Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness
This line is completely closed. The line
ran from Morningside to Bathgate with branches to Carluke, Addiewell and
||5 June 1845
0 Bathgate Chemical Works
1 Riddochhill Mine
2 Foulshields Mine
3 Polkemmet Colliery
6 East Benhar Colliery
9 Levenseat lime quarry
10 Kingshill No 1 Mine
11 Kingsjill No 3 Mine
12 Coltness Ironworks
13 Chapel Colliery
15 Castlehill Ironworks and Mines
This line runs through an area of former coal
and iron ore mines and low population. At Shotts and Coltness there were ironworks,
both now closed. Today in the Blackhall and Headlesscross area there is an opencast
Description of route
From Morningside to Bathgate with branches
to Addiewell, Carluke and Westcraigs via Shotts.
End on junction with the Wishaw
and Coltness Railway).
There were two stations here on either side of a roadbridge. The one to the
west became part of the Caledonian
Railway and the one to the east become part of the North
British Railway system.
Both stations here have been demolished. The
west station has been removed completely (the line to the immediate west and
the junction between the Airdrie and Motherwell routes have disappeared due
to mining works). The east station site is now very overgrown. The platform
mound does not remain intact. The route is walkable east to a mile east of the
former Kingshill Collieries.
This was the junction of the lines from Morningside
and Carluke. The junction faced east to Bathgate.
There was a terminus in Carluke Castlehill.
This had a further line which ran on to Carluke (Caledonian
Railway). This line required a reverse
shunt at the Castlehill terminus. The junction with the Caledonian
Railway faced south. There had been
an ironworks at Castlehill with its own associated lines to nearby coalmines.
There were frequently remodeled to suit.
There were three Kingshill Collieries; Kingshill
No1 to the north and Kingshill No3 to the south of the railway. The collieries
were rail-served by a branch which ran from the line (a junction facing west)
and ran to the northerly colliery. The southerly colliery was reached by a cable-operated
line which ran south on a bridge over the main railway. Kingshill No2 was served
by the Wilsontown Branch
of the Caledonian
mines were developed by the Coltness
Iron Company of Newmains.
This station was located at the west facing
junction between the main line and the branch to Shotts and the Shotts
The site of the station has been opencast.
This station was located at a moorland site
and served a nearby mine to the west.
The site of the station can be found, although
the railway embankment remains little can be found of the station itself.
Crofthead and Fauldhouse
This was a single-platform station (platform
on north side of track). Parts of the platform remain. To the west lines ran
from an east factin junction north into to serve the Behar Colliery and Polkemmet
Colliery. To the east lines ran from a west facing junction south to serve the
Levenseat limestone quarries operated by the Coltness
Iron Company. All round the station were coal and iron ore mines.
This was the original eastern terminus of the
line. From here stagecoaches ran east to Edinburgh. After extension of the line
to Bathgate the station was closed but retained, at it's western end, as a goods
The formation of the line is still traceable
here, although heavily overgrown.
This station was located by a level crossing.
A station house still stands.
The short lived station was located immediately
to the north of the north facing junction for Addiewell, separated from the
junction by a road crossing.
Nothing remains of the station today. According
to some maps the line crossed over the roadway here, according to others this
was a level crossing. It looks as though it would have been a level crossing.
The site of this station is landscaped although
a roadbridge over the former line still stands.
This goods terminus was on a branch from a
north facing junction just to the south of Whitburn. The line was built to serve
the large Addiewell Oilworks.
The site of the yard here has been landscaped.
This is also true of the former Oilworks the site of which is covered in a car
scrapyard or clearance yard.
At this north east facing junction the line
was joined by the the Crofthead Branch of the Slamannan
Railway which ran west from here to mines. This branch was extended west
to Airdrie to form the Monkland
Monkland Line. To the north was a second junction where the Slamannan
Railway ran north to Blackstone.
This station replaced the Edinburgh
and Bathgate Railway's station immediately to its northeast. To the west
of the station a spur ran from an east facing junction northwest to meet the
Blackstone to Bathgate to Crofthead Branch. To the east of the station the line
joined the Edinburgh
and Bathgate Railway at an east facing junction which left the original
Bathgate terminus of that line on a short branch. This has re-opened today as
the present Bathgate station.
In the late 1980s a platform
of the station still existed but the track had been lifted.
Also a branch via Shotts to Westcraigs on the Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway.
The site of the line and station have been
landscaped. The line to Shotts East was an early freight opening to serve the
Shotts Ironworks. This ironworks is now closed and landscaped but some hefty
retaining walls remain on the site.
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Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford