Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and
This line is open, except between Dalry
and Kilmarnock, and a short section in Troon. The line was extended from
Kilmarnock to Old Cumnock to meet a line
approaching from Carlisle. The line formed the core of what was later
to become the Glasgow
and South Western Railway.
the Kilmarnock Branch
Busy day at Falkland Yard.
The line runs through the Ayrshire coalfield
and farming countryside. Between Irvine and Ayr the line runs down the Ayrshire
The line between Ardrossan and Kilwinning and
on to Doura opened before this railway. It replaced tramways and was intended
to be built between Ardrossan and Johnstone to join the Glasgow and Paisley
Canal.The line was not completed and was absorbed by the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock
and Ayr Railway which used the old line as a branch to Ardossan.
Description of route
From Ayr to Paisley with a line from Dalry
to Kilmarnock. A Joint line
with the Glasgow, Paisley and
Greenock Railway continued to Glasgow. The line was extended south from
Kilmarnock to meet the Glasgow, Dumfries
and Carlisle Railway.
Paisley Gilmour Street
This is a four platform station in Paisley.
At the west end of the station was Stoneybrae signalbox, where the Glasgow,
Paisley and Greenock Railway and the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmanrock and Ayr
Railway physically divide having run from Glasgow as the Glasgow
and Paisley Joint Railwa. The Greenock route turns north west and the Kilmarnock
and Ayr route turns south west. The junction between the two lines is actually
to the east of the station at Wallneuk Junction.
Originally the station had two platforms and
a high wooden signal box (and the junction was to the west of the station).
It was re-built as a four platform station and the glazed canopies have more
recently been replaced with less attractive canopies.
Elderslie East Junction ?
(Paisley Canal Line (GSWR))
This was a west facing junction to the immediate east of Elderslie station.
Here the Paisley Canal line joined the main line.
Elderslie West Junction ?
(Bridge of Weir Railway) (Greenock
and Ayrshire Railway)
(Bridge of Weir Railway) (Greenock
and Ayrshire Railway)
A new station has been opened at Howwood. This
station is slightly to the south west of the original Howwood station. The new
one has two platforms and an extensive carpark. The station is a joint effort
with a contractor building houses in the area.
This station was called Lochwinnoch until the
opening of the Kilbarchan Loop, and
the opening of a new station much closer to the town of Lochwinnoch, when it
was renamed Lochside. On closure of that loop, the station became Lochwinnoch
again. Today the station has two platforms and a large carpark.
Glengarnock Junction ?
(Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway)
(Kilbarchan Loop (GSWR))
The line was quadruple track between Brownhill Junction and Kilwinning with
a branch to coal mines at Swinlees.
Roche Chemical Works
This works is served by a branch which joins the main line at a north facing
junction. The works keeps a shunter of its own.
The station had four platforms (two island
platforms), but has been re-built and now has two.
Just to the north and east of the station were
the Blair Iron works which had rail access.
This was the junction between the lines from
Glasgow to Kilmarnock and Ayr. The line from here to Kilmanrock is closed and
lifted. Part of a water tank plinth remains.
Kilwinning Junction ?
Bogside Race Course
Kilmarnock Line)(A few disconnected sidings remain to the south of the stat)
(The branch has now been lifted but a few operation sidings remain near its starting
(Kilmarnock and Troon Railway)
(Also known as Troon Goods)
(Close to the original Monkton)
Monkton South Junction?
Prestwick North Junction?
This is a north facing junction with many sidings,
called Falkland Yard, on either side of the former Ayr
and Dalmellington Railway which continues south to the present Ayr station
and on to Stranraer. The sidings here are busy with coal traffic, much of it
working to the harbour, and other trip workings. This is a north facing junction.
To the south lines ran to the harbour (still open), to Ayr (Old) (closed) and
to the present Ayr station (formerly Ayr Townhead).
Ayr Harbour Junction
Sidings still run to Ayr Harbour from Falkland
Yard. The course of these sidings, in the harbour, was at one time followed
by one of the Ayr Waggonways on its approach to the habour. Today the harbour
is approached from Falkland Yard (a north facing junction) and from Newton Junction
with the former Ayr
and Dalmellington Railway, just south of Newton-on-Ayr station. These two
approaches meet at Ayr Harbour Junction and run to a quayside (in use for coal)
and scrapyard (out of use). The connection from Newton Junction to Ayr Harbour
Junction once crossed the line running south to Ayr (Old) on the level.
This was the original terminus in Ayr. It was
replaced by Ayr Townhead on its expansion. Little remains of the station today.
To the south the line was extended on a bridge over the river to a quayside
in the south of Ayr Harbour. The piers of this bridge remain.
After closure as a passenger station the old
Ayr station became a goods yard.
Ayr Harbour South
Nothing remains of this quayside line to the
south of the river except the pier of the bridge by which it swept, on a curve,
over the river from Ayr (Old) station.
Dalry Junction to Kilmarnock
This station had four platforms, two platforms
on either side of the lines to Dalry and Irvine. Both routes are closed and
the station site is partly landscaped although the goods shed still stood on
my last visit. The station served a small number of nearby houses and farms.
This south east facing junction between the
Irvine and Kilmarnock
Line and the main-line was just to the south east of Crosshouse station.
Slightly further south east from the former junction is a buffer stop on a very
long, and poor condition, siding which runs out from Kilmarnock.
Kilmarnock North Junction ?
(Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway)
To the north of Kilmarnock station was a junction
for the lines to Troon and Barrhead. Both of these lines remain open, but the
original main line between here and Dalry is closed and lifted. The line from
here running to Troon is a newer connecting line that the original Kilmarnock
and Troon Railway which is met by the newer line a little to the west.
The original terminus building of the line
still stood at the north of the station in the late 1980s, to the west of the railway. To the
south of the station the line crosses a large viaduct. The station had sixplatforms;
two bays at the north end (still in use) a bay at the south end (disused) a
main northbound platform, a main southbound platform on an island with a further
platform on the other side. Between the two main platforms there were four tracks
(the northbound non-stop line has now been lifted, but the southbound one remains).
Kay Park Junction
(Riccarton line (Glasgow and South
(Darvel Branch (Glasgow and South Western
This station was at the junction of the original
Kilmarnock-Cumnock alignment and the later Ayr
and Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway) which met it at
a south-east facing junction. The station was also the terminus for the trains
to Catrine down the short branch to that town.
(Catrine Branch (Glasgow and South Western
(Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South
(Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway)
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