Whifflet Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)

Introduction

This line extended the Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway south through Coatbridge to meet the Wishaw and Coltness Railway in Whifflet, which bypassed the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway and the numerous sidings and curves in the Gartsherrie and Coatbridge area.

The line remains open today, a double track main line, part of the West Coast Main Line.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was the junction between the 1831 Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway and its 1843/5 branch to Coatbridge Central.
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Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
66739 'Bluebell Railway' snakes through the realigned junction at Gartsherrie with the northbound Alcan Alumina tanks on 29th June 2019. ...
Alastair McLellan 29/06/2019
A view from the site of Gartsherrie North Junction looking to Gartsherrie South Junction.
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Alastair McLellan 29/07/2017
A long girder bridge crosses the line to Glasgow at Gartsherrie. In the 1990s the bridge featured this graffiti which fans of Monty Python might ...
Ewan Crawford 03/05/1997
View east to Gartsherrie South Junction from Gartsherrie North Junction in 1989.

The Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway's 1831 alignment was a little ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
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This station opened with the 1843 branch of the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway to Coatbridge [CR]. It was located on the curve from Gartsherrie North Junction to Gartsherrie South Junction, the latter being the southern end of a chord opened in 1848 with the Caledonian Railway.
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This junction was formed in 1848 when a short connecting line of the Caledonian Railway was put in between the 1843 Coatbridge Central branch of the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway at Gartsherrie South Junction and Gartsherrie NB Junction (to the north) on the 1826 Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway.
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Caledonian Railway
Gartsherrie South box viewed from the rear with the main line beyond. ...
Bill Roberton //1993
McMullen Bros scrapyard alongside Gartsherrie South Junction in November 1977. The loco is John Fowler 0-4-0DM 4200025 of 1948, originally supplied to ...
Bill Roberton /11/1977
Former LMS brake coach, branded for Tartan Arrow / Security Coach / Raleigh Industries Ltd. Presumably at McMullen Bros, Gartsherrie, for scrap in ...
Bill Roberton /11/1977
Gartsherrie South Junction and the signal box with its distinct lean. The Coatbridge Freightliner Terminal is in the background. The junction has ...
Bill Roberton 31/08/1985
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86605 and sister loco await departure for London Gateway. ...
Alastair McLellan 07/05/2019
Coatbridge Freightliner Terminal viewed from the south through a chain-link fence. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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This is a three platform station located immediately north of Coatbridge Junction. The southbound platform is an island.
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A five loco haul. DRS locos heading from Carlisle Kingmoor to Bo'ness pass through Coatbridge on 17th July 2020. They had moved from Crewe to Carlisle ...
Alastair McLellan 17/07/2020
DRS 57003, running light engine from Bo'ness to Kingmoor, seen at Coatbridge Central on 17th July 2020.
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Alastair McLellan 17/07/2020
DRS classic locos were on the move in July 2020, possibly as part of the company's 25th anniversary. Two of the original five Class 20s in the ...
Alastair McLellan 17/07/2020
Although (obviously) more central than Sunnyside, Coatbridge Central has a far less direct service into Glasgow due to the lack of a north to west ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
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This is the junction between the Whifflet Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway) of 1845 and the Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway) of 1865. The junction gave access from the north to the Rutherglen route. Whifflet North Junction provides access from the south, completing a triangular junction with Langloan Junction to the west.
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Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
The Leaf Train passing Coatbridge Junction en route to Slateford on 1st November 2017.
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Alastair McLellan 01/11/2017
BR Standard class 4 2-6-0 no 76091 approaching Coatbridge Junction in the summer of 1961 with a Balloch - Coatbridge train. [Ref query 38460] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1961
Coatbridge Junction signalbox was located immediately south of Coatbridge Central station on the west side of the ex-CR main line through the town. ...
Bill Jamieson 07/03/1971
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Amazing what you can see after the tree removal team have been! 68006 takes the afternoon empty coaching movement from Motherwell and Edinburgh ...
Alastair McLellan 07/05/2019
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This is the junction between the 1845 Whifflet Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway) and the 1865 Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway). The junction allows a train from the Glasgow direction to enter Whifflet station and continue south towards Mossend Marshalling Yard.
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Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
An unidentified Class 40 runs light engine through Whifflet North Junction around 1980. At this time R. B. Tennants were still in full production at ...
Alastair McLellan //1980
DRS 66420 passes Whifflet North Junction with an oil tank train, heading south. The 66 is thought to be on hire from DRS. ...
Bill Roberton 27/09/2010
Looking north at the former Whifflet stations. On the left under the bridge was Whifflet Lower (Caley), above it was Whifflet Upper (Caley) and on the ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Coming off the R&C at Whifflet North Junction is a Hunterston to Ravenscraig iron ore train. In the background is the closed Whifflet Upper station, ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This is a two platform station. The present station is very close to the site of the first Whifflet station, originally spelled Whifflat. It was just to the south east at Whifflet South Junction.
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318266 calls at Whifflet with a Milngavie - Cumbernauld service on 24th September 2019.
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Bill Roberton 24/09/2019
37516 passing through Whifflet with an empty coaching movement from Leeds to Fort William. ...
Alastair McLellan 28/07/2017
A terminating service from Dalmuir at Whifflet on 5 August. Confusingly for the uninitiated trains for Glasgow leave in both directions here. Not this ...
David Panton 05/08/2017
A Motherwell to Dalmuir, via Bargeddie, service calls at Whifflet on 22 June 2019. ...
David Panton 22/06/2019
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This junction is to the south of Whifflet station. It was formed in 1845 when the 1834 portion of the Wishaw and Coltness Railway was met by the Whifflet Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway).
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Wishaw and Coltness Railway
66746 in Belmont Royal Scot livery hauling the the North bound Alumina train from North Blyth to Fort William on the 15/12/16 approaching Whifflet ...
Alastair McLellan 15/12/2016
Services terminating at Whifflet have to clear the through line by
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David Panton 17/06/2010
View north over Whifflet South Junction in 1987. Caley line on left, NB line on right. The RB Tennent Ltd Whifflet Foundry in the right background was ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking north at Whifflet South Junction. The distant unit, on the right, is located roughly where the Wishaw and Coltness Railway connected with the ...
Ewan Crawford 26/09/2009
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