Craignethan Weighs Signal Box

Location type

Place

Name and dates

Craignethan Weighs Signal Box (1856-1927)

Opened on the Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway).

Description

This location was, and is, an isolated spot. There were several sidings here serving the end of a long tramway running east to coal mines around Craignethan, north and east of Craignethan Castle itself.

The tramway later became a railway directly connected to the line, served from the south.

A signal box opened here, probably when the line was doubled. After doubling there were loops on either side of the line.

The box became a ground frame in 1905 and closed in 1927.

The box was on the west side of the line and nearby, on the east side of the line, were Moss Cottages, no doubt railwaymen's cottages for men working this remote location.

The formation is still visible, although somewhat overgrown.

Tags

Signal box weigh bridge

External links

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