Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)

Introduction

This line provides a Motherwell bypass for freight (particularly from and to the Mossend Marshalling Yard and non-stop passenger services. The line is also used by recently introduced service to and from Lanark.






Dates

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Ravenscraig No 4 Yard was opened on the east side of the main line opposite Ravenscraig No 2 Yard. The new yard handled iron ore, allowing No 2 to focus entirely on coal. Iron ore was carried over the main line by conveyor.
  /  /1873Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Line authorised from Carfin Junction to Garriongill Junction.
26/04/1880Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Law Junction to Holytown opened to goods.
01/06/1880Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Law Junction to Holytown opened. Stations opened at Wishaw Central and Overtown Waterloo.
01/10/1881Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Overtown Waterloo re-named Overtown [2nd].
01/01/1917Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Overtown [2nd] closed.
01/01/1919Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Overtown [2nd] re-opened.
05/10/1942Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Overtown [2nd] closed.
  /  /1957Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Ravenscraig No 2 Yard opened, which handled coal and iron ore deliveries. Approach was from the north. The entry was from just south of Calder Viaduct [Carfin].
14/06/1965Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway)
Wishaw Central re-named Wishaw.
  /  /1992Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway) Ravenscraig Steel Works
The Ravenscraig Steel Works closed in 1992. Ravenscraig No 2 Yard and Ravenscraig No 4 Yard closed.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This junction is east of Holytown station. The lines to Edinburgh via Midcalder Junction and Carlisle via Law Junction divide here, the latter being a Motherwell bypass, ideal for limited stop trains and freight from the Mossend Marshalling Yard.
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Wishaw and Coltness Railway
Virgin Trains 11-car Pendolino at Holytown Junction on 3rd May 2019 forming the 1S37 London Euston to Glasgow Central service.
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Alastair McLellan 03/05/2019
1S34 Virgin Voyager brings the early morning Crewe to Glasgow Central service across Holytown Junction on 3rd May 2019.
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Alastair McLellan 03/05/2019
Looking east to Holytown Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This signal box controlled access to the Jenny Lind Composition Works (which had tramway running to the east under the railway to Cleland Colliery Pit No 3) and Carfin Colliery Pits Nos 6 and 7.
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Reaching the end of its journey are a pair of 37s and coal train from Hunterston. Beyond the locomotives are the mounds of slag for reprocessing. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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This is a six span double track viaduct over the South Calder Water.
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A Hunterston-Ravenscraig coal train crosses the Calder Viaduct and reaches the end of its journey and is about to enter Ravenscraig No 2 yard. The ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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This signal box was opened in 1957 to control access to the new Ravenscraig No 2 Yard, which handled coal and iron ore deliveries. Approach was from the north. The entry was from just south of Calder Viaduct [Carfin]. The box was on the east side of the line opposite the yard turnout.
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Ravenscraig Steelworks (David Colville and Sons)


Having being released at the south end of the sidings, these two 37s head back through Ravenscraig Number 2 after delivering a coal train. There were ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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Looking north over the east side of British Steel Ravenscraig post closure. This was the iron ore unloading yard with the stockyard to the right and ...
Bill Roberton 01/08/1992
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This junction is to the north east of Wishaw station. It is where a short connecting line from Shieldmuir North Junction meets the line coming south from Holytown Junction and allows a local passenger train going south from Motherwell to serve Wishaw station.
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Wishaw, Cambusnethan and Coltness Line (Caledonian Railway)


This is a two platform station. There is a car park to the north and a modern station building on the northbound platform.
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Wishaw (Central) looking towards Ravenscraig. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
A Glasgow Central to Lanark service pulls into Wishaw on 25 October 2018. This station, on a line of its own, also has an unhurried link to Edinburgh. ...
David Panton 25/10/2018
Wishaw station buildings, photographed on 21st August 2018.
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Alastair McLellan 21/08/2018
A Lanark to Glasgow Central service departing from Wishaw on 21st August 2018
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Alastair McLellan 21/08/2018
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This was a two platform station. It was north of Overtown [1st] which it replaced (both were open briefly, thus the suffix 'Waterloo' for this station which was located closer to Waterloo than Overtown.
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This was a four platform station which opened with the Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway) of 1880 which met the Caledonian Railway of 1848 here. The station had a more or less east-west alignment. At this station trains from Glasgow were met by trains from the north coming via the deviation and could be joined to continue the journey south.
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Caledonian Railway
Law Colliery Branch (Caledonian Railway)
DRS 88007 nears Law Junction with the Daventry - Mossend Tesco train. ...
Bill Roberton 25/09/2018
A TransPennine Class 350 speeds away from Law Junction on a Glasgow Central - Manchester Airport service on 25th September 2018. ...
Bill Roberton 25/09/2018
Southbound Voyager at Law Junction in March 2006. The former loading bank still stands on the left - see 7430. ...
John Furnevel 10/03/2006
View south from Station Road bridge, Law, Lanarkshire, on 23 September 2013. The 1200 Glasgow Central - London Euston Pendolino speeds south past the ...
John Furnevel 23/09/2013
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