Falkland Yard

Location type


Name and dates

Falkland Yard (1856-)

Opened on the Ayr and Dalmellington Railway.
Opened on the Falkland Yard and Ayr Harbour (Glasgow and South Western Railway).


This yard is in the north of Ayr, directly north of Newton-on-Ayr station. The yard is largely associated with the operation of Ayr Harbour for coal export and the various Ayrshire coal loading points. With the demise of Scottish Coal (April 2013) and the reduced demand for coal for power stations the yard is now very under used.

The yard developed around Falkland Junction. Here the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway of 1839 was met by the Ayr and Dalmellington Railway in 1856. Sidings developed around this junction and foundries and chemical works were established.

A line east to Mauchline, from another triangular junction, opened in 1870.

Ayr Wet Dock was opened in 1873. A branch to Ayr Harbour was added to the network, connecting with a triangular junction. This used a similar approach to the Ayr Waggonway. The dock was equipped with coal drops and sidings down the west and east sides.

The yard continued to grow absorbing the sites of some of the chemical works and pushing the road on the west side out onto the beach.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

29/01/1998General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway
Mossend Marshalling Yard to Falkland Yard caustic soda train derails just west of the former West Street Junction.
21/12/1998Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Derailment at Falkland Yard.
  /08/2011Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Ayr MPD closed with locomotives stabled outdoors at Falkland Yard, east side, in the wagon maintenance sidings.


A Look Back at Dalmellington

An Archaeological Field Survey at Chalmerston, Dalmellington (Occasional paper / Association of Certified Field Archaeologists)

Dalmellington (Pathfinder Maps)

Dalmellington Iron Company: Its Engines and Men
Dalmellington Iron Company: Its Engines and Men
Doon Valley Memories: Dalmellington Dunaskin Patna and District - A Pictorial Reflection

Old Dalmellington, Patna and Waterside