Location type


Name and dates

Shotts (1869-)

Station code: SHS National Rail ScotRail
Where: North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Opened on the Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway).
Open on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts.


This is a two platform station, the station for which the Cleland to Kirknewton line is known as the Shotts line. The station has a car park on its south side (westbound platform) and ramp access via a long bridge on its north side (eastbound platform). An original stone built station building survives on the westbound platform.

There was formerly a small stone built building on the eastbound platform and a goods yard to the south of the station, approached from the west (and also serving Calderhead foundry and Calderhead Colliery). The goods yard site is now housing.

The station was west of the Shotts Iron Works and to the east a line of the North British Railway passed overhead. Further east again was Shotts Iron Works Signal Box and a small yard for access to the iron works' own Shotts Iron Co railways.

The signal box opened with the station and line. The box was located at the west end on the south side of the station throat. It was replaced in 1890 and closed in 1981.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

  /  /1869Cleland and Midcalder Line (Caledonian Railway)
Calderhead branch not built. (The area to north of Shotts already well served by lines now owned by the North British Railway.)
06/01/1869Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Branch extended west from Wilsontown to Climpy Colliery. Extension to Shotts abandoned.
01/10/1878Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction (Caledonian Railway)
Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction opened for goods. This new line would allow trains from the Shotts route to approach Glasgow Central (under construction) rather than Buchanan Street.
01/05/1879Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction (Caledonian Railway)
Mossend branch opened for passengers from Uddingston Junction to Fullwood Junction. Associated with the impending opening of Glasgow Central and the diversion of trains from Edinburgh Princes Street via Shotts from Buchanan Street.

News items

30/10/2023New timetable delivers electric trains between Barrhead and Glasgow [ScotRail]
28/12/2022Track defect causes travel disruption between Glasgow and Edinburgh [Herald Scotland]
25/11/2022Network Rail and North Lanarkshire Council Triumph at CECA Scotland Awards [Network Rail]
23/08/2020Glasgow to Edinburgh trains disrupted after landslip on line near Shotts [Daily Record]
12/08/2020Hartwood: Flooding in North Lanarkshire brings Glasgow Central trains to a halt [Evening Times]
09/07/2019Scotlands Railway marks 150th anniversary of Shotts line [ScotRail]
20/06/2019Happy 150th Birthday Shotts Station [ScotRail]
24/04/2019First ever 385 electric train for Shotts line [ScotRail]
04/04/2019Shotts line electrification completed on time and on budget [Network Rail]
25/02/2019First electric train runs on the Shotts line [Network Rail]


Vanished Railways of West Lothian