Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway

Introduction

This line is open. The line forms part of the Glasgow to Carlisle via Kilmarnock and Dumfries route (the Glasgow and South Western Railway or GSW main line) which is open for both passengers and freight. Passenger services are operated by ScotRail. The line was single-track between Annan and Gretna until recently. A new loop at Thornhill was previously opened as the line has seen a major increase in use and its capacity was limited.



Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Gretna Junction

This junction was just to the north of the former Gretna [CR] station. The junction is now single lead junction for the route to Dumfries and double for the line north to Lockerbie. The Dumfries route doubles after leading the junction.
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Gretna Green [1st]

This was a two platform station. The station house still stands in use as a private dwelling.
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Gretna Green

This station was a single platform on a single line when opened. It is now a two platform station after the down line was relayed and the existing platform became an up platform only.
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Rigg

This was a two platform station.
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Eastriggs

This was a two platform station.
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Annan

This is a two platform station in the south of Annan. The main station building is on the eastbound platform (the town side of the station). The building has a long glazed canopy. The westbound platform waiting room has not survived.
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Cummertrees

This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the westbound platform and there was a goods yard at the west end, approached from the west, on the south side of the line. A tramway ran north past a gravel pit to Kelhead Lime Works, around two miles to the north.
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Ruthwell

This was a two platform station built on an embankment. To the west and north of the line was a goods yard served from the east. The main station building, of two storeys, was on the eastbound platform.
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Racks

Racks was a two platform station. Initially a minimal station, station cottages/offices were built above platform level on the eastbound platform and a goods yard added on the north side, approached from the east. There were small waiting rooms on the platforms, a larger on the westbound.
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Dumfries [2nd]

A two platform through station located alongside the later locomotive shed. Replaced a terminus in the goods yard to the south (Dumfries [1st]) and was replaced by a station further north (Dumfries)....

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Dumfries Shed

This shed was east of Dumfries station on the east side of the line. This single ended shed was approached from the south.
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Dumfries

Relocated and improved station - with three through lines and bays at north end. This replaced a two platform station on the same site. That replaced a two platform through station (Dumfries [2nd]) at the locomotive shed site which in turn replaced a terminus in the goods yard ([[Dumfries [1st]...

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Maxwelltown Goods Junction

This junction is just to the north of Dumfries station and the Edinburgh Road Bridge.
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Holywood [1st]

This was a two platform station to the north of the level crossing at Holywood. On the west side of the line was a large goods yard, approached from the north.
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Auldgirth

This was a two platform station. The main building was on the northbound platform and there was a goods yard on the west side, approached from the south. This yard was expanded. There was a water tank to the east of the station.
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Closeburn

This was a two platform station. The line remains open....

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Thornhill

Thornhill was a two platform station. It remains largely intact with platforms and two storey station building on the southbound platform. It is an excellent survivor. The station was north east of the town, about a mile.
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Carronbridge

This was a two platform station just north of the River Carron Viaduct. It had a goods yard to the south, on the east side, approached from the south.
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Mennock Sidings

These sidings were close to the summit of the line at Mennock. They were on the west side of the line and served from the north. They were located just south of the Mennock Water Viaduct.
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Sanquhar

This two platform station re-opened in 1994. The former station building now offers accommodation.
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Kirkconnel

This is a two platform station. To the west is a signal box on the north side of the line. The main station building was at the west end of the westbound platform and a traditional basic waiting room was on the eastbound platform. Both have not survived having been demolished in the late 1990s. The...

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Bank Junction

This was originally the branch for the New Cumnock Iron Works, called New Cumnock Iron Works Company's Branch Junction.
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Cumnock [2nd]

A two platform station with a two storey building on the northbound platform. There was a generous goods yard to the south, accessed from the west.
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