Dalzell Steel Works

Location type


Name and dates

Dalzell Steel Works (1880-)

Served by the Wishaw and Coltness Railway.


The Dalzell Steel Works was developed alongside the existing Dalzell Malleable Iron Works of 1871, the West Coast Main Line (just south of Motherwell station and close to Motherwell Junction) by David Colville and Sons. The malleable iron works were just to the south and now part of the steel works site.

Before construction this was a relatively green field site, except for some small coal mines at Coursington (the Dalzell Collieries Nos 2 and 3).

An unusual layout allowed trains to enter/leave the works from the up (southbound) line or, by means of a large oval loop, enter/leave from the down (northbound) line which passed under the main line to reach the large oval.

Originally this was the ^Dalzell Iron and Steel Works^. The works progressively extended east until all the land east to the Lanarkshire Steel Works was occupied.

With the opening of the Ravenscraig Steel Works much of the iron and steel production was shifted offsite and Dalzell focused on steel products. The last open hearth furnace closed in 1978.

Today concast slabs travel from other steel works to be rolled.

The works was closed by Tata Steel in 2015 but was re-opened by Liberty Steel in 2016 (Liberty Steel - Dalzell ) who also own the Lochaber Aluminium Works.


Iron works steel works

External links

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


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Dalzell Steel Works opened in Motherwell.


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

Old Newmains and the Villages Around Wishaw

Old Wishaw

Wishaw 1896: Lanarkshire Sheet 18.03 (Old O.S. Maps of Lanarkshire)