Strathaven Junction Yard

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Strathaven Junction Yard

Opened on the Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway).

Description

This was a large marshalling yard to the north of Hamilton West. The yard was largely involved with the heavy coal traffic of Lanarkshire and developed alongside Strathaven Junction, expanding and reducing as demand required. Coal marshalled here was dispatched to Coatbridge, Motherwell and Glasgow. It is also known as Strathaven Junction North Yard and Hamilton Engine Sheds Yard.

The yard followed a NW - SE alignment, a series of looped sidings between Strathaven Junction and Hamilton Engine Sheds Junction. It was laid out on the north east side of the Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway) just to the north of Hamilton Shed and Hamilton West. It lay west of the Whitehill Road overbridge.

Both the Hamilton Branch and the Hamilton and Strathaven Railway could access the yard at its NW end. Initially all coal trains from the Strathaven line had to reverse here before proceeding to Glasgow and the line onwards through Hamilton Central did not exist - the yard starting life as a place for coal trains to reverse. The SE end of the yard connected with the line at Hamilton Shed and also mineral lines to nearby coal mines.

There were other yards nearby: Earnock Sidings (largely exchange sidings for Earnock Colliery to the south) and Craighead Yard [Loaded] and Craighead Yard [Empties] (both to the north west) which developed with extension of the line east in 1876 through Hamilton Central to meet the Coalburn Branch (Caledonian Railway).

The yard survived the closure of the Hamilton and Strathaven Railway in 1960 and was progressively cut back, particularly after the closure of the Coalburn line in 1968.

The site is largely now housing.

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