Slamannan Railway

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The Slamannan Railway was an early mineral railway built near Slamannan, Falkirk, Scotland, in an area containing coal and iron ore.

The railway was Incorporated on 3 July 1835 and was opened on 31 August 1840.[1] Its main function was intended to be the transportation of coal, but iron ore and passengers were also carried. It was built to the Scotch gauge of 4 ft 6 in (1371 mm).[1][2][3]

The line included Inclined planes.[4]

In 1848 it merged with other railway lines to become the Monkland Railways; which in turn were absorbed by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.[1]


Formation of the railway

The original 1835 Act of Parliament was to raise £86,000 (Pound sterling) of joint stock capital and a loan of £20,000. A further Act was obtained on 3 July 1837 to raise an additional £29,000 by shares.[2] Half the capital was provided by the Ballochney Railway.[5]

The route

It ran from the northern branch of the Ballochney Railway to the Union Canal at Causeway End.[2][1]

A 4.5 mile (7 km) extension was built to Bo'ness, which opened on 17 March 1851.[1] The 26 June 1846 Act of Parliament authorising this extension, also allowed the railway to lease the harbour at Bo'ness but this lease was not followed through.[1]

Attempted take over and change of gauge

The Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway started negotiations in 1844 to take over the various Monkland Railways; and at the same time the railway companies applied for permission to change to Standard gauge.[4] In May 1846, the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway was refused permission to amalgamate and it decide to withdraw on 31 December 1846. The Caledonian Railway by that time had taken over the Wishaw and Coltness Railway and the Glasgow and Garnkirk Railway.[4]

The Ballochney Railway, the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway and the Slamannan Railway all obtained aurthorisation to change to Standard gauge between 1845 and 1846.[4] The three railways changed their gauge on 26 July and 27 July 1847.[4]

Amalgamation to form the Monkland Railways

On 14 August 1848 the Slamannan Railway merged with the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway and the Ballochney Railway to become the Monkland Railways.[1]

The Monkland Railways were absorbed by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway by an Act of Parliament, dated 5 July 1865, effective from 31 July 1865.[1] A day later (on 1 August 1865) the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway was absorbed into the North British Railway.

Links to other lines and modes of transportation

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Awdry, Page 160 - 161
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Whishaw
  3. Robertson
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Thomas
  5. Popplewell


  • Awdry, Christopher, (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing.
  • Robertson, C.J.A. (1983). The Origins of the Scottish Railway System: 1722-1844. Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers. ISBN 0-85976-088-X.
  • Thomas, John (1971). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain, Volume 6, Scotland: The Lowlands and the Borders. Newton Abbott: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-5408-6.
  • Popplewell, Lawrence (1989). A Gazetteer of the Railway Contractors and Engineers of Scotland 1831 - 1870. (Vol. 1: 1831 - 1870 and Vol. 2: 1871 - 1914). Bournmouth: Melledgen Press. ISBN 0-906637-14-7.
  • Whishaw, Francis (1842). The Railways of Great Britain and Ireland practically described and illustrated. Second Edition. London: John Weale. Reprinted and republished 1969, Newton Abbott: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-4786-1.

See also

RAILSCOT article

Major constituent railway companies of the London and North Eastern Railway:

Great Central | Great Eastern | Great Northern | Great North of Scotland | Hull & Barnsley | North British | North Eastern

(Full list of constituents)

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