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

  /  /    Coatbridge Tinplate Works
Later makes Malleable Iron, served by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1813Benjamin Conner
Born, worked with Robert Napier and the Caledonian Railway as the locomotive superintendent.
  /  /1841Woodhall Paper Mill
Converted from white paper to brown paper, served by the Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway) on the railway opening in 1874
  /03/1842Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
Line extended to Coatbridge station. This line later extended through to Whifflet and was used by the Wishaw and Coltness Railway and the Caledonian Railway to avoid the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway route through Coatbridge.
31/07/1845Caledonian Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1846Polloc and Govan Railway
Caledonian Railway
Polloc and Govan Railway merged with Caledonian Railway
  /  /1846Clydesdale Junction Railway
Caledonian Railway
Clydesdale Junction Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /  /1846Caledonian Railway
Act for branch from Slateford to Granton rejected by Government
  /  /1846Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Act for Caledonian Railway branch from Slateford to Granton rejected by Government.
01/01/1846Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway merged with the Caledonian Railway
16/07/1846Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Act receives Royal assent. It was originally stipulated that the line was not allowed to compete with the Caledonian Railway for Glasgow to Carlisle traffic.
  /  /1847Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock RailwayCaledonian Railway
Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway. Alternative date; 1851.
  /  /1847Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)
Slateford to Haymarket (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) Act passed.
  /  /1847Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Act passed for a line from Motherwell to Bankend (beyond Coalburn). The Caledonian Railway fail to build the line.
10/09/1847Caledonian 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.
07/08/1848Caledonian Railway
Castlecary Branch (Caledonian Railway) opened from Gartsherrie North Junction to Greenhill Lower Junction to meet the Scottish Central Railway.
  /  /1849Wishaw and Coltness RailwayCaledonian Railway
Wishaw and Coltness Railway merged with Caledonian Railway.
01/06/1849Clydesdale Junction Railway
Line opened between Motherwell [1st] and Rutherglen [1st]. The Caledonian Railway begins running trains to South Side station, Glasgow.
17/09/1849Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Newton to Hamilton opened.
  /  /1851Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct RailwayCaledonian Railway
Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
24/07/1851Coalburn 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 (probably the Southfield Old Pit).
  /  /1853Edinburgh 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.
  /  /1854Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
The Caledonian Railway opens the St Rollox Works between the original lines alignment and the new extension to Buchanan Street. The works built and maintained locomotives and rolling stock.
05/01/1855Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Opened to goods.
01/12/1856Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Motherwell to Coalburn opened to minerals.
  /  /1857Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line authorised. Initially owned jointly by the Duke of Buccleuch and Caledonian Railway.
08/10/1857Motherwell Deviation Line (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened from Jerviston Junction (Wishaw and Coltness Railway) to Lesmahagow Junction (Clydesdale Junction Railway). The line allowed Motherwell [1st] station to be moved further west to Motherwell atLesmahagow Junction. Motherwell [1st] remained standing and Motherwell was opened in the V of the junction at Lesmahagow Junction. A large viaduct was required, Braidhurst Viaduct.
  /  /1858Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Construction begins.
17/11/1858Motherwell Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
The Caledonian Railway buys land in Motherwell for a new shed (Motherwell Shed) to augment its locomotive sheds at South Side and Gartsherrie [CR] which were suffering from high light engine mileages. The Parkneuk Iron Works and Motherwell Iron and Steel Works were by the shed.
21/07/1859Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Act receives Royal assent
  /  /1860Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
The Caledonian Railway installs a 50ft turntable on the entry sidings to Callander Shed.
  /  /1860Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Northfield (probably Southfield Old Pit) branch opened.
  /  /1860Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened from Wilsontown Junction [1st] to Wilsontown.
  /  /1861Symington, Biggar and Broughton RailwayCaledonian Railway
Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1861Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Already the Nethan Viaduct was showing signs of severe wear and tear. Later the Camp Viaduct (Ferniegair) was also showing wear both. Both were rebuilt. Camp Viaduct is still in use as part of the Hamilton Circle line.
24/06/1861Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
Rutherglen to Dalmarnock Goods opened along with a bridge over the River Clyde.
30/07/1861Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Branch line authorised from Stonehouse Junction [Lanarkshire] to Cot Castle Goods (Stonehouse [Lanarkshire]).
28/08/1861Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened to freight.
07/08/1862Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Crew Junction (Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Leith Western Docks authorised.
01/09/1862Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Opened from Stonehouse Junction [Lanarkshire] to Canderside Exchange Sidings to goods.
01/11/1862Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
North Southfield (probably Southfield Old Pit) to Southfield (probably Southfield New Pit) opened to minerals.
  /  /1863Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
The Caledonian Railway buys the Duke of Buccleuch's share in the line.
  /  /1863Portpatrick Railway
The Caledonian Railway's Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway is opened giving the company access to Dumfries. In response the Portpatrick Railway applies for running powers over the Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway to Dumfries and the Caledonian Railway negotiates running the Portpatrick Railway, a blow to the Glasgow and South Western Railway which had considered the Portpatrick line to be within its territory.
11/05/1863Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Caledonian Railway authorised to double Motherwell to Southfield (probably Southfield New Pit) and to run passengers trains to Brocketsbrae, the Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] branch and the Blackwood branch. The Caledonian Railway owns the Lesmahagow lines by this time.
  /  /1864Hamilton and Strathaven RailwayCaledonian Railway
Hamilton and Strathaven Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
17/02/1864Portpatrick Railway
Caledonian Railway takes over running of the Portpatrick Railway. The smaller company had eight engines and the larger company added some of its own engines.
01/04/1864Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line doubled on opening of Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway).
01/09/1864Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Junction [Edinburgh] to Coltbridge Junction (Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened.
01/09/1864Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Leith line opened.
01/09/1864Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Pilton Junction West to Pilton Junction East opened.
01/09/1864Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Canderside Exchange Sidings to Cot Castle Goods opened to minerals. This leads to the singling of Hamilton and Strathaven Railway south of Quarter.
01/11/1864Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Motherwell to Southfield Junction line doubling complete.
  /  /1865Scottish Central RailwayCaledonian Railway
Scottish Central Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1865General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
Caledonian Railway
General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /  /1865Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie RailwayCaledonian Railway
Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1865Portpatrick Railway
Caledonian Railway experiments with a Stranraer Harbour to Belfast service.
01/09/1865Kirkcudbright Railway
Tarff for Gatehouse re-named Gatehouse [Tarff]. Presumably the Glasgow and South Western Railway (who now owned the Kirkcudbright Railway) was competing with the Caledonian Railway operated Portpatrick Railway for Gatehouse of Fleet traffic - for which neither of the two stations were convenient.
20/09/1865Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Rutherglen to Coatbridge opened to goods.
  /  /1866Scottish North Eastern Railway
Caledonian Railway
Scottish North Eastern Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1866Carmyllie Railway
Bought by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1866Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Wilsontown South Junction to Wilsontown West Junction curve opened. Wilsontown Junction [1st] renamed Wilsontown North Junction.
01/08/1866Rutherglen 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.
01/12/1866Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Ferniegair to Brocketsbrae, Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] branch, Blackwood branch opened to passengers.
  /  /1867Forth and Clyde Canal Caledonian Railway
Forth and Clyde Canal (and various assets such as the Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company))) bought by Caledonian Railway to compete with the North British Railway in the Forth - Clyde Valley.
  /  /1867Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Opened to passengers. The service ran from Auchengray, where a bay platform was added to the existing 1848 station, to Wilsontown.
01/03/1867Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Carstairs to Dolphinton [CR] opened.
  /  /1868Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Haywood opened to passengers.
01/04/1868Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Ferniegair to Motherwell, Lesmahagow Junction opened to passengers.
01/09/1868East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Opened.
10/11/1868Scottish Central Railway
Decision taken to move the locomotive shed at Dunblane Shed to Dolphinton [CR] on the Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway). The Kinbuck banking engine operated from Stirling after 1865.
  /  /1869Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint RailwayGlasgow and South Western RailwayCaledonian Railway
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway authorised (Glasgow and South Western Railway and Caledonian Railway).
  /  /1869Crieff and Methven Junction Railway
Caledonian Railway
Crieff and Methven Junction Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1869Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Branch extended west from Wilsontown to Climpy Colliery.
  /  /1869Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Cleuch Colliery branch opened.
09/07/1869Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened.
  /  /1870Caledonian Railway
Opens Kingmoor Locomotive depot.
  /  /1872Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Pool Colliery branch opened. Initially a private line before becoming Caledonian Railway.
18/07/1872Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Hamilton West to Ross Junction (Ferniegair) authorised.
10/10/1872Caledonian Railway
Strawfrank curve opened
  /  /1873Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Caledonian Railway line via Douglas reaches Muirkirk, anew Muirkirk [2nd] station was opened further east, on other side of road bridge from original. Caledonian Railway use the Glasgow and South Western Railway Muirkirk Shed. (Later a second Caledonian Railway line was built from Coalburn to Muirkirk [2nd] but was not used as the Glasgow and South Western Railway threatened to apply for running powers through to Lanark).
  /  /1874Alyth Railway
Alyth Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1874Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Opened.
30/06/1874Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Middle Junction to Haymarket West Junction (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway) authorised.
20/10/1874Stobcross Railway
Line opened by the North British Railway. The Caledonian Railway obtained permission for running powers to Stobcross and for goods yards at Partickhill and Stobcross. The Caledonian managed to gain join ownership of the Stobcross high level to Stobcross low level connecting line.
29/05/1876Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Hamilton West to Ross Junction opened to freight.
29/05/1876Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Hamilton West to Ferniegair opened to freight.
03/07/1876Dalry 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.
18/09/1876Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Hamilton West to Ross Junction opened to minerals.
18/09/1876Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Hamilton West to Ferniegair opened to minerals.
02/10/1876Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Hamilton West to Ross Junction opened to passengers.
02/10/1876Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Hamilton West to Ferniegair opened to passengers.
  /  /1877Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Brocketsbrae Shed opened to the east of Lesmahagow station. At the time this was the limit of the passenger service.
  /  /1877Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
The Leadhills Silver-lead Mining Company approaches the Caledonian Railway to ask them to build a branch to Leadhills. At this time, the line is not built.
12/04/1877The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
London Road opened for goods.
27/11/1877East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
East Kilbride Shed authorised.
  /05/1878East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
East Kilbride Shed opened.
30/12/1878Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction (Caledonian Railway)
Mossend branch opened for goods from Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction and a curve from Mossend Junction to Holytown Junction. This allowed trains from the Shotts route to approach Glasgow Central rather than Buchanan Street.
01/04/1879The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
London Road opened for passengers. Stations at; Rutherglen, Dalmarnock and London Road.
01/05/1879Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction (Caledonian Railway)
Mossend branch opened for passengers from Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction.
01/06/1879Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction opened for passengers.
01/08/1879Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Passenger service starts, a new passenger portion opens from Newhaven Junction to Leith North on the south side of the existing goods lines. Stations opened at Craigleith and Murrayfield on the Granton branch, Granton Road on the Leith North branch, Newhaven and Leith North on the new line.
01/08/1879Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Glasgow Central opened
  /  /1880Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway Caledonian Railway North British Railway
Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway). This involved the bulk of the former Dundee and Arbroath Railway between Camperdown Junction and near Arbroath station and a short portion of the Arbroath and Forfar Railway as far as St Vigeans Junction.
  /  /1880Carmyllie Railway
Becomes joint Caledonian Railway and North British Railway, when the Dundee and Arbroath Railway becomes the Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway.
  /  /1880Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Lock Street Viaduct built over the Monkland Canal to extend the line from Coatbridge to Airdrie
01/06/1880Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Law Junction to Holytown opened. Stations opened at Wishaw Central and Overtown Waterloo.
  /  /1881Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)]
Leith Edinburgh Dock, rail served, opened.
01/10/1881Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Overtown Waterloo re-named Overtown [2nd].
  /  /1882Busby Railway
Caledonian Railway
Busby Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
01/07/1882Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
Addiewell opened
  /11/1882Glasgow and North Western Railway
Glasgow and North Western Railway proposed, the Bill presented to Parliament to seek approval.. The route was to have been a 167 mile long railway from Glasgow to Inverness via Fort William. Supported by the North British Railway and opposed by the Highland Railway, Caledonian Railway (part owners of the Callander and Oban Railway), Caledonian Canal, David MacBrayne and some landowners. The Bill was rejected in 1883. It was not built (a less ambitious variation of it, the West Highland Railway with an Act in 1889, did open).
02/04/1883Muirkirk and Lesmahagow Junction Railway
Poneil Junction (Muirkirk Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Alton Heights Junction (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened.
27/04/1883Caledonian RailwayNorth British RailwayAlloa RailwaySouth Alloa Branch (Scottish Central Raiwlay)
North British Railway given running powers over the Alloa Railway and South Alloa Branch (Scottish Central Railway) from Alloa to Greenhill Junction on payment of £3000 annually to the Caledonian Railway.
14/07/1884Alloa RailwayCaledonian Railway
Alloa Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1885Portpatrick Railway
The Caledonian Railway's lease expires - the Portpatrick Railway and Wigtownshire Railway become jointly run as the Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Railway - controlled by the Caledonian Railway, London and North Western Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and Midland Railway. The stock was owned by all four companies and operated by the two Scottish companies. The Joint company also owned 4/5 of the Larne and Stranraer Steamship Joint Committee, the remaining 1/5 owned by the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway.
19/04/1886Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Airdrie branch (Caledonian Railway) opened for goods
01/06/1886Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Airdrie branch (Caledonian Railway) opened for passengers
02/08/1886The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
Extension from London Road to Blochairn Goods opened.
01/09/1887Airdrie and Newhouse Line (Caledonian Railway)
Cairnhill Junction to Chapehall opened
  /  /1888Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway]
Bonnybridge shed, a single road timber locomotive shed opened at Bonnybridge Central. The Caledonian Railway operate this as a sub-shed of Denny Shed.
  /  /1888Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Caledonian Railway
Involved in the railway races to Edinburgh!
02/07/1888Airdrie and Newhouse Line (Caledonian Railway)
Newhouse to Chapelhall opened.
  /  /1889Glasgow Central Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow Central Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway. Alternative date 31/5/1890
  /  /1889Caledonian Steam Packet Company
Company formed to run steamers on the Clyde on behalf of the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1889Leith 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 Edinburgh Princes Street under the city with a branch to Waverley Market by Edinburgh Waverley station)
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.
  /10/1889Stirling and Dunfermline RailwayAlloa Railway
Connection made between the North British Railway's Stirling and Dunfermline Railway and the Caledonian Railway's Alloa Railway.
  /  /1890Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)
Villa building starts around Colinton
04/07/1890Leith 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).
25/07/1890Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Craigleith to Cramond Brig authorised.
03/07/1891Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway
The Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway) are given an Act which allows a link from the Leith New Lines to Easter Road on the North British Railway. This connection was not built.
  /  /1892Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) Caledonian Railway North British Railway
Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway).
01/02/1892Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
The Caledonian Railway takes over Bridge Street station completely, paying the Glasgow and South Western Railway £129,251 for its share.
  /  /1893William Baird and Company
Purchase mines at Santander, North Spain and the Monte de Hierro mineral field in south Spain. This traffic was initially received at Glasgow Harbour, but the harbour commissioners soon had plans for a new facility at Rothesay Dock served by the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway).
01/08/1893Greenock 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.
01/03/1894Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Craigleith to Cramond Brig opened.
25/05/1894Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Greenock Princes Pier station re-built by the Glasgow and South Western Railway on a grander scale to compete with the Caledonian Railway's Gourock station.
26/11/1894Glasgow Central Railway
Stobcross to Maryhill Central opened. This gave the Caledonian Railway access to the Queens Dock lines.
26/11/1894Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Possil Junction (Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Maryhill Central opened.
26/11/1894Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Balornock Junction to Hamiltonhill opened.
26/11/1894The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
Blochairn Goods to Blackhill Junction opened.
  /  /1895Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Balloch [1st] turntable replaced for impending joint ownership of line for larger Caledonian Railway locomotives.
01/04/1895Hamiltonhill 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.
01/11/1895The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
London Road closed.
  /  /1896Solway 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.
  /  /1896East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
East Kilbride Shed shut before this date.
  /  /1896Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Construction of line from Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Blackwood [2nd] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) begins.
  /  /1896Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Construction of line from Alton Heights (Coalburn Branch] (Caledonian Railway)) to Blackwood Junction (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) begins.
  /  /1896Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Construction of line from Merryton Junction, (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Larkhall Central and Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) begins.
  /  /1896Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Construction of line from Cot Castle Goods (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Strathaven Central (Hamilton and Strathaven Railway) begins.
  /  /1896Hamilton and Strathaven Railway Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Whiteshawgate Junction to Strathaven Central construction begins.
11/03/1896The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
Balornock Junction to Robroyston opened.
01/10/1896Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line
The North British Railway is forced to put its Dumbarton Central to Balloch Pier line into joint ownership with the Caledonian Railway to stop the Caledonian Railway from building a second railway (the proposed Dumbarton, Jamestown and Loch Lomond Railway) from Dumbarton to Balloch. The North British Railway now has to pay access charges for its section between Dalreoch Junction and Dumbarton East Junction.
  /  /1897Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (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.
  /  /1898Crieff and Comrie Railway
Caledonian Railway
Crieff and Comrie Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1899Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Construction of the line begins. Robert McAlpine employs approximately 100 men to build the line.
02/07/1900Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Road station opened. Used by Leith North, Barnton, Stirling and Falkirk Grahamston bound trains.
  /  /1901Glasgow and Renfrew District RailwayCaledonian RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
Glasgow and Renfrew District Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway.
01/10/1901Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Elvanfoot to Leadhills opened. (Alternative date 5/10/1901).
  /  /1902Moffat Railway
Caledonian Railway
Moffat Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /  /1902Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie RailwayCaledonian Railway
Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1902Paisley and Barrhead District RailwayCaledonian Railway
Paisley and Barrhead District Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1902Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Seafield Engine Shed (a two road shed, with coaling facilities and sidings) opened.
  /  /1902Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Rispin Cleugh Viaduct built by Sir Robert McAlpine.
19/09/1902Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Leadhills to Wanlockhead opened to goods.
12/10/1902Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Leadhills to Wanlockhead opened for passengers.
01/11/1902Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Gasworks station (private) opened on a short branch by Breakwater Junction.
  /  /1903Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Wemyss Bay station and pier re-built by the Caledonian Railway.
01/04/1903Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Cramond Brig renamed Barnton.
01/04/1903Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Barnton Gate renamed Davidsons Mains.
01/08/1903Leith 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).
17/08/1903Princes Dock Joint Railway
Joint line owned by the Caledonian Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway opened.
20/09/1903Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Lugton East Junction to Lugton Junction opened. This was an interchange spur but also allowed trains to run from Glasgow to Kilmarnock as far as Lugton on an Caledonian Railway only owned route.
  /  /1904John G Stein
Opens new brickworks at Castlecary to use higher alumina content, than Bonnybridge, found there. Built by the Caledonian Railway and the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
  /  /1904Tarbrax Oil Works
Opened. There was a short branch from the Caledonian Railways Edinburgh branch to the works.
  /  /1904Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Stonehouse Junction [Lanarkshire] renamed Dalserf Junction on the opening of the Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway).
  /  /1905Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Lesmahagow renamed Brocketsbrae.
01/07/1905Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Merryton Junction, (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Larkhall Central and Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened.
01/07/1905Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Blackwood Junction (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened.
01/07/1905Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Alton Heights (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Blackwood Junction (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened.
01/07/1905Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Cot Castle Goods (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Strathaven Central (Hamilton and Strathaven Railway) opened.
04/07/1905Darvel and Strathaven Railway
Darvel to Strathaven Central opened (joint operation of the Glasgow and South Western Railway and Caledonian Railway).
  /  /1906Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Locomotive shed at Dolphinton [CR].
  /  /1906Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Central station enlarged and a massive new bridge across the River Clyde opened.
28/12/1906Dundee and Arbroath Railway
A North British Railway express which had been travelling from Edinburgh Waverley to Aberdeen is blocked by snow at Arbroath and returns south. It strikes a local Caledonian Railway Arbroath to Dundee East train at Elliot Junction in a blizzard killing 22 passengers.
25/04/1907Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire RailwayGlasgow Yoker and Clydebank Railway
Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway) opened. The line was joint North British Railway and Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1908Bainsford Branch (Caledonian Railway) Bainsford Branch (North British Railway)
By-pass line from Swing Bridge Junction to Fouldubs Junction opened, the western half was owned by the North British Railway (part of the former line to the Carron Iron Works) and the eastern by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1908Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Pilrig Street, a temporary station, opened for a Military review.
28/02/1909Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Enlarged Eglinton Street station opened.
16/08/1909Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Caledonian Railway
Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /08/1910Douglas 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
  /  /1913Bankfoot Railway
Caledonian Railway
Bankfoot Light Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1913Scottish Central Railway
Stirling station re-built by the Caledonian Railway.
01/10/1914East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
East Kilbride to Hamilton (Hunthill Junction) closed.
  /  /1915Caledonian Railway
By this date lodging dormitories for enginemen existed at Carlisle, Grangemouth and Oban.
  /05/1915Caledonian Railway
Military procession in memory of those killed in the Quintinshill Disaster
22/05/1915Caledonian 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.
  /  /1917Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Line singled.
  /  /1917Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Seafield Shed leased to the North British Railway.
01/01/1917Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Overtown [2nd] closed.
01/01/1919Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Overtown [2nd] re-opened.
  /  /1920Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
The Line was extended about this date (probably 1927/8) 3.5 miles west to Kingshill Colliery No 2. There was already a short section open between Wilsontown and to the west of Climpy Road to Climpy Colliery.
  /  /1920Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Pool Colliery branch closed.
  /  /1921Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway
The Caledonian Railway cease to operate over the line due to disappointing traffic.
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.
01/10/1923East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
East Kilbride to Hamilton (Hunthill Junction) re-opened.
  /  /1924Gleneagles Hotel
Opened, having been built for the Caledonian Railway which became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923
14/07/1924East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
East Kilbride to Hamilton (Hunthill Junction) closed to passengers (occasional special workings until World War II).
  /  /1928Kingshill Colliery No 2
Sunk by the Coltness Iron Works. Served by the Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway). It was colloquially known as 'Queenshill'.
28/07/1930Bonnybridge Canal Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Bonnybridge to Greenhill Junction closed to passengers
01/12/1930Airdrie and Newhouse Line (Caledonian Railway)
Newhouse to Airdrie [CR] closed to passengers
  /08/1932Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Brocketsbrae Shed, pit and siding removed. (The shed closed not long after 1923.)
  /05/1933Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Dolphinton [CR] shed removed.
01/12/1934Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
East Pilton station opened.
05/01/1935Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Stonehouse East Junction) to Dalserf (Dalserf Junction) closed to passengers.
23/02/1935Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Stonehouse East Junction to Canderside Exchange Sidings closed to freight.
18/11/1935East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Mavor and Coulsons Siding, East Kilbride to Hunthill Junction closed to freight.
01/02/1937Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
House O' Hill Halt opened.
  /  /1939Airdrie and Newhouse Line (Caledonian Railway)
Chapelhall to Calderbank closed to freight.
  /  /1939Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
After closure of the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch (Caledonian Railway), Waenavon (1,400 feet) becomes the highest station on the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
02/01/1939Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Wanlockhead to Elvanfoot closed to all traffic.
11/09/1939Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)
Balerno - Ravelrig Junction closed to passengers
11/09/1939Muirkirk and Lesmahagow Junction RailwayCoalburn 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).
31/07/1941Airdrie and Newhouse Line (Caledonian Railway)
Calderbank to Airdrie [CR] closed to freight.
  /  /1942Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Gasworks station closed.
02/05/1942Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Alton Heights to Brocketsbrae closed to passengers.
05/10/1942Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Overtown [2nd] closed.
  /  /1943Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)
Closed to passengers
03/05/1943Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Airdrie (Caledonian) to Whifflet Upper closed to Passengers
01/11/1943Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)
Balerno to Edinburgh (Balerno Junction) closed to passengers (official 13 June 1949)
  /  /1945Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Wilsontown North Junction to Wilsontown West Junction closed.
04/06/1945Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Dolphinton [CR] to Carstairs (Dolphinton Junction) closed to passengers.
  /  /1946Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Wilsontown South Junction was renamed Wilsontown Junction [2nd]. The Wilsontown branch was singled between Haywood and Wilsontown Junction [2nd].
13/06/1949Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)
Balerno to Edinburgh (Balerno Junction) officially closed to passengers, although actually suspended in 1943.
  /  /1950Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Cleuch Colliery branch closed in the 1950s.
05/06/1950Bothwell 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.
05/02/1951Airdrie and Newhouse Line (Caledonian Railway)Wishaw and Coltness Railway
Morningside [CR] to Newmains closed to freight.
07/05/1951Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Barnton to Craigleith closed to passengers.
07/05/1951Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Barnton to Davidsons Mains (excluded) closed to freight.
10/09/1951Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Wilsontown to Auchengray (Wilsontown Junction [2nd]) closed to passengers. Wilsontown and Haywood are closed. Auchengray, on the Caledonian Railway's Edinburgh line, remains open until 1966.
01/10/1951Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Blackwood Junction to Tillietudlem (Southfield Junction) closed to passengers.
01/10/1951Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Brocketsbrae to Hamilton (Ferniegair Junction) closed to passengers.
  /04/1952Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
South Leith renamed Leith East Yard.
04/08/1952Kirriemuir Branch
(Caledonian Railway)
Kirriemuir to Forfar (Kirriemuir Junction) closed to passengers.
21/09/1953Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Alton Heights (excluded) to Brocketsbrae via Tillietudlem (Southfield Junction) closed to freight.
  /  /1958Ravenscraig Steel WorksGeneral Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
General Terminus re-built for importing coal and iron ore as the facilities at Rothesay Dock and the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway) were not sufficient.
09/09/1958Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Newhaven signalbox re-painted for visit of King Olav of Norway.
  /  /1960Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Closed.
04/01/1960Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Blackwood Junction to Tillietudlem (Southfield Junction) closed to freight.
04/01/1960Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Southfield Junction to Dalserf Junction closed to freight.
01/06/1960Barnton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Davidsons Mains to Craigleith closed to freight.
01/06/1960Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Craigleith goods closed.
  /01/1961Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Original bridge over the Clyde taken out of use.
02/01/1961Glasgow 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.
30/04/1962Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Leith North to Edinburgh Princes St (Dalry Middle Junction) closed to passengers.
30/04/1962Leith North Passenger Branch (Caledonian Railway) Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway) Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Leith North passenger service withdrawn. Craigleith, Murrayfield, Granton Road, Newhaven and Leith North closed.
23/06/1962RCTS Railtour
Excursion train hauled by Caledonian Railway 123 and Great North of Scotland Railway 49 from Ayr to Stranraer.
  /10/1962Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Seafield Engine shed closed.
11/02/1963Glasgow, Bothwell Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Allanshaw Foundry to Blantyre Junction (junction with Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)) closed to freight, replaced by a new link.
02/03/1964Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Edinburgh; Haymarket West Junction to Dalry Junction closed to passengers.
04/03/1964Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Stirling and Falkirk trains diverted from Edinburgh Princes Street to Edinburgh Waverley.
09/03/1964Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Coltbridge Junction to Dalry Middle Junction to Dalry Junction closed to freight.
09/03/1964Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Middle Junction to Haymarket West Junction closed.
20/04/1964Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Dalserf Junction to Ferniegair Junction closed to freight.
20/04/1964Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Canderside Exchange Sidings to Dalserf (Dalserf Junction) closed to freight.
04/05/1964Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Wilsontown Junction to Wilsontown closed.
06/07/1964Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Airdrie East to Calder (Imperial Tube works) closed to freight
07/09/1964Edinburgh 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.
07/09/1964The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
Balornock Junction to London Road closed.
05/10/1964Muirkirk Branch CR (Caledonian Railway)
Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Muirkirk to Ponfeigh closed to all traffic.
05/10/1964Muirkirk Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Muirkirk [2nd] to Lanark (Smyllum West Junction) closed to passengers.
05/10/1964Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Whifflet Upper to Langloan West Junction closed to passengers
07/12/1964Bonnybridge Canal Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Bonnybridge Canal to Greenhill closed to freight
07/12/1964Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Strathaven Central to Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] closed to freight.
14/06/1965Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Wishaw Central re-named Wishaw.
21/06/1965Kirriemuir Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Kirriemuir to Kirriemuir Junction (excluded) closed to goods.
21/06/1965Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Murrayfield goods closed.
02/08/1965Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Crewe Junction to Granton Gasworks closed.
06/09/1965Caledonian Railway
Edinburgh Princes Street to Slateford Junction closed to passengers
04/10/1965Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Coalburn to Hamilton (Haughhead Junction) closed to passengers.
04/10/1965Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Coalburn to Auchlochan Nos 9 and 10 Collieries (excluded) closed to freight.
04/10/1965Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Strathaven Central to Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] closed to passengers.
18/10/1965Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Lanark Racecourse to Smyllum West Junction closed to freight but is retained for turning engines.
07/01/1966Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Coatbridge to Rutherglen closed to passengers
24/01/1966East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Mavor and Coulsons Siding to East Kilbride closed to freight.
04/04/1966Airdrie and Newhouse Line (Caledonian Railway)
Chapelhall to Bellside junction closed
04/04/1966Airdrie and Newhouse Line (Caledonian Railway)
Newhouse to Chapelhall closed to freight
18/04/1966Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Lanark to Carstairs (Lanark Junction South Curve) closed to passengers.
04/07/1966Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Newhaven Junction to Leith Walk West (excluded) closed.
15/08/1966Caledonian 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.
07/11/1966Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Coatbridge Central to Rutherglen Junction closed to passengers
04/09/1967Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Junction to Leith North (excluded) closed.
04/09/1967Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway) Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Newhaven Junction to Coltfield Junction closed to freight.
04/12/1967Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)
Balerno Goods to Balerno Junction closed to freight.
04/12/1967Balerno Loop (Caledonian Railway)
Balerno Ground Frame to Ravelrig Junction closed to freight
15/01/1968Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Ponfeigh to Lanark Racecourse to Smyllum East Junction closed to freight.
05/02/1968Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton High Goods closed. (Latterly accessed via the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway).
28/02/1968Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
George Street Depot to Newhaven Junction closed to freight.
06/05/1968Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Leith Walk West to Seafield Junction (excluded) closed.
05/08/1968Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Leith North closed. (Latterly accessed via the dock lines from the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway).
05/08/1968Leith North Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Leith North to George Street Depot closed to freight. (Accessed from former North British Railway lines latterly)
16/09/1968Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Auchlochan Nos 9 and 10 Collieries to Larkhall Central closed to freight.
07/10/1968Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Lanark to Carstairs (Lanark Junction South Curve) closed to freight. (Alternative date 20/10/1968).
04/11/1968Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway) Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Larkhall Central to Haughhead Junction closed to freight.
  /  /1970Caledonian Railway Lancaster and Carlisle Railway Lancaster and Preston JunctionRailway Preston and Wigan Railway Wigan Branch Railway Warrington and Newton Railway Grand Junction Railway
Weaver Junction (south of Warrington) to Glasgow electrification authorised.
  /04/1970Caledonian Railway
Wishaw and Coltness Railway
Clydesdale Junction Railway
Polloc and Govan Railway
Glasgow Central Station
West Coast Main line electrification authorised.
03/01/1971Caledonian Railway
Beattock closed
  /  /1972Caledonian Railway
Dolphinton Junction signalbox closed.
  /  /1972Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Automatic ticket barriers introduced
22/10/1972Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Powerbox modernised.
31/12/1973Leith New Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Leith East Yard, last section of the line, closed. (Latterly accessed from North British Railway lines via Seafield Junction [2nd] ).
06/05/1974Caledonian Railway Wishaw and Coltness Railway Clydesdale Junction Railway Polloc and Govan Railway Glasgow Central Station
Glasgow Central to Carlisle electrification complete.
05/06/1979Caledonian Railway
Cobbinshaw (temporary) signalbox opened to control down line between
  /  /1980Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Granton Bitumen Works Siding closed. (Latterly accessed via the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway which is cut back to Powderhall).
10/11/1981Caledonian Railway
Cobbinshaw (temporary) signalbox closed
22/11/1981Caledonian Railway
Midcalder Junction box closed
  /  /1983Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway Society formed.
  /01/1984The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
London Road High Level closed to goods (except rare scrap workings).
  /  /1986Bainsford Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Fouldubs Junction to Bainsford Aluminium Works closed.
  /  /1986Granton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line lifted from Granton Harbour to the Granton Bitumen Works.
  /  /1986Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
Polkemmet Colliery line lifted.
  /  /1986Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Track laying starts.
  /  /1988Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Service starts running over a quarter of a mine of track running south from the new Leadhills station.
  /  /1991Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Rispin Cleugh Viaduct demolished.
04/10/1993Rutherglen 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.
13/02/1998Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Last mail train runs from the station to Cardiff.
04/07/2005Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Signalling switched on for the re-opening of the Hamilton - Larkhall branch.
17/07/2005Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Overhead Line Equipment (overhead wires) energised for the re-opening of the Hamilton - Larkhall line.

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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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Carlisle station is currently almost unrecognizable, being clad in scaffolding to allow refurbishment of the glass roof. ...
Ken Strachan 01/08/2017
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
The 1.40pm Stranraer Harbour - Newcastle Central pulls away from Carlisle on 13 July 1963 behind V2 2-6-2 60975. ...
K A Gray 13/07/1963
The 9.50am ex-Edinburgh Waverley photographed leaving Carlisle for Leeds via the S&C route in July 1965. Locomotive in charge is Neville Hill shed's ...
K A Gray 24/07/1965

Elevated trackside cabinets at Carlisle, installed following the devastating Storm Desmond floods of 2015. By coincidence I photographed these during ...
Duncan Ross 15/02/2020

This was the Caledonian Railway's first permanent locomotive shed in Carlisle. It was to the north of the station alongside the town's West Wall almost directly below the Deanery of Carlisle Cathedral.
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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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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
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
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

This junction was north of Carlisle station. It was where, in 1877, a northern end of the Carlisle Goods Loop (Carlisle Goods Traffic Committee) met the Caledonian Railway. Today it is the southern extremity of the goods lines which pass through Kingmoor Marshalling Yard where these rejoin the main line.
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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 ...
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This junction was north of Carlisle. It was the eastern end of a connecting line, Port Carlisle Junction to Canal Junction Curve (Caledonian Railway) opened in 1860 to give the Waverley Route an approach to Carlisle station.
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This is a pair of double track viaducts. The original is to the east and later, carrying goods lines and dating from 1942, to the west. ...

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A Class 26 crosses the River Eden at Etterby shortly after leaving Carlisle in 1983 with a train for Glasgow Central via the G&SW route. ...
Colin Alexander //1983
A Black Five with a freight northbound from Carlisle in the sixties. The train is crossing the 1942 bridge built to carry the goods lines over the ...
Bruce McCartney //
The WCML crossing the River Eden at Etterby with a train from Glasgow Central via Dumfries heading for Carlisle station. View east in April 2007. ...
John Furnevel 18/04/2007
Glasgow-Euston Pendolino service crossing the River Eden at Etterby on the original bridge built to carry the WCML. ...
John Furnevel 18/04/2007

This junction is north of the Eden Viaduct [Etterby]. It opened in 1874 when the main Caledonian Railway shed for Carlisle relocated further north.
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This double ended shed was located on the east side of the Caledonian Railway, approached from the south.
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A quiet Saturday at Kingmoor on 17 October 1964, with Black 5 4-6-0 44887 stabled in the shed yard. ...
K A Gray 17/10/1964
Fowler 2-6-4 tank 42353 stands in the shed yard at Carlisle Kingmoor on 18 July 1964, a month after its official withdrawal. The locomotive was broken ...
K A Gray 18/07/1964
Britannia Pacific 70011 Hotspur in 5the shed yard at Kingmoor in the summer of 1964. ...
K A Gray 18/07/1964
A lonely looking Fowler 3F no 47531 stands in the rain at Kingmoor in 1967. ...
Colin Miller //1967

37087 on display at the DRS Kingmoor Open Day in Carlisle on 11 July 2009. ...
Kevin McCartney 11/07/2009
DRS 47593 looking smart for the Kingmoor TMD open day on 11 July 2009. ...
Kevin McCartney 11/07/2009
Looking through the DRS shed at Kingmoor during the open day on 11 July 2009, with 66431 standing at the head of the line. ...
Kevin McCartney 11/07/2009
Preserved class 50 no 50049 Defiance on display at the DRS Kingmoor TMD open day on 11 July. ...
Kevin McCartney 11/07/2009

This junction is the southern approach to Kingmoor Marshalling Yard and northern exit from Carlisle Kingmoor TMD. It is located north of Carlisle.
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Wide view looking north from Kingmoor Road in November 2007 with the WCML running past on the right. ...
John Furnevel 03/11/2007
A Carlisle - Glasgow Central service at the south end of Kingmoor yard on 3 November. It has just passed the overgrown 1963 Kingmoor box standing ...
John Furnevel 03/11/2007
Looking south at Kingmoor Marshalling Yard. The former Border Union Railway / Waverley Route passes over the line in the distance and a Deltic heads ...
Ewan Crawford //

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. The box was on the west side opposite the goods yard and south of the northbound platform.
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Looking west at the station building at Rockcliffe. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/09/2006
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
The former station at Rockcliffe in April 2007 looking west towards the WCML. ...
John Furnevel 18/04/2007
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


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

This is a long, wide and low concrete viaduct carrying three tracks. The viaduct was replaced for the opening of the Kingmoor Marshalling Yard. It crosses the River Esk and the floodplains to both north and south. It is carried on a large number of piers.
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Pendolino crosses the Esk Viaduct (Cumbria) on its way north on the evening of 14 April. In the distance the line to Longtown turns off to the right. ...
Ewan Crawford 14/04/2008
Virgin service crossing the Esk Viaduct at Metal Bridge. View looks west. ...
Ewan Crawford 14/04/2008


Also known as Longtown Emergency Connection. This was a connection south of Mossband Junction where the Longtown MOD sidings.
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This junction has had a series of openings (and closures) and has been largely associated with the munitions factories at Longtown, Gretna and Smalmstown, and the southern approach to the Waverley Route.
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A Dumfries to Carlisle Scotrail service is about to pass under the A74M at Mossband Jct on 27 April 2017. ...
John McIntyre 27/04/2017
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 junction, south of Gretna station, was where the 1847 portion of the Caledonian Railway was met by the 1861 branch of the Border Union Railway (North British Railway) from Longtown. The connection was double track with the Border Union rapidly dropping to single track before being met (at Gretna Junction [NBR]) by its own Gretna [NB] terminus station single track ...

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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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A container train runs south towards Carlisle on 3 August 2007, having just passed through Gretna Junction. Beyond the wooden fence on the left is the ...
John Furnevel 03/08/2007
Kingmoor Black 5 no 44672 heads north from Gretna on the WCML in the 1960s see image 28054. ...
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Southbound FTPE service to Manchester Airport passing Gretna on 2 June 2008. ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2008
Southbound coal train passing the former Gretna station on 2 June behind a Freightliner class 66. ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2008

This two arch double track viaduct is just north of the former Gretna [CR] station and just south of Gretna Junction. It is on the Scotland/England border. ...

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44871 and 45407 (with 37517 leading) have just crossed the River Sark. So, curiously, I am in England (just) and the train is in Scotland. ...
Bruce McCartney 28/03/2018
AC Cars Railbus Sc79979 pauses at the border sign at Gretna on 8th
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PR&PO British Railways (Douglas Blades Collection) 08/08/1958

This junction is just to the north of the former Gretna [CR] station and Sark Viaduct. It is only just in Scotland, being just north of the Border. 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 location is just north of Gretna Junction.
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The two Class 50s on the 'Waverley Re-union' special in the loop at Quintinshill on 5th January 2019.
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Bruce McCartney 05/01/2019
Scene inside Quintinshill signal box on 1 July 1972. ...
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 01/07/1972
The Devil's Porridge Museum in Eastriggs is mainly concerned with all the activities surrounding the construction of HM Factory Gretna, and the ...
Mark Bartlett 31/01/2016
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


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

Diverted 43 074 approaches Cove level crossing. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Diverted 43 042 has crossed Cove level crossing. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Glasgow train approaches Cove level crossing. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This signal box, on the south side of the line, controlled access to two quarry sidings.
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This is a double track eight arch masonry viaduct with an overall length of 306 ft and a height of 38 ft. The viaduct crosses the Kirtle Water south east of the former Kirtlebridge station and junction.
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This was a small two platform station until the opening of the Solway Junction Railway in 1869. Reconstruction created a junction station. The station closed in 1960.
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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 on the east side of the line and sidings on the west side, served from the north. The box closed in 1933.
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This viaduct is between Lockerbie (to the north) and the former Castlemilk Goods Yard.
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This is a two platform station. The main station building is on the northbound platform. This building, by William Tite, is in Tudor style, with crow-stepped gables and remains standing. The central part is two storey and attic and side wings single storey. The platforms were canopied. A modern, somewhat grim, canopy runs for part of the length of the main building.
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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 1311 CrossCountry service to Edinburgh leaving Lockerbie on 6 February 2008. The harsh winter sun is casting some interesting shadows on the lift ...
John Furnevel 06/02/2008
88010 Aurora powers north through Lockerbie with the Tesco containers on 12th April 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 12/04/2019
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

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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Although working hard, there is only a light exhaust from the double blastpipe on 46115 'Scots Guardsman' as it heads north at Dinwoodie towards ...
John McIntyre 29/04/2014
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. The main station building was on the southbound platform.
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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 signal box was between Beattock station (to the north) and Wamphray station (to the south). The box was on the west side of the line south of the bridge to Nether Murthat Farm. There was a trailing crossover.
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Beattock is a village but it had a fine station with superior buildings. 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, on the east side, for the Moffat Railway. Going north from Beattock is the climb to Beattock Summit.
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92036 approaches Beattock on 27 May 2012 with the southbound Tesco container service from Mossend to Daventry. ...
John McIntyre 27/05/2012
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
GBRf 66733 'Cambridge PSB' is accelerated hard just after leaving Beattock station loop shortly after 16.00 on 13 June 2019. The train is the Mossend ...
David Pesterfield 13/06/2019
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

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

This was a railway staff and families halt north of Beattock. There was a signal box here, initially called 'Longbedholm', on the west side of the line alongside a trailing crossover.
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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 ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //

This signal box was on the west side of the line. There were railway cottages on the east side, south of the box. There was a loop here.
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The 0729 Manchester Airport - Edinburgh Waverley climbing Beattock bank north of Greskine on 27 March 2017. ...
John Furnevel 27/03/2017
Running parallel with the Elvan Water on the climb to Beattock summit near Greskine on 27 March 2017. The Pendolino is the Virgin Trains 0643 London ...
John Furnevel 27/03/2017
The 10.51 Mossend - Daventry containers descending Beattock bank near Greskine on a cold February day in 2005. The locomotive is 92002 H G ...
John Furnevel /02/2005
Newton Heath Black 5 44696 photographed on 31 July 1965 just north of Greskine. The train is being banked by Beattock shed's 76090. ...
John Robin 31/07/1965

44767 north of Harthope with banker 42694 doing most of the work. ...
John Robin 31/07/1965
A Britannia Pacific with a down train photographed on Beattock bank in the 1960s. The train is seen at Harthope heading for the summit. ...
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70032 Tennyson descending towards Harthope with up ecs on 31 July 1965. ...
John Robin 31/07/1965
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 73064 climbs unassisted towards Harthope viaduct in the summer of 1965. ...
John Robin 31/07/1965

This signal box was on the climb up Beattock Bank between Greskine Signal Box to Beattock Summit. The box was on the south side of the line alongside the Harthope Cottages with Harthope Viaduct to the south east.
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This summit has up and down loops and engineers sidings. The Caledonian Railway considered the height to be 1,015 ft, since revised to 1,016 ft.
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A Manchester Airport to Edinburgh TPE service passes Beattock Summit on 19 April 2017. ...
John McIntyre 19/04/2017
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
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 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 final ...
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 is a double track viaduct over the Elvan Water just west of the site of the former Elvanfoot station. ...

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This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the northbound platform with a waiting room on the southbound. There was a footbridge at the north west end of the station, part of a footpath from Crawford which continued over a footbridge over the River Clyde and on to Midlock, to the north. There was no goods yard, but the station had a small timber signal box at the south end ...

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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
Running north from Crawford and about half-way to Abington. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Looking west at Crawford, class 86 and train heading south. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This viaduct is between the former stations at Abington and Crawford, about half a mile north west of Crawford station. The railway crosses the River Clyde by means of this double track three span viaduct.
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The morning sun illuminates Crawford Viaduct on 19 October 2007 as a Virgin CrossCountry service from Birmingham New Street to Glasgow Central crosses ...
John Furnevel 19/10/2007
Pendolino heading for Glasgow at Crawford. ...
Ewan Crawford //2005
TransPennine 350402 from Manchester Airport to Glasgow Central crosses Crawford Viaduct on 17 March. ...
Bill Roberton 17/03/2014
Southbound Pendolino near Crawford. ...
Beth Crawford //2005

This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the northbound (town side) building with a waiting room on the southbound platform.
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GBRf 66736 'Wolverhampton Wanderers' passes Abington loops with the North Blyth - Fort William Alcan tanks, diverted via Hexham because of engineering ...
Bill Roberton 21/09/2019
A down Virgin Pendolino photographed midway between Crawford and Abington in the summer of 2007. ...
John Furnevel 02/08/2007
88010 Aurora nears Abington with the Daventry - Mossend intermodal on 16th April 2019.
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Bill Roberton 16/04/2019
In preparation for the 'Jacobite' service from Fort William to Mallaig, West Coast 37518 hauls 45212, 45407 and empty stock from Carnforth towards ...
Bill Roberton 16/04/2019

This signal box, on the east side of the railway, was named for the nearby farm just to the east. The River Clyde is just to the west.
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6233 Duchess of Sutherland approaching Wandel, hauling West Coast Railways Royal Scot from Stafford to Stirling on 2nd October 2010. 6233 hauled the ...
Norman Glen 02/10/2010
6233 Duchess of Sutherland hauling West Coast Railways Royal Scot from Stafford to Stirling see image 57818 on the 2nd of October ...
Norman Glen 02/10/2010
Freightliner 66540 passes Wandel Mill on 16th April 2019. This was a Polmadie to York Yard South working with two vandalised bogie hopper wagons.
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Bill Roberton 16/04/2019
A Virgin Pendolino passing Wandel Mill on the WCML between Abington and Lamington, looking south west on 15 August 2018. The bridge spans the Wandel ...
John Furnevel 15/08/2018

A Pendolino leans into the curve as it runs south across the Clyde at Lamington on an overcast 20 September 2006. The train is the 1140 Glasgow ...
John Furnevel 20/09/2006
Northbound coal empties returning from Fiddlers Ferry power station crossing the River Clyde at Lamington on 23 April 2013 behind Freightliner 66510. ...
John Furnevel 23/04/2013
Rapidly fading light at Lamington on a December afternoon in 2005 as a Virgin Voyager hurries north across the Clyde with a late running Birmingham ...
John Furnevel 19/12/2005
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. It was not convenient for the village of Lamington and Lamington House being a mile away by road and across the River Clyde.
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The 1040 Glasgow Central - London Euston Virgin Pendolino, photographed shortly after passing through the site of Lamington station and heading for ...
John Furnevel 31/07/2007
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
Weak autumn sunshine illuminates the Clyde Valley at Lamington in September 2006 as EWS 66219 approaches the viaduct southbound with a coal train from ...
John Furnevel 22/09/2006

This was a two platform station opened in 1848. 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 passing the site of the original (1848) ...
John Furnevel 06/01/2013

This was a three platform junction station opened in 1863 with the planned extension of the Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway to Peebles [CR] in 1864. It replaced Symington [1st] around 1000 ft to the south. Between the two stations 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 is about to run through the site of Symington ...
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
Platform view south through Symington station on the WCML during a quiet period on Saturday 4 April 1959. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 04/04/1959

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 small signal box was north of Thankerton. The box was on the east side and there was a trailing crossover. It was replaced in 1918 with a similarly small box
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This 1897 signal box was on the east side of the line south of Carstairs, Float Viaduct and the Strawfrank Watertroughs. It controlled access to Grange Siding from which the Cairngryffe Quarry Tramway ran south west to the quarry. The siding was on the west side of the line and approached from the north.
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Looking north west along the WCML towards Carstairs on 10 July 1965, with the remains of Pettinain signal box visible on the up side of the line. ...
John Robin 17/07/1965
An EE Type 4 with the down Royal Scot passing the site of Pettinain signal box in the summer of 1965 on the southern approach to Carstairs. ...
John Robin 17/07/1965

Just south of Float Viaduct passing the site of the watertroughs and heading south. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Corkerhill Standard Class 5 4-6-0 no 73122 passing over Stawfrank troughs with an up relief WCML service on 17 July 1965. ...
John Robin 17/07/1965
Black 5 44670 with a down relief service approaching Carstairs on the afternoon of 17 July 1965. Photographed shortly after taking on water from ...
John Robin 17/07/1965
Carstairs based Black 5 no 45173 on Strawfrank Troughs with a Lockerbie train on 24 July 1964. The train has just cleared Float Viaduct which can be ...
John Robin 24/07/1964

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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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 junction is where the West Coast Main Line from the south divides, the western line running to Glasgow Central (and the north) and eastern to Edinburgh Waverley. Carstairs station is just to the north on the Glasgow fork.
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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
A late morning Glasgow Central - London Euston Pendolino about to run through Carstairs South Junction on 11 May 2017. The line from Edinburgh via ...
John Furnevel 11/05/2017
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

This is an island platform station on the western junction of the triangular junction at Carstairs. There is a modern station building on the platform which is approached by a footbridge over the Glasgow bound lines.
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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 88003 speeds along the Down Main at Carstairs with the Daventry - Mossend Tesco train on 12 June. ...
Bill Roberton 12/06/2017
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 66429 photographed at the east end of Carstairs station with the Mossend - Tees Dock containers on the morning of 11 September 2009. The train is ...
John Furnevel 11/09/2009

This signal box was west of Carstairs station, controlling sidings on either side of the line west to Glasgow. The box was on the north side of the line with a tramway to a sand pit running behind it to the north.
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This signal box was west of Carstairs station close to the later site of Ravenstruther Coal Terminal (just to its east). Sidings on the north side of the line were served from the east.
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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

This junction was the eastern apex of a triangular junction. Also known as Silvermuir East Junction or Silvermuir Junction East. The other junctions were Cleghorn Junction, to the west, and Silvermuir South Junction, to the south.
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DBS 66093 slows for a signal check near the site of Silvermuir 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 Junction on 19 March. ...
Bill Roberton 19/03/2015
Kingmoor Black 5 no 44899 struggles to restart its train in the rain past Lanark Junction box (which controlled Silvermuir, Silvermuir South and ...
John Robin 15/07/1966

This is the junction for Lanark used by trains from Glasgow to join the single track branch from the double track West Coast Main Line. Unfortunately the east to south curve closed and the former service from Edinburgh would now be very awkward to operate.
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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
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
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 siding on the south side of the line, approached from tthe west, served the brick works. The works underwent a major expansion in 1897. Several looped sidings were installed on the south side of the line. A siding from the east end of the loops was a reversing spur for a line to the south side of the works.
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Craigenhill box was by the summit. From here a mineral line ran north from a reversing spur off the southbound line to reach Craigenhill Lime Works (from which the line continued to a quarry to the east, one of several in the area).
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Ewan Crawford //2005
Kingmoor Black 5 45259 just west of Craigenhill on 16 July 1965 with a down parcels train. ...
John Robin 16/07/1965
Train for Lanark, formed by 334 032, passing Fullwood in March 2009. ...
Bill Roberton 20/03/2009
Glasgow bound Pendolino at Fullwood, between Carluke and Lanark Junction, on 20 March 2009 ...
Bill Roberton 20/03/2009

This signal box controlled the junction south of Braidwood for a mineral line network (Mauldslee Branch (Caledonian Railway)) serving iron ore quarries to the south of the village of Carluke, now a town.
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This was a two platform station with a goods yard on the west side, served from the north. A lattice footbridge connected the platforms.
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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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A Brush Type 4 with a southbound passenger train near Braidwood on Glasgow Fair Saturday 1966. ...
Colin Miller //1966

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
A Glasgow Central to Lanark service calls at its penultimate stop on 25 October 2018. It is formed of a Class 320 leading with a Class 318 behind. ...
David Panton 25/10/2018
Class 320s at Carluke on 29 May 2017. On the left a Glasgow bound service arrives while on the right a Lanark bound service waits to depart. ...
John McIntyre 29/05/2017

This signal box (1874) served a branch which ran north east to the Castlehill Iron Works (closed 1884) and Castlehill No 6 Colliery. A short siding ran south west to Whiteshaw Foundry and a saw mill was also served. The box closed in 1967.
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This was a four platform station which opened with the Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway) of 1880 which met the Caledonian Railway of 1848 here. The station had a more or less east-west alignment.
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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

This junction was the location where the Wishaw and Coltness Railway (this portion opened around 1842) was met by the Caledonian Railway in 1848. The Caledonian used the W&C as part of its approach to Glasgow and to the north.
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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. A box opened with the junction. The Dolphinton 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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An Edinburgh-bound Virgin Voyager between Carstairs South and East Junctions on 28 August 2010. Photograped from a Glasgow Central - North Berwick ...
David Panton 28/08/2010
An east coast service slowly joins the single track east to west curve at Carstairs East Junction (formerly Dolphinton Junction) in 2004. The view ...
Ewan Crawford 22/12/2004
DBS 66037 climbs to Cobbinshaw with 6E28 Dalzell - Tees Yard steel empties at 14.27 on 5 February. ...
Ken Browne 05/02/2011
The Dolphinton Branch (opened 1867) met the mainline of Caledonian Railway at Dolphinton Junction, Carstairs. This junction was also (from 1872) the ...
Ewan Crawford 22/12/2004

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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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
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
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
The 0422 Tees Dock – Mossend Euroterminal approaching Carstairs East Junction off the Edinburgh line on 31 August 2016. The train is routed via ...
John Furnevel 31/08/2016

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 ...
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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. The signal box was on the south side of the ...

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Northbound GNER train passing Auchengray in 1999. In the intervening years the lineside cabinets and railway fencing have gone, the barrier has been ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
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

This was the southern junction of a triangular junction. The other junctions were Wilsontown West Junction and Wilsontown North Junction.
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This was the northern junction of a triangular junction. The other junctions were Wilsontown West Junction and Wilsontown South Junction.
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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 was the junction for the Tarbrax Oil works. The line had a facing connection from the southbound line of the Caledonian Railway south of Cobbinshaw Reservoir.
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66194 passes Woolfords with the Mossend - Tees Dock intermodal. ...
Bill Roberton 30/04/2019
60009 and 44871 pass Woolfords with the Preston - Edinburgh leg of the Railway Touring Company's 'Great Britain XII' tour. ...
Bill Roberton 30/04/2019

This signal box was on the west side of the line serving a short branch on the east side which curved from east to south east to reach the Harburn Limeworks. Also served was the Torphin Quarry alongside the junction. The branch made a trailing connection and had a trailing crossover. It was a single track line with a short loop at the junction and siding, on the east side, for the ...

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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
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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

This is a six arch double track viaduct over the Linhouse Water. The engneers were John Errington and Joseph Locke.
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This box was south of Midcalder Junction and north of Linhouse Water Viaduct. The box was on the east side of the line.
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This signal box was west of Midcalder Junction and controlled the approach to the junction of both the Caledonian Railway main line from Carstairs and the Shotts line.
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This is the junction between the Caledonian Railway's Carlisle to Edinburgh Princes Street main line of 1848 and its Edinburgh and Glasgow railway, via Shotts, of 1869.
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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. There is a small car park.
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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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380116 nears Kirknewton with the 14.16 from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh on 30th December 2019.
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Bill Roberton 30/12/2019
156456 calls at Kirknewton with a Glasgow Central - Edinburgh service on a foggy 30 March. ...
Bill Roberton 30/03/2014

This was the junction for the 1866 Camps Branch (Caledonian Railway) which served Raw Camps Mine, Camps Goods and Raw Camps Quarry.
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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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This junction was formed in 1874 between the west end of the Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway) and the 1848 Caledonian Railway.
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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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Ravelrig Junction in a view looking east in 1999. The ballasted area to the right of the track was the junction sidings with the junction itself ...
Ewan Crawford //1999

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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DBC 66110 nears Curriehill with a very long and varied Mossend - Tees Dock intermodal on 16 April 2019.
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Bill Roberton 16/04/2019
A pair of class 221 Voyagers pass through Curriehill with the 10.51 from Edinburgh to London Euston on 7th July 2019.
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Bill Roberton 07/07/2019
A Glasgow Central stopper pulls out of Curriehill on 16 December 2019. There is not much to the north of the station, though you can walk to ...
David Panton 16/12/2019
Specially repainted 50007 and 50049 near Curriehill with a GBRf charter from Motherwell to Birmingham New Street on 7th July 2019.
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Bill Roberton 07/07/2019

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
All guns blazing. A Slateford Yard - Carstairs East RHTT working approaching the platforms of Wester Hailles station as it heads south west out of ...
John Furnevel 04/10/2007
Line occupation for engineering work at Wester Hailes - 4 June 2005. View looking east from the Waverley bound platform. ...
John Furnevel 04/06/2005

This is a two platform station. There is no car park. A station house remains next to the west end of the station and level crossing, in use as a house. The line runs parallel to the Union Canal here (it is just to the north) and the railway passes over the canal just to the east.
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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
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 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
An Edinburgh-bound 158 calls at Kingsknowe with an hourly service to Edinburgh. Kingsknowe closed for a few years and reopened in 1971 after a local ...
David Panton 06/03/2017

This junction was at the east end of the Balerno Branch and connected the 1874 single track branch to the 1848 main line railway.
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Balerno Junction looking south west in 1999. The open main line is to the right and the trackbed of the Balerno route is to the left, the walker being ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
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 14 arch double track masonry viaduct parallel to the Slateford Aqueduct.
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A deserted Inglis Green Road on 19 January 2019 as a Sunday morning empty stock movement crosses Slateford Viaduct eastbound on its way to Waverley. ...
John Furnevel 19/01/2020
An early morning light engine movement crossing Slateford Viaduct westbound on 25 March 2018. DRS 66424 is on its way from Craigentinny to Motherwell. ...
John Furnevel 25/03/2018
A Voyager running ECS westbound over Slatford Viaduct on Sunday morning 25 March 2018, seen from below the Union Canal aqueduct. The train is on its ...
John Furnevel 25/03/2018
GBRf 66736 Wolverhampton Wanderers crosses Slateford Viaduct on 30th October 2018 hauling the North Blyth - Fort William alumina train.
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Bill Roberton 30/10/2018

This two platform station was west of the present Slateford station. It was just east of the Slateford Viaduct.
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This is a two platform station in the south west of Edinburgh.
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A Glasgow Central to Waverley stopper calls at Slateford on 16 January 2020. It picked up no one; ridership into town is low as cheaper and far more ...
David Panton 16/01/2020
GBRf 66736 'Wolverhampton Wanderers' passes through Slateford on 1st October 2019, hauling the North Blyth to Fort William alumina train, having come ...
Bill Roberton 01/10/2019
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
'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

This is the west end of a curve opened from Craiglockhart Junction in 1961 in connection with the development of Millerhill Marshalling Yard.
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MPVs DR98961 and 98911 head for Slateford Yard with RHTT equipment, having come from Mossend on 1st October 2019.
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Bill Roberton 01/10/2019
On 25 May 2019, DB 66085 takes a long ballast train off the link from the suburban circle at Slateford Junction and through the station. This was a ...
David Panton 25/05/2019
A Sprinter takes the suburban line at Slateford Junction in 1993 during diversions away from Haymarket. ...
Ewan Crawford //1993
'Flying Scotsman' seen at Slateford pulling out onto the WCML from the Craiglockhart Connection with 1Z44 'Cathedrals Express' for Appleby, running on ...
Alasdair Taylor 16/05/2017


This was a double track junction east of Slateford station (and the present Slateford Junction). It was the connection between the 1848 Caledonian Railway and the abortive Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway) of 1859 which was intended to allow the Caledonian access to Haymarket to Edinburgh Waverley.
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The 1960s signal box at Slateford Junction is long out of use as a box, but is still in use for something. For a while it was the home of the ...
David Panton 16/01/2020
The interior of Slateford signalbox in 1981, shortly before its closure. ...
Bill Roberton //1981
Out of use signalbox at Slateford, now a signalling training centre. By permission of Railtrack. ...
Ewan Crawford //
47461 Charles Rennie Mackintosh about to cross over the Edinburgh Suburban line with a WCML portion from Carstairs in 1982. Beyond is the ...
Bill Roberton //1982

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 junction was at the east end of a loop which started at Slateford Junction [1st]. The loop was on the south side of the line and was for Exhibition [CR] station. This was the genesis of Slateford Yard.
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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 the former Weston's 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


This box was opposite the Dalry Manure Depot siding. The siding was on the south/east side of the line just south of Dalry Shed and box a little to the south on the opposite side by Henderson Terrace.
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This junction opened was between lines westwards to Stirling, Granton, North Leith and Barnton, and Glasgow Central, Carstairs and Carlisle. To the east lines to Morrison Street Goods, Edinburgh Princes Street and Lothian Road Goods divided.
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The West Approach Road follows the route of the Caledonian main line out of Princes Street while the Leith branch curved off to the right. Dalry Road ...
David Panton 25/12/2019
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



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 1893-94. After the reconstruction the main station building was a single storey (but very high). 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 ...

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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
The Princes Street station arch, recently restored in Caledonian Railway colours on the advice of the National Railway Museum, as mentioned in new ...
John Yellowlees 13/01/2019
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




Garnqueen to Greenhill Branch

Garnqueen South Junction to Greenhill Lower Junction.

The 1826 Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway was met here by the 1848 Caledonian Railway. The Caledonian used the M&K route to reach Garnqueen East Junction to the south, so a short portion of the main line was one of the earliest railways belonged to the North British. There were restrictions on the NB for their use of this section of their line to avoid the blocking of expresses by ...

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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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This is a double track junction where the former Caledonian Railway lines from Glasgow and the south meet and continue north to Stirling and beyond.
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Cumbernauld-Springburn DMU at Garnqueen North Junction. Viewed from signalbox. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Garnqueen North Junction box. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Garnqueen North Junction Signal Box in 1980. I am reliably informed by Joe McLaughlin that the signalman is Eddie Berry (Joe was Eddie's relief). ...
Ian Millar //1980
The frame in Garnqueen North Junction signalbox. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

Springburn-Cumbernauld DMU passing Garnqueen North Junction. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Southbound postal at Garnqueen North Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Signalpost at Garnqueen North Junction. View faces north-east. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Southbound freight at Garnqueen North Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

This level crossing is north east of Garnqueen North Junction and to the immediate north west of the village of Greenfoot. There was a signal box by the crossing and formerly quarry sidings.
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The Caledonian Railway signalbox at Greenfoot, seen in 1992.
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Bill Roberton //1992
Dumbarton Central to Cumbernauld passing over Greenfoot Level Crossing (3/3/17). ...
Alastair McLellan 03/03/2017
68 020 Reliance approaching Greenfoot Level Crossing with the morning empty coaching movement from Edinburgh Waverley to Motherwell Tmd (9/3/17). ...
Alastair McLellan 09/03/2017
A DMU heading for Cumbernauld passing Greenfoot Level Crossing in 1989. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989


This signal box, north of Greenfoot Level Crossing, controlled access to the Gain Quarry. The box was located on the west side of the line opposite the trailing connection for the quarry siding. A railway cottage was directly to the west of the box. Tramways ran from the siding into the quarry itself.
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Glasgow Corporation acquired the Madgescroft estate around 1900 for refuse disposal (and other purposes).
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This box was south of Cumbernauld. On the south/east side of the line was Madgescroft Siding serving a sand pit and on the north/west side was Maryburgh Siding, a Glasgow Corporation Railway siding for a tip.
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Ex-LMS Pacific no 46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' with the PMR Tours Caledonian, roars past Madgiscroft near Cumbernauld on 6 October on its way ...
Ken Browne 06/10/2012
DRS class 66 no 66428 leading classmate 66425 past Madgiscroft near Cumbernauld on 6 October 2012 with Intermodal working 4M16. (Historically the ...
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This is a two platform station. It was opened to serve the southern part of Cumbernauld as the 'new town' extended south. ...

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318270 arriving at Greenfaulds station from Cumbernauld in pouring rain on 26th July 2017. ...
David Bosher 26/07/2017
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
An Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street service calls at Greenfaulds on 22 June 2019. ...
David Panton 22/06/2019
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

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'. There was a small goods yard at the north end of the eastbound platform and, north of this, a loop off the line.
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A Dalmuir service snakes out of the reversing siding and into Cumbernauld station on 5 January 2019. Most passengers here though are more interested ...
David Panton 05/01/2019
The Class 314 farewell railtour arrives in the platform from the turnback siding at Cumbernauld on 18 December 2019 with 314202 now on the rear for ...
John McIntyre 18/12/2019
With the Class 314 railtour in the turnback siding, 385112 on a Queen St to Waverley service heads north from Cumbernauld on 18 December 2019. Weather ...
John McIntyre 18/12/2019
Carriage stop markers at platform 2, Cumbernauld. Overhead Line infrastructure in place. See Image 24882 ...
Colin Harkins 21/02/2014

This signal box was on the west side of the line. It was replaced in 1908. Following this there was a trailing siding on the southbound line and a trailing crossover just to its north. The box closed in 1931. ...

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Abronhill tunnel, a mile north of Cumbernauld. This tunnel was removed circa 2000. ...
Brian Forbes /04/2002

This Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway curve never opened but the earthworks still partly remain.
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Looking west at the embankment and possible bridge pier on a projected spur from the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway to the Caledonian Railway near ...
Bill Roberton 27/10/2017

This was the works of John G Stein and Co. Ltd. It was served by a siding from the Caledonian Railway which was on the south side of the line. The location was just north of where the Caledonian Railway passed under the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway on the approach to Greenhill Lower from the south.
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A view west of the largely derelict site of the Castlecary Fireclay Works, Greenhill, in 1988. Sidings from the Caledonian served the works from the ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

Seen from Greenhill Upper Junction box is a 37 hauling sand(?) west from Greenhill Lower Junction. This will shortly after pass under the E&GR. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This was a double track junction immediately west of Greenhill Lower Junction. The 1886 Bonnybridge Canal Branch (Caledonian Railway) met the 1848 Greenhill branch of the Caledonian Railway. Going east the Bonnybridge line passed through the northern two platforms of Greenhill Lower station.
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Kingmoor Black 5s nos 45364+44901 at the head of a car train which has recently arrived at Bonnybridge Junction, circa late 50s/early 60s. The cars ...
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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 to Perth. Both lines remain open today.
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380105, on a Glasgow Edinburgh via Falkirk Grahamston service, seen passing Broomhill to the east of Greenhill Lower on 19th December 2018.
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Douglas McPherson 19/12/2018
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
On the first weekday of the new May 2019 timetable, 170414 with a Stirling to Queen Street service slows at Greenhill Lower Junction to allow an E&G ...
Douglas McPherson 20/05/2019
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




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.

This junction was formed in 1848 when a short connecting line of the Caledonian Railway was put in between the 1843 Coatbridge Central branch of the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway at Gartsherrie South Junction and Gartsherrie NB Junction (to the north) on the 1826 Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway.
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Gartsherrie South box viewed from the rear with the main line beyond. ...
Bill Roberton //1993
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
Gartsherrie South Junction and the signal box with its distinct lean. The Coatbridge Freightliner Terminal is in the background. The junction has ...
Bill Roberton 31/08/1985
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

This former junction was formed between the 1826 Monkland and Kirktintilloch Railway and a short connection made by the 1848 Caledonian Railway which ran south crossing the 1831 Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway on the level en route and meeting its 1843 branch to Coatbridge Central at Garnqueen South Junction.
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Carstairs to Dolphinton Junction

This is an island platform station on the western junction of the triangular junction at Carstairs. There is a modern station building on the platform which is approached by a footbridge over the Glasgow bound lines.
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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 88003 speeds along the Down Main at Carstairs with the Daventry - Mossend Tesco train on 12 June. ...
Bill Roberton 12/06/2017
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 66429 photographed at the east end of Carstairs station with the Mossend - Tees Dock containers on the morning of 11 September 2009. The train is ...
John Furnevel 11/09/2009

This shed was located to the north of the West-East chord of the Carstairs triangular junction. It was immediately north and east of Carstairs station. Approach was from west and east.
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Recently withdrawn steam locomotives in the yard at Carstairs in July 1966 include B1 4-6-0 61116, with Black 5 44956 standing behind. The B1 was cut ...
K A Gray /07/1966
Stored steam locmotives awaiting disposal in the sidings at Carstairs in July 1966. Nearest the camera is BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 73078, withdrawn ...
K A Gray /07/1966
Virgin Thunderbird rescue locomotive no 57305 John Tracy stands in readiness in the sidings on the north side of Carstairs station in ...
John Furnevel /03/2004
Black 5 44700 awaiting disposal in the sidings at Carstairs in the summer of 1966. The locomotive was officially withdrawn from 64D in July and cut up ...
K A Gray //1966

The 1867 Dolphinton [CR] line started from a junction which allowed trains from Carstairs station to join the branch. A box opened with the junction. The Dolphinton 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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An Edinburgh-bound Virgin Voyager between Carstairs South and East Junctions on 28 August 2010. Photograped from a Glasgow Central - North Berwick ...
David Panton 28/08/2010
An east coast service slowly joins the single track east to west curve at Carstairs East Junction (formerly Dolphinton Junction) in 2004. The view ...
Ewan Crawford 22/12/2004
DBS 66037 climbs to Cobbinshaw with 6E28 Dalzell - Tees Yard steel empties at 14.27 on 5 February. ...
Ken Browne 05/02/2011
The Dolphinton Branch (opened 1867) met the mainline of Caledonian Railway at Dolphinton Junction, Carstairs. This junction was also (from 1872) the ...
Ewan Crawford 22/12/2004