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 2002 between Dumfries and Maxwelltown. 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.
11/03/1861[Portpatrick Railway]
Stranraer Town to Castle Douglas ([Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]) formally opened.
  /  /1863[Portpatrick Railway]
The [Caledonian Railway]s [Dumfries Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway] is opened giving the company access to Dumfries. In response the [Portpatrick Railway] applies for running powers over the [Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway] to Dumfries and the [Caledonian Railway] negotiates running the [Portpatrick Railway], which the [Glasgow and South Western Railway] had considered was within its territory.
17/02/1864[Kirkcudbright Railway]
Opened from Castle Douglas ([Portpatrick Railway] and [Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]) to Kirkcudbright.
  /  /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.
14/06/1965Portpatrick 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
14/06/1965[Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway]
Cargenbridge (excluded) to Castle Douglas closed completely.
  /  /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 Central - Carlisle train north of Dumfries passing the junction with the former Port Road to Stranraer in April 2006. ...
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

This junction was at the north end of Dumfries station and was formed between the 1859 Dumfries and Castle Douglas Railway and the 1863 Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway. To reach the D&CDR the DL&LR crossed the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle (Glasgow and South Western Railway main line) on the level.
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This is an eleven arch double track viaduct; five of 30ft at the east end and six over the river of 50ft at the west end.
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'Jumbo' 57349 crossing the Nith with a Dumfries - Kirkcudbright train in the summer of 1956. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 16/07/1956
Walking the dogs - Dumfries 2006. The arched bridge across the Nith carried the line to Castle Douglas (1859) and later on to Stranraer. Beyond it is ...
John Furnevel 17/04/2006


This was a two platform station to the west of Dumfries. The main station building, of two storeys, was on the northbound (Dumfries bound) platform with a large shelter on the opposite platform. There was no footbridge, there being a road bridge at the north end.
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Shortly after leaving Dumfries northbound, trains on the Port Road to Stranraer turned west and crossed a bridge over Nunholme Road. The remains of ...
John Furnevel 01/09/2009
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


This is a disused double track eight arch viaduct south of the former Maxwelltown station and just north of the former Maxwelltown Factory Siding. Also known as Cargenbridge Viaduct. The viaduct is 276 ft overall and 47 ft high.
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One of the supporting pillars of Garroch viaduct, approximately half a mile west of Maxwelltown on the former Port Road between Dumfries and ...
John Furnevel 30/05/2007
About a mile west of the former Maxwelltown Station is Garroch viaduct. It is closed off and appears to be blocked by an industrial area on the far ...
John Gray 10/04/2010
View west at Garroch Viaduct towards Castle Douglas on 16 March 2010. The viaduct marks the end of the 'Maxwelltown Railway Path', a tarmac surfaced ...
Ken Strachan 16/03/2010
The long closed Garroch viaduct, west of Maxwelltown, in May 2003, looking northwest. ...
John Furnevel 12/05/2003

This was a siding for a Second World War munitions factory opened by the Ministry of supply in 1940. The siding made a trailing connection to the line west of Maxwelltown station and was approached by reversal from the west.
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This is a fine eighteen arch double track viaduct on a curve. It is 1011 ft long overall and 92 ft high.
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Goldielea Viaduct viewed from the south. ...
Ewan Crawford //2004

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. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This was a two platform station to the south of a level crossing. The main station building was on the westbound platform. There was a goods yard on the east side, approached from the south.
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The hamlet of Killywhan, between Dalbeattie and Dumfries, photographed looking east in the autumn of 2009. The old station survives here as converted ...
John Furnevel 01/09/2009
The former station at Killywhan on the Port Road between Dumfries and Castle Douglas (closed to passengers 1959). 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 station building has been refurbished and extended since ...
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
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
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
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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The right bridge is the closed mainline from Dumfries to Stranraer and the left line is part of the internal railway network at Southwick depot. View ...
Ewan Crawford //2004


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.
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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
Photograph taken in part of the large former goods yard at Dalbeattie in May 2007. View is north, showing the west end of the old down platform with ...
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

The original single track timber viaduct was replaced with a girder bridge in 1886. The replacement was built to allow a second track and the line was doubled in 1894.
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Jubilee 45724 Warspite photographed just west of Dalbeattie heading for Dumfries with the up midday 'Paddy' on 16 July 1956. The train ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 16/07/1956
The River Urr flows south through Kirkcudbrightshire towards the Solway Firth a mile west of Dalbeattie on 1 September 2009. Trains on the former ...
John Furnevel 01/09/2009
Surviving columns of Urr Viaduct on the former Dumfries - Stranraer line stand in the River Urr just to the west of Dalbeattie in May 2002. ...
John Furnevel 31/05/2002


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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Looking west over the former junction between the Portpatrick Railway and the Kirkcudbright Railway. ...
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Looking west from the road bridge at the station site - [see image 24070] for a 1973 view. ...
Colin Miller 07/07/2016
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
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