Records of the Glasgow, Garnkirk & Coatbridge Railway, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Statement between the Glasgow, Garnkirk & Coatbridge Railway and the committee of the Caledonian & Dunbartonshire Junction Railway 1845
  • Evidence given in committee on the Glasgow, Garnkirk & Coatbridge Railway 1844

Administrative / Biographical History

The Garnkirk & Glasgow Railway , Scotland, was granted its Act of Parliament in 1826  and opened in 1831  . It was the first railway in Scotland to work independently of a canal. It was built to transport Monklands coal from Garnkirk, North Lanarkshire, Scotland into its Townhead terminus in Glasgow. From the beginning the line used steam engines to pull the coal wagons and passenger carriages.

In 1843  the Garnkirk & Glasgow Railway opened a branch line from Gartsherrie, North Lanarkshire, to a new station in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. The following year the company obtained an Act of Parliament to change its name to the Glasgow, Garnkirk & Coatbridge Railway and extended the branch line to Whifflet, North Lanarkshire, where it linked with the Wishaw & Coltness Railway. In 1844  the line leased for a period of 7 years the Caledonian & Dunbartonshire Junction Railway that linked Glasgow with Balloch, West Dunbartonshire and Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute. The Caledonian Railway acquired the Glasgow, Garnkirk & Coatbridge Railway in 1845  , along with the lease of the Caledonian & Dunbartonshire Junction Railway.


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Acquisition Information

Loan : Mitchells, Johnston & Co : Glasgow : prior to 1966

Other Finding Aids

The archive forms part of the Scottish Railways Collection held by Glasgow University Archive Services, finding aid reference GB 248 UGD 008

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Custodial History

Held by Mitchells, Johnston & Co , solicitors, Glasgow


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Related Material

GB 234 BR/GGC Records of the Glasgow, Garnkirk & Coatbridge Railway (National Archives of Scotland)

GB 248 UGD 008 The Scottish Railway Collection

GB 248 UGD 008/7 Records of the Caledonian Railway Co

GB 248 UGD 008/11 Records of the Glasgow, Dumbarton & Helensburgh Railway

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J R Kellet,Railways and Victorian Cities(London, 1979)

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