Location type


Names and dates

Carfin [1st] (1834-1882)
Holytown (1882-)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Station code: HLY National Rail ScotRail
Where: North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Opened on the Wishaw and Coltness Railway.
Open on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts.


This is a minimal two platform station. There is a car park on the north side.

At its height this was a four platform station - two through platforms and a bay at either end - a bay on the south side at the west end of the westbound platform and a bay on the north side at the east end of the eastbound platform.

The platforms were canopied. There were no goods facilities.

Holytown Colliery Pit No 8 was to the west, south of the line. Holytown Colliery Pit No 5 was to the east, north side of the line.
Holytown Junction is to the east.

There was a signal box at the west end of the station on the north side of the line. This opened in 1880 when the Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway) opened, starting from Holytown Junction to the east of the station (and controlled by a separate signal box). The station box closed in 1957.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

  /  /1874Wishaw and Coltness Railway
New Stevenston Level Crossing closed. This level crossing on Jerviston Street was just west of Holytown station. It was replaced by both a footbridge at the former crossing and a new road bridge further west carrying Stevenston Street.
26/04/1880Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Law Junction to Holytown opened to goods.
01/06/1880Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Law Junction to Holytown opened. Stations opened at Wishaw Central and Overtown Waterloo.
01/12/1930Cleland to Morningside Line (Caledonian Railway)
Morningside [CR] to Holytown (Cleland Junction) closed to passengers.

News items

01/08/2023Boys left with life-changing injuries after electrocutions on railways in Edinburgh and North Lanarkshire [STV]
19/04/2022Lanarkshire pupils' disappointment after falling foul of Hogwarts Express rumour [Daily Record]
06/01/2003SPT timetable alterations [Railscot]


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

Bradshaw's Guides Scotlands Railways West Coast - Carlisle to Inverness: 5

Old Newmains and the Villages Around Wishaw

Old Wishaw

Wishaw 1896: Lanarkshire Sheet 18.03 (Old O.S. Maps of Lanarkshire)