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Written by Ewan Tait - 05 Jan 2004
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Location notes
Motherwell is situated to the south east of Glasgow, about 15mins train ride direct.
Railway type and traffic
Two trains an hour to Lanark (one via Holytown and one direct) (318 or 334)
Two trains an hour to Glasgow Central Low Level (one via Bellshill and one via the Hamilton Circle) (318 or 334)
One train an hour Motherwell - Coatbridge (156)
East Coast and Virgin services to and from Glasgow Central.
Two or three trains a day to Edinburgh formed of 322s.
There isn't a huge amount of freight, although Motherwell TMD is just up the road. Most freight avoids Motherwell Station and runs through Holytown and Wishaw.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Motherwell Station
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Railway station in the centre of Motherwell. With local BTP office on the station.
Road directions
Come off the M74 at junction 6 and follow the signs into Motherwell. Just before you cross the railway bridge turn left into High Road and park here. At either end of this road are bridges to get you to the station entrance.

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Motherwell Station map co-ordinates
It is possible to park in the nearby residential streets.
Public transport
Two or three trains an hour from Glasgow Central, one train every two hours from Edinburgh. Virgin WC and XC services usually stop here.
Timetable - Adobe Acrobat format

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WH Smith counter in the station.
Sun Compass
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Motherwell Station

Googly map
Streetmap links
Motherwell Station general view map
Motherwell Station close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Motherwell Station

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Photographic notes
The best location is the north end of platforms 2 and 3 as this allows you to watch comings and goings from both the Hamilton Circle and the WCML. The lines diverge just at the end of these platforms. The Hamilton Circle is nearly rarely anything other than units, so if you're into loco-hauled then platform 2 is best. The north end of the platform also means that you can photograph the loco end of the Intercity push-pull services. Also of note is that the main line platforms are on a curve with quite a high degree of cant (Fig 3)
The south end of platforms 1 and 2 isn't recommended as it's in a cutting between two bridges and it is quite dark.
Links to photographs at this location

Ewan's pics - Motherwell
Rail-net uk Tour 2003 - Motherwell

General views - All photographs © Ewan Tait unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Arrival from the north into platform 3

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

Looking south at platforms 3 and 4

Fig 3 - Looking south

Fig 3 - Looking south

Northbound VWC service in platform 2

Fig 4 - Looking south

Fig 4 - Looking south

GNER service in platform 1

Fig 5 - Looking south

Fig 5 - Looking south

South end of platform 2 - not recommended as you can see.

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