Monkland Railways



Dates

14/08/1848Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway Ballochney Railway Slamannan Railway Monkland Railways
Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway merges with Ballochney Railway and Slamannan Railway to become Monkland Railways.
11/06/1855Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Line opened.
  /11/1855Calderbank Iron Works Branch (Monkland Railways)
Opened from Calderbank Junction to Calderbank Iron Works.
  /11/1855Armadale Branch (Monkland Railways)
Line opened. Many mines around Armadale were owned by the Monkland Iron and Steel Company of the Calderbank Iron Works.
  /11/1855Boghead to Cowdenhead Branch (Monkland Railways)
Line opened.
  /  /1857New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Act for a line from Clarkston by Calderbank Junction to Cowdenhead authorised.
  /  /1858New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Cowdenhead to Standhill (Woodend Junction) opened.
01/11/1858New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Craigmill Branch opened from Standhill (Woodend Junction). Woodend mines owned by Coltness Iron Works.
  /  /1859New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Opened to minerals from Calderbank Junction to Stepends Junction (continued by separate line to Stepends Colliery, of the Summerlee Iron Works).
  /  /1860New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Line opened to goods and minerals from Stepends Junction to Standhill (Woodend Junction). Plains Colliery (Planes Branch) also opened.
  /08/1860Shotts Branch (Monkland Railways)
Act for branch from the New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) at Westcraigs to Shotts Goods passed.
  /  /1861New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Opened to goods and minerals from Greenside Junction to Brownieside Junction.
  /  /1861Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line from Rutherglen to Coatbridge with a branch to Whifflet authorised. The Monkland Railways is granted running powers.
05/02/1862Shotts Branch (Monkland Railways)
Westcraigs to Shotts Goods opened. Used by the Shotts Iron Works to export pig iron via Leith docks.
11/08/1862New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Opened to passenger trains. Stations at Airdrie South, Clarkston [NBR], Caldercruix, Forrestfield and Westcraigs on the new line. New station further east on the Torbanehill line at Armadale.
  /  /1864Shotts Branch (Monkland Railways)
Branch opened from the Westcraigs to Shotts Goods line to West Benhar Colliery.
  /  /1865General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway Caledonian Railway
General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway. Running powers are granted to the City of Glasgow Union Railway, Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and Monkland Railways.
31/07/1865Monkland Railways Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Monkland Railways absorbed by Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
  /  /1882New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Plains station opened.
  /  /1891New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Coatdyke station opened.
01/05/1930Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Blackston Junction to Bathgate Upper closed to passengers. Westfield and Bathgate Lower stations closed.
08/01/1956Glasgow City and District Railway Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway) Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Boghead to Cowdenhead Branch (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways) Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Last regular Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Edinburgh Waverley via Shettleston, Coatbridge Sunnyside and Bathgate Upper service runs.
09/01/1956New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Boghead to Cowdenhead Branch (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Airdrie to Bathgate Upper to Edinburgh (Bathgate Junction) closed to passengers.
28/12/1964Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Blackston Junction to Westfield Paper Mill (excluded) closed to freight
01/05/1967Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Westfield Paper Mill to Bathgate Lower (excluded) closed to freight.
03/09/1973Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Easton Colliery to Bathgate Lower to Bathgate Upper (excluded) closed to freight.
  /02/1982New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Boghead to Cowdenhead Branch (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Last freight runs between Airdrie and Bathgate Upper. Line lifted between Moffat Mills Junction (excluded) and Bathgate Upper (excluded). Between Moffat Mills Junction and Airdrie the line is singled (eastbound line lifted and eastbound platform at Airdrie closed).
  /  /1986New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Airdrie (excluded) to Moffat Mills Junction, for Inver House Distillery. The track is left disused as far as the junction.
15/05/1989New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Airdrie service extended east to new Drumgelloch [1st] terminus (line beyond lifted).
09/05/2010New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Drumgelloch [1st] closed to allow the line to be doubled as part of the re-opening between Airdrie and Bathgate.
18/10/2010New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Opened for driver training between Airdrie and Bathgate.
12/12/2010New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Boghead to Cowdenhead Branch (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Opened between Airdrie and Bathgate. Stations at Drumgelloch, Caldercruix, Blackridge, Armadale.