Location type


Name and dates

Elvanfoot (1848-1965)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Caledonian Railway.
Opened on the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway.


This was a two platform station on the Caledonian Railway main line with interchange for the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway.

The line remains open, the station is closed.

The original station featured two quite short platforms with a goods yard on the down side (west side) approached from the north.

The platforms were lengthened and goods yard expanded. A larger station building was provided on the down platform and a siding laid down the rear of the up platform, accessed from the south.

It became a junction when the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway opened in 1902. Although the line approached from the south, this connected to the line in the goods yard at the north end of the station. A siding was laid in behind the down platform at the south end of the station to provide an exchange platform.

The signal box was replaced in 1916, a box with the platform side corners cut off to create a six sided building, a striking appearance also used at Carstairs.

The Wanlockhead line closed in 1939. The station closed in 1965 and box in 1972.

The goods yard lines and junction are lifted. A loading bank remains to the west of the station, in the former goods yard.

Elvanfoot Viaduct is to the north of the former station.


Station junction

External links

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

Chronology Dates

15/02/1848Caledonian Railway
Beattock to Glasgow (Townhead) (via the Wishaw and Coltness Railway and the Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway) and Edinburgh (Lothian Road) branch opened. The stations at Abington and Elvanfoot, on its main line, are used by the lead mines and villages at Leadhills and Wanlockhead.
01/10/1901Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Elvanfoot to Leadhills opened. (Alternative date 5/10/1901).
  /  /1907Caledonian Railway
Permission to stop up level crossing at Elvanfoot station.
02/01/1939Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Wanlockhead to Elvanfoot closed to all traffic.
04/01/1965Caledonian Railway
Thankerton, Symington [2nd], Lamington, Abington, Crawford, Elvanfoot closed.


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