This was a terminus with a loop and sidings and a goods shed. There was no platform, (nor was there a platform at Leadhills) but there was a slightly raised area of flattened ground alongside the loop. Access to the carriages was by means of steps on the carriages. The station building was a lean-to built onto the side of the goods shed, just to the south of the loop.
The station was associated with the lead industry in Wanlockhead and Leadhills. The site was remote to the town, on a hillside to the south east. There was a tramway serving the lead mines and smelter to the west of the station. Wanlockhead Tramway
Steam railcars were used in later years. The locomotive shed was at Leadhills.
The line closed in 1939. The trackbed remains vacant at present, a dirt road. The nearby narrow gauge Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway [Preserved] is based at Leadhills.
This was the highest standard gauge summit in Britain at 1,498 ft. (Today the highest is 1,484 ft at Druimuachdar Summit on the Perth to Inverness main line.)
By comparison, the Cairngorm Mountain Railway climbs from Base Station at 2,083 ft to Ptarmigan Station at 3,599 ft.
| West Glencrieff Pit|
Wanlockhead Crushing Mill
Wanlockhead Lead Smelter
Risping Cleuch Viaduct
Elvan Water Viaduct
Ardoch Signal Box
Mennock Water Viaduct
Priestcrown Wood Embankment
Enterkin Burn Viaduct
Sanquhar Tile Works
Wanlockhead Beam Engine
|Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.|
|/ /1764||William Symington|
Born, worked at Wanlockhead lead mines until 1791.
Beattock to Glasgow (Townhead) (via the Wishaw and Coltness Railway and the Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway) and Edinburgh (Lothian Road) branch opened. The stations at Abington and Elvanfoot, on its main line, are used by the lead mines and villages at Leadhills and Wanlockhead.
|28/10/1850||Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway|
Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway completed by opening between Old Cumnock and Closeburn. Stations at New Cumnock, Kirkconnel, Sanquhar and Thornhill. Sidings opened at Mennock Summit for the Leadhills and Wanlockhead mines. The nearest passenger station on the line was at Sanquhar, slightly further west.
|12/09/1902||Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)|
Leadhills to Wanlockhead opened to goods.
|12/10/1902||Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)|
Leadhills to Wanlockhead opened for passengers.
|/ /1905||Leadhills Mining Company|
Archibald & William Fraser (founders of the Pumpherston Oil Works (Pumpherston Oil Company Limited)) take over the Wanlockhead mines from the Duke of Queensberry.
|16/07/1931||Leadhills Mining Company|
Wanlockhead mines closed.
|/ /1934||Leadhills Mining Company|
Wanlockhead mines re-open and then re-closed.
|02/01/1939||Leadhills and Wanlockhead Light Railway (Caledonian Railway)|
Wanlockhead to Elvanfoot closed to all traffic.
|/ /1950||Leadhills Mining Company|
Glencrieff Mine, Wanlockhead, re-opened.