Ayr and Dalmellington Railway

Introduction

This line is open for freight between Dalrymple Junction and Chalmerston near Dalmellington. Currently there is no traffic (2018). A section was re-opened from Holehouse Junction to the Broomhill Loading Pad (opencase) site, but has been uplifted. The line also includes the section from Falkland Junction in the north of Ayr through the new Ayr station to Dalrymple Junction, still in use for passengers and freight for Stranraer.

A short portion of this line, the Ayrshire and Galloway Railway was built in isolation for the Dalmellington Iron Works before the rest of the line. This company was intended to build a line along a similar route to the Ayr and Dalmellington Railway but collapsed with only the middle portion built by the Houldsworths, owners of the iron works.



Dates

  /  /1840Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Originally promoted as the Ayrshire and Galloway Railway it was to run from Ayr to Dalmellington and on to Castle Douglas to join the British and Irish Grand Junction Railway, which later was opened as the Portpatrick Railway.
04/08/1853Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Authorised from Ayr (Falkland Junction) to Dalmellington. This incarnation of the line was closely associated with the Houldsworth family's Dalmellington Iron Works at Waterside and associated coal mines.
15/05/1856Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Opened for goods.
07/08/1856Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Opened for passengers also. Station at Ayr Townhead opened (temporary first version), Glasgow trains continue to use the old station.
01/07/1857Glasgow, Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr RailwayAyr and Dalmellington Railway
Ayr Townhead becomes the main station in Ayr, Ayr [1st] is closed except for goods traffic.
01/08/1858Ayr and Dalmellington RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
Ayr and Dalmellington Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1878Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Ayr Shed [2nd] opened in triangle of lines to the south of Newton-on-Ayr station. Possibly 1879.
06/04/1964Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Dalmellington to Ayr (Dalrymple Junction) closed to passengers.
06/07/1964Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Dalmellington to Cutler Sidings (excluded) closed to freight.
  /  /1970Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Ayr MPD rebuilt.
  /03/1980Ayr and Dalmellington RailwayBairds and Dalmellington Limited
Last train, preserved locomotive and wagons, runs from Cutler Sidings to Minnivey Nos 4,5. Cutler Sidings (excluded) to Minnivey Nos 4,5 (excluded) closed and lifted.
  /12/1986Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Loading of opencast coal at Dunaskin Central Washer from Benbain Open Cast ceases. Dalrymple Junction to Cutler Sidings closed. Track not lifted. Dunaskin Central Washer officially closes in 1988.
  /  /1988Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Line re-opened to freight from Dalrymple Junction to Dunaskin Central Washer. Cutler Sidings lifted.
18/07/1998Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway) Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Holehouse Junction to Broomhill Loading Pad, for the opencast just to the south, re-opened.
  /09/2002Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Bus interchanged planned for Ayr station.
  /08/2011Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Ayr MPD closed with locomotives stabled outdoors at Falkland Yard, east side, in the wagon maintenance sidings.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Ayr to Waterside

This junction is to the north of Newton-on-Ayr station. Today it is where the lines of Falkland Yard fan out on either side of the line, particularly to the west on the approach to Ayr Harbour.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Falkland Yard and Ayr Harbour (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Fairburn tank 42694 approaching Falkland Junction from the north with a Glasgow - Stranraer boat train in the summer of 1959. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/07/1959
A summer Saturday relief working to Ayr passing Falkland Junction on 4 July 1959. Locomotive in charge is Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45707 Valiant. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/07/1959
Horwich Mogul 42879 runs through Falkland Junction on 4 July 1959 with a Glasgow - Ayr train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/07/1959
The gardens of Oswald Road form the backdrop as a Kilmarnock - Ayr train approaches Falkland Junction on 4 July 1959. Hurlford shed^s class 2P 4-4-0 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/07/1959
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This yard is in the north of Ayr, directly north of Newton-on-Ayr station. The yard is largely associated with the operation of Ayr Harbour for coal export and the various Ayrshire coal loading points. With the demise of Scottish Coal (April 2013) and the reduced demand for coal for power stations the yard is now very under used.
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Falkland Yard and Ayr Harbour (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
D2438 shunting in the east sidings at Falkland yard. ...
Bill Hamilton /07/1961
Massed ranks of redundant HAA coal hoppers at Falkland Yard, Ayr, on 19th March 2010. ...
David Spaven 19/03/2010
Brand new diesel locomotive D446 (Vulcan Foundry, November 1968) arriving in Falkland Yard, Ayr, on 2 December 1968 with a goods train from Polmadie ...
Bill Hamilton 02/12/1968
EWS 66034 stands in Falkland yard with a train of coal hoppers on 4 August 2008.
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Colin Miller 04/08/2008
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This is a two platform in the Newton area of Ayr, to the north of the River Ayr. The station is to the south of Falkland Yard and just north of Newton Junction.
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A northbound 380 draws to a pause at Newton-on-Ayr, its first stop on the way to Glasgow. ...
Ewan Crawford 07/09/2017
Southbound train pausing at Newton-on-Ayr. The almost entirely bricked up building on up platform continues to stand. ...
Ewan Crawford 07/09/2017
View south at Newton-on-Ayr on 2 September as 318 255 arrives with an Ayr - Glasgow Central service. ...
David Panton 02/09/2009
One of the few services operating out of Ayr on 31 August 2018 due to the structural issues with the Station Hotel in Ayr, is seen approaching ...
John McIntyre 31/08/2018
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This 1870 junction was south of Newton-on-Ayr station (1886). Four lines meet here, the main Glasgow to Ayr railway and branches to Ayr Harbour and Mauchline on the main line to Carlisle.
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Falkland Yard and Ayr Harbour (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ayr and Mauchline Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
45125 and 60088 Book Law pass under Tam^s Brig with signal box in background heading for Ayr shed. ...
Bill Hamilton 03/10/2018
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This shed was located with the triangle of lines south of Newton-on-Ayr and north of Ayr.
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Ayr MPD, closed, viewed from the south. ...
Ewan Crawford 07/09/2017
I went to see the remainsĀ - there are none - of 67C Ayr MPD. This view looks north on 16th November 2019. ...
Colin Miller 16/11/2019
Happy New Year, but not for 67C. Once the DMU south extension was removed, the demolishers have moved into the main sandstone-built shed. This view ...
Colin Miller 04/01/2019
A general view of the old 67C Ayr MPD, and the yard, as demolition of the shed continued on 4th January 2019.
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Colin Miller 04/01/2019
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This was the 1870 junction between the main line from Glasgow and the line from Mauchline, giving both lines access to Ayr. It was a double track curve. The signal box, opened with the junction, was on the east side of the junction, just north of Hawkhill Avenue. The box was replaced with a larger box on a similar site.
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Ayr and Mauchline Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
42879 with a Kilmarnock-Ayr local train passes Ayr shed at Hawkhill Junction. 1960. ...
Bill Hamilton //1960
73152 with the SO Newcastle to Stranraer train at Hawkhill Junction in the early 1960s. ...
Bill Hamilton //
72007 Clan MacKintosh proceeding from Ayr station to Ayr shed via Newton Junction with Hawkhill Signalbox in background. This view taken in ...
Bill Hamilton //1961
44798 with a Glasgow St Enoch to Ayr train approaches Hawkhill Junction while a Standard 5 with the SO train from Dumfries to Ayr waits on the curve ...
Bill Hamilton //
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This is a double track masonry four arch viaduct which crosses the River Ayr, also known as River Ayr Viaduct. The viaduct is around 320 ft long.
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A Class 380 EMU crosses the Ayr Viaduct on 28th October 2019. ...
Colin Miller 28/10/2019
318263 crosses the River Ayr on 3 July 2010 shortly after leaving Ayr station at the start of its journey to Glasgow Central. ...
John McIntyre 03/07/2010
156449 crossing the River Ayr on the approach to Ayr station with the 11.42 to Stranraer in July 2012. For the same scene in the 1970s see image ...
Bill Roberton 19/07/2012
Fairburn tank 42195 crossing the River Ayr on 28 March 1959 with a train from Glasgow. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
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This station was immediately south of the Ayr Viaduct over the River Ayr and north of the Kyle Street bridge. This was a two platform station on the Ayr and Dalmellington Railway.
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This station has four platforms - two through platforms on the route to Stranraer and two bays for traffic to the north.
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156495, on the 15.05 Sunday service to Stranraer, at Ayr on 27th September 2020.
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Colin Miller 27/09/2020
The new staff accommodation building on the east side of Ayr station, seen on 27th September 2020. This will provide staff with a fully functioning ...
Colin Miller 27/09/2020
The 11.31 to Stranraer about to depart as the terminated train prepares to run out to the turn back - It will form the 12.26 to Girvan on 23rd January ...
Colin Miller 23/01/2020
A Crab 2-6-0 at the headshunts south of Ayr station on 25 July 1960 with a down freight. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/07/1960
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On the west side of the line and south of Ayr station is Townhead depot, where the electric trains operating to Glasgow Central are stabled.
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Townhead Carriage SDidings on 2nd May 2020, photographed during a daily permitted exercise walk. Have they been ^furloughed^ or does a further call ...
Colin Miller 02/05/2020
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This level crossing is south of Ayr. The double track line south to Dalrymple Junction crosses Belmont Road on the level.
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Horwich Mogul 42745 passing Belmont level crossing, south of Ayr station, on 6 August 1960. The train is a summer Saturday Heads of Ayr - Newcastle ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/08/1960
One of Ayr shed^s Crab 2-6-0s no 42917 climbing towards Belmont Road level crossing to the south of the town on 6 August 1960. The lengthy ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/08/1960
The 11.34 to Stranraer (service reduced to two trains each way per day) was formed by a 156 Sprinter on 17th April 2020, seen passing Belmont Level ...
Colin Miller 17/04/2020
Ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 57633 near Belmont level crossing, Ayr, in the summer of 1960, climbing with an up Girvan goods. [Ref query 603]. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/08/1960
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Black 5 no 45489 seen near Alloway Junction on 25 July 1960 with a down Stranraer boat express. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/07/1960
Horwich Mogul 42809 passing Alloway Junction on 15 August 1959 with a Girvan goods. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1959
Nibbling has now started on the old M&D embankment north of the Maybole Road in Ayr to allow a new roundabout on the A77. See image 50406. ...
Colin Miller 29/03/2015
The MDLR trackbed between the hedges looking west from Dunure Road on the south side of Ayr on a murky 26 December 2014. Sustrans is said to be ...
Colin Miller 26/12/2014
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This signal box was south of Alloway Junction, Ayr. It controlled access to Glengall Siding. This was the siding for Ailsa Hospital, originally the ^District Lunatic Asylum (Ayr)^. The siding was reached via a headshunt which made a trailing connection to the southbound line.
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The railway is double track from Dalrymple Junction north to Ayr. Both the lines to Girvan and Waterside are single track. The single track lines meet and the line doubles to the north of the junction.
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Ayr and Maybole Railway
Class 2P 4-4-0 40595 photographed at Dalrymple Junction on 6 August 1960 with a Dalmellington - Ayr train. [Ref query 2625] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/08/1960
While his colleagues work to the north of Dalrymple Junction on the double track section this gentleman looks after their safety from a farm access ...
Ewan Crawford /12/1993
Glasgow - Stranraer express approaching Dalrymple Junction. 5X 4.6.0 5636 Uganda. Raeburn and Webb on Footplate. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow /09/1940
A Park Royal Railbus passing south through Dalrymple Junction on 6 August 1960 on its way from Kilmarnock to Dalmellington. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/08/1960
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This was a short lived four platform interchange station just south of Dalrymple Junction. The platforms were short.
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Ayr and Maybole Railway
Scene at Dalrymple Junction on 5 August 1960. The line from Dalmellington is on the left, with the Stranraer line to the right, from which Black 5 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/08/1960
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This is an impressive viaduct. It is a single track, sixteen arch viaduct crossing over the Purclewan Burn (or, more particularly, the low land on either side).
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Fairburn tank 42131 brings a train for Dalmellington over Burnton Viaduct on 28 March 1959. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
BR Standard class 3MT 2-6-0 77017 crossing Burnton Viaduct on 28 March 1959 with a Dalmellington - Ayr train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
Built as part of the Ayr and Dalmellington Railway, this viaduct now only carries the railway from Dalrymple Junction to Chalmerston Opencast Mine for ...
John Gray 29/04/2014
A lengthy coal train from Waterside crossing Burnton Viaduct en route to Ayr Harbour following a snowfall in the winter of 1971. ...
John Furnevel 01/12/1971
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This junction was a little east of Burnton Viaduct. The main line from Ayr to Dalmellington was single track and the branch to Coylton was also single track. The Coylton Branch (Dalmellington Iron Company) route was approached from the east and turned north, passing through Potterston Junction Loop to run north east by Martnaham Loch to Coylton.
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Coylton Branch (Dalmellington Iron Company)


This single platform station opened to passengers and goods in 1856. The platform was on the north side of the single track. There was a goods yard at the east end of the station, on the north and south sides of the line, approached from the east.
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2P 4-4-0 40574 takes a train through the cutting near Hollybush on 28 March 1959 on its way from Dalmellington to Ayr. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
A train for Dalmellington passing Hollybush on 28 March 1959 behind 2P 4-4-0 40574. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
BR standard Mogul 77017 arriving at Hollybush station on 28 March 1959 with a train from Dalmellington heading for Ayr. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
Near Hollybush. ...
G W Robin //
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This was an interchange platform with two faces in the ^V^ of Holehouse Junction. The 1856 line from Ayr to Dalmellington was met by a 1872 branch from Belston Junction via Rankinston giving it access towards Dalmellington and particularly the Dalmellington Iron Works at Waterside. Both lines were single track.
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Ayr and Cumnock Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Scene on the Ayr & Dalmellington route in the spring of 1959 showing Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42131 with a train on Holehouse curve. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
Fairburn tank 42131 about to run south through Holehouse Junction on 28 March 1959 on its way to Dalmellington. The train is passing the site of the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
Looking north at Holehouse Junction, Ayrshire, on 16 July 1998 with the Broomhill siding diverging to the right. The former station (closed 1950) ...
Bill Roberton 16/07/1998
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Junction for the Downieston No 1 pit and ng to Carnochan No 1 - reached by timber bridge. ...

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The original Patna station was directly south of the Downieston bridge. There was a short platform on the west side of the line with a building. There was a signal box at the north end of the platform.
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Fairburn 2-6-4T 42131 photographed approaching Patna, Ayrshire, in 1959 with a train for Dalmellington. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
A Waterside - Ayr harbour coal train in Ayrshire snow near Patna in December 1971. ...
John Furnevel 01/12/1971
A coal train just north of Patna, East Ayrshire, in the winter of 1971 on its way from Waterside to Ayr Harbour. The village of Polnessan stands in ...
John Furnevel 01/12/1971
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This replaced the original Patna [1st] station, with the platform moving from directly south of the Downieston bridge to south of the goods shed. There was a single platform on the west side of the line. What had been a siding on the west side of the line was looped at the south end and the platform opened alongside. This gave the station a goods bypass.
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Looking south to the former Patna station, and surviving goods shed, from the A713 in 1988.
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Bill Roberton //1988
View south over the site of Patna station in 1996 showing the former goods shed. ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
A class 25 with coal train from Waterside passing Patna in 1973 on its way to Ayr Harbour. [Ref query 24994] ...
Bill Roberton //1973
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Coal mine, 70 fathoms deep. Retained for pumping after closure - date of closure unknown and date of pumping ceasing assumed. ...

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Waterside to Sillyhole

This portion was the only portion of the failed Ayrshire and Galloway Railway to open, it served the Dalmellington Iron Works. It opened in isolation and was later reached and extended by the Ayr and Dalmellington Railway.




Sillyhole to Dalmellington



This was the terminus of the line from Ayr. The station was laid out with a goods yard on the west side, passenger station in the middle and locomotive shed to the east, with turntable. The locomotive shed was probably originally the goods shed. The signal box (1884) was on the east side of the station throat.
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2P 4-4-0 40574 awaiting departure time from Dalmellington on 28 March 1959. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
Fairburn tank 42131 preparing to take a train away from Dalmellington in March 1959. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
2P 4-4-0 40574 arriving at Dalmellington on 28 March 1959 with a train from Ayr. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
A Fairburn 2-6-4T running tender first approaching Dalmellington station on 28 March 1959 with a train from Ayr. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
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