Gartsherrie East Junction

Location type


Names and dates

Gartsherrie NB Junction (1848-1923)
Gartsherrie LNE Junction (1923-1948)
Gartsherrie East Junction (1948-1967)

Opened on the Caledonian Railway.
Opened on the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway.


This former junction was formed between the 1826 Monkland and Kirktintilloch Railway and a short connection made by the 1848 Caledonian Railway which ran south crossing the 1831 Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway on the level en route and meeting its 1843 branch to Coatbridge Central at Garnqueen South Junction.

By following this branch, and its extensions, south the railway reached the Caledonian Railway again at Garriongill Junction and continued south to Carlisle.

Going north the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway was followed as far as Garnqueen South Junction from which the Caledonian Railway was reached again to continue north to Stirling and the north.

This short section between Gartsherrie East and Garnqueen South Junction was owned by the North British Railway (from 1865) but as it formed part of the Caledonian Railway's main line had restrictions placed on it, dating from the 1840s, on running mineral trains which could block expresses.

On the original M&K route, going south east from the junction, was its Gartsherrie [M and K] station where the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway met the M&K line. Gartgill Weighs were on the east side of the line, just to the south, with a connection to Gartsherrie Iron Works and the Weldless Chain Works on the west side. There were headshunts for the works in the 'V' of the junction between the M&K and Garnkirk lines.

The box controlled both the M&K and Caledonian junction and the M&K and Garnkirk junction.

The signal box was replaced in 1916. The new box was on the west side of the junction with the former Garnkirk/Caledonian railway level crossing just to the south. (Same location as the old box).

Gartsherrie Iron Works closed in 1967. Around this time the Gartsherrie East box suffered fire damage and although it remained open a short while it also closed in 1967 and the connection was taken out. A small yard Gunnie Yard [2nd] was to remain here, but was only accessed from Sunnyside Junction after Gartsherrie East Junction was taken out.

The main line remains open and is now electrified, including the 1826 portion of the M&K.



External links

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


  /  /1971Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Gartsherrie East Junction closed, line between here and the north end of Gunnie Yard lifted.


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