Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)

Introduction

This line is closed. The line (actually a series of short connecting lines) was built by the Caledonian Railway who wished to improve their lines in the Larkhall and Lesmahagow area. The original lines in this area were built to carry coal and the passenger stations were inconveniently located, this new line connected together the most important towns and lines and provided an improved service to passengers.



The section of line between Merryton Junction and Larkhall Central has re-opened as the electrified Larkhall Branch.






Dates

  /  /1896Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Construction of line from Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Blackwood [2nd] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) begins.
  /  /1896Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Construction of line from Alton Heights (Coalburn Branch] (Caledonian Railway)) to Blackwood Junction (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) begins.
  /  /1896Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Construction of line from Merryton Junction, (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Larkhall Central and Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) begins.
  /  /1896Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Construction of line from Cot Castle Goods (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Strathaven Central (Hamilton and Strathaven Railway) begins.
  /  /1896Hamilton and Strathaven Railway Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Whiteshawgate Junction to Strathaven Central construction begins.
  /  /1904Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Stonehouse Junction [Lanarkshire] renamed Dalserf Junction on the opening of the Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway).
01/07/1905Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Merryton Junction, (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Larkhall Central and Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened.
01/07/1905Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Blackwood Junction (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened.
01/07/1905Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Alton Heights (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Blackwood Junction (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened.
01/07/1905Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Cot Castle Goods (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Strathaven Central (Hamilton and Strathaven Railway) opened.
07/12/1964Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Strathaven Central to Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] closed to freight.
04/10/1965Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Coalburn to Hamilton (Haughhead Junction) closed to passengers.
04/10/1965Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Strathaven Central to Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] closed to passengers.
16/09/1968Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Auchlochan Nos 9 and 10 Collieries to Larkhall Central closed to freight.
04/11/1968Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway) Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Larkhall Central to Haughhead Junction closed to freight.
04/07/2005Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Signalling switched on for the re-opening of the Hamilton - Larkhall branch.
17/07/2005Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Overhead Line Equipment (overhead wires) energised for the re-opening of the Hamilton - Larkhall line.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Merryton to Stonehouse

Merryton Junction to Stonehouse East Junction.

This junction was north of Merryton station, (a new station dating from 2005).
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Demolition of the old girder bridge and decking at Merryton Junction before replacing with new concrete structure in March 2005. This bridge carries ...
Gordon Steel /03/2005
Looking south towards the site of Merryton Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford 2/5/2004
Disused building at Merryton Junction - signalbox base? The view looking north. The building has now been demolished. ...
Ewan Crawford 2/5/2004
On the first day of public service a train passes Merryton Junction joining the former Mid Lanark lines route to Larkhall Central. ...
Ewan Crawford 12/12/2005

This is a single platform station on a single track line. The platform is on the east side of the line.
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Work continued day and night on the Larkhall re-opening. Merryton at night. ...
Ewan Crawford //
A Milngavie to Larkhall service makes its penultimate stop on 23 October 2018. I confess I had never heard of Merryton until the station opened: it is ...
David Panton 23/10/2018
Merryton Station 6 and a half years after opening, the lovely coloured Broom in full bloom. ...
Gordon Steel 28/05/2012
Looking north towards Merryton station. Embankment preparation continues. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/03/2005


This is a two platform terminus of the line from Hamilton (Haughhead Junction).
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'The Second Coming and the First Going'. On the 12th December 2005, the first morning of services on the reopened line from Larkhall to Haughead ...
Gordon Steel 12/12/2005
'The Second coming and the First arriving'. 334040, on the first day of the reopened line to Larkhall, arrives at the terminus at 06.28 with a train ...
Gordon Steel 12/12/2005
Confusion for the few people on the platform as the 1133 to Milngavie is cancelled despite being neither late nor apparently sick. Perhaps it is a ...
David Panton 23/10/2018
318250, newly arrived from Milngavie, stands in the sunshine at the Larkhall buffer stops in April 2008. ...
Mark Bartlett 17/04/2008

Also known as Larkhall Viaduct, Avon Viaduct, Millheugh, or Morgan Glen Viaduct. This disused viaduct is south of Larkhall station.
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The two bridges over the River Avon in Larkhall, Broomhill Viaduct was the highest in Scotland and the nearer road bridge had replaced an older stone ...
Gordon Steel 31/12/2008
Looking south and off the Broomhill Viaduct (often referred to as Larkhall Viaduct). This is Scotlands highest girder viaduct. Today it is a ...
Ewan Crawford 2/5/2004
Looking south over Broomhill Viaduct (often referred to as Larkhall Viaduct). This is Scotlands highest girder viaduct. Today it is a dangerous ...
Ewan Crawford 2/5/2004
Looking south alongside Broomhill Viaduct (often referred to as Larkhall Viaduct). This is Scotlands highest girder viaduct. Today it is a dangerous ...
Ewan Crawford 2/5/2004

This was a double track eight span girder viaduct crossing the River Avon. However, it only ever carried one track as the line was never doubled.
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A postcard view of Stonehouse Viaduct looking towards the town. ...
H Miller //
Looking east at the dismantled Stonehouse Viaduct, once the longest viaduct in Scotland. The deck was removed in 1984. ...
Ewan Crawford //2004
Stonehouse Viaduct, looking towards the junction in autumn. The deck was removed in 1984. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Piers of the former Stonehouse Viaduct stand on the north bank of the River Avon in December 2005. ...
John Furnevel 12/12/2005

This junction was east of Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] station. The 1864 Stonehouse branch of the Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) was met by the Merryton Junction to Stonehouse section of the 1905 Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway).
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Stonehouse to Strathaven

Stonehouse West Junction to Strathaven Central.

This junction was west of Stonehouse [Lanarkshire]. It was created when the original Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) branch to Stonehouse of 1864 was met with two sections of the 1905 Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway). The original route east to Dalserf and the route west through Stonehouse to Cot Castle Goods survived.
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This goods station was the terminus of a branch from Stonehouse Junction. It was to the east of the ruins of Cot Castle [Castle]. The station was simple, terminating in a pair of long sidings (probably a loop), with a short siding on the south side by the access road.
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This was a fine station. It was an island platform station. The station was to the south of Strathaven. The ticket and parcels office was on Station Road. It was similar to that at Larkhall Central and the remaining building at Hamilton Central. The station was below street level in a shallow cutting. Two bridges from the building crossed the eastbound line to reach the platform - one the ...

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The former goods shed at Strathaven in 1996 [ref query 24722]. ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
View west from the trackbed looking towards Strathaven Central from the former approach from Stonehouse. On the hillside above the lineside hut is the ...
Ewan Crawford 25/05/2005
Remains of the island platform at Strathaven. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Strathaven looking to Hamilton. Both the G&SW and Caley had booking offices here. Entry was from bridges from the left. ...
Ewan Crawford //




Strathaven link

This was a fine station. It was an island platform station. The station was to the south of Strathaven. The ticket and parcels office was on Station Road. It was similar to that at Larkhall Central and the remaining building at Hamilton Central. The station was below street level in a shallow cutting. Two bridges from the building crossed the eastbound line to reach the platform - one the ...

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The former goods shed at Strathaven in 1996 [ref query 24722]. ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
View west from the trackbed looking towards Strathaven Central from the former approach from Stonehouse. On the hillside above the lineside hut is the ...
Ewan Crawford 25/05/2005
Remains of the island platform at Strathaven. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Strathaven looking to Hamilton. Both the G&SW and Caley had booking offices here. Entry was from bridges from the left. ...
Ewan Crawford //



This was a single platform station. The platform was on the west side of a single track line. The station was to the east of Strathaven [Flemington] station which it replaced. The station was located in a cutting.
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View of the deck of the viaduct immediately south of Strathaven North station. ...
John Robin /04/1963

This junction was north of Strathaven. It was formed between the 1863 Hamilton and Strathaven Railway and the 1904 Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway), a set of lines and connection made to link together the Caledonian Railway's lines in the area. Part of this was an extension west from Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] to Darvel. The line from Whiteshawgate would connect to this ...

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Looking south towards Strathaven at Whiteshawgate Junction in July 1953. To the left is the route for Strathaven Central and right for Strathaven ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 07/07/1953




Stonehouse to Blackwood

This junction was west of Stonehouse [Lanarkshire]. It was created when the original Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) branch to Stonehouse of 1864 was met with two sections of the 1905 Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway). The original route east to Dalserf and the route west through Stonehouse to Cot Castle Goods survived.
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This junction opened in 1905 when the 1864 Blackwood [1st] branch (passengers from 1866) of the Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) was met by two sections of the new Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway).
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Blackwood Junction. [Railscot note: looking north.] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/06/1953
Blackwood Junction. [Railscot note: looking south. Blemish on print.] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/06/1953
Looking south from Blackwood signal box in May 1964, as 45029 with a pigeon special waits for a DMU from Coalburn to clear the section to Alton ...
John Robin 15/05/1964




Blackwood to Auldton Heights

This junction opened in 1905 when the 1864 Blackwood [1st] branch (passengers from 1866) of the Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) was met by two sections of the new Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway).
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Blackwood Junction. [Railscot note: looking north.] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/06/1953
Blackwood Junction. [Railscot note: looking south. Blemish on print.] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/06/1953
Looking south from Blackwood signal box in May 1964, as 45029 with a pigeon special waits for a DMU from Coalburn to clear the section to Alton ...
John Robin 15/05/1964

This was a single platform station with the platform on the west (town) side of the line. It replaced the [Blackwood [1st] terminus which became the goods yard.
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Blackwood (new). CR 0.4.4T 55182. June 1953. [Railscot note: Blemish on print.] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/06/1953


This was a single platform station with a large goods yard. There was land for a loop and second platform. Although a loop was laid (taken out later) the second platform was not built. The platform was on the west side of the line. There was a fine Caledonian style building. The signal box was towards the north end of the platform.
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The 'throat' of Lesmahagow station in 2000. The passenger station, a single platform, was on the line continuing south and curving off to the left to ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
Lesmahagow. CR 0.4.4T 55182 piloting standard 2.6.4T 80022 on Coalburn - Hamilton train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/06/1953
Lesmahagow. 55182 and 80022 on Hamilton train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/06/1953
Lesmahagow. CR 0.4.4T 55182 piloting standard 2.6.4T 80022 on Coalburn - Hamilton train. [Railscot note: Blemish on print.] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/06/1953

This large masonry viaduct, which crossed a river, road and part of the town, has been demolished. It was an eight span single track viaduct. The viaduct was just to the south of Lesmahagow station. ...

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42055 crossing Lesmahagow Viaduct. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/07/1953

This was a four way junction. The location was originally called Auldton Heights.
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View south at Alton Heights Junction in 1996. To the right was the original line running to Coalburn, to the left the line to Poneil Junction. Alton ...
Ewan Crawford //1996




Stonehouse Curve

This goods station was the terminus of a branch from Stonehouse Junction. It was to the east of the ruins of Cot Castle [Castle]. The station was simple, terminating in a pair of long sidings (probably a loop), with a short siding on the south side by the access road.
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