Ardrossan Town

Location type


Names and dates

Ardrossan (1831-1953)
Ardrossan Town (1953-1967)
Ardrossan Town (1987-)

Opened on the Ardrossan and Johnstone Railway.


This is a single platform station, re-opened in 1987.

In the past, this was the Glasgow and South Western Railway's main station serving Ardrossan.

As originally built, there were two platforms on the line through to the harbour, and later (after opening in 1840), Ardrossan Winton Pier. To the west of the station was a locomotive shed and a few sidings. The main station building was on the east side of the line. A roof covered the platforms at the south end. Platforms were short.

The station was substantially re-built around the opening of the Largs Branch. A bay platform was provided on the west side. The locomotive shed moved away, being replaced with a goods shed on the west side (still extant) and more sidings. Further sidings were provided on the east side. A large new glazed station roof was provided covering the circulating area (by the bay) and through platforms (with a gap for smoke). The roof was braced between the goods shed, a large was on the east side of the through platforms (still there) and station building (demolished in recent years). The bay was used for Kilmarnock and Largs trains.

The station remained, without the glazed roof, after closure in 1967 until 1987 when just the former down platform on the harbour line was re-opened. The nearby Ardrossan South Beach handled the traffic for Ardrossan during the period of closure.

The platform has been extended since re-opening and the station building, which was not used with the re-opening, demolished and replaced.