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Bathgate Branch
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This railway is closed.

 
Clickable map of the Bathgate Branch of the Monkland Railways.

Local area

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This line runs through farmed land with some former coalmining. At its eastern end it skirts the western edges of Bathgate before running a short distance to the south west to an area formerly famous for the quality of its coal.

Chronology

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Description of route

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This line ran from Blackston Junction on the Slamannan Railway to Bathgate to meet the Wilstontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway before turning west to ran to mines around Crofthead.

Blackston Junction

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The formation of this junction with the Slamannan Railway is now difficult to discern; it must have been on a roadbridge, now removed, and there has been some landscaping. The junction faced Blackston and the west. Lines ran north and east to Bo'ness and south and east to Bathgate. There was a signalbox here called "Blackston Junction".
 
Westfield
 
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This station was to the north and west of the small town and by a level crossing. A station building remains. To the west of the former station, now a dirt track, a large viaduct still stands.

To the east of the station is the Westfield Paper Mill, still open. This was served by railway sidings from the "Westfield Paper Mill" signalbox.

Couston Signalbox
 
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This signalbox was to the north of Bathgate and served Couston coalmine.

Bathgate Lower
 
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This station was to the north and west of the small town and by a level crossing. There was a level crossing here. The formation of the line can still be traced, including a level crossing, but the are is partly landscaped and partly derelict. The section from Bathgate to Bathgate Lower remained open to serve a coalmine after the line westwards to Blackston, and later Westfield, had closed. There was a signalbox here called "Bathgate Lower".

Bathgate North Junction

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This was a north facing junction between the lines from Polkemmet Junction (and Airdrie and Morningside) and Bathgate Upper (and Edinburgh). There was a signalbox here called "Bathgate West" and later "Bathgate North". The site has been redeveloped.

The line from here to Polkemmet Junction (to meet and extension of the Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway from the Bathgate Chemical Works) and westwards to pits at Crofthead were originally part of this line until being upgraded and brought into use as the through route to Airdrie of the Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway or New Monkland Railway. This route was to supersede the circuitrous route via the Slamannan Railway and, although now closed, was to survive the Slamannan Railway as a through route.

The spur from Bathgate West Junction to Bathgate Upper was a later construction than the line south to Polkemmet.

The Bathgate Branch continued west to Torbanehill.


Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford
Slamannan Railway Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)