Wilsontown Junction [2nd]

Location type


Names and dates

Wilsontown South Junction (1866-1946)
Wilsontown Junction [2nd] (1946-1964)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Opened on the Caledonian Railway.
Opened on the Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway).


This was the southern junction of a triangular junction. The other junctions were Wilsontown West Junction and Wilsontown North Junction.

The junction opened in 1866 to connect the 1860 Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway) from Wilsontown West Junction to the 1848 Caledonian Railway's Carstairs to Edinburgh line.

This new curve was approached from the south.

It was a double track junction. The signal box was on the west side of the junction.

A passenger service to Wilsontown from Auchengray began in 1867.

The Wilsontown north to west curve closed in 1945 and the north box closed.

In 1946 the Wilsontown branch was singled. Wilsontown South Junction was renamed Wilsontown Junction. The junction became a single lead junction. The westbound line was lifted.

The Wilsontown branch and the west to south curve closed in 1964.

The main line remains open. The formation of the curve to the west is partly landscaped.



External links

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


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Carlisle's Railways

Caledonian Dunalastairs and Associated Classes (Locomotive Monograph)

Caledonian in LMS Days (Railways in Retrospect)

Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Railway Carriages

Caledonian Railway Livery: The True Line Elegance and Style

Caledonian Railway Wagons & Non-Passenger Coaching Stock

Caledonian Routes 3: Stirling to Crianlarich - DVD - Oakwood Press

Caley to the Coast: Rothesay by Wemyss Bay (Oakwood Library of Railway History)

Callander & Oban Railway Through Time

Callander and Oban Railway (Library of Railway History)

Lanarkshire's Last Days of Steam

Lanarkshire's Last Days of Steam

Lanarkshire's Lost Railways

Lanarkshire's Lost Railways

Lanarkshire's Mining Disasters

Lanarkshire's Mining Legacy
Lanarkshire's Mining Legacy
Lanarkshire's Mining Legacy

Old Forth: With Wilsontown, Climpy, Braehead, Haywood, Auchengray, Woolfords and Tarbrax

Signalling the Caledonian Railway

The Caledonian Railway 'jumbos' the 18in. X 26in. 0-6-0s

The Caledonian, Scotland's Imperial Railway: A History

The Vanished Railways of Old Western Dunbartonshire (Britains Railways/Old Photos)

Through Scotland with the Caledonian Railway

Vanished Railways of West Lothian