Monkland Canal




Dates

  /  /1770Monkland Canal
Construction begins at Sheepford. Engineer; James Watt.
  /  /1773Monkland Canal
Project partly abandoned due to lack of money as the Ayr Bank is liquidated, canal only runs from Sheepford (later Sheepford Locks) to Blackhill (later Blackhill Locks).
  /  /1790Monkland Canal
Andrew Stirling of Drumpellier (Drumpeller) and William Stirling and Company take over canal and decide to extend it west to the Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow and east to Calderbank. Extensions authorised.
  /  /1790Monkland Canal
Canal extended eastwards, set of locks at Sheepford.
  /  /1792Monkland Canal
Dam built on North Calder Water to control water flowing into the canal.
  /  /1793Monkland Canal
Forth and Clyde Canal
Monkland Canal and Forth and Clyde Canal joined by a new section of canal at the Blackhill Locks.
  /  /1794Monkland Canal
Construction complete.
  /  /1800Legbrannoch Railway
Opened by William Dixon (Senior) to move coal from the Legbrannock Colliery on the Woodhall Estate to the Monkland Canal.
  /  /1813Legbrannock Railway
Opened from Legbrannock Colliery to the Monkland Canal by William Dixon (Senior).
  /  /1819Monkland Canal
At Faskine Basin the Vulcan, the first iron-hulled passenger boat, is launched.
  /  /1824Calder Ironworks Waggonway
Opened to connect works to Monkland Canal.
  /  /1824Calder Ironworks Waggonway
Opened from Calder Iron works to Monkland Canal.
  /  /1828William Baird and Company
Construction of Gartsherrie Iron Works begins, to be 8 blast furnaces on the west side of the Monkland Canal's Gartsherrie branch.
  /04/1835Monkland Canal
Short branch canal to Dundyvan Basin under construction.
  /  /1836Monkland Canal
Short Dundyvan Basin branch opened.
  /  /1843William Baird and Company
16 blast furnaces now in operation at Gartsherrie Iron Works with an annual capacity of 100,000 tons, 8 new blast furnaces opened on the east bank of the Monkland Canal's Gartsherrie branch.
04/07/1843Drumpeller Railway
Line authorised with permission for the Monkland Canal to buy the railway.
  /  /1846Monkland CanalForth and Clyde Canal
Monkland Canal taken over by the Forth and Clyde Canal.
01/11/1849Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)
Glasgow Buchanan Street opened on a new extension which branched off at Milton Junction and ran parallel to the original line before passing under it and the Monkland Canal in a tunnel. English trains via the Caledonian Railway main line are diverted from South Side [CR] to the new more suitable station.
  /  /1850Monkland Canal
Traffic reaches its peak.
  /  /1851Drumpeller Railway Forth and Clyde Canal
The Drumpeller Railway is purchased by the Forth and Clyde Canal (not the Monkland Canal with which it connected).
  /  /1860Monkland Canal
Baillieston Shed in use at Nackerty on railway.
  /  /1867Forth and Clyde Canal Monkland Canal Forth and Cart Canal Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)) Drumpeller Railway Caledonian Railway
Forth and Clyde Canal (Forth and Clyde Navigation), Monkland Canal, Forth and Cart Canal and various assets such as the Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)) and Drumpeller Railway, bought by the Caledonian Railway to compete with the North British Railway in the Forth - Clyde Valley. The North British Railway is given running powers over the Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal Company)). Caledonian Railway given running powers over the Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway to Larbert Junction
  /  /1867Monkland Canal
Dundyvan Basin Branch of the Monkland Canal absorbed by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1872Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
New alignment opens with a bridge which takes the line over Monkland Canal, West Canal Street and Bank Street in central Coatbridge. The junction with the Sheepford Branch (Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway) is taken out and a new alignment laid in to the south which crossed the Dundyvan Basin branch.
  /  /1872Whitelaw Fountain
In memory of Alexander Whitelaw, partner in William Baird and Company, who organised the raising of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway onto a bridge in 1847, rather than crossing the road over the Monkland Canal in Coatbridge with a level crossing.
  /  /1873Monkland Canal
The Vulcan, the first iron-hulled passenger boat, is withdrawn from service.
  /  /1882Airdrie Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Lock Street Viaduct built over the Monkland Canal to extend the line from Whifflet Upper to Airdrie [CR].
  /  /1940Monkland Canal
Canal abandoned.
  /  /1960Monkland Canal
Piped, filled in and the M8 Motorway built over the top from Easterhouse to Glasgow.