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Names and dates

Airdrie South (1861-1952)
Airdrie (1952-)

Station code: ADR National Rail ScotRail
Where: North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Opened on the New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways).
Open on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Bathgate and Airdrie.


This is the main station in Airdrie with three platforms, one a bay for services to Glasgow. The two main platforms are served by east-west trains from Edinburgh to Glasgow via Bathgate.

To the south of the station was the goods yard and carriage sidings, served from the west. To the north was a scrapyard also served from the west.

On the eastbound through platform, at the west end, was the signal box. This was replaced in 1960.

To the east the line was crossed by the approach to the competing Airdrie [CR] and the short Bellsdyke branch ran south to Bellsdyke Colliery. The eastern approach was protected by a sand drag siding.

The station has a car park, on the site of sidings. One of these survives alongside the bay line.

With the closure of the line east to Bathgate the eastbound platform fell out of use and the station became a terminus, with only the former westbound track continuing east to Moffat Mills (the line was singled in 1979). With the closure to freight the line a buffer was added at the east end of the platform and the track was retained out of use until the passenger service was extended east to Drumgelloch [1st]. With full re-opening to the east, the eastbound platform has been rebuilt and eastbound track relaid.

The signal box building survived its closure in 1991 for the Yoker resignalling (Yoker Signalling Centre) and remained standing on a disused platform until the line to Bathgate reopened and the box demolished and platform rebuilt.


Station terminus

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


Gaelic name: An t-Àrd-Ruigh

Nearby stations
Airdrie [CR]
Airdrie Hallcraig Street
Commonhead (Airdrie North)
Airdrie [Leaend]
Drumgelloch [1st]
Cairnhill Bridge
Calder Iron Works [Station]
Clarkston (Lanark)
Ironstone Pit
Airdrie Shed [CR]
Gartlea Foundry
Victoria Engine Works
Ironstone Pit
North West Factory
Airdrie Engine Works
Cairnhill Works [Concrete]
Airdrie Gas Works
Albert Engineering and Boiler Works
Standard Works
Airdrie Junction
Empire Iron Works
Chapelside Boiler Works
Cairnhill Junction
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Water supply

When the North British Railway took over the line in 1865 it was found that the water supply for locomotives was connected to the town^s water supply. When a locomotive was filled it drained the system and taps ran dry.


11/08/1862New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Opened to passenger trains. Stations at Airdrie South, Clarkston [NBR], Caldercruix, Forrestfield and Westcraigs on the new line. New station further east on the Torbanehill line at Armadale.
09/01/1956New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Boghead to Cowdenhead Branch (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Airdrie to Bathgate Upper to Edinburgh (Bathgate Junction) closed to passengers.
05/11/1960Glasgow North Bank Electrification
Service begins with electric services to termini at; Helensburgh Central, Balloch Pier, Singer Workers Platforms station, Milngavie, Bridgeton Central, Springburn, Airdrie. The new trains (303s) built at Pressed Steel Co Ltd, Linwood, became known as the Blue trains, these were used in all the Glasgow electrification schemes.
  /02/1982New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Boghead to Cowdenhead Branch (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Last freight runs between Airdrie and Bathgate Upper. Line lifted between Moffat Mills Junction (excluded) and Bathgate Upper (excluded). Between Moffat Mills Junction and Airdrie the line is singled (eastbound line lifted and eastbound platform at Airdrie closed).
  /  /1986New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Airdrie (excluded) to Moffat Mills Junction, for Inver House Distillery. The track is left disused as far as the junction.
15/05/1989New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)
Airdrie service extended east to new Drumgelloch [1st] terminus (line beyond lifted).
  /07/1989Yoker Re-signaling Scheme
Re-signaling complete. Boxes at Helensburgh Central, Craigendoran, Dumbarton Central, Dalmuir Park, Singer, Milngavie, Westerton, Hyndland, Clydebank Dock, High Street East Junction, Bellgrove, Parkhead, Shettleston, Heatheryknowe Junction, Sunnyside Junction, Airdrie replaced by the new Yoker Signalling Centre.
18/10/2010New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Opened for driver training between Airdrie and Bathgate.
12/12/2010New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways) Boghead to Cowdenhead Branch (Monkland Railways) Torbanehill and Bathgate Branch (Monkland Railways)
Opened between Airdrie and Bathgate. Stations at Drumgelloch, Caldercruix (delayed opening until 13 February), Blackridge, Armadale.


Vanished Railways of West Lothian