Glasgow and South Western Railway

Introduction

This company was formed by a merger of the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway and the related Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway. Further lines were to be built or purchased expanding the line to serve Greenock Princes Pier, Ardrossan Town, Largs, Paisley Canal, Lugton, Kilbarchan, Darvel, Muirkirk [2nd], Dalmellington, Girvan, Turnberry and Stranraer Harbour.

Much of the system remains open, particularly the lines closer to Glasgow which carry commuter services. One great loss is the large Glasgow St Enoch terminus, service now run to Glasgow Central.

The company is studied and history preserved by the Glasgow and South Western Railway Association .






Dates

09/08/1848[Darvel Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Kilmarnock to Galston opened.
09/08/1848[Muirkirk Branch GSWR] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Auchinleck to Muirkirk opened. The line served the [Lugar Ironworks], the [Muirkirk Ironworks] and various coalmines.
20/05/1850[Darvel Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Galston to Newmilns opened.
28/10/1850[Glasgow Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway]
[Glasgow Dumfries and Carlisle Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway merged with Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway to become the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1854[Ardrossan Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Ardrossan Railway merged with the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
01/08/1858[Ayr and Dalmellington Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Ayr and Dalmellington Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1865Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Kilmarnock and Troon Railway merged with Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /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).
  /  /1865[Maybole and Girvan Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Maybole and Girvan Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1865[Kirkcudbright Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Kirkcudbright Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1865[Bridge of Weir Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Bridge of Weir Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway
  /  /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).
  /  /1870[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Line opened.
  /  /1871[Ayr and Maybole Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Ayr and Maybole Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1872[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Holehouse Junction to Belston Junction opened.
11/06/1872[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Annbank to Cronberry opened for goods.
01/07/1872[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Annbank to Cronberry opened for passengers.
01/08/1872[Greenock and Ayrshire Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Greenock and Ayrshire Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1873[Muirkirk Branch GSWR] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
[Caledonian Railway] line via Douglas reaches Muirkirk, new Muirkirk station opened further east, on other side of road bridge from original. [Caledonian Railway] use the [Glasgow and South Western Railway] locomotive shed. A second [Caledonian Railway] line was built from Coalburn to Muirkirk but not used between Glenbuck and Muirkirk as the [Glasgow and South Western Railway] threatened to apply for running powers through to Lanark.
01/07/1885[Paisley Canal Line] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Opened from Port Eglinton Junction to Elderslie Junction. The line uses much of the former route of the Glasgow and Ardrossan Canal, the line runs skew across an old aqueduct bridge at Paisley Hawkhead. The canal route under the main line at Elderslie was used for a link to the [Bridge of Weir Railway] so that Greenock bound trains did not have to cross the track used by Ayr to Glasgow trains. The old basin at Port Eglinton becomes the Salkeld Street Parcels depot.
01/07/1885[Paisley Canal Line] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Shields station opened.
  /  /1892Ayrshire and Wigtownshire Railway
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Ayrshire and Wigtownshire Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
26/06/1892Ayr and Wigtownshire Railway
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
The Girvan to Challoch Junction line absorbed by the larger company.
  /  /1895Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ardrossan shed [2nd] opened in the triangle of lines by Ardrossan Town.
  /  /1896[City of Glasgow Union Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
[North British Railway]
City of Glasgow Union Railway absorbed and divided between Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway.
01/06/1896[Darvel Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Newmilns to Darvel opened.
  /  /1901[Glasgow and Renfrew District Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Glasgow and Renfrew District Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway.
01/10/1902[Barrhead Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Barrhead Central opened.
01/03/1903Catrine Branch ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Line opened.
01/03/1905[Cairn Valley Light Railway] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Line opened.
17/05/1906[Maidens and Dunure Railway] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Line opened.
01/01/1917[Barrhead Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Barrhead Central closed.
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.
01/12/1930[Maidens and Dunure Railway] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Turnberry to Ayr (Alloway Junction) closed to passengers.
  /  /1938[Paisley Canal Line] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Station opened at Mosspark for the Empire Exhibition.
02/03/1942[Maidens and Dunure Railway] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Turnberry to Girvan closed to passengers.
04/01/1943[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Annbank to Mauchline closed to passengers.
03/05/1943Catrine Branch ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Catrine to Mauchline (Brackenhill Junction) closed to passengers.
03/05/1943[Cairn Valley Light Railway] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Moniave to Dumfries (Cairn Valley Junction) closed to passengers.
  /  /1947[Maidens and Dunure Railway] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Heads of Ayr (Butlins Camp) to Alloway Junction re-opened for passengers.
  /  /1948[Largs Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Ardrossan shed coded 67D.
04/07/1949[Cairn Valley Light Railway] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Moniave-Dumfries (Cairn Valley Junction) closed to freight.
  /  /1950[Barrhead Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Barrhead Central demolished.
03/04/1950[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Holehouse Junction to Rankinston to Belston Junction closed to passengers.
03/07/1950[Muirkirk Branch GSWR] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Cronberry to Auchinleck closed to passengers.
10/09/1951[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Muirkirk to Ayr (Hawkhill Junction) closed to passengers.
28/02/1955[Maidens and Dunure Railway] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Girvan to Turnberry to Heads of Ayr (New) (Butlins Camp) closed to freight.
07/12/1959[Maidens and Dunure Railway] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Heads of Ayr (Butlins Camp) to Ayr (Alloway Junction) closed to freight.
  /  /1960[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Killoch Colliery line opened from Drongan station.
07/03/1964[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Cronberry to Dykes Junction closed to freight.
06/04/1964[Darvel Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Darvel to Kilmarnock (Hurlford Junction) closed to passengers.
06/07/1964Catrine Branch ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Catrine to Mauchline (Brackenhill Junction) closed to freight.
06/07/1964[Darvel Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Darvel to Hurlford (Mayfield Siding) closed to freight.
  /  /1965[Largs Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Ardrossan shed closed.
14/06/1965[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Annbank to Mauchline re-opened to passengers (on closure of the Port road, the Stranraer to Dumfries line).
14/06/1965Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Blackhouse Junction to Hawkhill Junction re-opened for passengers. The re-opened curve was not on the original double track alignment but closer to Ayr MPD.
20/09/1965[Darvel Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Hurlford (Mayfield Siding) to Hurlford (Mineral Sidings) closed to freight.
24/01/1966[Darvel Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Hurlford (Mineral Sidings) to Hurlford Junction closed to freight.
03/04/1966[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Dykes Junction to Belston Junction closed to freight.
27/06/1966[Kilbarchan Loop] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Elderslie (Cart Junction) to Dalry (Brownhill Junction) closed to passengers.
  /  /1967[Largs Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Ardrossan shed (closed) signing on point closed.
01/01/1968[Largs Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Ardrossan Castlehill Junction to Parkhouse Junction closed to passengers.
16/09/1968[Maidens and Dunure Railway] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Heads of Ayr (Butlins Camp) to Ayr (Alloway Junction) closed to passengers.
10/02/1969[Muirkirk Branch GSWR] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Muirkirk to Cronberry (excluded) closed to freight.
30/09/1969[Largs Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Ardrossan Castlehill Junction to Parkhouse Junction closed to freight.
03/02/1971[Kilbarchan Loop] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Cart Junction to Kilbirnie (excluded) closed to freight.
01/10/1971[Largs Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Fairlie Pier to Fairlie Pier Junction closed to passengers.
31/07/1972[Largs Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Fairlie Pier to Fairlie Pier Junction Officially closed to passengers.
01/01/1975[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Littlemill Colliery to Belston Junction closed to freight.
01/01/1975[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Belston Junction to Drongan closed to freight.
05/05/1975[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Ayr to Mauchline re-closed to passengers.
05/05/1975Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Blackhouse Junction to Hawkhill Junction closed to all traffic.
06/12/1976[Muirkirk Branch GSWR] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Cronberry to Auchinleck closed to freight.
  /  /1977[Kilbarchan Loop] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Kilbirnie (excluded) to Brownhill Junction closed to freight. Kilbirnie remained served by the network around the Glengarnock Steelworks for a short while.
  /  /1979[Ravenscraig Steelworks]
[Largs Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Hunterston Ore Terminal opened with a 3500 ton crane for ore and 2500 ton crane for coal.
08/01/1983[Paisley Canal Line] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Paisley Canal Line closed to passengers.
  /  /1986[Paisley Canal Line] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Track lifted between Elderslie East Junction and just east of Paisley Canal Street. Track singled from Paisley Canal Street to Corkerhill Depot. Line closed to freight from Elderslie East Junction to Hawkhead Oil Depot.
28/07/1990[Paisley Canal Line] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Paisley Canal line re-opened to passengers from Glasgow to a new Paisley Canal Street station.
  /01/1997[Largs Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Hunterston to Ardrossan Holm Junction re-opened to freight.
18/07/1998[Ayr to Mauchline Branch] ([Glasgow and South Western Railway])
Holehouse Junction to Broomhill Opencast reinstated and re-opened to freight.