Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. The line was built between Dumfries (Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway) and Castle Douglas. Castle Douglas became a junction for Stranraer (via the Portpatrick Railway) and Kirkcudbright (via the Kirkcudbright Railway). A short section of the line remained until the late 1990s between Dumfries and Cargenbridge. ScotRail provide passenger services from Dumfries to Glasgow and Carlisle.






Dates

  /  /1856[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1859[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
Goldilea viaduct built by John Miller (Junior).
07/11/1859[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
Line opened. Operated by the [Glasgow and South Western Railway]. The line was later doubled throughout.
  /  /1865[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway. (Alternative date 1885).
  /  /1894[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
Buittle station closed on doubling of line between Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas.
  /  /1965[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
Troop trains for Northern Ireland make use of the line. These ran from Woodburn to Stranraer.
14/06/1965[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
Cargenbridge (excluded) to Castle Douglas closed completely.
14/06/1965Portpatrick RailwayCastle Douglas and Dumfries Railway
Challoch Junction to Dumfries closed to passengers. Glenluce, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart, Creetown, Gatehouse of Fleet, New Galloway, Parton and Crossmichael closed. The 'Paddy' is diverted via Mauchline and the former Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway.
14/06/1965[Portpatrick Railway]
[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
Challoch Junction to Cargenden/Drongan (excluded) closed to all traffic
  /  /1967[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
Track lifting begins.
  /  /1968[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
Track lifting completed.
  /  /1990[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
Dumfries to Cargenbridge closed. The line was left in place except for sidings at Cargenbridge.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This junction is just to the north of Dumfries station and the Edinburgh Road Bridge.
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Novel little sign in Dumfries in the shadow of the closed Maxwelltown branch (formerly the Port Road) off the Nith Line. Tom Train refers to a certain ...
Brian Smith 18/03/2016
EWS 66235 passing Maxwelltown Goods Junction on the northern approach to Dumfries in April 2006 with a coal train from Killoch bound for Drax power ...
John Furnevel 17/04/2006
A Glasgow - Carlisle train passing the former junction with the Stranraer line north of Dumfries station in November 2005. The short branch serving ...
John Furnevel 10/11/2005
A Glasgow Central - Carlisle train north of Dumfries passing the junction with the former Port Road to Stranraer in April 2006. ...
John Furnevel 17/04/2006

This was a two platform station to the west of Dumfries. There was a goods yard, on the west side and approached from the south, which survived as an oil depot after closure of the 'Port Road' west to Stranraer. ...

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Road approach to the former Maxwelltown station in 2017. The station, now a private residence, closed to passengers in 1939. The old station yard off ...
Ross Wilson 26/05/2017
The Port Road looking west through Maxwelltown towards Stranraer in May 2003, with the line having reverted to nature. Part of the fuel distribution ...
John Furnevel 27/05/2003
A snowy scene on the Maxwelltown Railway Path on 8 January 2010. ...
Brian Smith 08/01/2010
The tallish building in the centre of the picture was Maxwelltown Station and is now a house surrounded by more modern counterparts. The trackbed to ...
John Gray 10/04/2010


This was a two platform station with the east end located in a cutting on the approach to an overbridge. The main station building was on the westbound platform and there was a goods yard at the west end, south of the line, approached from the west.
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Looking west over the former Lochanhead station. ...
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This was a two platform station to the west of a level crossing. The main station building was on the westbound platform. There was a goods yard on the south side, approached from the west.
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The former station at Killywhan on the Port Road between Dumfries and Castle Douglas (closed to passengers 1950). Photographed on 1 September 2009 ...
John Furnevel 01/09/2009
The closed Killywhan station viewed from the east. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Looking south across fields towards the former Killywhan station in November 2005. The site of the level crossing is by the metal gate at the end of ...
John Furnevel 09/11/2005
Looking west along the remaining section of platform at Killywhan on a cold and frosty morning in November 2005. View from the site of the old level ...
John Furnevel 09/11/2005


This was a two platform station. The goods yard was on the east side, approached from the north, or by reversal from a spur from the south. The main station building was on the westbound platform.
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Black 5 45163 passing Kirkgunzeon on 16 July 1956 with the down 'Midday Paddy'. [Ref query 263] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 16/07/1956
A cold and frosty November morning at Kirkgunzeon, between Dumfries and Dalbeattie, in 2005. View is south east, with part of the platform still ...
John Furnevel 09/11/2005
The former Kirkgunzeon station, ten miles west of Dumfries, looking northwest in November 2005. The trackbed is to the right. ...
John Furnevel 09/11/2005
Kirkgunzeons closed station viewed from the east. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the westbound platform and there was a short siding at the west end, approached from the west.
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Southwick station viewed from the east. ...
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This was a two platform station in the north of Dalbeattie. It had a stone station building on the westbound platform and timber one on the eastbound. There was a generous goods yard at the west end, south of the line, approached from the west. A siding on the north side, west end of the station, served the Dalbeattie Creamery.
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The cut-back remains of Dalbeattie station looking north west from Station Road in the spring of 2007. View over part of the large goods yard once ...
John Furnevel 29/05/2007
Remains at Dalbeattie in May 2007 looking east towards Station Road. The infilled platforms are on the left of the picture, while the goods yard was ...
John Furnevel 29/05/2007
A down train approaching Dalbeattie in the summer of 1956. The train is double headed, with Dumfries shed's Stanier 3P 2-6-2T 40170 piloting Stranraer ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/07/1956
57349 approaching Dalbeattie on 14 July 1956 with a Dumfries - Kirkcudbright train. [Ref query 5666] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/07/1956

This station was also known as Buittle Mill, Buittle Halt and Buittle Mill Halt. It opened shortly after the line. It had a station building on a single platform and a siding. Services were limited calling on Wednesdays only with one train each way.
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The SLS/BLS Scottish Rambler No 2 has just passed through the site of Buittle station (1859-1894), heading west, behind Jubilee 45588 Kashmir. ...
John Robin 15/04/1963

This was a two platform station in the north of Castle Douglas.
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Class 5 4-6-0 45169 approaching Castle Douglas westbound on 14 July 1956 at the head of a Dumfries - Stranraer train. [Ref query 1000] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/07/1956
40170 comes off the Kirkcudbright branch under Ernespie Road bridge and into Castle Douglas station on a wet Monday in July 1956. The train is a ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 16/07/1956
Compound 40920 stands at Castle Douglas on 16 July 1956 with a train for Dumfries. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 16/07/1956
The road overbridge at the west end of the station - all that is visible is part of the main beam - [see image 32313] for 1973. All else is under a ...
Colin Miller 07/07/2016