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 [2nd], 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

  /  /1791Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal
Proposed by Earl of Eglinton. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
  /  /1807Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal
Construction begins. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
  /  /1811Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal
Last section built into Port Eglinton Basin, Glasgow. The canal ran from Johnstone to Port Eglinton Basin. An aqueduct across the Clyde to join up with the Forth and Clyde Canal was considered, but not built. (The route between Elderslie and Port Eglinton Basin was later used by the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
09/08/1848Darvel Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Kilmarnock to Galston opened (actually opened by the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway rather than the G&SWR).
20/05/1850Darvel Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
The branch was extended with the opening from Galston to Newmilns.
28/10/1850Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr RailwayGlasgow. Dumfries and Carlisle RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
The Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway merged with Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway to become the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
28/10/1850New Cumnock Waggonway
Joined and replaced by the Bank Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway) opened from Bank Junction (Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway) to the New Cumnock Iron Works by Bank.
01/03/1851Glasgow and South Western Railway
Agrees to access to Carlisle Citadel for £1000 per annum.
28/03/1853Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway authorised to run over the Caledonian Railway between Gretna Junction and Carlisle.
  /  /1854Ardrossan RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
The older Ardrossan Railway was merged with the Glasgow and South Western Railway. The older line was re-gauged earlier to provide a through connection to Ardrossan Harbour.
06/06/1855Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway authorised until 1874 to run over the Caledonian Railway between Gretna Junction and Carlisle.
23/07/1858Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Line becomes toll free after agreement between the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway. The agreement also includes the arrangement as to maintenance.
01/08/1858Ayr and Dalmellington RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
Ayr and Dalmellington Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1859Border Union Railway (North British Railway) Port Carlisle Junction to Canal Junction Curve (Caledonian Railway) Caledonian Railway
Line authorised between Hawick and Carlisle. Running powers granted for the North British Railway over two short portions of the Caledonian Railway. Gretna: Gretna Border Union Junction to Gretna GSWR Junction to allow traffic exchange with the Glasgow and South Western Railway using the NBR's proposed Gretna branch. Carlisle: Canal Junction [Carlisle] to Port Carlisle Junction to Carlisle Citadel, more importantly giving access to the intended southern terminus (not NBR owned).
07/11/1859Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway
Line opened as a single track railway, operated by the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1860Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway
Act receives Royal assent. Line given running powers to run into Lockerbie (Caledonian Railway) and Dumfries (Glasgow and South Western Railway) stations.
  /  /1861Caledonian Railway Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Agreement to enlarge Carlisle Citadel station, owned by the Caledonian Railway and Lancaster and Carlisle Railway. A joint committee is to be created which will include the Glasgow and South Western Railway, Maryport and Carlisle Railway and North British Railway.
  /  /1863Paisley and Renfrew Railway Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Curve to connect the Paisley and Renfrew Railway to the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway authorised. A goods station at Garrowhill (Greenlaw Goods) is also authorised for the Glasgow and South Western Railway, with the option for the Caledonian Railway that is become a joint goods station.
24/03/1863Paisley and Renfrew Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway agrees terms of access to the Paisley and Renfrew Railway for the Caledonian Railway. This was in advance of a curve connecting the Paisley and Renfrew Railway to the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway which would open in 1866.
01/09/1863Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway
The Caledonian Railway associated Dumfries, Lochmaben and Lockerbie Railway is opened giving the company access to Dumfries. In response the Portpatrick Railway applies for running powers over the Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway to Dumfries and the Caledonian Railway negotiates running the Portpatrick Railway, a blow to the Glasgow and South Western Railway which had considered the Portpatrick line to be within its territory.
  /  /1864City of Glasgow Union Railway
Act receives Royal assent. The line was to join the Glasgow and South Western Railway (part owner of the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway) and Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway serving a central Glasgow station and crossing the River Clyde in the city.
  /  /1865Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway
Scottish Central Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway. Running powers for the North British Railway, London and North Western Railway, Midland Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway were preserved.
  /  /1865Kilmarnock and Troon Railway Glasgow and South Western Railway
Kilmarnock and Troon Railway merged with Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1865General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway Caledonian Railway
General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway. Running powers are granted to the City of Glasgow Union Railway, Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and Monkland Railways.
  /  /1865Castle Douglas and Dumfries RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway. Running powers were granted to the Caledonian Railway giving access to the Portpatrick Railway.
  /  /1865Maybole and Girvan RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
Maybole and Girvan Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1865Kirkcudbright RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
Kirkcudbright Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1865Bridge of Weir RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
Bridge of Weir Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1865Glasgow and South Western Railway Caledonian Railway
The Caledonian Railway, who were to work the Solway Junction Railway, is authorised to access the Glasgow and South Western Railway's Annan station via Solway Junction.
  /  /1865Muirkirk Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Line authorised, extending the Douglas Branch (Caledonian Railway) west. A Bill for a branch to Glespin is abandoned. Caledonian Railway given running powers from Muirkirk [1st] to Ayr and Troon, in return the Glasgow and South Western Railway is given running powers to Edinburgh, Leith and Granton.
  /  /1865Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Authorisation of the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Direct Railway for the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
12/03/1865Glasgow and South Western Railway North British Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway agree to grant each other running powers over each others lines.
01/09/1865Kirkcudbright Railway
Tarff for Gatehouse re-named Gatehouse [Tarff]. Presumably the Glasgow and South Western Railway (who now owned the Kirkcudbright Railway) was competing with the Caledonian Railway operated Portpatrick Railway for Gatehouse of Fleet traffic - for which neither of the two stations were convenient.
  /  /1866Scottish North Eastern Railway Caledonian Railway
Scottish North Eastern Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway. Confirmation of running powers for the Highland Railway between Perth General and Stanley Junction. Confirmation of running powers for North British Railway, London and North Western Railway, Midland Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway. The SNER's running powers over the Montrose and Bervie Railway are transferred to the Caledonian.
  /  /1866Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Bill for the line presented with support from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and the North British Railway (who did not have a partner other than the North Eastern Railway route to Newcastle Central for taking traffic from the Border Union Railway (North British Railway) (Waverley Route) at Carlisle).
  /  /1867Glasgow and South Western Railway Midland Railway
A Bill proposing the merger of the Glasgow and South Western Railway and Midland Railway fails.
  /  /1868Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint RailwayGlasgow and South Western RailwayCaledonian Railway
The Glasgow and South Western Railway and Caledonian Railway agree not to complete separate lines from Kilmarnock to Glasgow but promote the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway.
  /  /1869Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint RailwayGlasgow and South Western RailwayCaledonian Railway
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway authorised (Glasgow and South Western Railway and Caledonian Railway). Also known as Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Railway.
  /  /1869Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal Glasgow and South Western Railway
The Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal is purchased by the Glasgow and South Western Railway. (Later the route of the Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway).)
  /  /1869Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint RailwayGlasgow and South Western RailwayCaledonian Railway
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Line committee formed for the under construction line. The joint line includes the Caledonian Railways former Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway. This gives the G&SWR a shorter route to Kilmarnock (and Carlisle) just as the City of Glasgow Union Railway, and its Glasgow St Enoch, is under development. It gives the Caledonian access to Kilmarnock with some running powers beyond.
  /  /1869Clydesdale Junction Railway
South Side station (both halves South Side [CR] and South Side [GB and NDR]) vested in the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway.
01/09/1869Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Line opened. The Glasgow and South Western Railway run services from Glasgow Bridge Street to Greenock Princes Pier (at Greenock Albert Harbour) via Kilmacolm.
  /  /1870Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Line opened.
07/01/1870General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
Tolls set for the Glasgow and South Western Railway between Strathbungo Junction (Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway) and Shields Junction No 1 (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway). Either end of the line was joint Caledonian Railway and G&SWR, the intervening line was CR owned.
09/02/1870Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Glasgow and South Western Railway shareholders refused possibility of joint ownership of proposed line.
12/12/1870City of Glasgow Union Railway
Opened between Pollok Junction (on the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway) and the new temporary four platform terminus at Dunlop Street (replaced by Glasgow St Enoch). Glasgow and South Western Railway main line services start to use the new station, local services continue to use Bridge Street. Stations opened at Shields Road [CGU] (interchange with Pollokshields) and Dunlop Street.
  /  /1871Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Vale of Clyde Tramways (portions 16 and 16A) grant access over tramways to shipyards to the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway. Use of locomotives is restricted.
  /  /1871Ayr and Maybole RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
Ayr and Maybole Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1871Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Running powers granted to the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway over Govan Tramways 16 and 16A (giving access to shipyards not served by rail).
  /  /1871Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Bill for joint ownership promoted by Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway rejected.
25/01/1871Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Traffic agreement for the two lines to Greenock: Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway, owned by the Caledonian Railway, and Greenock and Ayrshire Railway, owned by the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
01/06/1871City of Glasgow Union Railway
The Glasgow and South Western Railway 'Bus trains' start running between Bellgrove and Shields Road [CGU].
  /  /1872Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Holehouse Junction to Belston Junction opened.
  /  /1872Glasgow and South Western Railway Midland Railway
Further merger of the Glasgow and South Western Railway and Midland Railway proposed. Rejected.
11/06/1872Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Annbank to Cronberry opened for goods.
01/07/1872Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Annbank to Cronberry opened for passengers.
01/08/1872Greenock and Ayrshire RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
Greenock and Ayrshire Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1873Glasgow and South Western Railway Midland Railway
Another merger of the Glasgow and South Western Railway and Midland Railway proposed and rejected.
01/01/1873Muirkirk Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Caledonian Railway line via Douglas reaches Muirkirk [1st] and is opened to goods and minerals. The Caledonian Railway use the Glasgow and South Western Railway's Muirkirk Shed.
  /09/1873Muirkirk Branch (Caledonian Railway)
The Caledonian Railway begins to use Muirkirk [1st] (the Glasgow and South Western Railway station) for merchandise traffic.
01/06/1874Muirkirk Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Opened to passenger traffic to Muirkirk [1st]. (Later a second Caledonian Railway line was built from Coalburn to a new Muirkirk [2nd] but the line was not used as the Glasgow and South Western Railway threatened to apply for running powers through to Lanark - however Muirkirk [2nd] did open).
01/05/1876Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
First passenger train. Midland Railway trains run through Carlisle Citadel, continued north by the North British Railway or Glasgow and South Western Railway.
05/10/1877Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Line opened from Girvan Junction (Maybole and Girvan Railway) to Challoch Junction (Portpatrick Railway). Railway worked by the Glasgow and South Western Railway. (Alternative date 01/10/1877.)
  /  /1878Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
First portion of line opened to West Kilbride.
  /  /1880Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Line extended to Fairlie.
  /  /1881Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Fairlie to Largs authorised.
  /  /1882Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Line extended through Fairlie Tunnel to Fairlie Pier.
  /  /1882Barrhead Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Potterhill Branch authorised.
  /  /1883City of Glasgow Union Railway
Warehouses, part of College Goods, built on the junction of Bell Street and High Street for the Glasgow and South Western Railway. Approach was via a reversing loop built on the line from Gallowgate to High Street East Junction.
  /  /1883Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Cessnock Dock and Railway authorised.
29/06/1883City of Glasgow Union Railway
Glasgow St Enoch station and approach lines south of Bellgrove taken over by the Glasgow and South Western Railway. Lines north of Bellgrove taken over by the North British Railway.
01/08/1883City of Glasgow Union Railway
St Enoch vested in the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1884Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Authorisation given for extension from Ardrossan [CR] to Ardrossan [Montgomerie] Pier, use of the existing Ardrossan Harbour lines and an Ardeer branch. Glengarnock Iron Works and Kilbirnie [CR] branch authorised. Authorisation for the Irvine [CR] branch. Curve between the Irvine and Ardrossan branches authorised. Proposed link to the Glasgow and South Western Railway at Kilwinning abandoned.
  /  /1884Maxwell Junction to Bellahouston No 1 Junction (Caledonian Railway)
Approval for a Caledonian Railway owned link between Maxwell Junction (General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway) and Bellahouston No 1 Junction (Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway), which was to open in 1885).
  /  /1885Portpatrick Railway Wigtownshire Railway
The Caledonian Railway's lease expires - the Portpatrick Railway and Wigtownshire Railway become jointly run as the Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Railway - controlled by the Caledonian Railway, London and North Western Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and Midland Railway. The stock was owned by all four companies and operated by the two Scottish companies. The Joint company also owned 4/5 of the Larne and Stranraer Steamship Joint Committee, the remaining 1/5 owned by the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway.
  /  /1885Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Line extended to Largs.
01/07/1885Paisley 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, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal, the line runs skew across a former 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 Princes Pier bound trains did not have to cross the track used by Ayr to Glasgow trains. The former Port Eglinton Basin becomes the Salkeld Street Parcels depot.
01/07/1885Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Shields station opened.
01/08/1885Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway Glasgow and South Western Railway
Agreement that the Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway be acquired by the Glasgow and South Western Railway. (Not proceeded with at this time.)
25/01/1886Maxwell Junction to Bellahouston No 1 Junction (Caledonian Railway)
Line opened between Maxwell Junction (General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway) and Bellahouston No 1 Junction (Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)).
28/02/1886Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
The Glasgow and South Western Railway ceases to work the line on the 29th.
  /  /1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Abandonment of authorisation of a link to the Glasgow and South Western Railway in Kilwinning.
30/11/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Link from Ardrossan [CR] to the Ardrossan Harbour Company lines and the Glasgow and South Western Railway's Ardrossan station opened.
  /  /1891Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Plans of 1883 for the Cessnock Dock and Railway abandoned and new Princes Dock Railway authorised.
  /  /1891Paisley and Renfrew Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway grants the Caledonian Railway access to Cart Harbour.
  /  /1891Glasgow and South Western Railway
Glasgow and South Western Steam Vessels Act passed.
  /  /1891Glasgow and South Western Railway North British Railway
Bill to merge the Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway fails in the House of Lords.
  /  /1891Glasgow and South Western Railway Caledonian Railway
Bill to allow the Glasgow and South Western Railway to be purchased by the Caledonian Railway fails, rejected in the House of Commons.
  /  /1891Paisley and Renfrew Railway
Cart Harbour branch authorised for the Glasgow and South Western Railway, access authorised for the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1891Shieldhall Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)
Existing (closed) line purchased by the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway.
31/01/1891Railway Strike
End of railwaymen's strike. Men of the North British Railway, Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway were on strike to ask for a reduction in working hours and for recognition of the railway union.
  /  /1892Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Ayr and Wigtownshire Railway bought by the Glasgow and South Western Railway. Girvan (Old) closed and reparations made to the Girvan and Portpatrick line.
  /  /1892Caledonian Railway
Caledonian Railway repeals the Glasgow and South Western Railway^s access to Cook Street Shed.
  /  /1892Glasgow and South Western Railway Caledonian Railway
Caledonian Railway authorised to sell land at Gushetfaulds (for the South Side Carriage Shed) to the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1892Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
North British Railway granted running powers over the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway between Shields Junction No 1 and Cessnock Dock Branch Junction at Ibrox station.
01/02/1892Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
The Caledonian Railway takes over Bridge Street station completely, paying the Glasgow and South Western Railway £129,251 for its share.
26/06/1892Ayr and Wigtownshire RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
The Girvan to Challoch Junction line absorbed by the larger company.
01/08/1892Ayrshire and Wigtownshire Railway Glasgow and South Western Railway
Ayrshire and Wigtownshire Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
01/04/1893City of Glasgow Union Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway services through the St Johns Tunnel to Gallowgate Central and on to Bridgeton begin.
  /  /1894Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Extension of time for completion.
  /  /1894Glasgow District Subway
Agreement between the Glasgow District Subway and the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway companies (owners of the Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway)) over purchase of land for Broomloan Depot [Subway] by Govan station.
25/05/1894Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Greenock Princes Pier station re-built by the Glasgow and South Western Railway on a grander scale to compete with the Caledonian Railway's Gourock station.
  /  /1895Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ardrossan Shed [2nd] opened in the triangle of lines by Ardrossan Town.
  /  /1895Glasgow and South Western Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway authorised to build Currock Shed (G and SWR) on the Carlisle Realignment (Maryport and Carlisle Railway).
  /  /1896City of Glasgow Union RailwayGlasgow and South Western RailwayNorth British Railway
City of Glasgow Union Railway absorbed and divided between Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway. The point of division was College East Junction (later High Street Junction) with Glasgow St Enoch and the line to the south west passing to the GSW. North of Bellgrove Junction and Parkhead Junction [NB] went to the NBR.
  /  /1896Strathaven and Darvel Railway Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway) Mid Lanark, Spireslack and Muirkirk Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Lines authorised for the Caledonian Railway; Darvel to Strathaven Central, Spireslack Colliery No 1 Pit to Muirkirk (Auldhouseburn Junction), Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] and Stonehouse [Lanarkshire] to Lesmahagow [2nd] and Alton Heights Junction. The Glasgow and South Western Railway is granted running powers over these lines in exchange for the Caledonian Railway having running powers from Darvel to Troon and Kilmarnock to Ayr.
01/06/1896Darvel Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Newmilns to Darvel opened.
  /  /1897Thirdpart Junction to Mayfield Junction (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Authorised. Powers granted to the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1897Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Extension of time to complete line granted.
  /  /1899Glasgow and South Western Railway
Annan Harbour branch proposed. As the Caledonian Railway applies for running powers the G&SWR abandons its plans.
  /  /1899Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Princes Dock Joint Railway, (formerly promoted as Cessnock Dock Railway), vested by the Caledonian Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway. Committee to manage line appointed.
  /  /1899 Catrine Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Line authorised.
  /  /1899Glasgow and South Western Railway
Bill for new line to Largs and purchase of Largs Pier. Line not proven but company buys the pier.
  /  /1899Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Largs Pier (Largs Harbour) vested into the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
16/07/1899Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
Line bought by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
07/11/1900Muirkirk Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Glespin Valley Branch (Carmacoup/Kennox colliery) authorised and access for the Glasgow and South Western Railway granted.
  /  /1901Glasgow and South Western Railway
Buys Troon Harbour.
  /  /1901Glasgow and Renfrew District RailwayCaledonian RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
Glasgow and Renfrew District Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1901Muirkirk Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Carmacoup branch, from Inches serving Kennox No 7 Colliery (Carmacoup) authorised. The Glasgow and South Western Railway is granted running powers.
  /  /1902Thirdpart Junction to Mayfield Junction (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Thirdpart Junction (Kilmarnock and Troon Railway) to Mayfield Junction (Galston Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)) opened to goods and minerals.
  /  /1902Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Further time to complete line granted, up to 1904.
01/10/1902Barrhead Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Barrhead Central opened.
01/10/1902City of Glasgow Union Railway
The Glasgow and South Western Railway ^Bus trains^ stop running due to tram competition.
01/03/1903Catrine Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Line opened. Catrine station opened.
17/08/1903Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Joint line owned by the Caledonian Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and North British Railway opened.
  /  /1904Glasgow and South Western Railway Caledonian Railway
Caledonian Railway access to Troon Harbour confirmed. Glasgow and South Western Railway to be Pilotage Authority.
  /  /1904Darvel and Strathaven Railway
Darvel to County Boundary Junction (east of Loudounhill) authorised to be transferred to the Glasgow and South Western Railway. The Caledonian Railway retains running powers.
  /  /1904Thirdpart Junction to Mayfield Junction (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Kay Park Junction to Bellfield Junction opened.
  /  /1904Strathaven and Darvel Railway
Line split - west of County Boundary Junction is transferred to the Glasgow and South Western Railway, east to Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1904Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway authorised to build from Albert Harbour to Harvie Lane.
01/03/1905Cairn Valley Light Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Line opened.
01/05/1905Strathaven and Darvel Railway
Darvel to Strathaven Central opened (joint operation of the Glasgow and South Western Railway and Caledonian Railway). Opened to passengers. Drumclog, Loudonhill and Ryeland opened.
17/05/1906Maidens and Dunure Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Line opened.
01/03/1910Caledonian Railway Glasgow and South Western Railway
The Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway come to a pooling agreement over First of Clyde traffic.
01/03/1910Caledonian Railway Glasgow and South Western Railway
Traffic pooling agreement between the companies for Clyde coast traffic.
  /  /1911Paisley and Renfrew Railway
Extensions authorised for the Glasgow and South Western Railway (access granted to the Caledonian Railway).
01/02/1913City of Glasgow Union Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway services from the City of Glasgow Union Railway to Bridgeton Central are withdrawn. The link between the City of Glasgow Union Railway and Glasgow City and District Railway is closed.
01/01/1917Barrhead Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Barrhead Central closed.
  /  /1918Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway authorised to widen the line between Kilwinning and Irvine (close to the Eglinton Bank Signal Box) where it passed over the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway's Kilwinning [CR] to Stevenston [Moorpark] line. Reciprical agreement allowed the L&A to widen their line in the future (G&SW was to be liable for half of the costs of a widened bridge)..
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.
01/04/1925Glasgow and Paisley Joint RailwayCity of Glasgow Union Railway
New Shields Road station opened incorporating the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway Pollokshields station, City of Glasgow Union Railway Shields Road [CGU] station and Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway) Shields stations.
01/12/1930Maidens and Dunure Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Turnberry to Ayr (Alloway Junction) closed to passengers.
  /  /1938Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Station opened at Mosspark for the Empire Exhibition.
  /  /1938Thirdpart Junction to Mayfield Junction (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Thirdpart Junction (excluded) to Riccarton and Craigie (excluded) closed. Bellfield Junction (excluded) to Mayfield Junction (excluded) closed.
02/03/1942Maidens and Dunure Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Turnberry to Girvan closed to passengers.
04/01/1943Ayr 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.
03/05/1943Cairn Valley Light Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Moniaive to Dumfries (Cairn Valley Junction) closed to passengers.
  /  /1947Maidens and Dunure Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Heads of Ayr [2nd] (Butlins Camp) to Alloway Junction re-opened for passengers.
27/01/1947Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kilwinning East to Stevenston Moorpark closed. Boat trains diverted to the former Glasgow and South Western Railway route from 16 June.
  /  /1948Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ardrossan Shed [2nd] coded 67D.
04/07/1949Cairn Valley Light Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Moniaive to Dumfries (Cairn Valley Junction) closed to freight.
  /  /1950Barrhead Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Barrhead Central demolished.
03/04/1950Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Holehouse Junction to Rankinston to Belston Junction closed to passengers.
03/07/1950Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Cronberry to Auchinleck closed to passengers.
10/09/1951Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Muirkirk [2nd] to Ayr (Hawkhill Junction) closed to passengers.
28/02/1955Maidens and Dunure Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Girvan to Turnberry to Heads of Ayr [2nd] (Butlins Camp) closed to freight.
07/12/1959Maidens and Dunure Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Heads of Ayr [2nd] (Butlins Camp) to Ayr (Alloway Junction) closed to freight.
  /  /1960Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Killoch Colliery line opened from Drongan station.
07/03/1964Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Cronberry to Dykes Junction closed to freight.
06/04/1964Darvel 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.
06/07/1964Darvel Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Darvel to Hurlford (Mayfield Siding) closed to freight.
  /  /1965Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ardrossan Shed [2nd] closed.
14/06/1965Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway) Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway Maybole and Girvan Railway
Annbank to Mauchline re-opened to passengers (with the closure of the Port Road the trains are diverted). The number of trains between Challoch Junction, Girvan and Ayr increases after closure of the Portpatrick Railway.
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.
20/09/1965Darvel Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Hurlford (Mayfield Siding) to Hurlford (Hurlford Mineral Sidings) closed to freight.
24/01/1966Darvel Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Hurlford (Hurlford Mineral Sidings) to Hurlford Junction closed to freight.
03/04/1966Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Dykes Junction to Belston Junction closed to freight.
27/06/1966Kilbarchan Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Elderslie (Cart Junction) to Dalry (Brownhill Junction) closed to passengers.
  /  /1967Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ardrossan Shed [2nd] (already closed) signing on point closed.
01/01/1968Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ardrossan Castlehill Junction to Parkhouse Junction closed to passengers.
16/09/1968Maidens and Dunure Railway (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Heads of Ayr [2nd] (Butlins Camp) to Ayr (Alloway Junction) closed to passengers.
10/02/1969Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Muirkirk [2nd] to Cronberry (excluded) closed to freight.
30/09/1969Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ardrossan Castlehill Junction to Parkhouse Junction closed to freight.
  /  /1970Govan Branch (Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway) Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Track lifted.
03/02/1971Kilbarchan Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Cart Junction to Kilbirnie (excluded) closed to freight.
01/10/1971Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Fairlie Pier to Fairlie Pier Junction closed to passengers.
31/07/1972Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Fairlie Pier to Fairlie Pier Junction officially closed to passengers.
01/01/1975Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Littlemill Colliery to Belston Junction closed to freight.
01/01/1975Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Belston Junction to Drongan closed to freight.
05/05/1975Ayr 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.
06/12/1976Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Cronberry to Auchinleck closed to freight.
  /  /1977Kilbarchan Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Kilbirnie (excluded) to Brownhill Junction closed to freight. Kilbirnie remained served by the network around the Glengarnock Steel Works for a short while.
  /01/1979Ravenscraig Steel WorksLargs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Hunterston Ore Terminal opened with a 3500 ton crane for ore and 2500 ton crane for coal. Hunterston Ore Terminal to Holm Junction re-opened to freight.
08/01/1983Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Paisley Canal line closed to passengers.
  /  /1986Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Track lifted between Canal Junction [Elderslie] and just east of Paisley Canal. Track singled from Paisley Canal to Corkerhill Depot. Line closed to freight from Canal Junction [Elderslie] to Hawkhead Oil Siding.
  /01/1987Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Line electrified. Passenger trains are confined to the northbound line (starting from just east of Ardrossan South Beach), freight to the Hunterston Ore Terminal can use both lines as far as Hunterston Junction. Beyond Hunterston Junction, going north, the southbound line is lifted.
28/07/1990Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Paisley Canal line re-opened to passengers from Glasgow to a new Paisley Canal station.
  /03/1998Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Sidings at Fairlie reconditioned.
18/07/1998Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway) Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Holehouse Junction to Broomhill Loading Pad, for the opencast just to the south, re-opened.
  /  /2005Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Work begins on re-instating the Auchinleck to Cronberry to Powharnal (Gaswater) line. RailScot note: this work was aborted following the survey and pegging out of the centreline of the route.
27/05/2008Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Demolition approved by East Ayrshire Council for British Railways Board (Residual) of the Mosshouse Viaduct over the Bellow Water by Cronberry. The viaduct was in poor condition and would need replaced should the Powharnal line be re-opened. The viaduct was demolished by the end of the year 2008.