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Seal of the Wishaw and Coltness Railway
North Lanarkshire has a case to be considered the cradle of Scotland's railways. The 1826 Monkland and Kirkintilloch line was the country's first true public railway line, as opposed to a plate-way.
The Wishaw and Coltness Railway opened in stages from 1833 to 1844. It opened up the area around Wishaw and what would soon become the town of Motherwell to coal mining and other industries. The Coltness Iron Works followed in 1837.