Clydesdale Junction Railway

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Clydesdale Junction Railway
Wishaw and Coltness Railway
(latterly CR Main Line
CR Coalburn Branch
Motherwell (New)
Lesmahagow Junction
Motherwell Devation Line of CR Main Line
Cleland and Midcalder Line
Uddingston Junction
Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton
and Coatbridge Railway
Hamilton Branch
Caledonian Railway
Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Kirkhill Junction
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Carmyle(R&CR / GCR)
Glasgow Central Railway
River Clyde
Rutherglen Central Junction
Rutherglenjoint with GCR
Glasgow Central Railway
1: Rutherglen North Junction
2: Rutherglen West Junction
Polloc and Govan Railway

The Clydesdale Junction Railway company was formed to build the line between Rutherglen and Motherwell, North Lanarkshire in Scotland.


The line's act received its Royal Assent on 31 July 1845.[1]

The engineers for the line were Joseph Locke and John Edward Errington, the contractor Thomas Brassey in partnership with William Mackenzie and Robert Stephenson.[2] The company was absorbed by the Caledonian Railway on 18 August 1846 by an Act of Parliament, and the line opened between Rutherglen and Motherwell on 1 June 1849, [1] between Newton and Hamilton on 5 September 1849.[1]

Connections to other lines[edit]

Current operations[edit]

This line is still in use as part of the Argyle Line, also used by West Coast and East Coast Main Line trains, and by the Shotts Line between Rutherglen and Uddingston.



  1. ^ a b c Awdry
  2. ^ Helps (1872), page 107