Challoch Junction

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Name and dates

Challoch Junction (1877-1965)

Opened on the Portpatrick Railway.
Opened on the Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway.


This junction was formed in 1877 between the Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway and the 1861 Portpatrick Railway.

On the Portpatrick Railway, the junction was between Dunragit (to the west) and Glenluce (to the east) stations.

A signal box opened in advance of the junction in 1876. This was on the south side of the junction. There was a short loop on the Girvan route.

Challoch Junction Golfers Platform was just to the west.

The signal box closed in 1939 when the box at Dunragit took over. The loop was taken out and electrically operated points installed.

The junction closed in 1965. Most of the Port Road, Challoch Junction to Maxwelltown Factory Siding (both excluded), closed in 1965.

The Stranraer to Girvan route remains open.


Junction 07/11/2019


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).
07/02/1882Girvan and Portpatrick Junction RailwayPortpatrick Railway
Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway trains banned from Stranraer and Portpatrick by the Portpatrick Railway. Line closed temporarily from Girvan to Challoch Junction.
26/06/1892Ayr and Wigtownshire RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
The Girvan to Challoch Junction line absorbed by the larger company.
01/01/1939Portpatrick Railway
Challoch Junction signal box replaced with motorpoints operated from Dunragit.
14/06/1965Portpatrick RailwayCastle Douglas and Dumfries Railway
Challoch Junction to Dumfries closed to passengers. Glenluce, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart, Creetown, Gatehouse of Fleet, New Galloway, Parton and Crossmichael closed. The 'Paddy' is diverted via Mauchline and the former Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway.
14/06/1965Portpatrick RailwayCastle Douglas and Dumfries Railway
Challoch Junction to Cargenbridge Chemical Works (excluded) closed to all traffic.
14/06/1965Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Number of trains on line increases after closure of the Portpatrick Railway. Trains are diverted to run via Mauchline to Girvan and the former Challoch Junction for Stranraer.
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).
  /  /1967Portpatrick Railway
Track lifted between Challoch Junction and Cargenden.


Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Railways (Library of Railway History)
Rails to Portpatrick (Local History Series)
The Port Road: Dumfries to Stranraer, Portpatrick, Kirkcudbright and Whithorn