Dunragit

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Dunragit (1861-1965)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Portpatrick Railway.

Description

This was a two platform station. a loop and signal box ('B' listed) remain here and the station building still stands, complete with short section of platform. This had a canopy on its extension to the west, now removed.

The loop and eastbound platform opened with the opening of the line north to Girvan. The loop was installed in 1866.

The original signal box was on the westbound platform and opened in 1877. This was a desirable addition, the Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway opening from Challoch Junction (a little to the east) to Girvan in 1877. The station was, almost, a junction station.

The box was replaced in 1927 with an LMS Type 12 (Caledonian Railway style) building. This was erected on the south side of the line just east of the level crossing. The box took over Challoch Junction in 1939 when remotely operated points were installed there.

The line was doubled to Castle Kennedy, to the west, in 1942 in connection with the new World War Two line to Cairnryan (Military Port No 2). It was also extended east from the station to Dunragit Creamery.

The station closed in 1965, coinciding with the closure of the Portpatrick Railway. The platforms were largely removed.

The line west to Castle Kennedy was singled in 1970 and loop cut back at the east end.

A loop has been maintained here. The is still in use and token exchanges still take place here. The box is C listed.

Tags

Station LMS Type 12
01/10/2019

Facilities

Listing: C




Dates

01/07/1861Portpatrick Railway
Castle Kennedy, Dunragit and Palnure opened.
  /  /1939Portpatrick Railway
Dunragit to Castle Kennedy doubled.
01/01/1939Portpatrick Railway
Challoch Junction signal box replaced with motorpoints operated from Dunragit.
14/06/1965Portpatrick Railway Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway
Challoch Junction (excluded) to Dumfries (excluded) closed to passengers. Glenluce, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart, Creetown, Gatehouse of Fleet, New Galloway, Parton and Crossmichael closed. Challoch Junction to Maxwelltown Factory Siding (excluded) closed to all traffic. On the surviving part of the line Castle Kennedy and Dunragit stations closed.

Books


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