Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway

Introduction

This line is closed. The line was also known as the North British Railway's (and later London and North Eastern Railway's) Hamilton Branch.

The passenger carrying parts of the line were double track and colliery branches single track.

Why built

With this line, the North British entered territory which had been served by the Caledonian Railway. Its initial backers, however, were Coatbridge and Glasgow ironmasters seeking an independent line to carry coal from Hamilton and Bothwell to their works.

Architecture

Simple. Boxes by McAlpine. And Burnbank Stn.

Service

The line was closed to passengers, except miners' trains, during the Great War.
Initially from College, later from Hyndland and Clydebank via Shettleston to Hamilton. Via LL Queen Street and Blairhall, Coatbridge Central to Hamilton.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Shettleston to Bothwell

Double track passenger and goods line from Shettleston Junction to Bothwell Junction.

This junction between the North British Railway's Glasgow-Coatbridge line and the Hamilton Branch opened in 1877 and closed on 04/10/1965, with the closure of the line to Mount Vernon Colliery. There was a small set of sidings on the Hamilton branch and a Glasgow bound loop.
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Taken from the point where the line crossed under Eastmuir Street (now Shettleston Road), this is the view in 2017 northwest along the course of the ...
Colin McDonald 20/03/2017
The twin bridges at Shettleston showing forewarning of a road closure for inspection. (But for which bridge?)
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Colin McDonald 29/03/2019
The trackbed at the start of the GBH&C in 2017, now part of the yard at the Network Rail Shettleston Depot. Behind the fence survives the 3 track ...
Colin McDonald 17/03/2017
Another view of the trackbed on the bridge across Gartocher Road taken through the fence at the Network Rail Shettleston Depot. At this point the line ...
Colin McDonald 17/03/2017

There was a set of sidings on either side of the Hamilton branch south of Shettleston junction controlled by this signal box. ...

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This coal yard was roughly half a mile closer to Shettleston Junction than the nearby Mount Vernon North passenger station. It was served from the Hamilton end. ...

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This was a two platform station on the Hamilton branch from Shettleston. The station was on an embankment. Platforms were built in timber.
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View from approximately track level northwest towards Shettleston Junction at the site of the station. The tracks ran through where the houses on the ...
Colin McDonald 10/03/2017
The infilled overbridge at Mount Vernon Avenue seen from the trackbed near the park. The trackbed continues on the other side of the road, much ...
Colin McDonald 15/02/2017
View from the infilled Mount Vernon Avenue overbridge along the trackbed towards the site of Mount Vernon North station. Mount Vernon Community Centre ...
Colin McDonald 15/02/2017
A section of the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway trackbed survives in the middle of housing in Mount Vernon in 2015, with a culvert ...
Colin McDonald 10/03/2015

This colliery opened around the 1870s and closed around the 1920. It was served by both the North British Railway (Hamilton Branch) and Caledonian Railway (Rutherglen and Coatbridge line). ...

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This colliery and brickworks was on a short branch which ran north from the Shettleston-Bothwell line at Mount Vernon North. Barrachie signal box closed in 1929.
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This colliery was location between the Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway and the North British Railway's Hamilton branch at Mount Vernon. Both lines served the colliery with two distinct sets of unconnected sidings. Exit to the R&C could be in either direction but onto the NBR only an eastbound departure could be made, although two crossovers in the nearby Broomhouse station would allow ...

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This was a two platform station of which very little remains.
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View from the location of the west abutment of the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway bridge over Daldowie Road towards the site of ...
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The site of the sidings which once served Daldowie Colliery from the G,B,H&C line. The pit was also connected to the Rutherglen and Coatbridge line. ...
Colin McDonald 14/02/2017
The solum of the railway survives for a distance east of the site of Broomhouse station past the new Belway housing, but has been built upon near the ...
Colin McDonald 14/02/2017
View north west from the site of east abutment of the Daldowie Road overbridge. The line crossed the road above where the taxi is parked on the old ...
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This colliery was located to the east of Broomhouse station. Rail access was from the east. ...

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This two platform short lived halt served the Glasgow zoo, Calderpark Zoo. Immediately to the east was the North Calder Viaduct NB. Small station buildings were provided. ...

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View south to the point where what is now Baillieston Road crossed over the line between the sites of Calderpark Halt and Broomhouse Station. To the ...
Colin McDonald 20/02/2017
The substantial Calderpark viaduct carried the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway over the North Calder Water between Broomhouse and ...
Colin McDonald 20/02/2017
Looking north west at the site of Calderpark Halt in February 2017. The redevelopment of the former Glasgow Zoo has eradicated the remaining traces of ...
Colin McDonald 20/02/2017
View south east along the solum towards Calderpark viaduct from near the site of Calderpark Halt. This is also close to the entrance to the former ...
Colin McDonald 20/02/2017

This viaduct over the North Calder also passed over Roundknowe Road at the same location. To the west was the short lived Calderpark Halt and to the east the sidings for the Bredisholm Branch and Clydeside Colliery, followed by Maryville station. ...

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The remaining north west abutment of the viaduct viewed from the north showing the considerable amount of masonry involved which to this day ...
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View of the remaining north west abutment, now concealed in the trees behind the new housing at the former Glasgow Zoo site. ...
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View south east over the safety parapet built across the solum at the remaining abutment of the Calderpark viaduct. The photograph looks over the ...
Colin McDonald 20/02/2017
The railway viaduct just south east of Calderpark Halt once loomed high over both the North Calder Water and the still extant road bridge in the ...
Colin McDonald 15/02/2017



This was a two platform station serving a small community and the neighbouring collieries at Clydeside and Bredisholm.
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View from the point where the line of the trackbed crosses the B7001 towards the site of Uddingston West station. The solum is intact but much ...
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View north west along the former trackbed towards the site of Maryville station. No trace of the station remains, it having been obliterated during ...
Colin McDonald 15/02/2017
A consignment of goods rolls through Maryville station site. Underneath the M73 flyover in the left centre is the location of sidings and the junction ...
Colin McDonald 15/02/2017

This was a two platform station on the North British Railway's Hamilton branch. The next station west was Maryville and east Uddingston East, from which signalling was controlled. There were no goods facilities.
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View north west towards the site of Uddingston West from where the trackbed was cut during the construction of the M74 Uddingston bypass in the mid ...
Colin McDonald 24/02/2017
View north west along the GBH&C trackbed just after the infilled Old Mill Road bridge. The M74 is off to the right and cuts across the solum ahead on ...
Colin McDonald 24/02/2017
View north west along the trackbed from near the path at Lucy Brae. In the distance can just be seen the houses built across the solum at Boggknowe, ...
Colin McDonald 15/02/2017
View south east along the solum towards Uddingston West station. The much overgrown trackbed can be accessed at Lucy Brae path where a bridge has long ...
Colin McDonald 15/02/2017

This colliery was served by both the Caledonian Railway (from a siding accessed from the Uddingston station direction) and North British Railway (from a siding accessed from the Uddingston West station direction. The NBR approach was a later addition added after the opening of the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway. ...

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This station was just to the south of the cross over Uddingston Junction of the Caledonian Railway. The station had a goods yard and two platforms. Being one of the larger stations on the line, and the original NB Uddingston station, it had a station building on the northbound platform and shelter on the southbound. The signal box was located at the north end of the station. Closed to ...

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View north west over the site of the station today. ...
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View north west towards the site of the station taken from the roundabout on North British Road. The trackbed continues as a footpath behind the ...
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View north east from near Bellshill Road over a section of the trackbed which has been retained as a public footpath ...
Colin McDonald 24/02/2017
The former railway to Bothwell and beyond is commemorated in North British Road (Spindlehowe Road in railway days) where there was an overbridge from ...
Colin McDonald 29/03/2017

The gas works opened after the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway and was served by a siding from the yard at Bothwell Junction [NB] . ...

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This was the junction between the lines to Shettleston (running north west) and Coatbridge Central [NB] (running north east) with the line continuing south to Hamilton [NB] and Blantyre Pits.
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View south of the site of Bothwell Junction today. The line from Bothwell station ran through the houses and gardens on the right and continued behind ...
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View south east just past the site of Bothwell Junction. The line from Bothwell station ran through red brick building on the right and continued ...
Colin McDonald 29/03/2017
View northwest from just past the site of Bothwell Junction. The GBH&C trackbed continued along the line of the footpath (centre) and then along what ...
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Bothwell to Hamilton

Double track passenger and goods line from Bothwell Junction to Hamilton [NB] .

This was the junction between the lines to Shettleston (running north west) and Coatbridge Central [NB] (running north east) with the line continuing south to Hamilton [NB] and Blantyre Pits.
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View south of the site of Bothwell Junction today. The line from Bothwell station ran through the houses and gardens on the right and continued behind ...
Colin McDonald 26/03/2017
View south east just past the site of Bothwell Junction. The line from Bothwell station ran through red brick building on the right and continued ...
Colin McDonald 29/03/2017
View northwest from just past the site of Bothwell Junction. The GBH&C trackbed continued along the line of the footpath (centre) and then along what ...
Colin McDonald 24/02/2017

This was a two platform station on the North British Railway's Hamilton Branch. It was one of the more substantial stations on the line having a station building on the northbound platform and shelter on the southbound. It was located in a shallow cutting with a retaining wall on the southbound platform side.
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View south towards Bothwell station from the point where the trackbed has been preserved as a public footpath. Beyond the station site the path ...
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View south under the Blantyre Mill Road bridge and along the Bothwell Nature Trail which follows the trackbed of the former line to Hamilton. The ...
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View south from near Silverwells Crescent bridge along the trackbed towards the Clyde and the site of Craighead Viaduct. ...
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View south from under Bothwell Main St. bridge at the site of Bothwell station. ...
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This colliery was located immediately west of Bothwell [NB] station. Sidings south of the station allowed departures from the colliery to head north to Bothwell Junction to take either the Shettleston or Coatbridge routes. ...

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This viaduct on the North British Railway's Hamilton branch crossed the River Clyde just south of Bothwell and east of Blantyre. The condition of the viaduct led to the line being cut back to Bothwell [NB] , just to the north, in 1952. Formerly the line had continued south to Craighead Signal Box, Auchenraith, and Hamilton [NB] .
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View south across the Clyde from the base of the 2nd remaining pier. The stump of the central pier which collapsed unexpectedly in 2015 is just ...
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Journey's end for those following the Bothwell Nature Trail at the north approach to the former Craighead Viaduct. ...
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View south across the Clyde (just visible through the undergrowth) over the remaining two piers of the Viaduct from the point where the Bothwell ...
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One of the piers of the Craighead Viaduct. ...
Ewan Crawford 28/01/2007

This signal box was immediately south of Craighead Viaduct and just north of the Craighead Colliery Pits Nos 1 and 2 sidings, which were on the west side of the line and approached from the north.
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This colliery was served by both the North British Railway's Hamilton branch from Craighead Signal Box and the Caledonian Railway's Hamilton branch from Strathaven Junction Yard.
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This junction on the North British Railway's Hamilton branch was between the line running south and east to Hamilton [NB] and the Blantyre Branch to Blantyre Pits. To the north the line ran over the Craighead Viaduct to Bothwell [NBR] .
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This shed was located alongside Blantyre Junction. It may also have been known by that name. This was a three road shed on the east side of the line, with track running south to join the line to Hamilton [NB] . ...

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This was a two platform station south of Blantyre Junction [NB] and north of Burnbank Junction. This had a small station building on the northbound platform and a shelter on the southbound. It was located in a cutting.
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The view north up Bertram Street with the north end of Burnbank station on the right in 2000. Since the photograph was taken the trackbed has been ...
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The closed station at Burnbank on the NB Shettleston to Hamilton line, looking north in July 1963. ...
John Robin 02/07/1963

This signal box was south of Burnbank station. It controlled access to the North British Railway's branch to Earnock Colliery (also served by a Caledonian Railway line from their Hamilton branch) and Wellhall Colliery. Both colliery lines joined facing Bothwell [NB] . Further east was Peacock Cross station. ...

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This was a two platform station. To the east was Allanshaw Signal Box. The line running to the west ultimately turned north to Bothwell [NB] . To the east the line crossed the Caledonian Railway's Hamilton branch - crossing, by means of a long bridge, the lines to Allanshaw Colliery, Fairhill Colliery and Cadzow Colliery, Bent Colliery and Hamilton Central station. Of ...

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View looking south at the former Peacock Cross station. ...
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Peacock Cross looking north. Postcard in my collection; photographer could be GE Langmuir, GH Robin or Prof. Fordyce. ...
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Both the Caledonian Railway and North British Railway served this colliery from lines built in the late 1870s. ...

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This foundry was immediately east of Peacock Cross station on the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway and was served by a siding. Unusually for the area, the Caledonian Railway had no siding. ...

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This was a terminus with two platforms to the north of the competing Caledonian Railway's Hamilton Central.
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Competing lines in Hamilton: in the top portion is the North British's Hamilton station and below the Caledonian Railway's Hamilton Central. Detail of ...
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View looking east at the site of the former Hamilton terminus. ...
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Hamilton NB station. V1 2.6.2T 67631 on Hyndland train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/06/1949
Teddy Bear 0.6.2 69514 on last day of the service beyond Bothwell. (Must be last photos of a service train to be taken). ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/09/1952




Bothwell to Whifflet

Double track passenger and goods line from Bothwell Junction to Whifflet Central Junction. There was a workmans' platform at Bothwell Park.

This was the junction between the lines to Shettleston (running north west) and Coatbridge Central [NB] (running north east) with the line continuing south to Hamilton [NB] and Blantyre Pits.
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View south of the site of Bothwell Junction today. The line from Bothwell station ran through the houses and gardens on the right and continued behind ...
Colin McDonald 26/03/2017
View south east just past the site of Bothwell Junction. The line from Bothwell station ran through red brick building on the right and continued ...
Colin McDonald 29/03/2017
View northwest from just past the site of Bothwell Junction. The GBH&C trackbed continued along the line of the footpath (centre) and then along what ...
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This box controlled access to Bothwell Park Colliery Pits No 1 and 2 (also served by the Caledonian Railway) and the Hamilton Palace / Douglas Park Colliery Branch (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway Joint) line.
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This colliery was served by both the North British Railway (approaching from the west) and Caledonian Railway (approaching from the south east). ...

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This was a workers' halt for the near Bothwell Park Colliery. The halt is not shown on OS maps. It was probably located just to the east of the sidings for the colliery. ...

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A line ran south from the Bothwell Junction to Whifflet [NB] line to East Parkhead Colliery Pits Nos 1 and 2. This colliery was also served by the Caledonian Railway from the south.
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This was a two platform station. A small goods yard was on the west side of the station, approached from the north. There was a signalbox, Bellshill North, to the north of the station. Around 1900 a branch opened to Hattonrig Colliery Pits Nos 3 and 4 with approach from the Bothwell direction.
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View north over the site of the former North British station at Bellshill in 2000. After closure the trackbed was landscaped. Following a re-alignment ...
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At this junction the line south to Bothwell Junction and west to Rosehall Colliery met and ran north to Whifflet Central Junction.
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At this junction a line west to Rosehall Colliery met the line south to Bothwell Junction before running north to Whifflet Central Junction.
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This signal box controlled access from the [[Whifflet Central Junction] to Bothwell Junction line to the Carnbroe Iron Works (to the east) and Rosehall Colliery (west) via a connection to the Rosehall Railway.
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To the east was a large yard on the line to Faskine.
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Whifflet Central Junction (NB) looking south. The line to Palacecraig ran off to the left and to Hamilton to the right. The works is now disconnected ...
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Looking south at Whifflet over the site of the former works lines. Tennents had a works here, latterly run by Sheffield Forgemasters. Sadly this has ...
Ewan Crawford 26/09/2009
Whifflet Central Junction (NB) looking north. Behind the camera the lines to Palacecraig and Hamilton parted. Tennents works on right. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
The Meadow Works of Sheffield Forgemasters (formerly RB Tennents) seen from the north in 1998. By this date the works' railway was isolated from the ...
Ewan Crawford //1998




Blantyre Branch

Single track goods only line from Blantyre Junction to the Blantyre pits. It is sometimes known as the Auchinraith Branch, although strictly speaking this was a branch from this line.

This junction on the North British Railway's Hamilton branch was between the line running south and east to Hamilton [NB] and the Blantyre Branch to Blantyre Pits. To the north the line ran over the Craighead Viaduct to Bothwell [NBR] .
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This siding was a short distance west of Blantyre Junction and not far east of Auchinraith Junction on the North British Railway's Blantyre branch.
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This junction on the North British Railway's Blantyre branch gave access to Auchinraith Colliery Pits Nos 1 and 2. To the east was Birdsfield Siding and the connection to the main NBR Hamilton branch at Blantyre Junction.
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This junction on the North British Railway's Blantyre branch gave access to Auchinraith Colliery Pits Nos 1 and 2. To the east was Birdsfield Siding and the connection to the main NBR Hamilton branch at Blantyre Junction.
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This was the western end of the North British Railway's Blantyre branch (1878) from Blantyre Junction [NB] . The Blantyre pits were already served by the Hamilton and Strathaven Railway. This was a link to the existing lines with a loop and signalling. The opening date of the box is uncertain. Closure was in 1932 after which the branch was not signalled. The west end at Blantyre Pits ...

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