Mossend Marshalling Yard

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Mossend Marshalling Yard

Opened on the Mossend Marshalling Yard (Caledonian Railway).
Opened on the Wishaw and Coltness Railway.


This large yard spans both sides of the railway at Mossend. Today the yard consists of loops on either side of the line with freight depots on the west side and a fenced Euroterminal depot on the east side.

The yard was first established by the Caledonian Railway on the former Wishaw and Coltness Railway. Expanded around 1903.

It became the main yard in Glasgow with the closure of Sighthill Yard and Cadder Yard in the 1980s.

P. D. Stirling is located in the yard on the west (down) side.


Sidings Marshalling Yard

Chronology Dates

  /  /1897Mossend Marshalling Yard (Caledonian Railway)
Authorisation to purchase land for the Mossend Marshalling Yard.
11/08/1981Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Wishaw and Coltness Railway
Coatbridge Freightliner Terminal to Mossend Marshalling Yard electrified.
21/01/1998Burghead Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)
12 week contract to carry grain from Andover to Roseisle Maltings via Mossend Marshalling Yard and Inverness begins.
29/01/1998General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
Mossend Marshalling Yard to Falkland Yard caustic soda train derails just west of the former West Street Junction.
28/03/1999English, Welsh and Scottish Railway Safeway
English, Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS) starts a nightly Mossend Marshalling Yard to Inverness train for Safeway. This was the first regular supermarket traffic, the first EWS refrigerated flow and first internal Scottish traffic (which comes complete with backloads).
09/01/2003Safeway Morrisons
Safeway purchased by Morrisons, leading to the withdrawal of the container trains from Mossend Marshalling Yard to Inverness and Georgemas Junction.

News items

13/01/2023Rishi Sunak told to rethink Glasgow Freeport snub to boost jobs [Glasgow Times]
11/08/2022West of Scotland intermodal cruise connects to the world []
27/07/2022MSC UK announces new rail service connecting Scotland with global trade routes [Port Technology]
06/07/2022Ambitious Green Freeport bid for Clyde may chart a new course for prosperity [Herald Scotland]
09/06/2022600 jobs to be created in Lanarkshire if multi-billion pound green freeport bid successful [Daily Record]
11/11/2021Drive to net zero in freight industry highlighted during COP26 [Herald Scotland]
04/11/2021Low Carbon Logistics under debate at Mossend freight event [MHW Magazine]
05/10/2021Construction ramps up at £260 million Mossend International Railfreight Park in Scotland [Rail Engineer]
25/09/2018David Spaven: Unlocking potential of freight is crucial [Scotsman]
25/04/2018Shortbread company among first to take advantage of rail freight service [Herald]


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)