(Glasgow and South Western Railway)
This line is open. The station at Largs,
which was demolished by a run-away train, has been re-built.
Largs, before the goods-shed was demolished.
This line runs down the coast of the First
of Clyde from Largs to Ardrossan. Largs, Fairlie and West Kilbride are small
coastal towns with summer tourists. Ardrossan is more of a working town with
ferries to Arran, the Isle of Man and former industry such as a Bitumen works.
Largs has a ferry to the Great Cumbrae.
The line was opened after the Ardrossan
Railway by the Glasgow
and South Western Railway.
Description of route
The line, formerly double track throughout,
runs from Largs to Ardrossan. The line runs single track from Largs to Hunterston
Junction. From Hunterston Junction to Saltcoats the former northbound track
is used by passenger trains to and from Largs and northbound freight trains,
the former southbound track only used by southbound freight trains from the
Hunterston terminal. There is a depot for Nuclear Flasks at Fairlie.
The Largs Branch joined the Ardrossan
Railway at a west facing junction just east of Ardrossan Town station. The
line from here to Parkhouse Junction is lifted.
Here the Largs Branch joins the Ardrossan
Railway at an east facing junction just west of Ardrossan South Beach station.
Here there was also a link to Ardossan Motive Power Depot now closed. A reversing
spur runs out to the location of the depot.
Ardrossan Motive Power Depot
This steam depot is closed. It was within the
triangle of lines between Castlehill, Holm and Parkhouse Junction and was approached
from Parkhouse and Holm junctions.
Two forks, one from Castlehill Junction (lifted)
and one from Holm Junction joined here at a north facing junction. There was
also a connection to Ardrossan Motive Power Depot.
This station is still open. The station building
still stands. There was a very tall signalbox at the north end of the station.
There was a goods yard to the north of the station and west of the line, served
by a junction with the main line which faced north. The southbound platform
has been removed and the former northbound platform is served by trains in both
direction. The other track is used by trains from the Hunterston terminal.
Hunterston Ore Terminal
This terminal has both a high and low level.
Both are served by railways from Hunterston Junction to the south of the site.
One line climbs slightly to the east above the main line to the Hunterston Ore
Terminal bunkers. This was operated in connection with the Ravenscraig
Steelworks and actually had two bunkers; one for coal and one for ore. The
low level line drops to the west of the main line to the former Ore Reduction
Plant sidings. The plant has been dismantled and sold abroad since the closure
of the terminal to steelworks traffic.
The terminal is now in use as a coal import
This station is still open. It was previosly
called Fairlie High. The size of the tunnel to the north of this station may
be the cause for the singling of the line from Hunterston Junction to Largs.
Note: Fairlie Low
No evidence can be found for a station at the north end of Fairlie Tunnel.
This was a terminus (from a south facing junction
on the main line) and a pier for ferries. There was a locomotive shed here.
Formerly an MOD pier just to the north was rail served. Sheds and the pier still stand and rails are embedded into hard standing, but the lines are no longer connected to the Largs Branch.
Station overall roof destroyed (and subsequently
removed) by train crash.
Page created on 20/01/1998
Page last edited on: 17/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford