East Kilbride Line



Dates

  /  /1866Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Authorisation to extend the line from East Kilbride to Blantyre.
  /  /1869Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Proposed extension abandoned. (Later re-proposed and opened.)
  /  /1873Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
New Act for line passed.
  /  /1880 Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Extension of time for the 1873 Act. (Original Act was 1866.)
21/09/1883Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Hunthill Junction to East Kilbride opened to goods.
01/03/1885Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Line between Blantyre and East Kilbride is opened to passengers. (Alternative date in 1888.)
01/07/1888Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Line between Blantyre and East Kilbride is opened to passengers. (Alternative date in 1885.)
01/10/1914Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
East Kilbride to Hamilton (Hunthill Junction) closed.
01/10/1923Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
East Kilbride to Hamilton (Hunthill Junction) re-opened.
14/07/1924Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
East Kilbride to Hamilton (Hunthill Junction) closed to passengers (occasional special workings until World War II).
18/11/1935Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Mavor and Coulsons Siding, East Kilbride to Hunthill Junction closed to freight.
24/01/1966Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Mavor and Coulsons Siding to East Kilbride closed to freight.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is the busiest station in Scotland. It was established by the Caledonian Railway in 1879 and was hugely expanded in 1901-5.
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Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Glasgow Central Station Extension (Caledonian Railway)
314202 awaits its next duty at platform 7, Glasgow Central on 10th January 2019. It had recently arrived and the next trip was around the inner ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
A Voyager heads south out of Glasgow Central. ...
Veronica Clibbery 06/09/2017
A CrossCountry train at Glasgow Central. ...
Veronica Clibbery 16/09/2019
Part of a First World War exhibition at Glasgow Central. ...
John Yellowlees 19/01/2017
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This is a two platform station. It is a minimal station with two platforms.
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Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Fairburn tank 42263 photographed at Crossmyloof on 20 September 1963 heading for East Kilbride with the 5.33pm ex-St Enoch. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/09/1963
A service for Glasgow Central makes its last stop on 20 June. You can tell whether it has come from East Kilbride or Barrhead purely by the number of ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
The 5.30pm Glasgow St Enoch - Carlisle train, photographed shortly after passing Crossmyloof on 14 July 1964. The locomotive is Kingmoor Black 5 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/07/1964
Royal Scot 46117 Welsh Guardsman photographed near Crossmyloof on 20 September 1956 at the head of a Glasgow - Leeds train. [Ref query 15 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/09/1956
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This is a two platform station with original station buildings on both platforms. It is now the oldest station in the Glasgow area.
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Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
A Glasgow service calls at 'Shaws West on 4 May 2019. Four cars indicate an East Kilbride origin; Barrhead services manage fine with two. ...
David Panton 04/05/2019
156495 leads the 11.12 Carlisle - Glasgow Central into Pollokshaws West on a wet 2nd January 2020. Both platform buildings survive, but not in active ...
Bill Roberton 02/01/2020
A 4-car service for East Kilbride calls at 'Shaws West on 11 November 2017.
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David Panton 11/11/2017
Pollokshaws West, looking towards Glasgow Central ...
Graham Morgan 28/05/2007
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This is a two platform station not far south east of Busby Junction where the East Kilbride line leaves the Glasgow and Kilmarnock line.
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Busby Railway
156 439 calls at Thornliebank with an East Kilbride service on the cold
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David Panton 11/11/2017
A morning train for East Kilbride pulls into Thornliebank under a low autumn sun on 13 October 2007. Unit 156 439. ...
David Panton 13/10/2007
Black 5 4-6-0 no 45458 seen here passing Thornliebank signal box southbound on 15 June 1959 with a train from St Enoch terminating at Busby. [Ref ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/06/1959
BR Standard 2-6-4 tank no 80052 approachng Thornliebank on 24 July 1963 with the 5.08pm from St Enoch to East Kilbride. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/07/1963
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This is a two platform station. The main station building, an original, is on the northbound platform.
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Busby Railway
An East Kilbride service calls at Giffnock on 4 May 2019. ...
David Panton 04/05/2019
A Glasgow train pulls in to pick up Saturday shoppers at Giffnock on 4 May 2019. ...
David Panton 04/05/2019
An East Kilbride train calls at Giffnock on 11 November 2017. The fine
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David Panton 11/11/2017
The only passenger to disembark from the 0947 ex-Glasgow Central crosses the station footbridge at Giffnock on a sunny Sunday morning in May 2007. ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2007
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This is a two platform station on the East Kilbride Line. The main station building was on the Glasgow bound platform, with a waiting room opposite.
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Busby Railway
'Clarkston & Stamperland' announced the big blue running-in board when I first
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David Panton 11/11/2017
An East Kilbride service at Clarkston on 7 July. As at some other locations the lattice footbridge could seriously do with a coat of paint, at least. ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
A train for East Kilbride approaches Clarkston in July 2009. ...
John Steven 01/07/2009
Take the last train to Clarkston and I'll tweet you at the station. An East
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David Panton 11/11/2017
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This is a two platform station with staggered platforms - the northbound platform being slightly further north and extended in timber out over a road bridge. The stone built station building and goods shed survive.
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Busby Railway
Shunting an East Kilbride freight in the goods yard at Busby on 4 July 1961. The locomotive is Polmadie Black 5 4-6-0 no 45320. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/07/1961
An East Kilbride service calls at Busby on 20 June. It will shortly enter the single track section through Throntonhall and Hairmyres which sadly ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42165 about to complete the token exchange at Busby on 6 September 1952. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/09/1952
An East Kilbride to Glasgow service pulls into Busby on 20 June. Electrification of this line is surely long overdue, but if frequency is to improve ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
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This is a single platform station. The original stone single storey station building still stands. It is in the smaller Caledonian Railway station style. It is extended at the west end.
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Busby Railway
New cycle hoops installed at Thorntonhall. ...
First ScotRail //2006
Entrance to the platform at Thorntonhall on the East Kilbride line in May 2007. ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2007
BR Standard tank 80054 nears Thorntonhall with a train on a chilly morning in April 1966, during the final week of steam haulage on the East Kilbride ...
John Robin /04/1966
BR Standard Class 4 tank 80116 descends to Busby in April 1966 with a morning train from East Kilbride Bound for St Enoch. ...
G W Robin 13/04/1966
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This is a single platform station. The platform is on the south side of a single line with a large car park to the south. The station building survived into the 1990s, but is now gone. East of the station is Hairmyres Loop.
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Busby Railway
Glasgow Central to East Kilbride 156462 approaching Hairmyres station on 9th March 2018. ...
Ian Millar 09/03/2018
Arrival at Hairmyres. ...
John Yellowlees 10/01/2017
Next stop East Kilbride, as a service from Glasgow Central prepares to leave Hairmyres on 10 June. ...
John Steven 10/06/2009
A Glasgow service calls at Hairmyres on 17 November 2018. Running 4 cars on all Saturday services on the East Kilbride line is a good move as these ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
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This station has a single platform and is a terminus. A loop at the terminus survived until 2005. To the west, the Hairmyres Loop opened in 1990.
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Busby Railway
Blantyre to East Kilbride Line (Caledonian Railway)
Thanks to the lengthy platform at East Kilbride it is possible to stack barrel trains back to back. ...
John Yellowlees 08/03/2016
Ex-Caledonian 0-4-4T 55211 stands alongside the platform at East Kilbride on 19 June 1950 with a Glasgow train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/06/1950
A 4-car 156 about to return to Glasgow on 5 January 2019. East Klbride is a terminus crying out for a second patform, but I suppose to be effective ...
David Panton 05/01/2019
The East Kilbride line reaches its 150th anniversary. There was a plaque-unveiling today at the station by Kiwi Preschool Playgroup with Deputy ...
John Yellowlees 03/09/2018
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