Castlehill Junction

Location type

Junction

Name and dates

Castlehill Junction (1878-1969)

Opened on the Ardrossan and Johnstone Railway.
Opened on the Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway).

Description

At Castlehill Junction, immediately east of Ardrossan Town, the Ardrossan and Johnstone Railway was met by the west fork of the Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway). The box was located to the north of the junction and opened with the Largs branch in 1878.

The location was complicated by loops on the line from Holm Junction to the east, the division of the lines running west to Ardrossan Town splitting into passenger lines, goods lines and carriage sidings. Further lines were associated with Ardrossan Shed [GSW] [2nd] which was within the triangle of lines here. A turntable to the east was approached from the junction, convenient for turning locomotives which terminated in Ardrossan.

The Castlehill Junction to Holm Junction curve closed in 1969 and the box closed.

The original line remains open, now a single track electrified line.

Tags

Junction
03/08/2020


Dates

01/01/1968Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ardrossan Castlehill Junction to Parkhouse Junction closed to passengers.
30/09/1969Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ardrossan Castlehill Junction to Parkhouse Junction closed to freight.

Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

Ardrossan (North) 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 16.01 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Ardrossan (South) 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 16.05 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Gourock to Largs Coast Through Time

Kilwinning 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 16.04 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Largs 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 03.12 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Old Ardrossan

Old Kilwinning

Old Largs

Old West Kilbride

Origins of the Scottish Railway System 1722-1844

The Glasgow & South Western Railway a History