Commonhead (Airdrie North)

Location type


Names and dates

Commonhead (1840-1886)
Commonhead (Airdrie North) (1886-1930)

Opened on the Ballochney Railway.
Opened on the Hallcraig Street Branch (Ballochney Railway).


This station was located between the upper and lower Ballochney Inclines on a short level section. It was at the junction between the Ballochney Railway and the Hallcraig Street Branch (Ballochney Railway) which ran to Airdrie Hallcraig Street.

To the west there were sidings on the south side, accessed from the junction (safety sidings from around 1860). To the east was the junction.

The later form of the station was a single platform on the north side of the junction with a North British Railway style station building. A signal box was located to the south side of the junction. The Hallcraig branch closed to passengers in 1870, eventually resulting in a change in name for the station here. A signal box opened in 1888. It could be switched out from 1927 (just before closure to passengers in 1930) and survived until 1959, around the time this ceased to be a junction (1956). Track running east was lifted by 1961.

The railway closed here in 1964, the line from the west to Hallcraig being the last to close. The trackbeds have since been landscaped and turned into a footpath.


Station junction

External links

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

Chronology Dates

04/08/1840Ballochney Railway
Commonhead station opened, in connection with a passenger service on the Slamannan Railway.
01/03/1845Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Passenger service from Glasgow Queen Street to Coatbridge [NB] and Airdrie (Commonhead?) begins around this date. This used the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, Garngaber Curve (Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway), Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway and Ballochney Railway. The Monkland line was upgraded for this service and began to use steam hauled passenger trains. This new service ran in competition with that from Glasgow Townhead over the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway to Coatbridge [CR] with a road coach connection to Airdrie.
01/05/1930Monkland and Kirkintilloch RailwayBallochney Railway Slamannan Railway Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Coatbridge (Greenside Junction) (excluded) to Manuel Low Level (excluded) closed to passengers. Commonhead, Rawyards, Airdrie Hallcraig Street, Whiterigg stations on the Ballochney Railway closed. Longriggend, Slamannan, Avonbridge, Blackston Junction, Bowhouse, Causewayend [MR] [2nd] closed.
01/05/1956Ballochney Railway
Closed from Rawyards to Commonhead (excluded). Alternative date 1959.
06/07/1964Ballochney Railway
Closed from Airdrie Hallcraig Street (then named Airdrie North Goods) to Commonhead to Kipps Junction Incline Foot to Kipps Junction (excluded).