Cowlairs East Junction

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Name and dates

Cowlairs East Junction (1878-)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
Opened on the Cowlairs North Junction to Cowlairs East Junction (North British Railway).


This junction is located at the north of a triangular junction. A curve was put in during 1878 between the 1842 Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and 1858 Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway. Its opening allowed goods and mineral trains to run from the north bank of the River Clyde towards Stirling, Falkirk and Edinburgh without requiring a reversal.

The signal box was on the west side of the line at the junction. It opened in 1876 (may have been replaced around 1899) and closed in 1956, replaced by the then new box Cowlairs Panel Box.

The Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway) crossed over on a long girder viaduct, Eastfield Viaduct, after 1894. There was no connection with the line beneath.

Eastfield Shed opened on the east side in 1904, some of the sidings connecting from the junction (the majority of siding were approached from Cowlairs West Junction to the south.

The north to west curve was singled with the replacement of Cowlairs Power Box.

Long before the Helensburgh line opened a tramway ran west to the Forth and Clyde Canal serving several ironstone pits. This connected with the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway via reversal. The trackbed of this tramway was later partially used by the Hamiltonhill Branch (Caledonian Railway).



External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Edinburgh's Railways

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

Central Glasgow 1893: Lanarkshire Sheet 6.10a (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Lanarkshire)

Edinburgh ( Western New Town) 1877: Edinburgh Large Scale Sheet 34 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Yard to the Mile)

Edinburgh (Rail Centres)

Edinburgh (Rail Centres)
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Guidebook (Auld Kirk Museum Publications)
Edinburgh To Inverkeithing.: including The Port Edgar, North Queensferry And Rosyth Dockyard Branches. (Scottish Main Lines.)

Edinburgh Waverley

Edinburgh Waverley Station Through Time
Edinburgh's Transport: The Early Years v. 1
Glasgow Stations

Glasgow's Last Days of Steam

Haymarket Motive Power Depot Edinburgh: A History of the Depot, Its Work and Locomotives, 1842-2010

Landranger (66) Edinburgh, Penicuik & North Berwick (OS Landranger Map)

Last Trains: Edinburgh and South East Scotland v. 1

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

On Either Side, 1939: The Train between London King's Cross & Edinburgh Waverley, Fort William, Inverness & Aberdeen (Old House)

Rails Around Glasgow

The Next Stop: Inverness to Edinburgh, station by station

This Magnificent Line (the story of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Railway

Vanished Railways of West Lothian