Clydesdale Junction Railway

Introduction

This line is open. The line extended the Polloc and Govan Railway from Rutherglen to Motherwell and took over the older line. A branch was laid to a new terminus at South Side in Glasgow.






Dates

  /  /1841Glasgow Central Station
Bridge Street station (a terminus with a large glass roof on the south side of the Clyde) opened. It served the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway and later the Glasgow Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway and the Clydesdale Junction Railway.
  /  /1845[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Act receives Royal assent
  /  /1846[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Clydesdale Junction Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /  /1848[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Locomotive shed opened at South Side.
01/06/1849[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Line opened between Motherwell and Rutherglen. The [Caledonian Railway] begins running trains to South Side station, Glasgow.
01/06/1849Clydesdale Junction Railway
Glasgow terminus, South Side opened on a short branch from the former Polloc and Govan Railway at Gushetfaulds. The terminus was immediately beside the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway terminus.
  /  /1857[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
New locomotive shed opened in Govan Colliery. Called South Side.
08/10/1857[Motherwell Deviation Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
Line opened from Jerviston Junction ([Wishaw and Coltness Railway]) to Lesmahagow Junction ([Clydesdale Junction Railway]). The line allowed Motherwell station to be moved further west from Flemington to Lesmahagow Junction. Motherwell (Old) became Flemington and Motherwell (New) was opened in the V of the junction at Lesmahagow Junction. A large viaduct was required by Braidhurst.
  /  /1872William Dixon and Co
[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
William Dixon and Co give the railway permission to build a new locomotive shed, so long as it did not disturb Dixons own railway which ran through an old quarry and was used for dumping slag and a level crossing over Polmadie Road.
25/09/1873[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Decide to build new shed discussed with William Dixon and Co.
30/12/1873[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Railway buys land for a new shed, Rutherglen, from William Dixon for £12,750.
29/12/1874[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Signalbox at the new Rutherglen shed under construction called Polmadie.
  /07/1875[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Rutherglen shed, built in timber, renamed Polmadie, partly brought into use.
16/09/1875[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Polmadie shed fully open.
01/07/1879[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
South Side closed
  /  /1923[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Polmadie shed starts to be re-built in brick.
  /  /1924[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Polmadie shed re-building in brick complete.
  /  /1934[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Polmadie turntable replaced with 70ft.
  /  /1935[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Polmadie shed coded 27A.
  /  /1940[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Second 70ft turntable installed at Polmadie.
  /  /1940[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Shawfield yard traffic sidings incorporated into Polmadie shed during re-construction of the shed. A new coaling plant was erected.
  /  /1949[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Polmadie shed coded 66A.
28/05/1967[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Polmadie shed closed to steam.
  /04/1970[Caledonian Railway]
[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
[Polloc and Govan Railway]
[Glasgow Central Station]
West Coast Main line electrification authorised.
  /  /1974[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
Polmadie shed closed when West Coast Main Line electrification reaches Glasgow. The site was re-developed as a carriage depot.
06/05/1974[Caledonian Railway]
[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
[Polloc and Govan Railway]
[Glasgow Central Station]
Glasgow Central to Carlisle electrification complete.
21/07/1991[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
4 people killed and 22 injured in a head on crash at Newton station probably due to a signal passed at danger (SPAD).

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Motherwell to Rutherglen

Motherwell Junction station to Rutherglen.

This station was located on the Wishaw and Coltness Railway where it was met by the Clydesdale Junction Railway. The station was just east of the junction.
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This is a four platform station. The station is at the junction of the Glasgow Central to London Euston main line and the Hamilton Circle line to Hamilton Central. There are carriage sidings on the west side of the station, next to the northbound platform of the Hamilton Circle lines.
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A service for Dalmuir via Hamilton pulls into Motherwell on 25 October 2018. To avoid confusion these services are publicised as terminating at ...
David Panton 25/10/2018
Large Welcome sign on Motherwell's platform 3 on a dreary day. ...
Gordon Steel 31/10/2016
A Glasgow Central to Lanark service calls at Motherwell on 25 October 2018 ...
David Panton 25/10/2018
An Ayr to Edinburgh via Glasgow Central service calls at Motherwell on 2nd
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David Panton 02/09/2017

This is a junction just north of Motherwell station.
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View across Lesmahagow Junction with a ballast train in the foreground reversing into the Findlays Sidings. In the background is 37140 with a ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
26 011 shunts ballast at Lesmahagow Junction, Motherwell. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
A Black 5 leaves Motherwell on 5 July 1964 with a stopping train for Glasgow Central. ...
John Robin 05/07/1964
A dull and overcast Autumn day in Motherwell in 1970, contributed to in no small way by a pair of Claytons struggling past with a freight. Lead ...
John Furnevel 30/10/1970

Formed in 1898 this company built bridges for sites worldwide. The business, after a number of changes of ownerships, still exists today with a changed focus to storage tanks, gasholders and their maintenance. ...

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Looking south over the closed portion of the Motherwell Bridge and Engineering works from the Logan Road footbridge. The WCML passes to the left. ...
Bill Roberton 01/08/1992

This level crossing is north of Motherwell on the direct line to Glasgow.
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Logans Road Signalbox, Motherwell, photographed in February 1974 from a passing train. ...
Bill Roberton /02/1974
The 11.09 Glasgow Central - Manchester Airport approaching Motherwell on 30 January 2014 after clearing Logans Road level crossing. The train will run ...
John Furnevel 30/01/2014
View north from the footbridge over Logans Road level crossing on the WCML just to the north of Motherwell station on 30 January 2014. The train is ...
John Furnevel 30/01/2014

This is a six arch double track viaduct over the South Calder Water. The viaduct is between Uddingston and Motherwell.
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This signal box was north west of Motherwell on the direct line to Newton. It was a little to the west of the viaduct over the South Calder Water, Orbiston Viaduct.
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This signal box was located between Uddingston Junction and Motherwell. The box, opened 1877, was on the north side of the line. The Douglas Park Colliery Pits Nos 1 and 2 were on the south side of the line served by a siding from the west, starting a little way west from the box. On the north side was a branch which ran north to East Parkhead Colliery Pits Nos 1 and 2 (also served ...

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This was the junction for the Hamilton Palace Colliery. There was a single track trailing connection running a short distance south east (parallel to the main line) to meet the a connection from the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway. Close to the junction was a short loop on the Caledonian's approach. The line continuing south to the colliery was a joint [[Caledonian ...

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Hamilton Palace Colliery (Douglas Park) was served by both the Caledonian and the North British via a joint line. This photograph looks south under ...
Ewan Crawford //2000

The Bothwell [CR] branch started from this junction, immediately east of Fallside station. The signal box here was 'Bothwell Junction'. The first version of this was on the north side of junction. It was replaced in 1897 with a second box on the south side of the junction. This was when the Bothwell Park Brick Works opened. This was served by sidings on the north side of the main ...

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This station opened in 1873 at what became the junction of the short branch to Bothwell [CR] in 1877. Fallside House was to the north of the railway. There was no goods yard.
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This junction is east of Uddingston station. It is the junction between the Glasgow to Motherwell direct line (the 1849 Clydesdale Junction Railway) and line to Bellshill (1878 Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction (Caledonian Railway)).
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Looking west over Uddingston Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking east at Uddingston Junction. ...
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Double headed Class 20s, with 20123 leading, passing Uddingston Junction in the 1970s with iron ore empties from Ravenscraig Steel Works heading for ...
Ian Millar //
View north west, from the trackbed of the former Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge line, across Uddingston Junction at the point where the ...
Colin McDonald 24/02/2017

The first Uddingston station was on the east side of the Glasgow Road bridge, replaced by the current Uddingston station on the west side. The permanent station building, on the westbound platform, was built in 1853.
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This is a two platform station. The red sandstone station building on the Glasgow bound platform remains standing. The goods yard was on the other side of Glasgow Road, north of the line and approached from the east. The original station, Uddingston [1st], was on this side of the road. Just to the east is Uddingston Junction.
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A Manchester Airport (probably) TPE service speeds through Uddingston on 24 August 2019. ...
David Panton 24/08/2019
A Lanark service calls at Uddingston on 24 August 2019. Uddingston is the home of the Tunnock's factory. Their products are popular surely only for ...
David Panton 24/08/2019
An Edinburgh to Glasgow Central stopping service pulls in Uddingston on 24 August 2019. ...
David Panton 24/08/2019
Royal Scot 46115 Scots Guardsman runs through Uddingston station on 9 April 2009 with the 'Great Britain II' railtour. ...
Ian Millar 09/04/2009

This pair of double track viaducts is west of Uddingston station and crosses the River Clyde.
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Though one of the less exotic trains to use the line, this humble Class 156 DMU, on a service from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central via Shotts, ...
Colin McDonald 13/01/2015
The 1848 Caledonian Railway cast iron viaduct at Uddingston (foreground) looks solid enough in 2015 (and was put on the market for sale in 1993) but ...
Colin McDonald 13/01/2015

This signal box was east of the site of the original Newton [1st] station. It was located on the south side of the line.
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This junction is immediately east of Newton station. Here the Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway) separates from the Clydesdale Junction Railway and heads south east to Hamilton. Both lines opened in 1849.
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This is a two platform station. The location was formerly a four platform station, the two northern tracks no longer have platforms and allow non-stop trains to bypass the station.
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A pair of Class 318s leave Newton heading to Motherwell via Hamilton on the afternoon of 10 January 2019. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
A Larkhall to Dalmuir service at Newton on 8 September 2018. The long-disused signal box seems destined to lower over the western end of the station ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
Passing trains at Newton on 10 January 2019. On the left is 320310 heading west via Rutherglen. On the right are 318269 and 318255 heading towards ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
318 269 awaits its departure time from Newton on 23 June with a service for Glasgow Central. ...
John Steven 23/06/2009

This was the junction between the former Clydesdale Junction Railway and the Glasgow Central Railway to the immediate west of Newton station. To the immediate west of the junction the former Clydesdale Junction Railway and Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway part and run a short distance west before diverging. ...

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Newton West Junction is to the west of Newton station. It is where lines divide into the bypass lines, to the north, and platform lines, to the south. The platform lines are joined by the line from Kirkhill, to the south west, as they approach the station. This location is called Newton Kirkhill Junction although it used to come under Newton West Junction.
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Fossil fuel express changing the climate locally on 10th December 2015. ...
Colin McDonald 10/12/2015




South Side Station

A short line ran from Gushetfaulds Junction to South Side [CR] station terminus.

This junction was formed in 1849 when a short detached portion of the Clydesdale Junction Railway was opened from the former Polloc and Govan Railway (which the Clydesdale had purchased and upgraded) to a new terminus at South Side [CR]. This was an important new terminus in the south side of Glasgow, from 1849 the terminus for trains from England via the Caledonian Railway. ...

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44318 at Gushetfaulds Junction in June 1962 ...
Ken Browne /06/1962
EE Type 4 no D269 of Crewe shed with the 1005 Glasgow Central - Birmingham New Street passes Black 5 no 45136 on ECS at Gushetfaulds Junction on 9 ...
Ken Browne 09/06/1962
4.6.2 46209 'Princess Beatrice' on up 'Midday Scot' near Gushetfaulds. 27/07/1955
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/07/1955


This considerable Caledonian Railway carriage shed (around 17 lines) was located between South Side [CR] (to the east) and the Gordon Street lines approaching Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway) (with Gushetfaulds station to the south) and City of Glasgow Union Railway to the west. Approach was from Central Station Junction / [Gushetfaulds Junction]] to the east.
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This was the main Freightliner terminal in Glasgow. The site began as the goods and minerals portion main terminus on the south side of Glasgow, he passenger station actually called South Side [CR].
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The closed Gushetfaulds Freightliner Terminal, now the course of the M74 extension, in the 1990s.
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Bill Roberton //1990
Lever for moving a set of manual points. Gushetfaulds, January 2006. ...
Colin Harkins 29/01/2006
Some sort of strange art piece at the former Gushetfaulds yard. ...
Colin Harkins 29/01/2006
Gushetfaulds Freightliner depot, now closed. Formerly a coal depot and formerly Glasgow South Side. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/06/2006

This terminus was located between the junction of Pollokshaws Road and Cathcart Street. The west portion was the terminus of the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston direct Railway and the east portion opened with the Clydesdale Junction Railway.
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