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Lanark Lost Railways and Buses

Lanark Lost Railways and Buses

Lanark’s Lost Railways
Origins
Local railway companies by 1870 – Dominance of Caledonian and North British.
World War I – North British part of LNER group and Caledonian part of the LMS group
British Rail – 1948
Beeching – 1961

Lanark – Silvermuir south Junction -> Carstairs -> Ediburgh.
Also Carlisle accessible – service withdrawn 18 April 1966.
Muirkirk-> Lanark -> 18.75 miles, closed 5 October 1964.
Also Lanark Race Course Halt closed.

 

Lanark Buses
Main era 1930-1950.
SMT – Scottish Motor Traction – livery red and cream
– originally – Glasgow General Omnibus and Motor Services
prior to 1932
1965 – 240 Glasgow -> Lanark every 15 minutes

Wilsons – late 20s. Whitelees, Lanark, under Gala Motor Transport company, 1932 acquired by Central SMT but shortly after brought back by Robert Wilson. Based then for sixty plus years in Carnwath. Also took over McKnight’s service to New Lanark.
Final livery – red/yellow.
Took up a variety of local companies up to 1975. Service closed 2001. Made much use of Albions.

Stokes
Started off 1920s – Backbone of service – Lanark -> Lesmahagow
And Lanark to Coalburn.
Took over whiteford run – Lanark-> Lesmahagow from Whiteford in 1962.
Based in Carstairs till closure in 2005.
Also ran buses to Edinburgh.

Jacksons
Jacksons of Auchenheath originally operated Lanark -> Lesmahagow.
Whitefords took over Hammy Jackson in 1062

McKnights
Ran New Lanark service till 1966 – sold route to Wilsons.

Whitefords
1930 – excursions/tours as well as haulage. Originally based Nemphlar. Eventual demise 1988.

Tennants
Based in Forth. Started in early twentieth century. Main transport provider for Lanarkshire coalfields; then big into private hire and school contracts. Buses came to an end late 1990s but haulage still remained important.

 

 

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