Wishaw and Coltness Railway

Introduction

This line is largely open. The line was initially called the Glenturk and Garion Railway. Today it is a part of the West Coast Main Line between Motherwell and Wishaw. The line was planned to run from Coatbridge to Jerviston to Wishaw. A branch from Jerviston to Cleland was added, which opened first. Further lines went on to Morningside. Closed sections run in Cleland and from Wishaw to Morningside via Coltness.






Dates

  /  /1829[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Act receives Royal assent. Line gauge was 4ft6in and was extended slowly south from Whifflet.
20/03/1841[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Wishaw and Overtown stations opened.
  /10/1841[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Line completed to Chapel near the [Coltness Ironworks].
08/05/1843[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
A new passenger and goods service started. Called at; Morningside, Stirling Road, Overtown Road, Wishaw, Motherwell, Holytown, Carnbroe Iron Works and Coatbridge ([Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway]). There was a through coach to Glasgow.
  /  /1846[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Locomotives provided by R&W Hawthorn of Newcastle from 1846 to 1848.
  /  /1847[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Converted to standard gauge.
  /  /1849[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Wishaw and Coltness Railway merged with Caledonian Railway.
17/11/1858[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
The [Caledonian Railway] buys land for a new shed to augment its locomotive sheds at South Side and Gartsherrie which were suffering from high light engine mileages. The Parkneuk Iron Works and Motherwell Iron and Steel Works were by the shed.
01/06/1880[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Wishaw re-named Wishaw South.
01/10/1881[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Overtown closed.
  /  /1915[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
The Motherwell shed turntable is out of use due to mine works in the immediate area.
  /  /1930[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Newmains to Cleland Junction closed to freight.
01/12/1930[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Morningside to Holytown (Cleland Junction) closed to passengers.
05/02/1951[Airdrie and Newhouse Line] ([Caledonian Railway])
[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Morningside to Newmains closed to freight.
15/09/1958[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Wishaw South closed.
  /04/1970[Caledonian Railway]
[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
[Polloc and Govan Railway]
[Glasgow Central Station]
West Coast Main line electrification authorised.
06/05/1974[Caledonian Railway]
[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
[Clydesdale Junction Railway]
[Polloc and Govan Railway]
[Glasgow Central Station]
Glasgow Central to Carlisle electrification complete.
11/08/1981[Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway]
[Wishaw and Coltness Railway]
Freightliner terminal, Coatbridge, to Mossend yard electrified.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Whifflet to Omoa

66746 in Belmont Royal Scot livery hauling the the North bound Alumina train from North Blyth to Fort William on the 15/12/16 approaching Whifflet ...
Alastair McLellan 15/12/2016
Services terminating at Whifflet have to clear the through line by
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David Panton 17/06/2010
View north over Whifflet South Junction in 1987. Caley line on left, NB line on right. The RB Tennent Ltd Whifflet Foundry in the right background was ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking north at Whifflet South Junction. The distant unit, on the right, is located roughly where the Wishaw and Coltness Railway connected with the ...
Ewan Crawford 26/09/2009

This was the junction from which the 1828 Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway was extended south in 1834 by the Wishaw and Coltness Railway. From the same junction the Rosehall Railway ran south to the Rosehall Colliery.
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At Whifflet South Junction (in the background) the Gartsherrie North Junction - Coatbridge Central - Whifflet extension of the Garnkirk and Glasgow ...
Bill Roberton //2001
The signal box at Whifflet East Junction, as viewed from Whifflet Street bridge on 7 March 1971, with the RB Tennent works in the background. It ...
Bill Jamieson 07/03/1971

View taken on the A725 southbound under the B7070. At this point the road follows the course of the former GBH&CR south from Coatbridge to Bellshill. ...
Michael Gibb 27/06/2010

This tunnel was in the Carnbroe Estate and was opened out in 1855. It was on the Wishaw and Coltness Railway between, using modern references, the M8 (to the north) and Mossend Marshalling Yard (to the south). The tunnel may have been twin bore.
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Initially for Thankerton Colliery branch.
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Holytown [1st] station closed when this station, just to the north, opened with two platforms on the line south and east and a further two platforms on the west to north curve of the Mossend junctions.
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Sections of the former Merry Street bridge in the process of being transferred from road to rail at Mossend Euroterminal in preparation for their ...
Mick Golightly 03/10/2008
A class 37 brings a freight into the south end of Mossend yard in the summer of 1996. ...
John Furnevel 01/07/1996
Aerial view of Mossend Yard. Looking east. ...
Ewan Crawford //
View south over a busy looking Mossend Yard on 29 October 1991. ...
Bill Roberton 29/10/1991

This is a double track junction between the line north to Coatbridge Central and south to Motherwell and the line east to [[Shotts]. It is just to the south of the Mossend Marshalling Yard.
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Looking south over Mossend North Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
A 156 heads south through Mossend Yard in 2001. ...
Ewan Crawford //2001

Freightliner heading east and about to turn south at Mossend East Junction. ...
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Approaching Mossend East Junction from the east. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Freightliner-hauled container train passing Mossend East Junction in 2002. ...
Ewan Crawford //2002
Freight at Mossend East Junction in 2002. ...
Ewan Crawford //2002

This is a two platform station.
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Colas Rail 70810 on the Oxwellmains Lafarge to Viewpark Colas tanks through Holytown on 3rd May 2019. ...
Alastair McLellan 03/05/2019
156 511 speeds through with a Glasgow Central - Edinburgh semi-fast. 28 September. ...
Bill Roberton 28/09/2018
Glasgow/Edinburgh services pass just to the west of Holytown station on 3rd May 2019. ...
Alastair McLellan 03/05/2019
385021 passing through Holytown on an Edinbugh Waverley semi fast service on 3rd May 2019.
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Alastair McLellan 03/05/2019

Virgin Trains 11-car Pendolino at Holytown Junction on 3rd May 2019 forming the 1S37 London Euston to Glasgow Central service.
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Alastair McLellan 03/05/2019
1S34 Virgin Voyager brings the early morning Crewe to Glasgow Central service across Holytown Junction on 3rd May 2019.
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Alastair McLellan 03/05/2019
Looking east to Holytown Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987


This is a two platform station with a car park on the south side. the car park was formerly the goods yard and featured a large double height loading bank with two faces.
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Carfin at 0835 today, taken by a colleague, with 86638 running light locomotive. ...
Iain Teaz 24/02/2019
A road-cone relaxes on the embankment on the curved section of the Wishaw Deviation line just south of Holytown Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Carfin looking east in 1987. Noted for its Grotto. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
An Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central via Shotts train calls at Carfin in February 2006. View west towards Holytown Junction from the B7066 road ...
John Furnevel 13/02/2006






Mossend to Morningside

This is a double track junction between the line north to Coatbridge Central and south to Motherwell and the line east to [[Shotts]. It is just to the south of the Mossend Marshalling Yard.
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Looking south over Mossend North Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
A 156 heads south through Mossend Yard in 2001. ...
Ewan Crawford //2001

This station was located close to today's Mossend North Junction and the Mossend Marshalling Yard.
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At Milnwood Junction, just south of the former Mossend station and Mossend Yard, lines from Bellshill, Mossend and Holytown meet. To the south was Jerviston Junction and the lines to Clydesdale Steel Works.
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Looking south at Mossend South Junction. The former Clydesdale Steelworks are on the left. ...
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View over Milnwood / Mossend South Junction with lines diverging to Holytown, Coatbridge Central and Bellshill. In the background is British Steel ...
Bill Roberton 01/05/1991


This was a ten arch single track wooden viaduct over the South Calder Water. The piers were stone. The viaduct was on the course of the Wishaw and Coltness Railway. Also known as the Camp Viaduct.
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Also known as Motherwell Junction.
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The Dalzell Steel Works was developed alongside the existing Dalzell Malleable Iron Works of 1871, the West Coast Main Line (just south of Motherwell station and close to [[Motherwell Junction) by David Colville and Son. The malleable iron works were just to the south and now part of the steel works site.
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Aerial view Dalzell Steelworks looking south-east. The works is served by a short branch. ...
Ewan Crawford //

The removed bridge over the B754 for the Flemington coal yard. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
View from the removed bridge over the B754 for Flemington Coal yard. Two (!) 8Xs head south with the limestone empties from Ravenscraig for Shap. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988



With the WCML out of sight off to the left and BSC Dalzell in the distance on the right this view looks west at the former six tracks wide bridge over ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
The sign read 'Exit from Ravenscraig by this route is strictly forbidden', although judging by the footpath this wasn't much of a deterrent. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This is a minimal modern two platform station. The platforms are linked by a footbridge which predates the station. To the south is Shieldmuir Junction where the connection to Wishaw station leaves the line through Motherwell and the north end of the Shieldmuir Mail Centre loop connects to the main line.
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A 6-car 334 set pulls into Shieldmuir with the hourly Lanark direct service on 29 April. A new housing development is now underway on land off to the ...
David Panton 29/04/2009
Class 90 on test run at what was to become Shieldmuir station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
A Lanark - Dalmuir train, formed by unit 318266, pulls into Shieldmuir station on 22 March 2006. ...
John Furnevel 22/03/2006
The Network Rail monitoring and measurement train speeds south through Shieldmuir station in March 2006. ...
John Furnevel 22/03/2006

This was a two platform station. It was the first station in Wishaw.
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This was a two platform station. It was just to the north of Overtown itself. (Much closer than Overtown [2nd], to the north, which replaced this station and was closer to Waterloo.)
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Aerial view of Garriongill Junction. Bottom left to top centre (Stirling Road); W&CR. Low left to centre right (Law Junction); Wishaw Deviation. ...
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This station was on the west side of Stirling Road. The station may only have ever been called Carluke (or Carluke and Lanark), whether it remained open or re-opened after 1848 (the opening of the Caledonian Railway which actually reached Carluke) is in doubt. The Caledonian Railway, having subsumed the Wishaw and Coltness Railway called the goods station here Stirling Road.
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Looking east at the site of the former Stirling Road station. ...
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New line laid in at Stirling Road for Watsonhead. Line to Costain in background. The new line occupies the former route east to Morningside. ...
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Established by Henry Houldsworth (1770-1853) in 1839.
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This station was on the west side of Morningside Road. It was effectively a terminus although a bridge over the road connected the line to the North British Railway's Morningside [NBR] station on the east side of the road. The station probably opened in connection with the new line to Newmains opened in 1864.
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The Wishaw and Coltness Railway reached Morningside around 1844 from Carluke [1st] (reached 1842) - a short distance of around 2/3 of a mile. The extension was probably driven to reach the under construction Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway rather than a desire to reach Morningside itself. It did service the Chapel Colliery in passing.
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