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Glasgow and South Western Railway

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Glasgow and South Western Railway

This line ran between Glasgow, Paisley, Ardrossan, Ayr, Kilmarnock, Dumfries  and Carlisle. Later additions include Greenock, Stranraer and Girvan. The company was formed by an amalgamation of the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway and the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway. The new company went on to purchase and fund many more lines. It was also known known as the "Sou' Western".

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Clickable map of the Glasgow and South Western Railway Irvine and Kilmarnock Line

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This line ran through mostly farmland but served a considerable number coalmines in the Ayrshire area.



Description of route 


This line served Ayrshire and the Firth of Clyde ports. The mainline ran from Glasgow to Kilmarnock and on to Carlisle. The company also owned a steamer fleet operating passenger, goods and mail services on the Firth of Clyde.

Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford