Dalmellington Iron Company

Introduction

This covers the first phase of development of the Dalmellington Ironworks at Waterside. The site is also known as Dunaskin.

In the lines belong some features are listed which do not belong to the initial period, but were built on these lines during later periods. See individual locations for details.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Drumgrange Incline and Pits

A branch running north from the line west of Waterside which ran up by one incline to Drumgrange No1 and via a second incline to various other iron mines on the plateau. (This was the first version of the inclines, later replaced with the more famous version.)


A tramway connected this ironstone pit to the original Drumgrange incline. Depth unknown.
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Ironstone, 12 fathoms deep. ...

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Ironstone, 12 fathoms deep. ...

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Ironstone, 12 fathoms deep. ...

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Ironstone, 12 fathoms deep. ...

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Coal mine 20 fathoms deep. ...

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Ironstone mine 39 fathoms deep. ...

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Ironstone mine 62 fathoms deep. Opening date unknown - 1854 possibly. ...

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Ironstone, 16 to 20 fathoms deep. ...

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Ironstone pit, 46 fathoms deep.
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Ironstone, depth 59 fathoms. Dates assumed and not known. ...

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Ironstone mine, 42 fathoms deep. ...

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Ironstone mine, 20 fathoms deep. Opening date assumed to be same as no 3. ...

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Iron Works lines and Corbie Crags Incline

Loop off line, on north side, with access to furnace bottoms. Reversing off loop at east end, giving access to furnace tops and, by reversal above furnace tops, access to the Corbie Crags incline giving access to iron mines to the north east.

This station is closed. The station building remains standing.
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Looking back from the cab of Barclay No.17 (1833/1913) towards Waterside loops as it propels a train of side-tipping hoppers towards the tip at the ...
Bill Roberton 01/11/1977
Ex-LMS 2P 4-4-0 40574 leaving Waterside on 28 March 1959 heading for Ayr. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/03/1959
RCTS/SLS RAIL TOUR OF SCOTLAND 21st June 1962

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Jim Currie (Courtesy Stephenson Locomotive Society) 21/06/1962
Time for bed. No.24 climbs up to the engine shed at the end of the shift. On the right is a recently arrived train of empties. May 1974. ...
Bill Roberton /05/1974


Established by Henry Houldsworth (1770-1853) in 1848 at Dunaskin and later served by Waterside station.
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A photo of the head of a coal hammer/pick with the inscriptions DICo and 21, given to me by an engineman at Waterside many years ago. Per David L ...
Bill Roberton 29/08/2016
The former furnacebank at Dalmellington Ironworks. The high level was served by siding for charging the furnaces. Further sidings at the low level ...
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The former Dalmellington Iron Co Company Store, latterly a pub, adjacent to the station, photographed on 4 April 2010. Rail served at one time by a ...
Colin Miller 04/04/2010

The Fireless locomotive hiding at the ARPG's Dunaskin shed on 30 August 2015, unable to run due to a valve problem in the steam system. [See image ...
Colin Miller 30/08/2015
Outside the ARPG's shed at Dunaskin: No. 8, Barclay 0-6-0T in need of a little finishing. ...
Colin Miller 17/07/2016
Inside the shed at the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group 40th Anniversary Open Day on 3 August. Seen here is the Ardrossan Shell Refinery Fireless ...
Colin Miller 03/08/2014
Driver Tom Bruce looks on as Barclay 0-4-0ST No 10 takes on water at Dunaskin on the NCB Waterside system, on 12 August 1975. The view looks to Ayr, ...
Bill Roberton 12/08/1975


This is a single platform station on a loop built alongside the railway running up from Dalrymple Junction to Chalmerston Loading Pad (out of use at present, 2018).
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The last day of the 2018 season at the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group was very busy. Barclay NCB No.10 is seen on the shuttle on the line to ...
Colin Miller 23/09/2018
NCB No.10 negotiates the pointwork at Dunaskin while working shuttles to Chalmerston on 23rd September, the last day of the 2018 operating season ...
Colin Miller 23/09/2018
It's that time of the year again - out comes a shiny No. 10 at ARPG Dunaskin to give trips up and down the line.
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Colin Miller 29/06/2014
The final day of the 2014 season for steam-worked brakevan-trips at Dunaskin on 28 September. ...
John Yellowlees 28/09/2014


Ironstone mine, 40 fathoms deep. ...

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Minnivey Pits

Coal and ironstone mine.
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Coal mine.
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Sillyhole Pits

Coal pits 1 - 5
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Coal and ironstone mine, 97 fathoms deep. ...

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