Falkland Yard and Ayr Harbour (Glasgow and South Western Railway)

Introduction

This yard and improvements to the harbour railways were built after the opening of the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway which originally terminated on the north back of the river and had a short branch over a viaduct to the south bank. The improvements took over facilities which were abandoned by the Ayr Waggonway and greatly improved them.




Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

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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Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr 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
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
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
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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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Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
D2438 shunting in the east sidings at Falkland yard. ...
Bill Hamilton /07/1961
View looking south, in November 2019, across the desolation that was until recently Falkland Yard. 
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Colin Miller 16/11/2019
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
Massed ranks of redundant HAA coal hoppers at Falkland Yard, Ayr, on 19th March 2010. ...
David Spaven 19/03/2010
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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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Ayr and Dalmellington 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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Ayr Wet Dock was opened in 1873. A branch to Ayr Harbour opened from a triangular junction meeting the existing lines at Falkland Junction and Newton Junction [Ayr].
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Ayr Harbour Junction looking into a blinding sunset. The layout has been altered since then - the line most to the right being lifted and junction ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Ayr Harbour Junction looking to Falkland Yard. The bottom to right curve was originally a tramway later taken over by the railway. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Ayr Harbour Junction facing south west towards Ayr Harbour. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Ayr Harbour Junction facing north east towards Falkland Yard. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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After several 'no shows', Waverley is seen leaving Ayr on the 9th of August.
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Colin Miller 09/08/2017
PS Waverley has finally reached Ayr for the first time after no show on four scheduled calls. Arrived yesterday evening and now setting off 9/7 for ...
Colin Miller 09/07/2017
Brand new D2435 shunting at Ayr Harbour around 1960. ...
Bill Hamilton //1960
Deck view from TS Duchess of Hamilton at sea shortly after leaving Ayr Harbour in September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 09/09/1955
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