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SideTracked Armadale

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Old Armadale Station November 1849: The Edinburgh and Bathgate
railway opened the Ratho - Bathgate section. The first class fair
for the 18½ mile Bathgate to Edinburgh route was three shillings,
two pence. and New Armadale station opened March 2011

Old Armadale Station11 November 1855: Monkland Railway Company
reached an agreement with the trustees of James McHardy of
Bathville to lay a track through his estate. Initially, it provided
only a goods service, but, eventually, when passengers were able to
travel between Glasgow - Airdrie and Edinburgh - Bathgate,
arrangements were made to convey Armadale's passengers between
these places. 1858# See the comment below photos: A passenger
station was built at Cappers to serve Armadale's passengers, 'an
unpretending little building, with a waiting-room on the left side
of the door capable of accommodating about a dozen passengers, and
the booking-office on the other side, with little room for the
stationmaster, who was also booking-clerk, to move about in, was
erected on the south side of the single line of rails, a few yards
west of the bridge..' Past and Present Chap VII 28 July 1863:
Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway aka New Monkland Line (built by
Monkland Railways) opened. 31 July 1865: the line was absorbed into
the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway. 1 August 1865: the Railway
became part of North British Railway. By 1871: through services
between Edinburgh and glasgow were running. 1936: Mr McGillivray
was the stationmaster before he moved on to Linlithgow. 1952:
Airdrie South was renamed Airdrie. 7/8 January 1956: the last
passenger service between Edinburgh and Glasgow on the Bathgate and
Coatbridge Railway stopped at Armadale Railway Station. Airdrie
became the eastern terminus of the local services, which ran from
Glasgow Queen Street Low level. The Stationmaster at that time was
Mr Gilroy. Freight services continued to use the line. 1960: the
Glasgow north electrified surburban services, introducing a fast
service to Glasgow, Balloch and Helensburgh. February 1982: Freight
services ceased running on the line, and the line was then lifted
. Armadale Station is a
comprehensive redevelopment of former opencast brownfield site to
the south of Armadale, within the Armadale Core Development Area
a new railway serving the Bathgate/Airdrie rail link *************
Well done to clarinet2 on the FTF ***********************

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