Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)

Introduction

This line is open. Today the branch is single track having been double track. The triangular junction at Cleghorn is no longer complete and services go to Glasgow only and no longer serve Edinburgh.






Dates

  /  /1847Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Lanark branch authorised to Cleghorn.
  /  /1851Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Branch re-authorised.
  /12/1854Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Opened to goods. (Single track until 1864.)
05/06/1855Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Opened to passengers.
01/04/1864Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line doubled on opening of Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway). At Silvermuir a triangular junction is formed by opening Smyllum South Junction to Smyllum Junction.
04/01/1960Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Silvermuir Siding closed.
18/04/1966Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Lanark to Carstairs (Lanark Junction South Curve) closed to passengers.
07/10/1968Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Lanark to Carstairs (Lanark Junction South Curve) closed to freight. (Alternative date 20/10/1968).

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Cleghorn Junction to Lanark

This is the junction for Lanark used by trains from Glasgow to join the single track branch from the double track West Coast Main Line. Unfortunately the east to south curve closed and the former service from Edinburgh would now be very awkward to operate.
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Caledonian Railway
View west of Lanark Junction in 2000. The former Cleghorn station was in the distance. ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
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This junction was the southern apex of a triangular junction. The other junctions were Cleghorn Junction, to the west, and Silvermuir Junction, to the east.
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View north at Silvermuir South Junction in 2000. The Glasgow fork is to the left and the trackbed of the Edinburgh fork to the right. [Ref query 8859] ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
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This was the eastern apex of a triangle of junctions which gave access from the 1854 Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway) to the 1864 Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway). The junction allowed a train from the north to join the new Douglas branch.
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Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway)


This was the western apex of a triangle of junctions. It was formed in 1864 between the 1854 Lanark Branch (Caledonian Railway) and the Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway). The curve south to Douglas Junction South allowed passenger trains starting from Lanark to run to Douglas and, later, Muirkirk [2nd].
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Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway)


This is the terminus of a a short branch. The station has two platforms and two station buildings. The larger of the buildings is sandstone and of two storeys, presenting one storey to the platform with a small canopy, it dates from 1867 and is ^B^ listed. The second building is timber and has a glazed canopy. This building is similar to other Caledonian Railway buildings built around 1900.
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The approach to Lanark station seen in 2000. The goods platform is seen on the left (closed late 1983). ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
The driver of 320416 looks back as the doors are closed on the 1151 hrs service from Lanark to Glasgow Central on 29 May 2017. ...
John McIntyre 29/05/2017
320314, waiting to depart from Lanark with a service to Glasgow as it approached midday on 29 May 2017. ...
John McIntyre 29/05/2017
Display panels at Lanark station in February 2018.
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John Yellowlees 21/02/2018
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Silvermuir Curve

This junction was the southern apex of a triangular junction. The other junctions were Cleghorn Junction, to the west, and Silvermuir Junction, to the east.
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View north at Silvermuir South Junction in 2000. The Glasgow fork is to the left and the trackbed of the Edinburgh fork to the right. [Ref query 8859] ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
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This junction was the eastern apex of a triangular junction. Also known as Silvermuir East Junction or Silvermuir Junction East. The other junctions were Cleghorn Junction, to the west, and Silvermuir South Junction, to the south.
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The site of Silvermuir Junction, the eastern apex of the Lanark branch junctions from the main line, seen in 2000. The branch ran through the location ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
DBS 66093 slows for a signal check near the site of Silvermuir Junction with the Dalston - Grangemouth empties on 19 March. Ravenstruther coal ...
Bill Roberton 19/03/2015
The 11.40 Glasgow Central - London Euston heads away from the former Silvermuir Junction on 19 March. ...
Bill Roberton 19/03/2015
Kingmoor Black 5 no 44899 struggles to restart its train in the rain past Lanark Junction box (which controlled Silvermuir, Silvermuir South and ...
John Robin 15/07/1966
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