Balornock Junction

Location type


Name and dates

Balornock Junction (1894-1965)

Opened on the Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway).
Opened on the The Switchback (Caledonian Railway).
Opened on the Robroyston Marshalling Yard and Colliery Branches (Caledonian Railway).


This was a four way double track junction. From here a line ran west to Germiston Junction Low (1886), south to Blackhill Junction (same line, 1886), north west to Possil Junction (1894, box opened) and east to Robroyston West Junction (1896).

Between these lines and the main line, the former Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway, was Balornock Shed.

The box was on the south side of the junction.

All lines have now closed with the exception of the main line to the south. The signal box closed in 1966 although the site had already ceased to be a junction in 1965. The line to Blackhill Junction and beyond closed in 1964, to Possil Junction in 1965, and the site closed completely in 1966.

The site is currently wasteland with housing developments moving steadily closer. The site has been landscaped. The M80 occupies part of the site of the lines to the east and south.

Balornock House was to the north.




  /  /1878Robroyston Marshalling Yard and Colliery Branches (Caledonian Railway)
Milton Junction [Glasgow] to Balornock Junction authorised.
  /  /1878Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Portion of line from Balornock Junction passing Balornock House authorised. (Close to the house the line passed through Balornock Tunnel.)
26/11/1894Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway) Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway Glasgow Central Railway
Balornock Junction to Possil Junction, Maryhill [CR] and Stobcross (L&D railway no 4) opened to minerals and goods. This gave the Caledonian Railway an independent line to the Queens Dock lines.
26/11/1894Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Balornock Junction to Hamiltonhill opened.
11/03/1896Robroyston Marshalling Yard and Colliery Branches (Caledonian Railway)
Balornock Junction to Robroyston opened.
11/03/1896Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway) Robroyston Marshalling Yard and Colliery Branches (Caledonian Railway)
Balornock Junction to Robroyston Yard opened.
07/09/1964The Switchback (Caledonian Railway)
Balornock Junction to London Road Junction [Glasgow] closed.