Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
This line is open. This was a joint line
owned by the Caledonian
Railway and Glasgow
and South Western Railway. The line was joint as the Caledonian wanted
to extend its Glasgow
Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway to Kilmarnock and the South Western
wanted to build a more direct line from Kilmarnock to Glasgow. The Glasgow
Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway was
taken into joint ownership and along with the Glasgow and Kilmarnrock
Joint Railway it became the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway,
GB & K Jnt or GBK.
The line included a branch to Beith from
Lugton, now cut back to RNAD Beith (at Giffen). This branch is now in
The line has been singled between
Barrhead and Kilmarnock except for a passing loop at the closed Lugton
station. Railtrack have considered
a 'dynamic loop' somewhere on the line to increase capacity.
the Beith branch
This line runs through farmland to the south
of Glasgow, the small towns of Dunlop, Stewarton and Kilmaurs to Kilmarnock.
This line was built jointly by the Caledonian
Railway and the Glasgow
and South Western Railway. The two companies intending building parallel
routes between Glasgow and Kilmarnock via Barrhead.
Description of route
Formerly a double track railway from Glasgow
to Kilmarnock. The line has been singled. There is a semaphore signaled
loop at lugton.
This was the southern terminus of the Glasgow
Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway. When the line was extended south to
Kilmarnock the station here had two platforms. The station was also known as
Crofthead and Neilston Joint. The station buildings have been demolished.
This was a two platform station. The station
building remains in use as a house but the platforms are gone.
Lugton North Junction ?
This was a south facing junction to the north
of Lugton station which gave access to the Lanarkshire
and Ayrshire Railway. This would have allowed Caledonian
Railway trains to run between Glasgow and Kilmarnock on their own metals
until Lugton where they could change over to joint owned track to Kilmarnock.
This connection was also used before the Lugton East section of the Lanarkshire
and Ayrshire Railway was opened.
This was a large station with two platforms.
The signalbox remains open here and there is a passing loop, on what is now
a single track line from Barrhead to Kilmarnock, signaled with semaphore. Formerly
there was a large goods yard and refuge sidings here to the north of the station,
the line being double track. There is a siding here used by William Clegg.
Lugton South Junction ?
This is a north facing junction. To the north
lines run to Barrhead and Glasgow, to the south lines run westwards to Giffen
and formerly Beith and Ardrossan, and south to Kilmarnock. Then Giffen line
is in place but closed.
This was a junction with the Caledonian
Railway's Lanarkshire and
Ayrshire Railway. The junction faced north and gave access to the line from
here to Ardrossan before the Giffen to Lugton, Neilston, Cathcart and Newton
section was opened.
This station has been demolished. On my last
visit the site was ploughed through with a short section of platform remaining,
perhaps in preparation for a housing estate. The station had a single platform.
This was the terminus of a branch from Lugton.
The station had a single platform with passing loop and goods yard. To the south
of the site was an engine shed, located to the west side of the line. The site
is now a housing estate.
This was a two platform station. The goods
yard remains standing.
This was a two platform station. Both platforms
remain in a fair state of repair.
This was a two platform station. It was re-opened
in the 1980s as a single platform station. To the south of the station there
was a rail-served dairy.
This junction is just to the north of Kilmarnock
station. Here the line from Barrhead joined the Glasgow,
Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway and the Kilmarnock
and Troon Railway at a south facing junction.
Page created on 11/03/1997
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford