Blackwood Junction

Location type

Junction

Name and dates

Blackwood Junction (1905-1968)

Opened on the Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway).
Opened on the Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway).

Description

This junction opened in 1905 when the 1864 Blackwood [1st] branch (passengers from 1866) of the Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway) was met by two sections of the new Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway).

The 1864 branch was double track by 1905. Blackwood [1st] station closed in 1905 and was left on a short branch as a goods yard.

A new single track line ran north west to Stonehouse West Junction. Another new single track line line ran south east through a new Blackwood [2nd] station to Alton Heights Junction.

The new signal box, on the west side between the northern and southern junctions, controlled the original route, new lines and the Dundaff Branch which ran south to Dundaff Quarry. The new station had no signal box of its own. The Dundaff Quarry line closed in the 1920s.

There was a short section of double track between the north and south junction. This loop remained after 1939 when the line north east to Southfield Junction was singled.

In 1959/60 the line to Southfield Junction and on to Dalserf Junction was closed. The line to Blackwood [1st] closed in 1961.

Passenger trains ceased in 1965 and the signal box closed. The railway closed in 1968.

Tags

Junction
09/08/2019


Dates

  /  /1896Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Construction of line from Alton Heights (Coalburn Branch] (Caledonian Railway)) to Blackwood Junction (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) begins.
01/07/1905Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Merryton Junction, (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Larkhall Central and Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened. Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Blackwood Junction (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened. Blackwood Junction (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Alton Heights (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) opened. Cot Castle Goods (Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)) to Strathaven Central (Hamilton and Strathaven Railway) opened. Stations opened at Larkhall Central, Blackwood [2nd], Lesmahagow [2nd]. (Alternative date 01/06/1905.)
01/10/1951Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Blackwood Junction to Tillietudlem (Southfield Junction) closed to passengers.
04/01/1960Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Blackwood Junction to Tillietudlem (Southfield Junction) closed to freight.