Merryton Junction

Location type

Junction

Name and dates

Merryton Junction (1905-1949)

Opened on the Lesmahagow Railway.
Opened on the Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway).

Description

This junction was north of Merryton station, (a new station dating from 2005).

Here the Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway) of 1905 met the older Lesmahagow Railway. The former was single track and the latter double track. The Mid Lanark line doubled before the junction.

There was a signal box, opened with the new line in 1905, on the south side of the junction with another building behind it.

Just to the west, and predating the junction, was Merryton Colliery on the north side of the line, with a different signal box.

The box closed in 1949, the two lines becoming single track lines running north to Ferniegair Junction. The route south to Dalserf was singled, its northbound line being lifted south of Merryton Junction.

The older line closed to passengers in 1951. It closed altogether in 1964. The Mid Lanark closed to passengers in 1965 and closed altogether in 1968.

After closure the trackbed remained intact and became steadily overgrown. It was cleared and track relaid for the Larkhall re-opening of 2005.

Tags

Junction

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map




Dates

  /  /1896Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Construction of line from Merryton Junction, (Lesmahagow Railway) to Larkhall Central and Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Lesmahagow Railway) begins.
  /  /1897Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Merryton Junction via Larkhall Central to Stonehouse East Junction authorised. Previously authorised Lanark Loop abandoned.
  /  /1901Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Merryton Junction via Larkhall Central to Stonehouse East Junction, extension of time to complete.
01/07/1905Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Merryton Junction, (Lesmahagow Railway) to Larkhall Central and Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Lesmahagow Railway) opened. Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] (Lesmahagow Railway) to Blackwood Junction (Lesmahagow Railway) opened. Blackwood Junction (Lesmahagow Railway) to Alton Heights (Lesmahagow Railway) opened. Cot Castle Goods (Lesmahagow Railway) to Strathaven Central opened. Stations opened at Larkhall Central, Blackwood [2nd], Lesmahagow [2nd]. Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] rebuilt.
  /  /1949Lesmahagow Railway
Merryton Junction taken out. Lines now ran north as two single track lines in parallel to Ferniegair Junction which becomes the new point of division.