This railway is closed.
This line ran through the north of Airdrie
and the coalfields of the Monklands.
The line opened after the Monkland
and Kirkintilloch Railway.
Description of route
This was an eastern extension of the Airdrie
branch of the Monkland
and Kirkintilloch Railway.
It ran east and uphill - in fact including some inclined planes. The line was
built to serve coalmines and was double track. Much of its eastern end is being
destroyed by opencast mining, how ironic.
Beside the Kipps shed the line made an end-on
junction with the Kipps (Airdrie) branch of the Monkland
and Kirkintilloch Railway. Slightly to the east of this location the later
North Monkland Railway
joined the line at an east facing junction. Nothing remains here today except
the nearby gasworks which can be seen in some of the photographs of the shed
Lea End was a terminus on a short branch from
a west facing junction. It was the first passenger terminus in Airdrie. Nothing
Commonhead station was at the top of an incline.
Nothing remains of it today, the trackbed forms a walkway. From nearby here
the line split with the "main line" continuing east to Arbuckle and
the branch turning south to Airdrie Hallcraig.
This passenger terminus replaced Leaend as
the Airdrie station for Monkland
and Kirkintilloch Railway and Garnkirk
and Glasgow Railway. The terminus had a fine building which has sadly been
demolished. The terminus was on a short branch from a west facing junction.
Nothing remains of Rawyards station today.
It had a curved timber platform and signalbox presiding over a level crossing.
Here the line split with the "main line" continuing east to Arbuckle
and a branch turning south to Clarkston, this branch in itself having a further
branch which ran south to the Calderbank Ironworks.
This branch ran to the Moffat Mills and other
locations in the east of Airdrie. Later it was connected to the New
Monkland Line which carried the Airdrie line east to Bathgate.
There was a branch to Greengares.
The site of this station has been destoryed by opencast activities.
This station was at the end of line, at the start
of the Slammanan Railway.
There were coal mines just to the south of the station on minor branches. The
whole area is now being heavily opencast and the site of Arbuckle has been destroyed.
To the west of Arbuckle the trackbed remains in a good state and the formation,
drains and cuttings lined with stone are very clear. To the south of Arbuckle
was Stanrigg - a small village with a pit served by the railway. This pit was
the scene of the Stanrigg Pit Disaster.
This branch was later carried through to plains.
There was a branch to Rochsoles.
Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford