Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway
This railway is closed. The line was
built between Dumfries (Glasgow,
Dumfries and Carlisle Railway) and Castle Douglas. Castle Douglas
became a junction for Stranraer (via the Portpatrick
Railway) and Kirkcudbright (via the Kirkcudbright
Railway). A short section of the line remained until recently between Dumfries and
Cargenbridge. This section was out of use for years before lifting. ScotRail
provide passenger services from Dumfries to Glasgow and Carlisle.
Dumfries county had a military road, along
a similar route to the later railway, built in 1763 by Major Rickson.
Description of route
The line branched from the north end of the
existing Dumfries station and ran to Castle Douglas. A Single track remains
in situ between Dumfries and Cargenbridge only today. The line was double-track,
although opened as single track and doubled as traffic levels increased.
An entry for Dumfries station is on the Glasgow,
Dumfries and Carlisle Railway page.
The photograph to the right shows the closed
station at Maxwelltown, looking west. A number of out of use oil sidings remain
at Maxwelltown and are not visible but to the right of this photograph.
When the line from Stranraer to Dumfries via
Castle Douglas was closed, the section between Dumfries and Cargenbridge was
retained for ICI Cargenbridge. This service has now been withdrawn and the sidings
lifted. The track remains intact between Cargenbridge and Dumfries. There is
a possibility of preservation of this section.
The photograph shows the remaining cutting
at Lochanhead. I have not been able to locate any trace of the platforms. A
buildings remain to the south of the site by the main road. The photogaph is
taken from the Lochfoot road bridge and looks west.
This station has been converted into a house.
A platform remains intact. The photograph is taken from the old level crossing
This station is now a caravan site. The platforms
have been infilled but a small section, in front of the station building, remains
intact. The photograph looks west.
This station is accessable by a rutted dirt
road. The station site is heavily overgrown and wet, as are the remains of various
munitions factories (dating from the war) which were to the north of the railway
to the west of the station. The factory had its own rail network. The photograph
looks east along the overgrown platforms from the level crossing.
The site of the station is now an area of rough
ground. Some of the platform remains can be found and the area of the former
goods yard can still be discerned. It is unlikely that this large open space
will not be redeveloped at some stage.
The station was closed early in the line's
history when the track here was doubled. There was a siding here.
Castle Douglas was originally a terminus but
became a junction between the routes to Stranraer
The station had two through main platforms
and an extensive goods yard at the east end. There were lines round the eastbound
platform making that one an island but these were lifted long before closure.
These are likely to have been a frieght bypass and platform for Kirkcudbright
trains. The overbridge to the west was once far larger as the junction was hard
by the station - the Stranraer
routes were separated and crossed by the bridge. The Kirkcudbright branch trains
could nearly have cleared the westbound track as the westbound platform extended
down the branch - somewhat akin to the layout at Stanley Junction (north of
Perth) for the Inverness bound trains. At some date the junction was moved west
of the road overbridge.
The station site has been demolished and landscaped,
part of the site being occupied by a car show-room. Some of the road overbridge
to the west of the site remains. Some of the goods yard remains - there is a
loading bank, cattle-shed and goods shed remain intact as part of an industrial
Ordnance Survey Grid References
1. NX.977.765 DUMFRIES STATION (0 Miles)
2. NX.976.770 Dumfries Junction [Maxwelltown Goods Junction]
3. NX.955.764 MAXWELLTOWN ( 1 3/4 Miles)
4. NX.946.750 End of existing track
5. NX.945.746 Cargenbridge reversing spur [Lifted]
6. NX.953.746 End of Cargenbridge sidings [Lifted]
7. NX.915.716 LOCHANHEAD (6 Miles)
8. NX.887.684 KILLYWHAN (8 1/4 Miles)
9. NX.873.664 KIRKGUNZEON (10 1/2 Miles)
10. NX.856.634 SOUTHWICK (12 1/2 Miles)
11. NX.854.634 Southwick Munitions Factory [Closed]
12. NX.833.616 DALBEATTIE (14 3/4 Miles)
13. NX.812.641 BUITTLE
14. NX.767.627 CASTLE DOUGLAS (19 3/4 Miles)
A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain : Volume 6;
The Lowlands and the Borders, John Thomas ISBN 0 946537 12 7
Scottish Railway Walks, M H Ellison ISBN 1 85284 007 2
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