Leadhills Railway




2 ft (610 mm)






1 kilometere (0.6 miles)

The Leadhills railway in Scotland is a short pleasurable 2ft gauged railway. The Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch of the Caledonian Railway


The railway is in the Lowther Hills on the B797, between Clydesdale (M74) and Nithsdale (A76). Access from the M74 is via Junction 13 (Abington) and the B797 , or Junction 14 (Elvanfoot) and the A702 / B7040. Access from Nithsdale is via the A76 (Dumfries to Sanquhar) and the B797 to Leadhills.


Number Name Builder Type Date Works number Livery Notes
2 Elvan Motor Rail 4wDM 1955 9792 Blue Built for the London Brick Company , King’s Dyke Works, Whittlesea
4 Luce Ruston and Hornsby 4wDM 1966 7002/0467/6 Green Built for contractors Edmund Nuttall Ltd, Leith. Acquired 1987
5 Little Clyde Ruston and Hornsby 4wDM 1966 7002/0467/2 Green Built for contractors Edmund Nuttall Ltd, Leith. Acquired 1987
6 Clyde Hunslet 4wDM 1975 6347 Blue Built for National Coal Board, Eppleton Collery. Acquired 1990
8 Nith Hudswell Clarke 4wDMF 1956 DM1002 Red Built for the National Coal Board, Waterloo Main Colliery. Acquired 1993
9 Charlotte Orenstein & Koppel 0-4-0WT 1913 6335 Black Acquired 1994. Being restored to full working order.
(10) Mennock Hunslet-Barclay 0-4-0DM 1994 LD 9348
(11) Decauville 0-4-0T 1917 917 Stored. Privately Owned
12 Clayton 4wDM 1994 18190B
21 Moeyse 4wDM 1941

The Railway has for cariges that are equipt with air brakes three coaches are built on frames of wagons once used for moving peat and the other is built on chassis of a Simplex engine. There are a selection of wagons around the railway including the ubiquitous Hudson skip wagons and examples from RNAD.