Holytown Junction

Location type

Junction

Names and dates

Carfin Junction (1880-1882)
Holytown Junction (1882-)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Wishaw and Coltness Railway.
Opened on the Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway).

Description

This junction is east of Holytown station. The lines to Edinburgh via Midcalder Junction and Carlisle via Law Junction divide here, the latter being a Motherwell bypass, ideal for limited stop trains and freight from the Mossend Marshalling Yard.

It opened in 1880 with a signal box on the south side of the junction.

Going east the line divided into four which from north to south were

- a reversing spur on the north side of the line gave access to Holytown Colliery Pit No 5.
- the route east to Midcalder Junction
- the route south east to Law Junction
- a Carfin Colliery line to Carfin Brick Works, Loganlea Colliery Pit No 3 and Carfin Colliery Pits Nos 1 and 2

The junction name was probably renamed from Carfin to Holytown in 1882 when the nearby station changed its name.

The box was replaced, the new building being on the north side of the line at the junction. The lines now ran to

- Lanarkshire Bridge Works
- Midcalder Junction
- Law Junction
- Carfin Industrial Estate

The box closed in 1973, taken over by the Motherwell Signalling Centre.

Tags

Junction

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
04/08/2019


Dates

30/12/1878Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction (Caledonian Railway)
Mossend branch opened for goods from Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction and a curve from Mossend Junction to Holytown Junction. This allowed trains from the Shotts route to approach Glasgow Central rather than Buchanan Street.

Books


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

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

Caledonian Railway Livery: The True Line Elegance and Style

Lanarkshire's Last Days of Steam

Old Newmains and the Villages Around Wishaw

Old Wishaw

Old Wishaw

The Caledonian, Scotland's Imperial Railway: A History

Through Scotland with the Caledonian Railway

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