Annan

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Annan (1848-)

Station code: ANN National Rail ScotRail
Where: Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Opened on the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway.
Open on the G and SW Main Line.

Description

This is a two platform station in the south of Annan. The main station building is on the eastbound platform (the town side of the station). The stone built building has a long glazed canopy. There is an entry porch, the stonework doesn't quite match so it may be an addition. A large brick shelter, open to the platform but roofed, with extends the building at its west end. The westbound platform waiting room has not survived.

The goods yard was on both sides of the line. The yard with a shed was to the north, approached from the west. Another yard, with a loop off the main line which ran round the south side of the westbound platform, was to the south and was accessed from the east. Of this a single siding, the west end of the loop, remains.

The original yard, somewhat smaller, had turnplates and the goods loop was a later addition.

The station remains open. The station building is now a pub called The Station House .

To the east was Solway Junction, for the line to the Solway Viaduct, and to the west is Annan Viaduct beyond which was the branch for Cochran's Boiler Works.

The line was singled from the east end of the station to Gretna Junction in 1975 and was redoubled in 2008 due to increased imported coal traffic from Hunterston High Level Sidings for power stations in the English Midlands, (which has since largely ceased). The signal box (dating from 1876 and 'B' listed), at the west end of the station, remains open. The box is a curiosity as the line both east (to beyond the former Solway Junction) and west (to beyond Annan Viaduct) is controlled from Dumfries.

There were MOD sidings to both east and west. To the east is Eastriggs MOD and to the west was Annan Powfoot Siding.

Local

Visit Scotland - Annan

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External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
NLS Map
NLS Map
09/11/2019

Facilities

Gaelic name: Anainn
Listing: B




Dates

  /  /1847Caledonian Railway
Branch to Annan, from Ecclefechan, authorised. Not built.
  /  /1848Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Opened from Gretna Junction to Dumfries [1st]. Stations opened at Annan, Cummertrees, Ruthwell, Dumfries [1st].
  /  /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.
  /  /1904Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Awning added to Annan station.
  /  /2000Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Loop opened on the up side at Thornhill, just east of the former station. This aided capacity of the line with its long single track section from Gretna to Annan (since re-doubled).

Books


An Illustrated History of Carlisle's Railways

The Glasgow & South Western Railway a History