Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway

Introduction

This railway is largely closed. Portions of the line remain in use at Gartsherrie (part of the West Coast Main Line), Gunnie yard to Sunnyside Junction (out of use), from Sunnyside Junction to a Greenside Junction (part of the Glasgow to Airdrie line), from Sunnyside Junction to Whifflet (a diversionary route). Much of the rest of the route is now a footpath and cyclepath.






Dates

  /  /1823[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Survey by Thomas Grainger.
17/05/1824[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Act receives Royal assent.
Engineer : Thomas Grainger and John Miller
Contractors : Thomas Grainger, William Baird & Co & Charles McCaul
  /  /1826[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Gartsherrie station opened.
  /10/1826[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Line opened under horse traction as a single track line.
08/07/1828[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Coach service between Kirkintilloch Basin and Leaend commenced.
  /  /1830[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
[Ballochney Railway]
Garden Square, Village built at Leaend for Railway workers.
  /  /1831[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Locomotives provided by Murdoch, Aitken and Co.
01/06/1831[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Coach service between Kirkintilloch Basin and Leaend ceased before this date.
  /  /1835[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Basin and further sidings opened at Kirkintilloch.
  /  /1837Rosehall Railway ([Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway])
Branch opened to Rosehall colliery.
  /  /1837[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
A locomotive erecting works in a workshop by the [Ballochney Railway] is abandoned, and Kipps is opened, on the other side of the railway from the old shed.
  /  /1838Rosehall Railway ([Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway])
Leased by Robert Addie and Robert Miller from Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway for 30 years.
  /  /1838[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Workshops established at Kipps.
  /  /1839[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Carriage service from Kirkintilloch Basin to Gargill to connect with Glasgow to Leaend service commenced.
  /  /1839[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Work to double line commenced.
  /  /1840[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Work to double line completed.
  /  /1841[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Second basin and further sidings opened at Kirkintilloch.
26/12/1844[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Carriage service from Kirkintilloch Basin to Gargill to connect with Glasgow to Leaend service ceases.
26/12/1844[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
New Kirkintilloch station opened to exchange with [Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway] station of same name by the Bothlin viaduct.
26/12/1844[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Service between new Kirkintilloch station and Hallcraig commences.
26/12/1844[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
[Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway]s Horse-drawn service between Kirkintilloch Basin station and new Kirkintilloch station commences.
  /  /1846[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Sunnyside Junction re-modeled to allow expansion of William Baird & Cos [Gartsherrie Ironworks]. Contractor for work: William Baird &Co.
23/03/1846[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Service between Kirkintilloch Basin and new Kirkintilloch station withdrawn.
  /  /1847[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
New bridge opened which takes line over Monkland canal and road in central Coatbridge.
27/07/1847[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Converted to standard gauge.
14/08/1848[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
[Ballochney Railway]
[Slamannan Railway]
[Monkland Railways]
Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway merges with Ballochney Railway and Slamannan Railway to become Monkland Railways.
  /  /1868Rosehall Railway ([Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway])
Expiry of lease by Addie and Miller.
01/02/1871[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Coatbridge Sunnyside opened.
26/10/1871[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Whifflet to College passenger service starts.
26/10/1871[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Coatbridge station opened.
26/10/1871[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Whifflet station opened.
  /  /1888[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Coatbridge Sunnyside opened.
  /  /1890[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
537 men employed at Kipps works.
  /  /1905[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Branch to Bedlay Colliery opened - although a tramway occupied most of the route previously.
01/05/1930[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
[Ballochney Railway]
Passenger trains cease on Ballochney Railway, last regular passenger train runs between Greenside Junction and Kipps Junction.
10/09/1930[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Coatbridge station closed.
22/09/1930[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Whifflet station closed.
28/10/1940[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Gartsherrie station closed.
10/09/1951[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Passenger trains running from Sunnyside Junction to Whifflet South Junction through Coatbridge for the Bothwell service cease to run - last regular passenger service over this section of line.
  /  /1954[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Rosehall Branch from Whifflet South Junction closed.
  /  /1955[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Line from Whifflet South Junction to Palacecraig Colliery closed.
08/01/1956[Glasgow City and District Railway]
[Coatbridge Branch] ([North British Railway])
[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
[Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway] ([Monkland Railways])
[Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway]
[Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway]
Last regular Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley via Shettleston, Coatbridge Sunnyside and Bathgate service runs.
  /  /1971[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Gartsherrie East Junction closed, line between here and the north end of Gunnie yard lifted.
18/08/1971[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Last freight runs between Greenside Junction and Kipps Junction, line closed.
11/12/1981[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
Bedlay Colliery closed and line from there to Garnqueen South Junction closed to freight.
  /  /1984[Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway]
[Ballochney Railway]
Area around Kipps landscaped and remains of railway removed.