Kipps Junction

Location type


Name and dates

Kipps Junction (1878-1971)

Opened on the North Monkland Railway.
Opened on the Ballochney Railway.
Opened on the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway.


This was a junction which grew to serve numerous lines and yards.

The location was just to the north of Airdrie.


The original line here was the Ballochney Railway of 1828. There were several short colliery branches in the immediate area. A station, Howes was open from 1831 to 1842. [Location to be confirmed, as Howes Basin was at Summerlee].

A branch to Kippsbyre Colliery was adjusted around 1848 to run from a west facing junction to an east facing junction.

The North Monkland Railway opened from Kipps Junction in 1878. This line ran west, then north and then east to meet the Slamannan Railway.

A signal box opened in 1888, along with another just to the east at Kipps Junction Incline Foot.

Both boxes closed in 1959, possibly due to both a decline in traffic and the general resignalling of the North Clyde lines in preparation for electrification.

The line east closed in 1966. The junction was retained until 1971, its last use being to reach the Sun Tube Steelworks by reversal (a further reversal was required from the rump of the North Monkland line).


The signal box was in the 'V' of the junction between the Ballochney Railway and the North Monkland Railway. This was open between 1888 and 1959.

To the south of the junction was a large yard of dead end sidings which were approached from the west, beside the Mosside Works.

To the west the main line ran to Greenside Junction beyond the Mosside Works.

To the north west the North Monkland Railway, a single track line, left the junction as a single track before entering a small yard and then returning to single track.

To the north a line ran to the Waverley Iron and Steel Works and the Kippsbyre Colliery.

To the east the main line ran to Kipps Junction Incline Foot. There was a series of sidings between Kipps Junction and the Incline Foot on the north side of the line, approached from the Incline Foot.

To the north of these sidings the Northburn Steel Works were developed, approached from Kipps Junction Incline Foot with an internal link to the lines at the Waverley Iron and Steel Works.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

06/07/1964Ballochney Railway
Closed from Airdrie Hallcraig Street (then named Airdrie North Goods) to Commonhead to Kipps Junction Incline Foot to Kipps Junction (excluded).
18/08/1971North Monkland Railway
Kipps Junction to Sun Tube Steelworks closed.
18/08/1971Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway Ballochney Railway
Kipps Junction to Greenside Junction (excluded) closed.
  /  /1984Monkland and Kirkintilloch RailwayBallochney Railway
Area around the former Kipps Junction landscaped and remains of the railways and Northburn Steel Works removed.


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)
The Monkland & Kirkintilloch and associated railwaysThe Monkland & Kirkintilloch and associated railways