Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway

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Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
   City of Glasgow Union Railway
   Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway   
Sighthill Junction
Springburn
Glasgow Queen Street
Cowlairs Tunnel
Pinkston North
Craighall
Cowlairs
Cowlairs Junction
   Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
   Hamiltonhill Branch of Caledonian Railway   
Bishopbriggs
Lenzie
Middlemuir and Monkland Junctions
   Campsie Branch
   Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Garngaber Goods
Croy
Dullatur
Castlecary
   Caledonian Railway Main Line
Greenhill Upper and Lower Junctions
Greenhill
   Scottish Central Railway
Bonnybridge High
Falkirk High
Falkirk Tunnel
   Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway
Polmont Junction
Polmont
Coatbridge Line Junction         Slamannan Railway
Bo'ness High Junction
   Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Manuel High Level
Lochmill Goods
Linlithgow
Philpstoun
Winchburgh Junction
Winchburgh
Winchburgh Tunnel
Broxburn Oil
   Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Bathgate Junction
South Queensferry Goods
Forth Bridge
Dalmeny
Dalmeny North Junction
Dalmeny South Junction
Kirkliston
Ingliston Colliery
Ratho
Turnhouse
Gogar
Gogar Goods
Saughton Junction
Saughton
Corstorphine
Pinkhill
Balgreen Halt
   Caledonian Railway Main Line
Haymarket West Junction
Haymarket Central Junction
Haymarket East Junction
   Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
Haymarket
Haymarket Tunnel
Edinburgh Waverley
   North British Railway

The Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway was a railway built to link Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Act of Parliament for building the railway received its Royal Assent in 1838 which was open on 28 July 1863. Services started between Glasgow Queen Street and Haymarket on 21 February 1842. There was a rope hauled incline on the section of the railway from the entrance to the tunnel outside the Glasgow terminus, to Cowlairs station (where the main railway Works were located), this being a distance of 1.5 miles with an average gradient of 1 in 44. The endless rope for the incline was driven by two beam engines at Cowlairs, of the high pressure type, made by Messrs Neilson & Mitchell of Glasgow. They had 28 inch cylinders, and 6 foot stroke. They were supplied with steam at 50psi by 8 boilers, each 30 foot long and 5 foot diameter.[1]

The line was extended to Edinburgh General in 1846.[2] John Miller surveyed the route. In 1848 the hemp rope on the incline was replaced by steel cable, and it was to continue in operation until 31 January 1908, when banking engines took over.

The line was absorbed into the North British Railway on 1 August 1865.

The line is still open as the Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk Line.

Connections to other lines[edit]

Accidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stationary Engines and Geering at Cowlairs, on the Incline of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway", The Practical Mechanic and Engineer's Magazine, January 1844, p129-130 and plates IV-VI
  2. ^ RAILSCOT chronology

Notes[edit]

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]

  • March 1843 timetable from Bradshaw's Railway Monthly (XVI) (text) (scan)