Location type


Names and dates

Neilston (1902-1924)
Neilston High (1924-1962)
Neilston (1962-)

Station code: NEI National Rail ScotRail
Where: East Renfrewshire, Scotland
Opened on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.
Open on the Neilston Line.


This is a two platform terminus station. To the south the two lines of the railway merge at a reversing spur. Although the Caledonian Railway style station buildings were demolished in the late 1980s the goods shed survives. The larger building with ticket office was on the Glasgow bound platform with a smaller building on the southbound platform.

It is a terminus but was formerly on the main line south west to Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier and Irvine Bank Street. The reversing spur is the stump of that route.

The goods yard was reached from the south end and was located on the north side of the station. It was reached by a reversing spur with a loop at the south end, north side. The shed survives and the yard is a car park. The signal box was at the west end of the Glasgow bound platform.

The station was renamed to distinguish it from Neilston Low station on the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway. This was in 1924, one year after both stations came into the ownership of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. The High station was close to the village and the Low station was convenient for the mills.

In 1932 local trains south of Uplawmoor [1st] (the next station from Glasgow) ceased.

The signal boxes at Patterton and Whitecraigs closed in 1961, the section taken over jointly by the boxes at Neilston High and Muirend.

The local service to Uplawmoor [1st] continued until 1962. Also in 1962 the station became Neilston again.

In 1964 the line south was closed. The signal box survived until 1982.


Station terminus goods shed


01/05/1903Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Giffen Junction to Cathcart opened for passengers. Lugton [CR], Uplawmoor [1st], Neilston, Patterton, Whitecraigs station opened.
20/09/1903Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Lugton East Junction to Lugton L and A Junction opened. This was an interchange spur but also allowed trains to run from Glasgow to Kilmarnock via Neilston as far as Lugton on a wholly Caledonian Railway only owned route.
  /  /1924Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Bogside [CR] renamed Bogside Moor Halt. Irvine [CR] renamed Irvine Bank Street. Stevenston [Moorpark] renamed Stevenston Moorpark. Saltcoats [CR] renamed Saltcoats North. Ardrossan Town [CR] renamed Ardrossan North. Ardrossan [Montgomerie] Pier renamed Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier. Kilwinning [CR] renamed Kilwinning East. Kilbirnie [CR] renamed Kilbirnie South. Lugton [CR] renamed Lugton High. Neilston renamed Neilston High.
  /  /1962Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Neilston High renamed Neilston.
02/04/1962Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Uplawmoor [1st] to Neilston High (excluded) closed to passengers.
29/05/1962Glasgow South Bank Electrification
Cathcart Circle, Cathcart to Neilston and Cathcart to Motherwell via Kirkhill electrified.


Forgotten Railways: Scotland