Beattock Summit

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Beattock Summit (1847-)

Opened on the Caledonian Railway.


This summit has up and down loops and engineers sidings. The Caledonian Railway considered the height to be 1,015 ft, since revised to 1,016 ft.

There was a signal box ('Summit') here on the east side, replacing an older box in 1899. There were water columns for locomotives.

The signal box closed in 1973, replaced by the Motherwell Signalling Centre, in the run up to electrification.

Prior to electrification the approach to the summit from north and south was challenging.

Harthope Viaduct is to the south and the former station at Elvanfoot to the north.



Summit sidings