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Glasgow–Edinburgh via Falkirk line

The Glasgow–Edinburgh via Falkirk line is a mainline railway line linking Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk in Scotland It is the principal route out of the four rail links between Scotland's two biggest cities, hosting the flagship "Shuttle" service between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley


  • 1 Places served
  • 2 Services
    • 21 1950s/60s
    • 22 1970s
    • 23 1980s
    • 24 1990s/2000s
  • 3 History
  • 4 Future developments
  • 5 References
    • 51 Notes
    • 52 Sources
    • 53 Other articles

Places servededit

The route serves the following places Ordnance Survey grid references for stations:

Places Grid references
Glasgow NS592655
Lenzie NS655719
Croy NS729755
Falkirk NS882790
Polmont NS930781
Linlithgow NT005770
Haymarket NT239731
Edinburgh NT257738


Passenger services are operated by Abellio ScotRail The line is not currently electrified but the Scottish Government plans to have it so by 2016


As part of a review by the British Transport Commission report in 1952, the services were provided by the 1956 batch of Class 126 DMU, entering service in 1957


In 1971, the stock provided changed to locomotives fitted for Blue Star multiple working Initially a mixture of Class 25, Class 27 and Class 37 at each end of a rake of Mark 2 carriages through wired and piped to provide 90 mph 140 km/h "push-pull" working This very quickly settled down to a dedicated pool of Class 27 locomotives


TIn 1980, the push-pull sets were replaced by single Class 47/7s at one end of a rake of Mark 3 carriages and a DBSO operating with TDM system Also during this period, InterCity provided through services from Glasgow Queen Street to London King's Cross and various West Country destinations, resulting in the use of InterCity 125s on the route

At this time, the service operated on a half-hourly frequency with all trains stopping at Haymarket and Falkirk High, with alternate trains stopping at Polmont and Linlithgow Some peak hour trains stopped at Bishopbriggs, Lenzie and Croy Sunday trains served Falkirk Grahamston

In 1984 the Polmont rail accident, where a train hit a cow on the track part of the cow's leg was trapped in the bogie of the train, lifting it off the track resulted in 13 deaths and 61 injuries It led to a debate about the safety of push-pull trains1

In the late 1980s with the electrification of the Great Eastern Main Line by British Rail, the DBSO set-up was planned for replacement with Class 158 in four and six car formations, however due to delays in deliveries and the need to release the stock for the Great Eastern Main Line, Class 156 were used for a short period, prior to being put into use on the Far North Line


Delivery of the Class 170s since 1999 has displaced the Class 158s for other duties, including the Far North Line Other motive power can be seen as a result of operational considerations including Classes 156 and 158 The "Glasgow Queen Street-Edinburgh Haymarket Shuttle" weekday day time service pattern sees a train every 15 minutes from Glasgow/Edinburgh All trains stop at Falkirk High and Haymarket, with selected trains stopping at Croy, Polmont and Linlithgow

The Sunday service sees a train every 30 minutes from Glasgow/Edinburgh with all trains calling at Falkirk High and Haymarket and a train every hour at Croy, Polmont and Linlithgow However, both Linlithgow and Polmont also benefit from the Edinburgh–Dunblane line every half hour on a Sunday


Main article: Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway

The route has historic significance as it was Scotland's first inter-city railway, opening on 2 February 1842 as the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway2 It later became a key constituent of the North British Railway3

Future developmentsedit

The line is currently being electrified It was anticipated that electric Class 380 trains would start running from May 2017, followed by new Class 385 trains from September 2017 However, delays to the electrification project mean the electrified railway will not open until Spring 20184



  1. ^ Stead, Jean "'Push pull' trains to be altered after death crash inquiry / Call for safer trains after derailment in Scotland" The Guardian, London 22 February 1985
  2. ^ Robertson1983 Chapter 3, Section II: The essential link: Edinburgh to Glasgow, Pp 99-120
  3. ^ Awdry 1990; Page 128
  4. ^ "ScotRail punctuality on the rise – but row over free travel" 


  • Awdry, Christopher 1990 Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd ISBN 1-8526-0049-7 OCLC 19514063 CN 8983 
  • Jowett, Alan March 1989 Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day 1st ed Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0 OCLC 22311137 
  • Robertson, C J A 1983 The Origins of the Scottish Railway System: 1722-1844 1st ed Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers Ltd ISBN 0-8597-6088-X 
  • RAILSCOT on Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
  • "National Rail Timetable; May 2010" PDF Retrieved 24 November 2010 
  • "National Rail Timetable; December 2010" PDF Retrieved 24 November 2010 

Other articlesedit

  • Glasgow to Edinburgh Lines
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway

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