Slamannan Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. It was an extension of the Ballochney Railway's Whiterigg and Arbuckle branch at Airdriehill to further mining districts to the east. Initially called the Arbuckle Railway the line was extended further east ultimately reaching the Union Canal basin at Causewayend [SR].






Dates

  /  /1835[Slamannan Railway]
Act receives Royal assent
  /  /1840[Slamannan Railway]
Whitrigg station opened
  /  /1840[Slamannan Railway]
Longriggend station opened
05/08/1840[Slamannan Railway]
Ballochney Junction to Causewayend opened
27/07/1847[Slamannan 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.
  /  /1893[Slamannan Railway]
Pits neighbouring the line, 16 at Jawcraig, Braidrigg, Limerigg and Stanerigg reach peak output
01/05/1930[Slamannan Railway]
[Ballochney Railway]
Manuel Low Level to Coatbridge (Greenside Junction) closed to passengers
01/05/1930[Slamannan Railway]
Passenger trains withdrawn
01/05/1933[Slamannan Railway]
Manuel Low Level to Boness Low Junction closed to passengers
  /  /1940[Slamannan Railway]
Avonbridge to Slamannan closed to freight
01/09/1949[Slamannan Railway]
Slamannan to Rawyards closed to freight
01/09/1949[Slamannan Railway]
Ballochney Junction to Causewayend closed
  /  /1960[Slamannan Railway]
Bowhouse to Blackston Junction closed to freight
06/07/1964[Slamannan Railway]
Causewayend to Bowhouse closed to freight
28/12/1964[Slamannan Railway]
Blackston Junction to Avonbridge closed to freight

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Arbuckle to Slamannan and Causewayend


This station was located at the junction between the Slamannan Railway and the Arden or Arbuckle branch of the Ballochney Railway. It was just east of the junction on the Slamannan. There appears to have been a platform on the south side of the line.
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Also spelled Standrig.
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This pit was at the point where a short branch left the Slamannan Railway and ran east, south of the line, to serve Kimberley Coal Pit and Arden Colliery Pits Nos 8 and 10. ...

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This pit was on a branch from the Slamannan Railway which ran parallel with the line from a junction to the west. Thompson's Hope Coal Pit No 3 and Arden Colliery Pits Nos 8 and 10. ...

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This was initially a siding approached from the west and on the north side of the line.
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This was a one platform station on a single track line. The platform was on the north side of the line to the east of a road overbridge.
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The site of Longriggend station in 1997, looking north east towards Slamannan. Little remained by this date and the site has been further infilled for ...
Ewan Crawford 03/05/1997




This was the junction between the Slamannan Railway of 1840 and the North Monkland Railway of 1878, a partly independent line of North British Railway origins.
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View west at the site of Slamannan station in May 1997. The station was in the field on the right. The photograph is from beside the site of the ...
Ewan Crawford 03/05/1997


Nature takes over the remains of the railway at Glenellrig, closed 1849. The line ran from left to right, the remains of an occupational crossing ...
Ewan Crawford //2000

This was a single platform station on the south side of the line and west of a level crossing.
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Looking west over the station site at Avonbridge in 1997. The gatepost was the only surviving reminder of the railway at the time, but even that has ...
Ewan Crawford 03/05/1997


This was a station, junction and yard. The station consisted of a single platform on the south side of the line. The alternative spelling Blackstone was used in some timetables at varying dates.
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Remains of a platform at Blackston Junction in 1997. This was the junction for the lines north to Bo'ness and south to Bathgate. View is west towards ...
Ewan Crawford 03/05/1997

This was a single platform station with three sidings. The platform was on the east side and built in timber. There was a stone built loading bank. The goods shed was in the yard, but not rail served.
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View north towards Causewayend at a rather muddy Bowhouse station in 1997. Bowhouse station closed to passengers in 1930 with the line itself closing ...
Ewan Crawford 03/05/1997
Pickersgill 3P 4-4-0 no 54465 stands at Bowhouse (closed to passengers 1930) on Saturday 7 May 1960 with a pair of ex-Caledonian coaches on an SLS ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 07/05/1960



This was the eastern terminus of the Slamannan Railway at Causewayend Basin on the Union Canal. Coal for Edinburgh, and passengers, could continue along the canal. After just two years the route lost its advantage when the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway opened in 1842.
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Roughrigg Branch










Avonhead Branch




This pit was served by a line from the east which ran to the Slamannan Railway. ...

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Southfield Branch