Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway)

Introduction

This line extended the Cleland Branch of the Wishaw and Coltness Railway to meet the Coltness Branch of the Wishaw and Coltness Railway by the Coltness Ironworks and continued to Morningside [CR]. Marked as the Cleland Branch Extension on OS maps.




Dates

  /  /1861Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway)
An extension of the Cleland branch to Morningside [CR] is promoted. The branch will serve numerous mines and the Coltness Iron Works, avoiding the Morningside Incline of the existing route to Morningside [1st]. It also provides possible access to Edinburgh over the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway owned Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway. The Morningside [CR] extension of the Cleland branch predates its extension east through Shotts to Midcalder.
  /  /1862Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway)
Omoa Branch Deviation authorised.
  /  /1863Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway)
Newarthill and Morningside Branch Deviation authorised.
01/12/1864Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway) Salsburgh Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Extension of the former Wishaw and Coltness Railway's Cleland Branch to Morningside [CR] (Newarthill and Morningside Branch) opened to goods.
15/05/1867Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened to passengers (Newarthill and Morningside Branch). New stations at Cleland [1st], Newmains and a new Morningside [CR].
  /05/1887Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway)
Start of an arrangement where the Coltness Iron Company pays £200 annually to allow Coltness Iron Works staff to travel from Sunnyside to Newmains without tickets.
01/12/1930Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway)
Morningside [CR] to Holytown (Cleland Junction) closed to passengers.
  /  /1947Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway)
Newmains (excluded) to Cleland [1st] closed to freight.
05/02/1951Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway)
Morningside [CR] (excluded) to Newmains (excluded) closed to freight.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Cleland to Morningside

This junction was at the end of the double track section from Cleland Junction. There was a junction here between the line to the former Omoa Iron Works and the route to Morningside [CR]. The signal box was on the south side of the junction.
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This was a single platform station with a one storey small station building. The platform was on the north side of the line. To the south, approached from the east, was the goods yard and a siding which ran on to the Sunnyside Colliery. Spindleside Colliery Pits Nos 6 and 7 opened to the east.
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This is the site of the original Cleland station (closed 1930) on the Caledonian Railway's extension of the Omoa Ironworks branch. The ironworks had ...
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This was a station and junction. The station had a single platform on the 1864 single track line from Morningside [CR] to Drumbowie Junction. The platform was on the east side of the line. The goods yard was to the east, accessed from the north.
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View north over the site of Newmains station on the line between Cleland and Morningside. The goods yard was located where the scrap yard is seen in ...
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This junction was formed in 1864 between the Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway) and the 1844 extension to Morningside [CR] of the Wishaw and Coltness Railway.
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Wishaw and Coltness Railway





Coltness Iron Works Branch



This junction was to the north of the Coltness Iron Works. Both the Caledonian Railway and the North British Railway had a connection to the Coltness Iron Works Railway here and this box controlled the junction between the two railway companies. The signal box was provided by the NB.
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See also
Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway