Maybole and Girvan Railway

Introduction

This railway is still open. It is served by passenger trains between Ayr to Girvan and other services from Glasgow to Stranraer and (formerly) Newcastle to Stranraer operated by ScotRail. At the time of writing (2002) there are no regular freight services.






Dates

  /  /1856Maybole and Girvan Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
24/05/1860Maybole and Girvan Railway
Opened from Maybole Junction (Ayr and Maybole Railway) to Girvan [1st]. Maybole [1st] is replaced by Maybole and becomes a goods station.
  /  /1865Maybole and Girvan RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
Maybole and Girvan Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
05/10/1877Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Line opened from a junction at Girvan (Maybole and Girvan Railway) to Challoch Junction (Portpatrick Railway). (Alternative date: 3/10/1870).
  /  /1892Maybole and Girvan Railway
Girvan (Old) closed and becomes a goods depot only.
  /  /1959Maybole and Girvan Railway
DMUs introduced on Glasgow to Stranraer workings.
14/06/1965Maybole and Girvan Railway
Line starts to carry extra workings on closure of the Portpatrick Railway between Challoch Junction and Dumfries (Cargenbridge Chemical Works).
  /  /1982Maybole and Girvan Railway
Girvan (Old) closed to goods due to poor condition of bridge.
  /  /1984Maybole and Girvan Railway
Glasgow to Stranraer DMUs withdrawn and replaced with locomotive hauled 'SEALINK' slam-door stock.
  /  /1987Maybole and Girvan Railway
'SEALINK' stock withdrawn and broken up at the St Rollox Works at Springburn, replaced with other stock.
03/10/1988Maybole and Girvan Railway
Class 156 Sprinters introduced on line.
  /  /1989Maybole and Girvan Railway
Girvan (Old) line lifted.
  /  /1990Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway Portpatrick Railway Maybole and Girvan Railway
Stranraer to Euston sleeper withdrawn.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Also known as Maybole and Girvan Railway Junction and Maybole Goods Junction. This was the junction between the original route of the Ayr and Maybole Railway and its extension by the Maybole and Girvan Railway south to Girvan. The junction was some way north east of Maybole as an end-on junction between the lines was not possible. The original terminus was left on a short ...

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A Stranraer - Glasgow express about to run through Maybole Junction on 17 October 1959, hauled by an unidentified Black 5. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 17/10/1959
Class 2P 4-4-0 40575 passing Maybole Junction on 17 October 1959 with a Girvan - Ayr train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 17/10/1959

This is a single platform station, formerly a two platform station. The southbound platform remains in use, the northbound is overgrown, disused since 1973. The station building, on the in use platform, is of red sandstone and two storeys. It is partly in railway use, partly housing and also houses a convenience store. The building on the former northbound platform has been demolished.
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A Kilmarnock to Stranraer service departs Maybole on 18 September. ...
David Panton 18/09/2019
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73104 photographed near Maybole on 15 August 1959 at the head of a train from Stranraer bound for Glasgow St ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1959
The street aspect of the station building at Maybole looks a good deal more
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David Panton 10/10/2017
An Ayr to Girvan service calls at Maybole, the only intermediate station,
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David Panton 10/10/2017

This signal box closed in 1890. It was just over a mile south of Maybole.
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Horwich Mogul 42805 leaving the 'Marl Hole' south of Maybole on Saturday 6 August 1960 with a train of empty stock destined for Girvan. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/08/1960

This short lived station was around a mile and a half west of Crosshill itself.
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Kilkerran was a double platform station with the main two storey station building on the southbound platform.
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Kilkerran signal box - May 1999 ...
David Panton /05/1999
Ex-Caledonian 0-6-0 57633 heading north towards Ayr with the Girvan goods on 6 August 1960. The train is leaving 'Ben's Cut' in the Girvan Valley and ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/08/1960
Lever frame in Kilkerran signalbox. This is a fringe box for the Ayr signalling scheme and close by this lever frame is a computer connected to Ayr ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
The signal box and level crossing at Kilkerran, on the line between Girvan and Maybole, seen in May 1999. ...
David Panton /05/1999

This signal box was to the north east of Dailly station. It controlled access to Romilly Colliery and the Dalquharran Tile Works sidings. The box was on the north side of the line at the point of divergence of the sidings which were also on the north side of the line and served from the east.
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This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the southbound platform. The building, Glasgow and South Western Railway in style, bore a strong resemblance to the now gone building on the northbound platform at Maybole.. There was a goods yard to the east, on the south side of the line, served from the west. The platforms crossed the main road to the south of the ...

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BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 73060 photographed just south of Dailly on Saturday 15 August 1959 with a Glasgow to Girvan train.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1959
A Swindon DMU on a Girvan - Glasgow service photographed near Dailly on 6 August 1960. [Ref query 1072] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/08/1960
Corkerhill Black 5 45007 photographed near Bargany, Ayrshire, on the approach to Dailly on 15 August 1959 with a train from Girvan for Glasgow St ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1959
Black 5 45490 about to run through Dailly, between Girvan and Maybole, on 15 August 1959 with a Stranraer Harbour - Glasgow St Enoch express. Dailly ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1959


This 1903 signal box controlled access to Bargany Colliery which was on the south side of the line and approached from the north east. The box was on the north side of the line.
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BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73121 near Bargany, famous for its coal mines, to the south west of Dailly, with a St Enoch - Girvan train on 15 August ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1959

This was a two platform station crossed by a road bridge. The main station building was on the southbound platform. The building had an unusual largely glazed extension at the south end of the building, perhaps the waiting room for Killochan Castle. The building was replaced around 1900.
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This was a two platform station built during World War Two to serve the temporary ICI munitions factory built at Grangeston Distillery.
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View north at Grangeston Halt. This was a two platform halt just north of Girvan Junctions which served the large ICI Grangeston munitions factory ...
Ewan Crawford //2002

This signal box controlled the junction for the Maidens and Dunure Railway (1906) where it met the Maybole and Girvan Railway (1860).
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At this junction the Girvan and Portpatrick Railway (1877) met the Maybole and Girvan Railway (1860).
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A 101 runs north past Girvan Junction. The train is approaching from Girvan (New) station on the line to Stranraer. The original terminus was to the ...
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DMU passing Girvan goods branch. ...
Ian Dinmore //
Looking south at Girvan Junction. The line in the distance to the right ran to the original Girvan terminus. ...
Ewan Crawford 19/03/1988

This was a single platform station which officially closed as a goods only yard in the 1989 partly due to the condition of the single track bridge over the Water of Girvan.
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Remains of the station building at Girvan (Old) in February 2015 see image 52550. ...
Colin Miller 02/02/2015
The remains of a loading bank at Girvan (Old) station. ...
William Tollan 09/02/2006
Site of the bridge which carried the line into the original Girvan station. ...
William Tollan 09/02/2006
In amongst the undergrowth are the crumbling remains of the platform at Girvan (Old) station see image 52550. View west in February 2015. ...
Colin Miller 02/02/2015