Cleland and Midcalder Line

Cleland and Midcalder Line
(Caledonian Railway)
LocaleScotland
Dates of operation9 July 1869 – 31 December 1922
Successor lineLondon Midland and Scottish Railway
HeadquartersGlasgow
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Kirknewton
(CR)
Midcalder Junction
Newpark
Limefield Junction
West Calder
Addiewell
Woodmuir Junction
Breich
Crofthead Goods Depot
Fauldhouse
Benhar West Branch Siding
Shotts Goods Depot
Shotts
Hartwood
Omoa
(now Cleland)
Cleland Junction
Cleland (Old)
Newarthill Junction
Newarthill Goods
Carfin
UpperRight arrow Wishaw Deviation Line
Holytown South Junction
Holytown
Mossend East Junction
Mossend West Junction
Bellshill
UpperRight arrow Clydesdale Junction Railway
Uddingston Junction
Uddingston
(CJR)
LowerLeft arrow Clydesdale Junction Railway

Cleland and Midcalder Line is a historic railway line in Scotland. Built by the Caledonian Railway and opened in 1869,[1] it provides a link between Glasgow and Edinburgh through the mining communities of Lanarkshire and West Lothian.

HistoryEdit

The line was built by the Caledonian Railway to serve a variety of industrial locations, including collieries, iron mines and an oil works near Addiewell. It followed the route of an earlier private industrial line built to serve a number of mines in the area.[2] The line became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway at the 1923 Grouping, then the Scottish Region of British Railways upon nationalisation in January 1948. None of the industries once served by the line still survive - the last of the collieries served by it (at Polkemmet) having closed down in 1986.

Connections to other linesEdit

Current operationsEdit

The line is open, being electrified between Uddingston Junction and Holytown South Junction.

  • Shotts Line trains along the whole length of the line.
  • Argyle Line trains operate on the electrified section between Uddingston and Holytown South Junctions.
  • Occasional West Coast Main Line trains operate between Uddingston and Holytown South Junctions, to avoid Motherwell

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ RAILSCOT
  2. ^ Railscot - Cleland & Midcalder LineRailscot; Retrieved 2014-01-24

SourcesEdit

  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. CN 8983.
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
  • Robertson, C. J. A. (1983). The Origins of the Scottish Railway System: 1722-1844 (1st ed.). Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-8597-6088-X.
  • RAILSCOT on Cleland and Midcalder Line
  • RAILSCOT on Addiewell Loop