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Hamiltonhill Branch

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Hamiltonhill Branch
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This line is closed. It was intended to provide the Caledonian Railway with a large goods yard at Hamiltonhill on the Forth and Clyde Canal in the north of Glasgow, but this goods yard may not have materialised although it is shown in some post office maps of Glasgow.. There was a branch to the Saracen Foundry but this had to be closed as it was in breach of an agreement with the North British Railway. This Hamiltonhill yard closed at an early date but the first section of the line was extended by the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway to Dumbarton and gave the Caledonian Railway access to Balloch. Part of the route between Eastfield and Possil was built along the course of an old waggonway which had run from pits at Eastfield to the Forth and Clyde Canal at Ruchill.

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Local area 


This line runs through a largely residential area in the north of Glasgow.



Description of route 


From Balornock to Hamiltonhill. 



This section of line has been closed for a long time. This was a planned goods yard approached through a tunnel to the West. The location has been built on.

There is some doubt whether the section of the line from south of the Ruchill Hospital sidings to Hamiltonhill was opened at all.

Ruchill Hospital 


The line to Hamiltonhill was double track - even when the track was cut-back to Ruchill hospital which was approached by a reversing spur at the end of the line once the line between Hamiltonhill and ruchill Hospital was lifted.

Possil Junction


This was an east facing junction from which the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway ran west to Whiteinch, the River Clyde shipyards and finally Dumbarton.

Springburn Park Goods  


This served Robroyston Hospital and the surrounding area.

Robroyston West Junction 


Here the line joined the Switchback line and Glasgow and Garnkirk Railway.

Page created on 11/03/1997
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford