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

Promoted by William Smith Dixon (Calder Iron Works, Govan Iron Works), William Baird and Company (Baird and Alexander Whitelaw of the Gartsherrie Iron Works by Coatbridge) and William Beardmore (Senior) (Parkhead Forge by Shettleston).

In the 1879 the Chairman was A O Ewing and directrors J Addie, J Alexander, J Beardman, J Hendrie and W Laird. Secretary H Lamond.

Architecture

Stations were quite plain. The signal boxes were by McAlpine McAlpine who also built Burnbank Station.

Service

The line was closed to passengers, except miners' trains, during the Great War.
Trains ran initially from College [1st], later from Hyndland [1st] and Clydebank Central, via Shettleston to Hamilton [NB] . Another route was via Blairhall and Coatbridge Central [NB] to Hamilton [NB] .






Dates

  /  /1874Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway authorised.
  /  /1875Rosehall Railway Wishaw and Coltness Railway
Rosehall Crossing at Whifflet closed and northern portion of Rosehall Railway closed with the opening of a new connection avoiding both the level crossing and Rosehall Tunnel. Rosehall Connections (North British Railway) opened from the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway.
01/04/1878Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Shettleston to Hamilton [NBR] opened for goods.
01/04/1878Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Line opened to passengers. Stations at Uddingston [NB], Bothwell [North British], Greenfield (later re-named as Burnbank), Hamilton Peacock Cross and Hamilton [NBR].
01/11/1878Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Whifflet to Bothwell Castle opened for goods.
  /  /1879Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway North British Railway
Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway absorbed by North British Railway. (Alternative date 1879).
01/05/1879Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Whifflet to Bothwell [North British] opened for passengers. Bellshill [NB] opened.
  /  /1882Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Hamilton Peacock Cross re-named Peacock Cross.
  /  /1883Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Mount Vernon [NB], Broomhouse and Uddingston West opened.
  /  /1883Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Maryville opened after this date.
  /  /1888Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Uddingston West alternative opening date.
19/07/1888Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Burnbank signal box opened.
12/04/1900Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Uddingston East signal box opened.
31/07/1904Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Replacement Shettleston Junction signal box opened.
01/02/1908Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Maryville station closed.
22/01/1914Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Broomhouse signal box replaced.
01/01/1917Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Line closed to passengers.
02/06/1919Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Line re-opened to passengers, Peacock Cross not re-opened.
11/08/1925Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Auchenraith Junction signal box closed.
24/01/1927Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Mount Vernon signal box replaced with a ground frame.
24/09/1927Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Broomhouse station closed.
10/12/1931Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Bellshill [NB] South signal box closed.
03/11/1932Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Blantyre Pits Signal Box closed.
06/03/1938Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Shettleston South Signal Box closed.
10/03/1940Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Maryville signal box closed.
05/01/1941Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Burnbank signal box closed.
05/09/1943Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Craighead Signal Box closed.
30/08/1945Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Rosehall South Signal Box closed.
30/08/1945Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Bothwell Park Signal Box closed.
02/09/1945Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Bellshill [NB] North Signal Box closed on singling of Bothwell [North British] to Whifflet line.
23/05/1948Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Allanshaw Signal Box closed.
  /  /1949Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Bothwell Castle Colliery closed.
05/05/1951Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Calderpark Halt opened.
10/09/1951Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Bothwell [North British] to Blairhill via Coatbridge (Sunnyside Junction) closed to passengers. Bellshill [NB] closed. Some irregular passenger trains continue to use the line.
  /  /1952Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
[Mount Vernon [NB] ]] re-named Mount Vernon North.
  /  /1952Cadzow Colliery Branch (Caledonian Railway)
From 1952 a link for access to the Hamilton area remains of the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway is laid in close to Cadzow Junction.
15/09/1952Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Hamilton to Peacock Cross (Allanshaw Foundry) closed to all traffic.
15/09/1952Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Blantyre Junction [NBR] to Bothwell [North British] closed to all traffic.
28/02/1953Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Uddingston [NB] re-named Uddingston East.
13/07/1954Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Bothwell [North British] to Whifflet closed.
02/07/1955Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Line closed to passengers. Also given as 4 July.
04/07/1955Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Bothwell [North British] to Shettleston closed to passengers. Also given as 2 July.
10/07/1955Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
[[Uddingston East] signal box reduced to a ground frame.
10/07/1955Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Bothwell [North British] (West) Junction signal box operated only by travelling signalman.
10/07/1955Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Bothwell [North British] station signal box operated only by travelling signalman.
  /  /1960Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Broomhouse signal box closed.
06/06/1961Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Bothwell [North British] to Mount Vernon North (excluded) closed to freight.
  /  /1963Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Viaducts dismantled.
  /  /1963Cadzow Colliery Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Cadzow Junction connection ceases to be used for Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway traffic.
04/10/1965Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway
Mount Vernon North to Shettleston (Argosy Siding) closed to freight.

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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Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
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
Gartocher Road (Disused) states the small yellow sign on the right. Not so, as anyone who tries to stand in the middle of the road to ...
Colin McDonald 20/03/2017
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There was a set of sidings on either side of the Hamilton branch south of Shettleston Junction controlled by this signal box. The box was on the west side of the line.
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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 ...
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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
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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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Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)


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 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
Looking north along the trackbed at the site of Broomhouse station in May 2018. See image 49390 for a similar view before work on the housing ...
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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 ...
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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
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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. ...
Colin McDonald 09/03/2017
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
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This was an exchange yard to the south west of Bredisholm Collieries Pit No 1 where a mineral branch of the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway, running from Maryville, met the Drumpeller Railway mineral line.
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Drumpeller Railway




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
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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 ...
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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
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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 (1900) was located at the north end of the station. Closed ...

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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
View north west along the trackbed approaching the site of Uddingston East, which was just beyond the roundabout in the distance (itself formerly the ...
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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
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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. ...
Colin McDonald 15/03/2017
The Bothwell Nature Trail following the track of the former line to Hamilton under Silverwells Crescent and heading towards Craigend Viaduct. ...
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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 was a seven span 727 ft double track viaduct over the River Clyde with metalwork built by the Dalmarnock Iron Works. 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 [North British], just to the north, in 1952. Formerly the line ...

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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. ...
Colin McDonald 15/03/2017
One of the piers of the Craighead Viaduct. ...
Ewan Crawford 28/01/2007
View south across the Clyde (just visible through the undergrowth) over the remaining two piers of the Viaduct from the point where the Bothwell ...
Colin McDonald 15/03/2017
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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 ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
The closed station at Burnbank on the NB Shettleston to Hamilton line, looking north in July 1963. ...
John Robin 02/07/1963
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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. The main building was on the westbound platform with a shelter on the eastbound. There was no goods yard, but there were a considerable number of mineral lines nearby. The station was in the west of Hamilton.
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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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Cadzow Colliery Branch (Caledonian Railway)


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. The northern of the two platforms was aligned a little further west. The main platform had a small trainshed enclosing the platform line.alongside the station building. The trainshed was later removed. The station drive ran onto the east end of the island platform. The lines serving ...

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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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View over Hamilton NB station in June 1949. V1 2-6-2T no 67631 awaiting departure time with a 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
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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 ...
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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 ...
Colin McDonald 24/02/2017
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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 for the Calder Iron Works on the line to Faskine. The yard was on the original alignment of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway, the railway being deviated to the north. The far end of the deviation was at Calder Iron Works Signal Box [NBR].
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Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
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 ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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
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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 [NBR].
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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 [NBR].
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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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