Cleland and Midcalder Line

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Cleland and Midcalder Line
(Caledonian Railway)
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 9 July 1869 – 31 December 1922
Successor London Midland and Scottish Railway
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Headquarters Glasgow
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
Wishaw Deviation Line
Holytown South Junction
Holytown
Mossend East Junction
Mossend West Junction
Bellshill
Clydesdale Junction Railway
Uddingston Junction
Uddingston(CJR) 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.

History[edit]

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 lines[edit]

Current operations[edit]

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

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

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

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