Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch (Caledonian Railway)

Introduction

A portion of this closed standard gauge railway has been reopened as a narrow gauge tourist line. The line reached the highest point of any standard gauge railway in Britain and was built as a light railway. Construction involved use of mass concrete in viaducts.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a two platform station on the Caledonian Railway main line with interchange for the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch (Caledonian Railway).
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Scene just to the south of Elvanfoot on 27 July 2016 as the 0739 London Euston - Glasgow Central via Birmingham hurries past on the 73 minute last leg ...
John Furnevel 27/07/2016
A northbound First TransPennine Express 185 rounds the curve approaching Elvanfoot on 1 June 2009. The photograph is taken from near the bottom of ...
John McIntyre 01/06/2009
Train passing Elvanfoot heading south. ...
Ewan Crawford 15/08/2004
Sunshine and showers were the order of the day on 30 July 1966 as Black 5 44792 approaches Elvanfoot with a Glasgow - Manchester train. ...
John Robin 30/07/1966

This single two arch concrete viaduct carried the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch (Caledonian Railway) over the Elvan Water on the way to Elvanfoot.
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The old bridge at Elvanfoot on the route up to Leadhills and Wanlockhead in 2006. ...
John Furnevel 04/08/2006
Two arch viaduct at Toddle Moss viewed from the west. ...
Ewan Crawford 15/08/2004
Bridge over Elvan Water on Wanlockhead branch, the Lowthers stand shrouded behind. ...
Clive Barlow 26/05/2006
Bridge over Elvan Water on Wanlockhead branch, the Lowthers stand shrouded behind. ...
Clive Barlow 26/05/2006


This was a single track timber shed to the north east of Leadhills station. The shed was approached from the south. ...

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Locomotive shed with inspection pit to the east of Leadhills. ...
Ewan Crawford 16/08/2004

This is a station on a preserved narrow gauge railway. There is a platform, loop and sidings. It is the present northern terminus of the line.
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O&K 0-4-0T&WT No.22 'Montalban' on a train to Glengonnar on 16th August 1997 while visiting the Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway. ...
John McIntyre 16/08/1997
'LUCE' seen here at Leadhills 23 July 2017. A very wet day. ...
Peter Todd 23/07/2017
Looking west from Leadhills station over the station signboard. ...
Ewan Crawford 15/08/2004
Irish Mail, Quarry Hunslet No. 823 waits with a train at the end of the line on the Lowther Railway in May 1993. ...
John McIntyre /05/1993

View looking to Wanlockhead from Glengonnar station in May 2003. The buffer is behind the camera. ...
Ewan Crawford 07/05/2003
The driver of Hunslet 0-4-0ST no 823 'Irish Mail' has a rest as his fireman takes a few pictures while the train waits at the halt on the ...
John McIntyre 11/07/1993
Visiting O&K 0-4-0T&WT No 22 Montalban has a rest at Glengonnar, the summit of the former Wanlockhead and Leadhills Railway, on 16 August 1997. ...
John McIntyre 16/08/1997
The end of the line at Glengonnar on the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway in August 2006. ...
Colin Miller /08/2006

This was a terminus with a loop and sidings and a goods shed. There was no platform, (nor was there a platform at Leadhills) but there was a slightly raised area of flattened ground alongside the loop. Access to the carriages was by means of steps on the carriages. The station building was a lean-to built onto the side of the goods shed, just to the south of the loop.
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Former Knott End Railway veranda coach, built by Lancaster Railway carriage & Wagon in 1908, seen in LMS days after transfer to the Wanlockhead ...
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LMS era photograph of a Caley 0-4-4T with a mixed train at Wanlockhead. Of particular interest to the KERS is the veranda coach. This was one of four ...
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Looking north at the site of the former Wanlockhead station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Looking towards Wanlockhead in 1989. The extension of the narrow gauge line from Glengonnar to Wanlockhead has been announced by the Lowthers Railway ...
Bill Roberton //1989