New Cumnock Waggonway
This line is partly open. A section
between Creoch Junction and Greenburn is due for re-instatement.
Clickable Schematic of route
This line runs from west of the town
of New Cumnock to Knockshinnoch in an area which has seen extensive mining.
The line extended west from farmland into high moor. The road from New Cumnock
to Dalmellington formerly was bordered by a series of mining towns as far west
as Burnfoot. These have mostly disappeared.
To the south of Bank was the New Cumnock Ironworks
which was established at the beginning of the industrial revolution. The area,
and much of the land to the west of New Cumnock, has been opencast mined for
coal. The land remaining intact is farmland.
Description of route
The waggonway was built from
the New Cumnock Ironworks, to the south of Bank, westwards to a number of coal
and ironstone mines.
A branch was built from the Glasgow,
Dumfries and Carlisle Railway which replaced the waggonway. The branch was
to the extended west as far as the Beoch mines above Dalmellington. This line
had two inclines planes on its route. Two shorter branches were to run from
Creoch Junction westwards to Greenburn. By the 1950s the line between Burnfoot
and Beoch had been long closed (probably when the ironstone was worked out).
A cable hauled line had been opened from Pennyvenie
Colliery to Beoch.
Today the line remains open between Bank Junction
and Knockshinnoch Washery (formerly Knoockshinnoch Castle Colliery). A line
is being re-opened between Creoch Junction and Greenburn to serve and opencast
It is interesting to note that were all lines
still open to their maximum extent it would be possible to travel by freight
railways from New Cumnock to Waterside via Beoch (there would be a short walk
here) rather than the better known route via Rankinston.
Page created on 16/04/2003
Page last edited on: 01/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford