Holywood [2nd]

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Holywood [2nd] (1920-1949)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Opened on the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway.

Description

This two platform station replaced Holywood [1st] station directly to the north over the level crossing. The relocation was some time around 1920. The main station building was on the southbound platform.

The southbound platform remains intact but the northbound, and the station building which survived into the 1980s, are both gone.

The signal box, replaced around 1905 or the time of the relocation, remains open on the north side of the crossing and east side of the line.

The signal box operates the wooden gates.

Local

Between the former Holywood station and the former Auldgirth station (to the north) and on the west bank of the River Nith is Ellisland Farm , the farm built by Robert Burns where he farmed and was inspired by the setting. The farm is now a museum. The nearest station is at Dumfries, around six miles to the south.

Nearby Ellisland is Portrack House, famous for its annual open day when the Gardens of Cosmic Speculation are open. Within its grounds is the south end of Portrack Viaduct, over the River Nith, and a portion of an earlier version of the viaduct complete with shunter on a short section of track.

Tags

Station

Aliases

Holywood

External links

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


Books


An Illustrated History of Carlisle's Railways

The Glasgow & South Western Railway a History