Sunnyside Junction

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Sunnyside Junction

Opened on the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway.

Opened on the Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway).


This junction is the successor to the original junction between the main line of the Monkland and Kirktintilloch Railway and the Kipps branch.

With the expansion of the Gartsherrie Iron Works the line north was realigned further east, the two alignments existing together for some time.

With the opening of the route west to High Street there was further realignment and Sunnyside Junction took form.

The former main line south is now single and the route north, latterly only serving Gunnie Yard and the cement works, has closed.

To the south of the west to south curve was a yard, altered over the years as the layout of lines changed. This borderred the Summerlee Iron Works, now the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life.

The line to the south was singled with the strengthening of the bridge by Coatbridge Fountain, this to allow heavier trains to Gunnie Cement.

The line north of Gunnie Yard is now out of use.




External links

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


  /  /1846Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Sunnyside Junction re-modeled to allow expansion of William Baird & Cos Gartsherrie Ironworks. Contractor for work: William Baird &Co.
09/12/1994Glasgow Central Railway
The River Kelvin bursts its banks and floods the disused tunnels from Kelvinbridge to Stobcross, where it floods the open Argyle Line railway. The route through Low Level Glasgow Central is closed between Partick and Rutherglen and trains are diverted onto the Sunnyside Junction to Whifflet section of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway for access to Motherwell. This remains in operation for around nine months.