Wilsontown North Junction

Location type


Names and dates

Wilsontown Junction [1st] (1860-1866)
Wilsontown North Junction (1866-1945)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Opened on the Caledonian Railway.
Opened on the Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway).


This was the northern junction of a triangular junction. The other junctions were Wilsontown West Junction and Wilsontown South Junction.

The junction opened with the 1860 Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway) which met the 1848 Caledonian Railway^s Carstairs to Edinburgh line.

The branch was approached from the north.

It was a double track junction with an additional loop on the west side. The signal box was on the east side of the junction.

The Wilsontown West Junction to Wilsontown south Junction curve opened in 1866 and a passenger service to Wilsontown from Auchengray began in 1867.

There were railway cottages within the triangular junction.

The Wilsontown north to west curve closed in 1945 and the north box closed.

The main line remains open. The formation of the curve to the west can still be seen, although it is partly landscaped. The cottages are gone.



External links

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

Nearby stations
Cobbinshaw [2nd]
Cobbinshaw [1st]
Longridge [1st]
Longridge [2nd]
Fauldhouse and Crofthead
West Calder
Wilsontown West Junction
Wilsontown Junction [2nd]
Haywood Colliery Pit No 14
Pool Junction
Pool Colliery
Haywood Colliery Pit No 10
Lower Haywood Signal Box
Haywood Colliery Pit No 8
Pool Colliery Pit No 3
Coal Pit
Lawhead Junction
Lawhead Siding
Haywood Colliery Pit No 4
Woolfords Mine
Viewfield Mine
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.


  /  /1866Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Wilsontown South Junction to Wilsontown West Junction curve opened. Wilsontown Junction [1st] renamed Wilsontown North Junction.
  /  /1945Wilsontown Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Wilsontown North Junction to Wilsontown West Junction closed.


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