service runs south through Symington on 21 March 2011. Little remains nowadays to ...
John Furnevel 21/03/2011

A two platform station. When first opened a road crossed the station by level crossing (by Station Road). North of this was the goods yard, on the east side, with the passenger station to the south.
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Road approach to the former station at Thankerton, South Lanarkshire, on 21 March 2011. View is south, with the wires of the WCML just visible on the ...
John Furnevel 21/03/2011
Thankerton station building viewed from the east side in 1989, with some hints of the platforms remaining. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
View west from Station Road at the entrance to the former up goods yard at Thankerton, South Lanarkshire, in March 2011. The WCML runs past on the ...
John Furnevel 21/03/2011
Southbound at Thankerton, some four and a half miles south of Carstairs, on 21 March 2011. The train is the 13.40 Glasgow Central - London Euston ...
John Furnevel 21/03/2011


This was the south end of a curve allowing trains to run from Carlisle to Edinburgh. The north end was at Lampits Junction. The curve opened with the Caledonian Railway line and was east of Carstairs Junction.
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Carstairs to Glasgow Branch

Float Junction to Garriongill Junction.

This was the south end of a curve allowing trains to run from Carlisle to Edinburgh. The north end was at Lampits Junction. The curve opened with the Caledonian Railway line and was east of Carstairs Junction.
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This location was known as Strawfrank Junction until the electrification and resignalling scheme when it became Carstairs South Junction.
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The 10.51 Edinburgh - Euston via Birmingham takes the Up line away from Carstairs South Junction on 3rd October 2017.
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Bill Roberton 03/10/2017
An unidentified class 86 at the head an Inter-City Northbound passing Carstairs South Junction in the early 1990s. Carstairs Penitentiary in the ...
Gordon Steel //1990
88003 approaching Strawfrank with a Daventry DRS (Tesco) to Mossend Euroterminal train. ...
Alastair McLellan 31/07/2017
The 10.51 Edinburgh - Euston joins the WCML at Carstairs South Junction, passing 70804 heading north with the Dalston - Grangemouth empty tanks. 3rd ...
Bill Roberton 03/10/2017

This is an island platform station on the western junction of the triangular junction at Carstairs. The station has been rebuilt a number of times. ...

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Colas 70804 stands at Carstairs with the Dalston - Grangemouth empty tanks on 3rd October 2017.
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Bill Roberton 03/10/2017
DRS 66431 nears Carstairs Station with a Mossend to Carlisle engineers train on 3rd October 2017.
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Bill Roberton 03/10/2017
DRS 88003 speeds along the Down Main at Carstairs with the Daventry - Mossend Tesco train on 12 June. ...
Bill Roberton 12/06/2017
GBRf 66716 sits in the Up Loop at Carstairs on a Mossend to Carlisle New Yard train of Castle Cement tanks on 21st August 2018.
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Alastair McLellan 21/08/2018

The Glasgow portion of the Lowland Sleeper passing Ravenstruther early on 11 July 2006. EWS 90022 brought the train north from Euston and has recently ...
John Furnevel 11/07/2006
A misty morning at Ravenstruther coal loading terminal in March 2004, looking south east across the WCML. ...
John Furnevel 17/03/2004
Britannia 70042 Lord Roberts passes Ravenstruther with a down train on 15 July 1966. ...
John Robin 15/07/1966
End of the line. Looking east from the A70 towards the buffer stops at the end of the reversing siding at Ravenstruther on 15 May 2008. Freightliner ...
John Furnevel 15/05/2008

DBS 66093 slows for a signal check near the site of Silvermuir East Junction with the Dalston - Grangemouth empties on 19 March. Ravenstruther coal ...
Bill Roberton 19/03/2015
The 11.40 Glasgow Central - London Euston heads away from the former Silvermuir East Jct on 19 March. ...
Bill Roberton 19/03/2015

This was a two platform station nearly two and a half miles north of Lanark.
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The 1150 Glasgow Central - London Euston Virgin Pendolino service at speed about to pass the site of the former Cleghorn station on 15 May 2008. ...
John Furnevel 15/05/2008
Black 5 44850 passing Cleghorn with a down freight in July 1966. [Ref query 6780] ...
John Robin 15/07/1966
The 0646 Euston - Glasgow Central Pendolino service runs over Cleghorn level crossing on 15 May 2008. Part of the former station masters house can be ...
John Furnevel /05/2008
A Milngavie - Lanark service passing the site of Cleghorn station on 15 May 2008 prior to running over the level crossing. The train is approaching ...
John Furnevel 15/05/2008

This was a two platform station with a goods yard on the west side, served from the north. Sawmills were served by the goods sidings.
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DRS 68004 and 68017 with the Tesco Daventry - Mossend service at Fiddlers Gill, south of Braidwood. ...
Bill Roberton 12/08/2016
Brush type 4 D1840 takes the morning Glasgow - Birmingham through Braidwood in 1966. ...
Colin Miller //1966
A Glasgow Fair Saturday southbound extra headed by Black 5 no 45455 off 12A Kingmoor shed, photographed near Braidwood on the WCML in July 1966.
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Colin Miller /07/1966
70002 Geoffrey Chaucer climbing through Braidwood on 16 July 1965 with a London bound relief. ...
John Robin 16/07/1965

This is a two platform station station with two excellent survivors; a fine goods shed (no longer in railway use) and a distinctive station building. It is in the west of Carluke.
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320311 calls at Carluke whilst working a Glasgow to Lanark service on the morning of 29 May 2017. ...
John McIntyre 29/05/2017
A Lanark to Glasgow Central service approaches Carluke on 25 October 2018. ...
David Panton 25/10/2018
Freightliner class 86s, 86613 + 86639 with 4M74 Coatbridge to Crewe Basford Hall intermodal passing south through Carluke station on 4 September 2014. ...
Ken Browne 04/09/2104
The large former goods shed on the east side of Carluke station, seen here in March 2006. The building was being used by an agricultural supplies ...
John Furnevel 10/03/2006

This was a four platform station which opened with the Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway).
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DRS 88007 nears Law Junction with the Daventry - Mossend Tesco train. ...
Bill Roberton 25/09/2018
A TransPennine Class 350 speeds away from Law Junction on a Glasgow Central - Manchester Airport service on 25th September 2018. ...
Bill Roberton 25/09/2018
Southbound Voyager at Law Junction in March 2006. ...
John Furnevel 10/03/2006
View south from Station Road bridge, Law, Lanarkshire, on 23 September 2013. The 1200 Glasgow Central - London Euston Pendolino speeds south past the ...
John Furnevel 23/09/2013

Aerial view of Garriongill Junction. Bottom left to top centre (Stirling Road); W&CR. Low left to centre right (Law Junction); Wishaw Deviation. ...
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Carstairs to Edinburgh Branch

Float Junction to Edinburgh Princes Street.

This was the south end of a curve allowing trains to run from Carlisle to Edinburgh. The north end was at Lampits Junction. The curve opened with the Caledonian Railway line and was east of Carstairs Junction.
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The 1867 Dolphinton [CR] line started from a junction which allowed trains from Carstairs station to join the branch. This branch severed the south to east 1848 curve (out of use from around 1860) and a replacement curve was built from Strawfrank Junction to Dolphinton Junction in 1872.
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The 1052 Edinburgh Waverley - Birmingham New Street - London Euston approaching Carstairs East Junction on the last day of August 2016. In the right ...
John Furnevel 31/08/2016
Heavy looking rain clouds approaching Carstairs from the north on a grey 31 August 2016, as the ScotRail 1133 Edinburgh - Ayr service crosses Lampits ...
John Furnevel 31/08/2016
90027 comes out of the early morning fog shortly after leaving Carstairs with the Edinburgh portion of the Lowland Sleeper on 6 June 2006. The train ...
John Furnevel 06/06/2006
ScotRail 380110 accelerates north away from Carstairs on the ex-Caledonian route to Edinburgh on 31 July 2016. The train is 0831 Ayr - Glasgow Central ...
John Furnevel 31/07/2016

This was the north end of a curve allowing trains to run from Carlisle to Edinburgh. The south end was at Float Junction. The curve opened with the Caledonian Railway line and was east of Carstairs Junction.
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This view looks south at Lampits Junction, Carstairs, in 2004. This junction was the north east end of the curve from Float Junction, Carstairs. The ...
Ewan Crawford 22/12/2004

This was a two platform station about a mile from Carnwath, to the east, by road.
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The 1051 Edinburgh Waverley - London Euston via Birmingham New Street approaching Carstairs East Junction on 31 August 2016. The train is passing a ...
John Furnevel 31/08/2016
ScotRail 156442 has just passed the site of the former Carnwath station on the approach to Carstairs East Junction on 31 August 2016. The train is ...
John Furnevel 31/08/2016
A Lanark-bound stopping train from Edinburgh pauses at Carnwath on 16 April 1966, the last day of service, as a lone passenger carries her suitcase ...
David Spaven 16/04/1966

Auchengray was a three platform station to the north of a level crossing. There were two platforms on the main line and a bay (added around the time the Wilsontown branch opened, 1860 with a west to south curve creating a triangle in 1866) at the north end of the northbound platform. A small goods yard was at the north end, west side of the line.
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A northbound Branch Line Society railtour photographed during a water stop at Auchengray on 16 October 1965 behind ex-GNSR 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 16/10/1965
Ex-Great North of Scotland Railway 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon Highlander in the process of taking on water at Auchengray on 19 April 1965 with ...
G W Robin 19/04/1965
View east towards the station and level crossing at Auchengray, on the former Caledonian route between Edinburgh and Carstairs, in the summer of 2007. ...
John Furnevel 28/06/2007
View west over the former Auchengray station and level crossing in June 2007. ...
John Furnevel 28/06/2007


Looking north at Wilsontown North Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //

Cobbinshaw [1st] station closed in 1875 and was replaced with this station. The second station was further south. This was a two platform station with the main building on the southbound platform. The platforms were in timber with timber station buildings.
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Site of the former station at Cobbinshaw, South Lanarkshire, (closed April 1966) on the Caledonian route between Carstairs and Edinburgh. Photographed ...
John Furnevel 28/02/2012
Due to closure of the east coast main line 43 049 heads an InterCity HST south towards Carstairs on the former Caledonian route in 1988. The train is ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
A Lanark-bound stopping train from Edinburgh pauses at lonely Cobbinshaw station on the last day of service, Saturday 16th April 1966. Part of the ...
David Spaven 16/04/1966

This station was opened on the west bank of the Cobbinshaw Reservoir (a feeder for the Union Canal).
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This two platform station was in a rural location not far from Harburn House and estate, to the south.
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Southbound at Harburn in 1999. The station was about 3/4 of a mile further north. ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
Totem from Harburn station. ...
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GNSR No 49 stands at Harburn with the Scottish Rambler railtour on 19 April 1965. This seldom photographed rural station, on the Caledonian Edinburgh ...
G W Robin 19/04/1965

On 26th February a Cross Country Voyager passes just beyond Midcalder Junction on its way from Glasgow to Plymouth. This is a cross-country journey ...
Malcolm Chattwood 26/02/2016
West and south of Midcalder Junction is an Edinburgh train heading for Carstairs and Carlisle. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This is a two platform station to the immediate east of a level crossing. The main station building is on the eastbound platform and it is a miles east of Midcalder Junction.
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The 08.43 Pendolino from Euston to Edinburgh passes through Kirknewton on 9th October 2017.
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Bill Roberton 09/10/2017
380102 approaches Kirknewton with the 13.52 from Edinburgh to Ayr on 9th October 2017.
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Bill Roberton 09/10/2017
158 710 calls at Kirknewton on a Glasgow to Edinburgh service on 22 March. On this line 158s seem to be favoured for the stopping services leaving ...
David Panton 22/03/2018
156456 calls at Kirknewton with a Glasgow Central - Edinburgh service on a foggy 30 March. ...
Bill Roberton 30/03/2014

The 08.43 Euston - Edinburgh Pendolino passes the former Camps Junction on 9 September. ...
Bill Roberton 09/09/2014
The TransPennine 14.16 from Edinburgh to Manchester Airport, formed by 350401, passing Camps Junction at speed on 9 September 2014. ...
Bill Roberton 09/09/2014
First ScotRail 156462 approaching the Kirknewton stop on 27 November 2009 with the 1328 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central. The train is about to ...
John Furnevel 27/11/2009
DBS 66100 with the Dalzell - Tees Yard steel empties passing the site of Camps Junction on 9 September. ...
Bill Roberton 09/09/2014

This was a two platform halt west of Ravelrig Junction at Dalmahoy, the west end of the Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway). (The branch was a loop).
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Freightliner 66554 climbs towards Ravelrig with a Grantshouse - Carlisle train of recovered track panels on 30th September 2017.
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Bill Roberton 30/09/2017
The 07.55 from Inverness to London KX, led by power car 43238 'National Railway Museum 40 Years 1975-2015', diverted via the WCML due to track ...
Bill Roberton 30/09/2017
The 12.52 Edinburgh - London Euston nears the former Ravelrig Junction on 30th September 2017. In the background is Dalmahoy Hill.
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Bill Roberton 30/09/2017
26014 with a PW train, Ravelrig Jct, Balerno. 26 May 1982 ...
Peter Todd 26/05/1982

This was a two platform station on the Caledonian Railway main line. Currie was better served by the Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway) station Currie [2nd] which opened to the south.
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A Glasgow service halts at Curriehill on 28th March 2018. It might have been a better marketing move to give this station its original name of Currie ...
David Panton 28/03/2018
The 0916 TransPennine Express Edinburgh - Preston passing through Curriehill station on 9 September 2018. The truncated service was due to major ...
John Furnevel 09/09/2018
'I'll be back...' The Sunday morning 0914 ex-Craigentinny T&RSMD empty Voyager runs west through Curriehill on 9 September 2018 on its way to ...
John Furnevel 09/09/2018
A Glasgow to Edinburgh 158 pulls into Curriehill on 28 March. I wonder if electrification will mean an increase in frequency from the current hourly ...
David Panton 28/03/2018

This is a modern two platform station.
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The Caledonian main line out of Edinburgh has been under wires for decades, but only with the ongoing full electrification of the line all the way to ...
David Panton 11/05/2018
A mid-morning service for Edinburgh calls at Wester Hailes on 20/03/2017. The station opened in 1987, the same year as neighbouring Curriehill ...
David Panton 20/03/2017
Line occupation for engineering work at Wester Hailes - 4 June 2005. View looking east from the Waverley bound platform. ...
John Furnevel 04/06/2005
Westbound coal train passing through Wester Hailes station, 2002. ...
John Furnevel //2002

This is a two platform station.
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Kingsknowe closed 1964 but reopened 1971 after a successful campaign led by Douglas Blades. Soon this 2-car 158 will be replaced by a 3-car 385. ...
John Yellowlees 30/08/2017
A Glasgow Central service calls at Kingsknowe on 9 August 2018 and the driver makes his way to operate the level crossing control. ...
David Panton 09/08/2018
A 156 headed for Glasgow calls at Kingsknowe on 06/03/2017. Nobody got on and nobody got off. This is the Cinderella line into Edinburgh; let's see if ...
David Panton 06/03/2017
A Waverley-bound stopping service calls at Kingsknowe on 9 August 2018. Kingsknowe was a Beeching closure, but reopened in 1971. This was quite an ...
David Panton 09/08/2018

Class 20 no 20103 (still with tablet catcher recess) and sister locomotive head west light engine at the site of Balerno Junction in July 1978. ...
Bill Roberton /07/1978
The Balerno branch - seen here crossing the Union Canal looking towards Balerno Junction - lost its passenger services in 1943, but freight would ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 02/11/1964

This is a two platform station in the south west of Edinburgh.
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DR 98911 passes Slateford on 30th October 2018. The MPV was making its way to the nearby Civil Engineers yard having spent many hours travelling ...
Bill Roberton 30/10/2018
'Flying Scotsman' at Slateford pulling out onto the WCML from the Craiglockhart Connection with 1Z44 'Cathedrals Express' for Appleby, running on time ...
Alasdair Taylor 16/05/2017
A Waverley-bound service calls at Slateford on 9 August 2018. It will be interesting to see whether electrification will bring a more frequent ...
David Panton 09/08/2018
37607 brings up the rear of the PLPR test train, with 37610 leading, heading onto the 'Sub' on 26th September 2018.
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Bill Roberton 26/09/2018

Heading southwest from Haymarket towards Carstairs on 6 June 2008 is the 1152 First TransPennine service to Manchester Airport. The train is running ...
John Furnevel 06/06/2008

This temporary station served the International Exhibition of Electricity, Engineering, General Inventions and Industries. This was laid out on the land later occupied by Slateford Yard, the Meggetland sports grounds lying south of the line at Slateford and west of Craiglockhart and housing at Meggetland, Ashley Drive and Ashley Gardens. The exhibition was also served by [[Exhibition ...

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This was a two platform station in the south western suburb of Edinburgh on the approach to Edinburgh Princes Street station.
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Merchiston has the reputation of being Edinburgh's literary quarter and was also the home of John Napier, he of the logarithms (what happened to ...
David Panton 05/04/2015
Platform remains looking south west at the site of Merchiston station in 2002. The building on the right is a former biscuit factory. ...
John Furnevel 02/10/2002
Business premises occupy the down platform of the former Merchiston station which closed with the line between Edinburgh Princes Street and Slateford ...
David Panton 05/04/2015
Down platform remains at Merchiston station. Looking south west from below the bridge carrying Harrison Road in October 2002 [see image 3747]. ...
John Furnevel 02/10/2002

The course of the CR main line out of Edinburgh, Looking north east on 12 November 2018. We are about a mile from Princes Street, a little beyond the ...
David Panton 12/11/2018
The trackbed of the Caledonian's approach to Princes Street station has been the West (not Western - common mistake) Approach Road since 1974. This ...
David Panton 24/06/2018
The recently repainted footbridge linking Edinburgh's Dundee Terrace and Dundee Street over the trackbed of the former Caledonian main line a mile out ...
John Furnevel 03/06/2010
Photograph taken on June 2010 looking south west along the trackbed of the Caledonian a mile out of Princes Street, shortly after passing the site of ...
John Furnevel 03/06/2010


This was a terminus in Edinburgh. This was the Caledonian Railway's original terminus before being replaced with Edinburgh Princes Street which was just to the north.
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This was a major terminus in Edinburgh originally opened in 1870 and entirely rebuilt in 1894. In its final form, it had seven platforms, a 850 foot glass bayed roof and the "Caledonian Hotel", built 1899-1903. There was much in common with the architectural style of Glasgow Central station. On the concourse was a noted clock in a "wooden castle".
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The painting titled 'The Caley Station,' of Princes Street in 1942 by Edwin G Lucas, is the flagship work in the exhibition now at the City Art Centre ...
John Yellowlees 27/10/2018
Tram 277, carrying 'Free trams on Hogmanay night' branding, heads east past the Royal Scottish Academy on 4th December 2017.
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Bill Roberton 04/12/2017
Edinburgh's impressive Caledonian Hotel at the east end of Princes Street, looking very festive and nicely decorated on 23rd December 2017. I wonder ...
Alan Cormack 23/12/2017
The most obvious survivor of Princes Street station gets a touch-up on 23 May. ...
David Panton 23/05/2018




Garnqueen to Greenhill Branch

Garnqueen South Junction to Greenhill Lower Junction.

A 20 with a loaded coal train heads south at Garnqueen South Junction in the 1980s. The works in the background is the Gartliston Fire Clay Works, a ...
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Garnqueen South Junction looking south towards Coatbridge. This view was taken over a fence looking to the former junction site in 1987. The signalbox ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
A 1980s view of Garnqueen South signal box in its original location before re-erection at Bo'ness. A train is making an exit from the Bedlay branch, ...
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Springburn-Cumbernauld DMU passing Garnqueen North Junction. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Signalpost at Garnqueen North Junction. View faces north-east. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Cumbernauld-Springburn DMU at Garnqueen North Junction. Viewed from signalbox. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Southbound postal at Garnqueen North Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

Line seen at Glenboig running north to Bedlay from a Cumbernauld-Glasgow DMU passing on the Hayhill Branch of the Caledonian. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking north west along the trackbed of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch railway at Glenboig on 9 March 2010. [See image 3013 in Notes & Queries] ...
John Robin 09/03/2010

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318 252 pulls into Greenfaulds for the last (brief) leg of the journey to Cumbernauld. Greenfaulds is a community of Cumbernauld. ...
David Panton 19/05/2018
Access point information signs at Greenfaulds. The choice of locations for directions seems pretty random, and it doesn't say in which direction the ...
David Panton 19/05/2018
The 1112 Cumbernauld - Glasgow Queen Street approaching Greenfaulds station on 8 May 2014. [Ref query 10 August 2018] ...
John Furnevel 08/05/2014
Waiting on next train, travelling from Motherwell to Edinburgh the long way round. ...
Gordon Steel 06/03/2017

This is a two platform station with the main station building on the northbound platform. The original shelter on this platform was similar to that at Killin [2nd] reflecting the size of Cumbernauld before it became a 'New Town'.
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After spending time in the refuge waiting for a Grahamston train to pass, 318 263 makes its way to the westbound line to form a Dumbarton Central ...
David Panton 19/05/2018
A Glasgow Queen Street to Falkirk Grahamston calls at Cumbernauld on 19 May 2018. These services are due to be electrified soon, and the plan is (or ...
David Panton 19/05/2018
Platform scene at Cumbernauld station on 8 May 2014, with electrification of the line from Springburn completed a few days earlier. Boarding at ...
John Furnevel 08/05/2014
A Class 318 advances slowly out of Cumbernauld station towards the refuge on a lovely 19 May 2018. ...
David Panton 19/05/2018


This was originally a two platform station. the platforms were on the Caledonian Railway's Greenhill Branch line from Garnqueen South Junction to Greenhill Lower Junction.
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Here the Caledonian Railway's Greenhill Branch line from Garnqueen South Junction to Greenhill Lower Junction met the Scottish Central Railway from Greenhill Upper Junction. Both lines remain open today. ...

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View south over Greenhill Lower Junction looking towards the E&G. Each line is in the process of being electrified. ...
Ewan Crawford 08/10/2017
It is still possible (just) to get a shot from Greenhill lower. Caught through the new forest of metal and wires is 170 455 in this view looking west ...
Douglas McPherson 27/03/2017
Vegetation clearance for the overheads has opened up  locations not available for years, but not for long. With the encroaching masts in the distance ...
Douglas McPherson 05/05/2017
27005 hauls a bogie tank northwards, through Greenhill to Larbert. ...
Brian Forbes /06/1988




Gartsherrie South Junction to Gartsherrie East Junction

Passenger and goods line from Gartsherrie South Junction to Gartsherrie East Junction. This short connection, which crossed the now Caledonian owned older Garnkirk and Glasgow on the level, allowed running north and east to Greenhill from Coatbridge.

McMullen Bros scrapyard alongside Gartsherrie South Junction in November 1977. The loco is John Fowler 0-4-0DM 4200025 of 1948, originally supplied to ...
Bill Roberton /11/1977
Former LMS brake coach, branded for Tartan Arrow / Security Coach / Raleigh Industries Ltd. Presumably at McMullen Bros, Gartsherrie, for scrap in ...
Bill Roberton /11/1977
Looking north east from Gartgill Road in 1997 towards the rear of the buttressed signal box at Gartsherie South Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
Looking across the running lines from the up side towards the signal box at Gartsherrie South Junction in November 1977 [Ref query 4423] ...
Bill Roberton /11/1977





Carstairs to Dolphinton Junction

This is an island platform station on the western junction of the triangular junction at Carstairs. The station has been rebuilt a number of times. ...

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Colas 70804 stands at Carstairs with the Dalston - Grangemouth empty tanks on 3rd October 2017.
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Bill Roberton 03/10/2017
DRS 66431 nears Carstairs Station with a Mossend to Carlisle engineers train on 3rd October 2017.
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Bill Roberton 03/10/2017
DRS 88003 speeds along the Down Main at Carstairs with the Daventry - Mossend Tesco train on 12 June. ...
Bill Roberton 12/06/2017
GBRf 66716 sits in the Up Loop at Carstairs on a Mossend to Carlisle New Yard train of Castle Cement tanks on 21st August 2018.
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Alastair McLellan 21/08/2018

The 1867 Dolphinton [CR] line started from a junction which allowed trains from Carstairs station to join the branch. This branch severed the south to east 1848 curve (out of use from around 1860) and a replacement curve was built from Strawfrank Junction to Dolphinton Junction in 1872.
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The 1052 Edinburgh Waverley - Birmingham New Street - London Euston approaching Carstairs East Junction on the last day of August 2016. In the right ...
John Furnevel 31/08/2016
Heavy looking rain clouds approaching Carstairs from the north on a grey 31 August 2016, as the ScotRail 1133 Edinburgh - Ayr service crosses Lampits ...
John Furnevel 31/08/2016
90027 comes out of the early morning fog shortly after leaving Carstairs with the Edinburgh portion of the Lowland Sleeper on 6 June 2006. The train ...
John Furnevel 06/06/2006
ScotRail 380110 accelerates north away from Carstairs on the ex-Caledonian route to Edinburgh on 31 July 2016. The train is 0831 Ayr - Glasgow Central ...
John Furnevel 31/07/2016