Argyle Line

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The Argyle line which connects the previously separate Glasgow North electric line to the West Coast Main Line runs from Finnieston East and West Junctions on the North Bank east of Partick to Rutherglen Central Junction at Rutherglen station. The present service patterns link the towns of Milngavie and Dalmuir in the west of Glasgow with Larkhall, Motherwell and Lanark.

Route

Starting from Lanark the line runs for around about 2 miles on single track before the joining the WCML at Cleghorn Junction. After this the line speeds are the highest on the Argyle line at 115mph. The train then continues to call at Carluke. After Carluke the line splits from the WCML at Law Junction to run on the Motherwell Deviation line to Wishaw where the line splits again. Some trains continue to Sheildmuir and enter Motherwell from the South. Other trains continue Northwards to call at Holytown before entering Motherwell from the North.

Trains running into Motherwell from the South diverge again from the WCML to call at Bellshill before rejoining the WCML
at Uddingston. Trains on this route continue to Newton where trains that have come round the hamilton circle rejoin.

Trains running into Motherwell from the North diverge from the WCML again to run round the Hamilton Circle, just before Hamilton Central the line from Larkhall joins. At Newton the line rejoins the other Argyle route. After Newton the line runs on the WCML but only as far as Rutherglen where it diverges again from the WCML. From Dalmarnock to Exhibiton Centre the line runs below ground. The line continues to Hyndland where the lines split to serve Milgavie, Dalmuir via Singer and Dalmuir via Yoker.

Traction

The trains which currently operate on the line are the Class 334s and Class 318s. Class 320s are currently not booked to operate any services, but use the line as means of access to/from Shields Depot.

Upon delivery of the Class 380 fleet, Class 320s will be cascaded onto the route to operate alongside Class 318s, with the Class 334s moving to the North Clyde Line to replace the Class 320s on their current duties, as well as operating services across the Airdrie-Bathgate line.

Timetable


Monday-Saturday

1tph Lanark-Milngavie via Blantyre slow
1tph Motherwell-Milngavie via Blantyre slow
1tph Lanark-Dalmuir via Bellshill and Yoker slow
1tph Motherwell-Dalmuir via Bellshill and Yoker slow
2tph Larkhall-Dalmuir via Singer fast

Sunday

2tph Motherwell-Balloch via Blantyre and Yoker slow
2tph Lanark-Milngavie via Bellshill slow
1tph Larkhall-Partick fast

History


The Argyle Line is part of the Low Level Line operated by the Caledonian Railway and which extended West roughly parallel to the Clyde from Partick to Clydebank, Dalmuir,Old Kilpatrick and Bowling where it crossed the Forth and Clyde Canal on a swing bridge,then on to Dumbarton East and Dumbarton Central.

The line closed under the Beeching Report in September 1964 except for the portion between Bowling and Dumbarton East which was connected to the North Bank and electrified in 1960 to enable Dumbarton East to be served by the new electric trains.

In 1979 the portion between Rutherglen and Stobcross, renamed Finnieston was reopened with two new Up and Down single line connections to Finnieston East and West Junctions on the North Bank. The Down Line connection utilises the former steeply graded branch to Queens Dock on which the SECC now stands. Finnieston station was subsequently renamed Exhibition Centre.