Location type


Name and dates

Dalmellington (1856-1964)

Opened on the Ayr and Dalmellington Railway.


This was the terminus of the line from Ayr. The station was laid out with a goods yard on the west side, passenger station in the middle and locomotive shed to the east, with turntable. The locomotive shed was probably originally the goods shed. The signal box (1884) was on the east side of the station throat.

The station building was similar to that at Waterside which survives, a two storey stone building. There was a single storey extension at the south end with a platform canopy. A loop was later installed by the single platform, the platform being on the east side of the building.

A portion of the line was opened between the Dalmellington Iron Works and Sillyhole Pit No 6 by the Ayrshire and Galloway Railway which collapsed and failed to build the line from Ayr to Dalmellington. The Sillyhole pits were to the north of Dalmellington and the existing line was extended south to the station when the Ayr and Dalmellington Railway opened. The trackbed was prepared for two tracks.

The station, signal box and line closed in 1964, cut back to the Cutler Sidings at Waterside, the line remaining in use for coal traffic.

The station site has been obliterated. It is now a school and police station.

The trackbed remains intact and walkable from near the former station to Waterside. The railway could be reinstated.


Station terminus

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


  /  /1840Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Originally promoted as the Ayrshire and Galloway Railway it was to run from Ayr to Dalmellington and on to Castle Douglas to join the British and Irish Grand Junction Railway, which later was opened as the Portpatrick Railway.
  /  /1848Dalmellington Iron Works
Opened at Waterside, to the north of Dalmellington, by the Houldsworth family as the Dalmellington Iron Company.
04/08/1853Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Authorised from Ayr (Falkland Junction) to Dalmellington. This incarnation of the line was closely associated with the Houldsworth family's Dalmellington Iron Works at Waterside and associated coal mines.
06/04/1964Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Dalmellington to Ayr (Dalrymple Junction) closed to passengers.
06/07/1964Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Dalmellington to Cutler Sidings (excluded) closed to freight.