Glasgow to Ayr and Stranraer



Locations along the line

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This is the busiest station in Scotland. It was established by the Caledonian Railway in 1879 and was hugely expanded in 1901-5. ...

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A Voyager heads south out of Glasgow Central. ...
Veronica Clibbery 06/09/2017
Part of a First World War exhibition at Glasgow Central. ...
John Yellowlees 19/01/2017
Passengers in Glasgow Central station appear to be remarkably unsurprised by an apparition in their midst on the concourse. Hallowe'en is just another ...
John Yellowlees 26/10/2015
Class 8P 46244 at Glasgow Central on the up Midday Scot. ...
David Murray-Smith 05/09/1959

This is a two platform station. There is a considerable gap between the platforms as the line had been quadrupled, due to increasing traffic, when the station re-opened in 1879. The line was reduced to two lines but a third line has been laid to increase capacity between Glasgow and Paisley.
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A Gourock to Glasgow service calls at Cardonald on 21 July 2018. The high-mast lighting in the background is a familiar feature of the M8 corridor. ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
380 114 heads west from Cardonald. ...
Bill Roberton 09/02/2016
380 010 calls at Cardonald with a Gourock service. ...
Bill Roberton 09/02/2016
DB 66037 approaches with Longannet - Hunterston High Level empties. ...
Bill Roberton 18/03/2016

This is a two platform station to the south and east of the Hillington Industrial Estate. There is an old station building on the westbound platform.
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A Gourock to Glasgow service pulls into Hillie East on 21 July 2018. The track on the left is the central road, sometimes used by passing trains and ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
A Glasgow to Gourock Service calls at Hillington East on 21 July 2018. From this location it is possible to see the platforms of the stations either ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
Glasgow bound train at Hillington East on 17 July. ...
David Panton 17/07/2007
A 6-car Gourock to Glasgow service pulls into Hillie East on 16 December 2017. It is composed of doomed class 314s, to be scrapped next year. It's now ...
David Panton 17/12/2017

This is a two platform station.
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The station building on the Glasgow bound platform at Hillington West, looking from the footbridge towards the industrial area to the north of the ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007
An up special runs through Hillington West in August 1963 behind an unidentified Black 5.
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Colin Miller /08/1963
BR Standard class 5 no 73075 of Polmadie shed heads towards Glasgow on the up fast line through Hillington West with a extra in May 1963. ...
Colin Miller /05/1963
Scene at Hillington West on 20 May 2007. Entrance to the Glasgow bound platform from the station footbridge. ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007

This was originally a double track station. The original station featured a very tall wooden signal box on stilts.
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Tartan, famous local names and landmarks along with EMU 380011 are on display in the underpass to greet visitors to Paisley Gilmour Street. ...
Colin McDonald 22/12/1997
314213, in SPT livery and now some 38 years old, calls right time at Paisley Gilmour Street on a service for Gourock on 7th August 2017. These ...
Colin Miller 07/08/2017
No, not one from the archives but a shot of a Gourock to Glasgow service at Gilmour Street on 17 October 2018. Scrapping of Class 314s should surely ...
David Panton 17/10/2018
Gourock bound 334017 entering Paisley Gilmour Street ...
Graham Morgan 12/09/2006

This is a two platform station.
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66164 passing through Johnstone heading west in the direction of Hunterston for more coal ...
Graham Morgan 30/08/2007
66016 running light at Johnstone, heading in the direction of Miliken Park. ...
Graham Morgan 17/04/2007
334005 about to pull into Johnstone with a service for Glasgow Central ...
Graham Morgan 30/08/2007
66216 and loaded coal wagons with a service bound for Longannet ...
Graham Morgan 17/04/2007

This is a two platform station. The station has no car park and serves the Milliken Park area.
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View west over Milliken Park station, Renfrewshire, on 17 June 2007. ...
John Furnevel 17/06/2007
334004 at the head of a two unit set with a service for Ayr approaching Milliken Park station ...
Graham Morgan 31/03/2008
334 012 with a Glasgow Central - Largs service calls at Milliken Park on 20 August. ...
David Panton 20/08/2008
Glasgow - Ayr Express. Stanier 4.6.0 5179. Passing Milliken Park. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1939

This is a modern minimal two platform station north of Howwood itself. The station re-opened in 2003. There is a small car park between the line and the A737.
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History poster at Howwood, 'The Beetling Machines of Howwood'. ...
John Yellowlees 24/03/2017
What is this mysterious red pole at Howwood?

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John Yellowlees 24/03/2017
Howwood station under construction in 2000. The view looks south. This was opened on the site of the station which opened in 1876 and closed in 1955. ...
Ewan Crawford //
View looking south over Howwood station under construction. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This is a two platform station 3/4 of a mile south east of the town of Lochwinnoch. It is a modern minimal station with a car park. Barr Loch is to the west and Castle Semple to the north. 'Loch Winnoch' may have referred to the area before drainage created the two lochs.
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380010 hurries through Lochwinnoch with a Glasgow Central to Ardrossan Harbour service in the evening of 31 August 2018. The photo was taken from a ...
John McIntyre 31/08/2018
An all-stations Ayr - Glasgow Central train calls at Lochwinnoch on 14 May 2014. ...
Colin Miller 14/05/2014
Colourful platform display at Lochwinnoch, photographed on 14 July 2015. ...
John Yellowlees 14/07/2015
The 14.30 Glasgow Central - Ayr dashes through Lochwinnoch at high speed on 14 May. This train's first stop will be at Kilwinning and the end to end ...
Colin Miller 14/05/2014

This is a two platform station with an original building on the northbound platform. ...

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Standard class 5 4-6-0 73104 with a St Enoch - Largs train north of Glengarnock the summer of 1959. [Ref query 1115] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/07/1959
A 380 with an afternoon service to Ayr calls at Glengarnock on 22/10/2016. You'll have to imagine the autumn smell of brown leaves. ...
David Panton 22/10/2016
A 6-car 334 service for Glasgow Central calls at Glengarnock on 2 Sepember 2009. ...
David Panton 02/09/2009
Class 2P 4-4-0 40688 calls at Glengarnock on 14 July 1959 with a train for Kilmarnock. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/07/1959

This is a two platform station.
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A planter at Dalry station within the adopted station garden. ...
John Yellowlees 25/03/2018
Passengers board a northbound 380 in bright evening light. ...
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017
A non stop service comes south through Dalry. Off to the right some hares are having a party. ...
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017
On display at Dalry station. I believe I've seen these photographs somewhere before ... ...
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017

This is a four platform station with two platforms on the Ardrossan Harbour / Largs branch and two platforms on the line south to Ayr. There was an extensive goods yard on the west side, approached from the north, but this is reduced to a pair of civil engineer sidings.
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First stop for a Glasgow to Ayr service on 17 October 2018. Platform lighting is being replaced, but the longer term plan is to transform (ruin?) the ...
David Panton 17/10/2018
An 'Access for All' display detailing the planned improvements at Kilwinning station in October 2018.
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John Yellowlees 23/10/2018
Looking north at Kilwinning Junction. Ardrossan line to left and mainline to Ayr to right. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
An SPT liveried class 318 EMU arriving at a very quiet Kilwinning platform 2 on 3rd May 2007 forming a Glasgow Central - Largs service. ...
John Furnevel 03/05/2007

This is a two platform station. The station has a mixture of old and new buildings. The line is raised and station entry is one floor below the track level. There is a surviving original station building. The building on the southbound platform bears a strange resemblance to Highland Railway station buildings such as that at Ardgay. The building on the northbound platform is different in style ...

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Welcome to Irvine - see adjacent news item. ...
John Yellowlees 29/08/2012
A Saturday St Enoch - Darvel train restarts from the Irvine stop on 4 July 1959. In charge is one of Hurlford shed's 2P 4-4-0s no 40645. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/07/1959
Northbound Freightliner 66509 heading to the south (via Shields Junction) through Irvine working 6E06 Killoch to York Yard South on 15 August - an ...
Ken Browne 15/08/2016
View from a special passing Irvine signal box on 31 August 1985. The train was operating as part of an open day taking place at British Rail's Ayr ...
Bill Roberton 31/08/1985

This is a two platform station on the Glasgow-Ayr route.
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DBS 66089 forms the diverted 0R79 Mossend - Falkland through Barassie on 7 January. ...
Ken Browne 07/01/2016
A view northwards of Barassie station, from the footbridge, on 31st August 2018. The single track to Kilmarnock can just be seen on the right. ...
John McIntyre 31/08/2018
DRS 37609+37607 working the diverted 6M22 south through Barassie from Hunterston LL to Sellafield on 7 January 2016. This train normally runs via ...
Ken Browne 07/01/2016
380012 enters Barassie on 29 September with a Glasgow Central - Ayr stopper. ...
Bill Roberton 29/09/2014

This is a two platform station in Troon, to the east of the harbour. It is a fine station with original buildings and canopied platforms.
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Troon (New) looking north. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Southbound train at Troon (New). ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Troon (New) seen from road approach. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Last year's 145th Open remembered at Troon. ...
John Yellowlees 28/01/2017

This station was opened for Glasgow Prestwick Airport which is to the immediate east and connected to the station by a long elevated covered walkway.
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PIK has more fantouche departure screens than the standard, probably because it's not owned by a railway company. Photographed 1 October. ...
David Panton 01/10/2016
156 500 calls at what is now widely referred to as 'Glasgow Prestwick Airport' [see image 21551] with a Kilmarnock - Ayr service on 19 March 2010.
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Bill Roberton 19/03/2010
View north over Prestwick Airport station showing the Rail/Air link bridge across the A79. ...
John Furnevel 3/05/2007
318 256 bound for Glasgow calls at Prestwick Airport in July 1997. ...
David Panton /07/1997

This is a two platform station with a pair of fine station buildings on each platform. The larger, on the southbound platform, has a long glass canopy on the platform site. The smaller, largely timber built, on the northbound platform, also has a canopy platform side.
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Splash of colour at Prestwick Town - see news item ...
First ScotRail /11/2011
A 6-car 318 arrives at Prestwick Town on 3 June with a service for Ayr. ...
David Panton 03/06/2010
A fine late summer day, and the canvassy smell of warm Ayrshire golf
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David Panton 01/09/2010
SPT liveried ScotRail services formed by 318252 and 334036 pass at Prestwick Town on 3 May 2007 with north and southbound trains running between ...
John Furnevel 03/05/2007

This is a two platform in the Newton area of Ayr, to the north of the River Ayr. The station is to the south of Falkland Yard and just north of Newton Junction.
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A northbound 380 draws to a pause at Newton-on-Ayr, its first stop on the way to Glasgow. ...
Ewan Crawford 07/09/2017
Southbound train pausing at Newton-on-Ayr. The almost entirely bricked up building on up platform continues to stand. ...
Ewan Crawford 07/09/2017
View south at Newton-on-Ayr on 2 September as 318 255 arrives with an Ayr - Glasgow Central service. ...
David Panton 02/09/2009
334 033 forming the 10.46 Ayr - Glasgow Central on 29 April running non-stop through Newton-on-Ayr. ...
Colin Miller 29/04/2011

This station has four platforms - two through platforms on the route to Stranraer and two bays for traffic to the north.
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A Class 156 about to head south for Girvan from Ayr on 10th October 2017.
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David Panton 10/10/2017
Spring at Ayr. ...
John Yellowlees 27/03/2017
The planters at Ayr take one's eye off the derelict Station Hotel - almost. 4th May 2018.
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John Yellowlees 04/05/2018
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73104 runs into Ayr station from the south on 30 March 1959 at the head of an express from Stranraer bound for St Enoch. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 30/03/1959

This is a single platform station, formerly a two platform station. The southbound platform remains in use, the northbound is overgrown, disused since 1973. The station building, on remaining in use platform, is of red sandstone and two storeys. It is partly in railway use, partly housing and also houses a convenience store. The building on the former northbound platform has been demolished.
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The street aspect of the station building at Maybole looks a good deal more
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David Panton 10/10/2017
An Ayr to Girvan service calls at Maybole, the only intermediate station,
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David Panton 10/10/2017
Maybole station frontage on 31 May 2007 looking northwest across Culzean Road. ...
John Furnevel 31/05/2007
Maybole on 15 September 2006 - with the station name now clearly picked out in white brick on the disused platform - see News Item. ...
David Kiltie 15/09/2006

This is a two platform station with a Streamline Moderne (Art Deco) styled building on the up platform.
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The 1300hrs service to Ayr, formed by 156512, leaves Girvan on 25th February 2016. ...
Colin Miller 25/02/2016
A platform view of the Art Deco building on the northbound platform of Girvan station. ...
Ewan Crawford /12/1993
Glasgow - Stranraer express. Compound 1144 taking water at Girvan. Driver: Jimmy McCreadie. Fireman: John Shields. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow /02/1941
Johnny Shields giving 5716 water at Girvan. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1941

This is a two platform station with a loop which breaks the single track section between Girvan and Pinwherry. The signal box is from Portpatrick, relocated here in 1935 after the original burned down, and tablet instruments are in the station building. The signal box was shortened for use here. ...

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The cabin on the southbound platform at Barrhill in July 1998. ...
David Panton /07/1998
The panel and lever frame at Barrhill in September 1987. ...
Ian Dinmore /09/1987
On a cold, dull and misty afternoon, Black Fives 44871 and 45407 are on the way to Stranraer with the Great Britain VII, pictured here on the ...
John Gray 30/04/2014
Small but perfectly formed ..the attractive SB at Barrhill on 31 May 2007. ...
John Furnevel 31/05/2007

The original station on the pier was minimal; two tracks were laid on the pier - with a very short platform on west side at end of tideline, the line continued down the pier with a steamer office, goods shed near end of pier. There were cattle docks at base of pier. The pier had a slip at its end.
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A memento of the former station name at Stranraer Harbour. ...
John Yellowlees 14/12/2016
Stranraer plaque - unveiled today in memory of the SAYLSA company secretary James McKenzie Wilson who died last month. ...
John Yellowlees 27/03/2017
Despite appearances, Stranraer pier is not equipped with bouncy castles. ...
John Yellowlees 27/03/2017
Flowers brightening Stranraer station on an otherwise drab day. ...
John Yellowlees 02/02/2017