Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway

Introduction

This line is open. This was a joint line owned by the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway. The line was joint as the Caledonian wanted to extend its Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway to Kilmarnock and the South Western wanted to build a more direct line from Kilmarnock to Glasgow. The Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway was taken into joint ownership and along with the Glasgow and Kilmarnrock Joint Railway it became the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway, GB & K Jnt or GBK.



The line included a branch to Beith from Lugton, now cut back to RNAD Beith (at Giffen). This branch is now in abeyance.



The line has been singled between Barrhead and Kilmarnock except for a passing loop at the closed Lugton station. However, Network Rail opened a 'dynamic loop' between Lugton and Stewarton (south of the station at Lochridge Junction) to increase capacity and allow trains every half hour.






Dates

  /  /1869[Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway authorised (Glasgow and South Western Railway and Caledonian Railway).
27/03/1871[Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway]
Stewarton opened.
26/06/1873[Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway]
Opened throughout from Kilmarnock to Neilston.
01/01/1923Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway
Callander and Oban Railway
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Highland Railway
Cathcart District Railway
Killin Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Committee
Brechin and Edzell District Railway
Dornoch Light Railway
Wick and Lybster Light Railway
Grouped into London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
05/11/1962[Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway]
Beith Town to Lugton closed to passengers
05/10/1964[Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway]
Beith Town to Barrmill Junction closed to freight
12/05/1984[Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway]
Kilmaurs station re-opened.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Crofthead to Kilmarnock

Passenger and goods line from Crofthead/Neilston to Kilmarnock.

This was a terminus. The site of the station has been mostly obliterated by extension of the railway south in 1870 and in a re-alignment of the A736, although a large retaining wall remains next to the former alignment of the road. It was replaced by Neilston Low just to the south east. ...

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The site of the original terminus of the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway was on the left. On the right is the original route of the ...
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017

This was a two platform station close to the Crofthead Mill. It was inconvenient for the Neilston village being at the foot of a hill and quite far north of it. The surviving Neilston station serves the village better.
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The down Thames - Clyde Express photographed passing Neilston Low on 6 May 1954. The train is hauled by Royal Scot 4-6-0 no 46103 Royal Scots ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/05/1954
5.38 pm St Enoch - Carlisle on Neilston Bank. 5731 & J. McCreadie up. Spring 1941. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1941
View looking west at Neilston (Low) ...
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A Peak with the up Thames-Clyde Express, photographed on the approach to Neilston Low in March 1966. ...
Colin Miller /03/1966

There was a signal box at this location. ...

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Mogul 2909 on Up Goods on Neilston Bank. Spring 1941. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1941
156502 on the descent to Barrhead from Shilford Summit. View looks to Barrhead. 30 years on from my last visit to this location [see image 7737] - ...
Ewan Crawford 17/08/2017
Dumfries - Glasgow (local) topping Shilford. 668 piloting CR 4.6.0 14653. Speed just over 60. Spring 1941. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1941
5.30 pm St Enoch - Midland Express. Climbing to Shilford. 5X 4.6.0 5715. Spring 1941. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1941

This was a two platform station with the main building on the Glasgow bound platform. There was a goods yard at the west end of the station, north side of the line, reached by reversal. At the east end was a siding on the south side, also reached by reversal.
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This was a two platform station with the main station building on the Glasgow bound platform.
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Lugton signal box viewed from a passing northbound train. ...
John Yellowlees 28/03/2018
The interior of Lugton signalbox in 1992. Quite a few white levers there. ...
Bill Roberton //1992
Ex-Caledonian 0-4-4T no 55203 arriving at Lugton on 26 May 1956 with the Beith branch train. [Ref query 17 September 2018] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/05/1959
Crab 2-6-0 42833 arriving at Lugton on Saturday 26 May 1956 with a St Enoch - Kilmarnock semi-fast. [Ref query 19 November 2017] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/05/1956


This is a two platform station.
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A Glasgow to Carlisle service calls at the pleasant village of Dunlop on 21 February 2019. Like many such places, it seems to be completely devoid of ...
David Panton 21/02/2019
An up football special leaving Dunlop on 23 May 1953 behind Black 5 45266. [Ref query 2382] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/05/1953
View over Dunlop station showing progress on 13 May 2009. ...
Ken Browne 13/05/2009
Southbound 47 on Carlisle train at Dunlop. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

This is a two platform station.
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A Glasgow to Carlisle service calls at Stewarton on 21 February 2019. In the early 1970s this station, along with Dunlop, was down to two trains a day ...
David Panton 21/02/2019
40571 photographed near Stewarton with a Kilmarnock local on 6 May 1954. [Ref query 22 July 2018] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/05/1954
A quiet half hour at Stewarton on 31 August 2018, with only the barrels on the platform. The view is towards Glasgow. ...
John McIntyre 31/08/2018
Jubilee 45640 Frobisher photographed at Stewarton with a St Enoch - Dumfries train on 6 May 1954. [Ref query 6 May 2019] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/05/1954

This is a double track viaduct of ten arches crossing the Annick Water. The viaduct is south of Stewarton station.
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Tamper paused on the viaduct south of Stewarton. The view looks east. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/09/2009
The impressive 10 arch Annick Water Viaduct (1868) to the south of Stewarton station. Photographed in June 2007 looking south west along the A735. ...
John Furnevel 17/06/2007

This is not a junction in the traditional sense, it is the south end of a loop from Lugton in the north.
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Sprinter 156514 working 1L55 south to Carlisle on 28 August 2016. The train is south of Stewarton, where the double tracks become single. ...
Ken Browne 28/08/2016
This location is south of Stewarton near where the double track becomes single. GBRf 66743 is heading south to Kilmarnock to join with stable mate ...
Ken Browne 28/08/2016
Milepost 18 midway between Stewarton Viaduct and a roadbridge over the A735 where a fuel oil train heading south for Riccarton derailed on 27 January ...
Ewan Crawford /01/2008
This is the south end of the loop from Lugton, about 1/3 mile on from the bridge replaced south of Stewarton. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/09/2009

This is a minimal modern single platform station. The platform is on the west side of the single track line. There is a small station car park.
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156439 leads a 4-car 156 for Kilmarnock at Kilmaurs on 19 September 2017. Kilmaurs is the only single track station on the Glasgow - Dumfries - ...
David Panton 19/09/2017
Jubilee 4-6-0 45657 Tyrwhitt leads Clan Pacific 72005 Clan MacGregor south through Kilmaurs on 6 May 1954 with a St Enoch to Newcastle ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/05/1954
The 10.13 to Kilmarnock stands at Kilmaurs on 16 October 2010. ...
Ken Browne 16/10/2010
156507 emerges from a leafy glade and pulls into the platform at Kilmaurs with the 1S50 Newcastle Central - Glasgow Central service on a beautiful ...
Ken Browne 03/06/2011

This junction gave access to the joint goods station to the north of Kilmarnock station.
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From left to right; distllery headshunt, line from Barrhead, [and then in the trees] stub of line from Dalry, Long Lyes Sidings. In the foreground was ...
Ewan Crawford //2005
BR 'Peak' D26 accelerates north on the Barrhead line with the down Thames-Clyde Express shortly after leaving Kilmarnock station in June ...
Bill Hamilton /06/1961
From left to right; distllery headshunt, line from Barrhead, stub of line from Dalry, Long Lyes Sidings. In the foreground was the site of Kilmarnock ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Looking south to Kilmarnock station. The two lines closest to the camera are those serving the (in 2009) closing J. Walker blending and bottling plant ...
Ewan Crawford /01/1988

Looking to Kilmarnock along the course of the closed GPK&AR. ...
Ewan Crawford //2005
Kilmarnock; front to back; distillery line (out of sight), Barrhead line, Dalry line stub, Long Lyes Sidings, Workshops. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Looking to Kilmarnock along the course of the closed GPK&AR. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Looking to Crosshouse. The somewhat shoogly track has gone. But for some reason the buffer stop remains. The route is now a walkway. ...
Ewan Crawford //2005




Beith Branch

From Lugton Junction to Beith Town.



The Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway line started from here and ran to Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier. The line from Barrmill to Glasgow was jointly owned and the Caledonian Railway was to build a further Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway line from Giffen Junction to Newton completely under their control.
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This was a single platform station opened on the jointly owned Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway branch from Lugton Junction to Beith. This was built as a single track branch although many structures were built to accommodate a second track.
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Viaduct to the west of Barrmill station near the RNAD Giffen depot. ...
Ewan Crawford 07/10/2006



This was a single platform terminus. There was a large goods yard on the east side of the site. To the south was a loco shed.
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Beith, looking to the buffers in 1997. The line curved round to the right following Balfour Avenue. ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
The station building at Beith Town in July 1962 with a diesel railcar standing at the platform. ...
Colin Miller 18/07/1962
A Railcar stands at Beith Town in July 1962, four months before closure. ...
Colin Miller 18/07/1962




Kilmarnock Joint Goods

A short branch serving the joint goods north of the station.

This junction gave access to the joint goods station to the north of Kilmarnock station.
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From left to right; distllery headshunt, line from Barrhead, [and then in the trees] stub of line from Dalry, Long Lyes Sidings. In the foreground was ...
Ewan Crawford //2005
BR 'Peak' D26 accelerates north on the Barrhead line with the down Thames-Clyde Express shortly after leaving Kilmarnock station in June ...
Bill Hamilton /06/1961
From left to right; distllery headshunt, line from Barrhead, stub of line from Dalry, Long Lyes Sidings. In the foreground was the site of Kilmarnock ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Looking south to Kilmarnock station. The two lines closest to the camera are those serving the (in 2009) closing J. Walker blending and bottling plant ...
Ewan Crawford /01/1988