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Pomillion Viaduct

A view of the Pomillion Viaducts to the north of Strathaven Central Station, circa 1915. The viaduct on the left carried the Hamilton & Strathaven Railway to High Blantyre and Hamilton, while that on the right carried the Mid-Lanark Lines route to Stonehouse and Larkhall. [Gordon Stansfield]
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Strathaven Central

Opened: 1st October, 1904.
Closed: 4th October, 1965.

This station had a broad island platform and buildings at street-level and platform-level. The goods yard was approached from the west and at a higher level and to the north of the line. The Mid-Lanark Line approached the station over a large lattice girder viaduct, as did the Hamilton and Strathaven Railway which was extended here.

From Strathaven west to Loudonhill the line was jointly owned with the Glasgow and South Western Railway and the station was unusual in having two street-level booking offices and bridges to the island platform; one for the Glasgow and South Western Railway and the other for the Caledonian Railway.

The site was used as a rubbish dump for many years but was cleared out in the 1990s, when the platform was once again exposed.

This station replaced the Strathaven terminus station on the Hamilton & Strathaven Railway, which became Flemington (a goods station). From the north-east the station was approached over a large lattice viaduct, to the immediate west of the Mid-Lanark Lines bridge). There was an end-on junction here with the Darvel and Strathaven Railway which continued west to Darvel. This line was not a success and closed early, rendering Strathaven a terminus again.

Strathaven Central Station viewed on 1st October, 1904, its first day of operation. [Gordon Stansfield]

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