Clydesdale Junction Railway


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  /  /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.
  /  /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.

Also known as Motherwell 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
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
One of a pair of Claytons leaves a smokescreen over Motherwell shed as it passes by on a northbound freight in 1970. The train is passing the remains ...
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

The Bothwell [CR] branch started from this junction, immediately east of Fallside station. The signal box here was Bothwell Junction. The branch was originally double track but singled around the 1930s. ...

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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. ...

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Looking west over Uddingston Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking east at Uddingston Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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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Royal Scot 46115 Scots Guardsman runs through Uddingston station on 9 April 2009 with the 'Great Britain II' railtour. ...
Ian Millar 09/04/2009
A Lanark to Glasgow Central service calls at a well-kept Uddingston on 2nd
David Panton 02/09/2017
A basket tree and the new cycle shelter at Uddingston ...
John Yellowlees 14/06/2016
334 009 passes through Uddingston in June 2010. ...
John Steven /06/2010

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 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.

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A Motherwell to Milngavie service approaches Newton station on Saturday 19 May. I hope I can be forgiven for getting an insulator slightly in the way ...
David Panton 19/05/2018

This is a two platform 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
Comin' at ya. A westbound service pulls out of Newton on 16th December 2017. 318s
David Panton 23/12/2017

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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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.

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
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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The closed Gushetfaulds Freightliner Terminal, now the course of the M74 extension, in the 1990s.
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