Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)

Introduction

This line is open to Passenger traffic and some goods traffic. The line is also known as the Hamilton Circle.

The original line ran from Newton to Hamilton West. An extension was built to Ferniegair and Motherwell and Hamilton renamed Hamilton West.

The line is promoted and supported by the Rail 74 Community Rail Partnership .






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

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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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 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 was the junction for the Bothwell Castle Colliery Pits Nos 3 and 4. The colliery was on the east side of the line.
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This is a two platform station. It was opened on the Hamilton branch of the Caledonian Railway. There is a station building on the Glasgow bound platform and a car park.
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A Larkhall service at Blantyre on 8 September 2018. ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
A Milngavie service enters Blantyre on 8 September 2018. Meanwhile a customer on the platform tries out a new hairstyle. ...
David Panton 08/09/2018
An early afternoon service to Larkhall, formed by unit 334026, calls at Blantyre platform 2 on 18 August 2006. At this time both the station and the ...
John Furnevel 18/08/2006
318 262 calls at Blantyre on 26 March with a service for Larkhall.
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David Panton 26/03/2011

This junction was directly south of Blantyre station. It was between the 1849 Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway) and a curve opened in 1882 to allow coal trains from the 1860 Hamilton and Strathaven Railway direct access to Glasgow without reversal at Strathaven Junction. The far end of the curve was at Auchinraith Junction (also spelled Auchenraith).
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This was not a junction in the strictest sense of two lines meeting, but the northern end of the large Strathaven Junction Yard.
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Looking south to Hamilton as Black V passes with goods. NB line to Hamilton tunnelled under this yard. ...
John Robin 02/07/1963


In 1860 the first part of the Hamilton and Strathaven Railway opened, climbing from the 1849 Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway) to the higher ground to the west at High Blantyre and then turn south, ultimately reaching Strathaven [Flemington]. In particular this line would, for its northern portion between Hamilton and Quarter, serve many collieries en route.
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Earnock Sidings looking south from a passing train. A workshop exists here for wagon maintenance. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Looking south at the Earnock Sidings, Hamilton. ...
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The Royal Scotsman stock arrived here at the E. G. Steele works on the 10th of March 2019. Don't know if there were repairs to be done or if it's to ...
Bill Roberton /05/1993

This single ended twelve road shed was located on the west side of the Hamilton Branch just north of Hamilton West.
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This is a two platform station.
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A Dalmuir to Cumbernauld service calls at Hamilton West on 22 June 2019. Nobody in their right mind would travel from Glasgow to Cumbernauld this way. ...
David Panton 22/06/2019
A 6 car 318 EMU on a Cumbernauld - Dalmuir service leaves platform 1 on a sunny January morning. ...
Colin McDonald 27/01/2017
334013 on a Dalmuir - Larkhall service draws in to platform 2 on a cold but sunny January morning ...
Colin McDonald 27/01/2017
A Larkhall - Dalmuir train boarding at Hamilton West in August 2006. SPT liveried EMU 318260. ...
John Furnevel 01/08/2006