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Monkland Railways

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The Monkland Railways was formed on 14 August 1848 by the merger of the Ballochney Railway the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway and the Slamannan Railway.

A 4.5 mile extension was built to Bo'ness, which opened on 17 March 1851. The 26 June 1846 Act of Parliament authorising this extension, also allowed the railway to lease the harbour at Bo'ness but this lease was not followed through.

The Monkland Railways were absorbed by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway by an Act of Parliament, dated 5 July 1865, effective from 31 July 1865. A day later (on 1 August 1865) the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway was absorbed into the North British Railway.

The North British Railway later became part of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) on 1 January 1923.

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