Hamilton and Strathaven Railway

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Hamilton and Strathaven Railway
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 6 August 1860 – 25 July 1864
Successor Caledonian Railway
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length 10.25 miles
Hamilton Branch
Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton
and Coatbridge Railway
East Kilbride Line
High Blantyre
Hamilton West
Hamilton Branch
Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton
and Coatbridge Railway
Meikle Earnock
Strathaven (Old)
Strathaven North
Mid Lanark Lines
Strathaven Central
Darvel and Strathaven Railway

The Hamilton and Strathaven Railway was an historic railway in Scotland. It ran from a junction with the Hamilton Branch of the Caledonian Railway to a terminus at Strathaven. The railway was worked from the start by the Caledonian Railway, who absorbed the railway company in 1864.[1]


The railway was planned by William Smith Dixon, an Ironmaster.[2]

Its construction was authorised on 10 August 1857;[1] and it was opened on 9 August 1860, from Hamilton to Quarter, for the carriage of goods.[3] It opened fully on 2 February 1863, between Hamilton and Strathaven, for goods and passengers.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Awdry (1990), P 79.
  2. ^ Thomas (1981), Chapter 6.
  3. ^ a b Thomas (1971), Chronology.


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