Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
This line is open. The line forms
part of the Glasgow to Carlisle via Kilmarnock and Dumfries route (the
and South Western Railway or GSW main line) which
is open for both passengers and freight. Passenger services are operated
by ScotRail. The
line is single-track between Annan and Gretna. A new loop at Thornhill
has been opened as the line has seen a major increase in use and its capacity
Passenger train heading north, just south
This line runs through mostly farmland. There
was coal-mining at New Cumnock and Kirkconnel and a large military base between
Dornock and Gretna.
Description of route
This line ran from Horsecleugh by Old Cumnock
to Gretna Junction. (It is alternatively quoted as having run from Closeburn
to Gretna). The company had running powers over the Caledonian
Railway from Gretna Junction to Carlisle.
This was the southern extent of the Glasgow,
Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway. The Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle
Railway extended the former line to Carlisle.
This junction faces north-west. This is the
junction for the Knockshinnoch
washery. There is no signalbox.
This is a former coalmine, now used as a washery.
The bunker is at the end of a single track branch from Bank Junction. Just by
the washery is a level crossing with gates operated by the traincrew. For more
on this branch see the New
Cumnock Waggonway page.
This station was re-opened by Railtrack. It
has a signalbox at the west end and a southbound goods loop and siding.
This is a two platform station with some sidings
and a signalbox at its west end. There was a coalmine bordering the station
to the north of the line at the west end of the station.
The station here was re-opened on the 27th
of June 1994 by Railtrack.
There were sidings here which were used by
the iron mines at Wanlockhead and Leadhills. This was not a station, but the summit of the line.
The station at Carronbridge is closed
ans is now a house.
Thornhill is a closed station with a
passing loop and a signalbox. The southbound loop has recently been opened to
increase traffic paths on this line. The platforms, signalbox and main building
still stand at this closed station. Semaphore signalling is used here.
Portrack Viaduct was recently replaced
with a new viaduct immediately to its east. The old alignment of the approaching
embankment from the south is now part of the gardens of a nearby house and has
a number of art exhibits. A short section of track here has a locomotive on
Cairn Valley Junction
(Cairn Valley Railway
(Glasgow and South Western Railway))
Dumfries station is a large station with buildings
built in red sandstone. The station was re-built and enlarged by the Glasgow
and South Western Railway. The original station had two tracks between teh
platforms, the southbound platform being largely unused, the northbound platform
being mostly used for southbound departures for convenience of the passengers.
After re-building there were three tracks between the two through platforms
- the centre road being used to release engines or store stock.
At the north end of the station was a junction
between the main line and the lines west to Castle Douglas, Stranraer and Portpatrick
Douglas and Dumfries Railway) and east to Lockerbie (Dumfries,
Lochmaben and Lockerbie).
Annan station has two platforms and a glazed
canopy. The goods yard is usually used for track maintenance machines these
days. The signalbox remains open here. To the east of the station the line becomes
single track. This single track section ends at Gretna and causes capacity problems.
Annan Solway Junction?
At Eastriggs there are sidings for a military
depot served from a west facing junction. These sidings are the stub of thr
former military railway which ran east from here through Gretna to Longtown.
This is a new station. Immediately to its east
is the old Gretna Green station where the single track from Annan becomes double.
This single track section causes capacity problems.
Gretna Green (Old)
This junction with the Caledonian
Railway was in Scotland, just to the north of a large viaduct and the Caledonian
Railway's Gretna station. The junction faced south towards Carlisle. Coming
from the south, the line to Dumfries turned from northwards to westwards on
a fairly tight radius.
Page created on 20/01/1998
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford