Location type


Name and dates

Calder (1886-1943)

Opened on the Airdrie Branch (Caledonian Railway).


This was a two platform station with a goods yard approached by a very long siding from the west to the north of it. This same goods branch served the Union Tube Works. The main station building was on the westbound platform. The line was on a raised embankment.

The Victoria Iron and Steel Works was to open to the west, north side of the line and Calder Hot Roll Tube Works to the south of the line.

The line was singled before closure with the eastbound line being lifted first. The single track served the Calder works and, further east, the Imperial Tube Works until around 1997, the works closing in 2002. Most works in the area are now closed and the former railway is now a foot and cycle path. Portions of the platforms remain.

In this area the 'Dixon's Cut' of the Monkland Canal ran south from the Sheepford Locks to serve the Calder Iron Works. Throughout the 1800s railways were to steadily replace canal branches in the area.

The Sheepford Viaduct (or Calder Viaduct) is a little to the east.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Chronology Dates

01/06/1886Airdrie Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Whifflet Upper to Airdrie [CR] opened for passengers. Stations were Whifflet Upper, Calder and Airdrie [CR]. Whifflet Lower opened on Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway.

News items

03/03/2023Return of commercial use of Aire and Calder Navigation to link Hull and Leeds [Business Live]
05/07/2022Lanarkshire walks: Follow in the footsteps of the industrial trailblazers in Coatbridge [Herald Scotland]
04/12/2021Abandoned signal box set to become heritage centre in nod to Calder Valley's railway history [Yorkshire Post]
27/05/2021Before and after video shows historic Calder Valley viaduct restored [Network Rail]
02/02/2021Northern issues 'Do Not Travel' advice for Calder Valley following heavy snowfall [Northern]
11/06/2018Investment in West Calder gives station accessibility a lift [Network Rail]
07/04/2018Network Rail opens new station footbridge at West Calder [Network Rail]
08/12/2017Ordsall Curve to Open to Traffic [Northern Rail]
10/10/2016Scottish electrification suffers delays as NR withdraws planning application [RTM]
06/03/2015Twelve rail lines prioritised for electrification [BBC News]