Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)

Introduction

This line is open. The station at Largs, which was demolished by a run-away train, has been re-built.

Many services ran to Ardrossan Town station, but with the north to west link at Ardrossan no longer in existence these trains now run through to Glasgow.






Dates

  /  /1895Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ardrossan shed [2nd] opened in the triangle of lines by Ardrossan Town.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Ardrossan to Largs

At Castlehill Junction, immediately east of Ardrossan Town, the Ardrossan Railway was met by the west fork of the Largs Branch. The box was located to the north of the junction.
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Castlehill Junction with the route left to Largs now somewhat overgrown. Also ahead was the second G&SW Ardrossan shed, somewhere in those trees. ...
Ewan Crawford 10/08/2017
40644 passing Castlehill Junction, Ardrossan, on 6 July 1959 with a train for Kilmarnock. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/07/1959
A J36 0-6-0, heads north past Castlehill Junction Ardrossan in November 1962. The locomotive is thought to be no 65273, allocated to 67D from March ...
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /11/1962

This was the junction where lines from Castlehill Junction (by Ardrossan Town met the line from Ardrossan Shed [2nd] and Holm Junction
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QTS getting near the end of embankment stabilisation work for Network Rail to the north of Ardrossan. Improved drainage and webbing have been ...
Douglas Blades 20/11/2017
A Glasgow St Enoch - Fairlie Pier boat train runs through Parkhouse Junction on 6 July 1959 with 2P 40688 piloting Standard class 4 76091. Ardrossan ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/07/1959
A Largs - Kilwinning train approaching Parkhouse Junction, Ardrossan, on 24 May 1960. The locomotive is Hurlford based Fowler 2P 4-4-0 no 40595. [Ref ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/05/1960

These sidings served a Second World War oil depot with partly buried oil storage tanks alongside the Largs branch in countryside not far to the north of Ardrossan. The oil was manufactured at the nearby Ardrossan Refinery and puimped to the site.
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A train on the Ayrshire coast line heading north away from Ardrossan in 1962. ...
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1962
Jubilee 45697 Achilles approaching Ardrossan on 24 May 1960 with a Largs to Penrith excursion train. [Ref query 10055] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/05/1960
Ardrossan's Black 5 no 45479 approaching the town from the north in early July 1962. The train is passing the site of the former Montfode fuel depot, ...
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 03/07/1962

A Largs - St Enoch express photographed near the site of Boydston signal box on 24 May 1960. The locomotive is Ardrossan based Fairburn 2-6-4T no ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/05/1960

The Largs branch is a confusing line - a southbound train going away from the camera heads for the Kirkland Glen Viaduct. Ardrossan Harbour is seen in ...
Ewan Crawford //1990

This is a single platform station. There are, however, two lines. The line nearest the platform is used in both directions by Glasgow-Largs trains. The same line is used by freight going to Hunterston. The other line is used by southbound trains coming from Hunterston only. A Glasgow and South Western Railway station building remains on the platform, out of use in 2017. There is a glazed ...

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42190 seen shortly after passing through West Kilbride with a Largs - St Enoch train in May 1960. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/05/1960
The beautifully-kept gardens on the road approach to West Kilbride station in July 2014. ...
Colin Miller 22/07/2014
The 11.53 from Largs to Glasgow Central waits to leave West Kilbride on 12th June 2018.
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Colin Miller 12/06/2018
In bucketing rain a 380104 draws to a stop at West Kilbride. Although out of use the station building still stands, but nothing appears to remain of ...
Ewan Crawford 17/08/2017

A pair of DRS 37s with flasks at Hunterston Junction heading south. ...
Rod Crawford 28/09/2016

This is a single platform station.
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Under a threatening sky at Fairlie. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Fairlie, once Fairlie High, showing the building on the one time northbound platform. The goods yard to the right dealt with nuclear flask traffic ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Glasgow bound train at Fairlie. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Unloved, Fairlies station building. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

A Sunday St Enoch - Largs train emerges from Fairlie Tunnel and runs through the junction on 5 July 1959, hauled by Corkerhill Fairburn tank 42191. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/07/1959
A Sunday Largs - Glasgow service about to run through Fairlie Pier Junction on 5 July 1959. The train is hauled by Ardrossan shed's Fairburn 2-6-4T no ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/07/1959
80051 comes out of the tunnel at Fairlie pier Junction on 11 April 1966. ...
John Robin 11/04/1966
Having turned at Largs 45366 returns to its train at Fairlie pier junction. ...
John Robin 15/08/1963


This station, on a steamer pier, was the terminus of a short double track branch from Fairlie Pier Junction.
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Fairlie Pier (no pier). Looking to the Great Cumbrae. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
The pier that eclipsed all the others ... for bulk mineral importing. Fairlie Pier looking to Hunterston Pier. Mountains of Arran beyond. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
This was Fairlie Pier. Looking from the end of the platform towards the pier. Note the Admiralty pier on the right. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Corkerhill Black 5 45007 standing at Fairlie Pier with an express for St Enoch on 2 July 1959, awaiting the arrival of the boat. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/07/1959


This is a two platform terminus station which, just to the south, continues as a single track to Fairlie. There is a small, modern, glazed station building on the east side.
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The original 4-platform layout at Largs was reduced to 2 platforms following a planned rationalisation in the mid 1980s. Further unplanned ...
John Furnevel 17/05/2007
380014 at Largs station on 25th July 2017. ...
David Bosher 25/07/2017
A Viking longboat at Largs Station. Design supplied by the Scottish Maritime Museum. ...
John Yellowlees 03/06/2018
BR standard tank 80052 at the head of the Saturday 6.15pm Largs - St Enoch, seen shortly after commencing its journey on 1 July 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/07/1961




Holm Junction to Parkhouse Junction

A Kilmarnock - Winton Pier train takes the left fork at Holm Junction after leaving Ardrossan South Beach station on 4 July 1959. The locomotive is ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/07/1959
380108 takes the Ardrossan Harbour line at Holm Junction. Ahead is the turnback siding and to the right the Largs branch. ...
Ewan Crawford 10/08/2017
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42191 runs through Holm Junction on 24 May 1960 with a Largs - St Enoch train. At that time the locomotive was allocated to Ardrossan ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/05/1960
The signal box at Holm Junction, photographed from a passing train on 31 August 1985. Ardrossan South Beach station is on the other side of the bridge ...
Bill Roberton 31/08/1985

This shed was within the triangle of lines at Castlehill, just east of Ardrossan Town station and north of Ardrossan South Beach. It replaced an older shed at Ardrossan Town.
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End of the line. Ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 no 57673 stands at the south east corner of Ardrossan shed yard in the early part of 1962, around the time of its ...
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1962
Out of use locomotives stored in the sidings alongside Ardrossan shed in November 1962 included (front to rear) 40668, 40625 and 42191. [See image ...
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /11/1962
Fowler 2P 4-4-0 no 40606 stored at 67D Ardrossan shed in March 1959. Officially withdrawn by BR two months later, the locomotive was cut up at ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 27/03/1959
Fowler 2P 4-4-0 no 40667 stands in the shed yard at 67D Ardrossan in March 1959. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 27/03/1959

This was the junction where lines from Castlehill Junction (by Ardrossan Town met the line from Ardrossan Shed [2nd] and Holm Junction
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QTS getting near the end of embankment stabilisation work for Network Rail to the north of Ardrossan. Improved drainage and webbing have been ...
Douglas Blades 20/11/2017
A Glasgow St Enoch - Fairlie Pier boat train runs through Parkhouse Junction on 6 July 1959 with 2P 40688 piloting Standard class 4 76091. Ardrossan ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/07/1959
A Largs - Kilwinning train approaching Parkhouse Junction, Ardrossan, on 24 May 1960. The locomotive is Hurlford based Fowler 2P 4-4-0 no 40595. [Ref ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/05/1960