Coatbridge Branch (NBR)
The Coatbridge Branch was a railway that ran between Bellgrove in the east end of Glasgow and Coatbridge and built by the North British Railway, which in turn became part of the LNER on 1 January 1923.
The line was built to link the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway at Coatbridge with the eastern suburbs of Glasgow, joining the City of Glasgow Union Railway at Bellgrove en route to a terminus station known as College, near to the site of the modern day High Street station. At the Coatbridge end, the line connected to the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway and thus to their "Monkland New Line" to Airdrie, Bathgate and ultimately Edinburgh Waverley and also to the Ballochney Railway.
It opened between College and Coatbridge on 1 February 1871, with passenger trains initially running to and from the North British station at Whifflet. College closed to passengers 15 March 1886, although the goods station remained open until the early 1980s; trains thereafter used the Glasgow City and District Railway to reach Queen Street Low Level and the western suburbs.
The route is still in use and carries a frequent & well used electric suburban passenger service, having been electrified in 1960 as part of the North Clyde Line modernisation scheme. The connection down to Whifflet was closed to passenger traffic in November 1962 but it is still open for freight traffic and diversions as required. The only other stations to close on the line were Bargeddie on 24 February 1927 and Parkhead on 19 September 1955. Since 2010, the line has become part of a through route to Edinburgh Waverley following the reopening of the Airdrie to Bathgate line.
Connections to other lines
- Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway at Sunnyside Junction
- Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway at Shettleston
- City of Glasgow Union Railway at Parkhead North Junction, Bellgrove Junction and High Street East Junction
- Glasgow City and District Railway at High Street East Junction
- Railscot Chronology - Coatbridge Branch Railscot; Retrieved 2014-01-28
- Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063.
- 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 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137.
- RAILSCOT on Coatbridge Branch
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