Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway

Introduction

This line is open. The line is used by ScotRail to provide a service between Ayr and Stranraer. Services start from Glasgow (running down via Kilwinning) or Carlisle (running via Dumfries, Kilmarnock and Ayr). Much freight was carried until the early 1990s. The direct trains to Newcastle have now been withdrawn.






Dates

  /  /1935[Portpatrick Railway]
Stranraer to Portpatrick starts to be operated as one engine in steam. Portpatrick box is moved to Barrhill on the former [Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway].
14/06/1965Portpatrick RailwayCastle Douglas and Dumfries Railway
Challoch Junction to Dumfries closed to passengers. Glenluce, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart, Creetown, Gatehouse of Fleet, New Galloway, Parton and Crossmichael closed. The 'Paddy' is diverted via Mauchline and the former Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

At this junction the Girvan and Portpatrick Railway (1877) met the Maybole and Girvan Railway (1860).
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A 101 runs north past Girvan Junction. The train is approaching from Girvan (New) station on the line to Stranraer. The original terminus was to the ...
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DMU passing Girvan goods branch. ...
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Looking south at Girvan Junction. The line in the distance to the right ran to the original Girvan terminus. ...
Ewan Crawford 19/03/1988

This is a double track viaduct north of Girvan station and south of the former Girvan Junction. The double track Girvan Loop, which extends north from the south end of the station to the former junction, passes over the viaduct.
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BR Standard class 5 no 73102 leaving Girvan in the summer of 1960 with a train for St Enoch. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 24/07/1960

This is a two platform station with a Streamline Moderne (Art Deco) styled building on the up platform.
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The South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership are holding a fundraising for Macmillan on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November at Girvan Station, ...
South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership 01/11/2019
A Kilmanock to Stranraer service calls at Girvan on 6 February 2019, making a slightly extended stop to allow a delayed return working to enter the ...
David Panton 06/02/2019
The 1300hrs service to Ayr, formed by 156512, leaves Girvan on 25th February 2016. ...
Colin Miller 25/02/2016
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


This summit, of 394 ft, is at the northern portal of the Pinmore Tunnel. It is the end of a long climb south from Girvan station up the Glendoune Bank (and Glendoune Cutting).
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This is a single track tunnel of 543 yards (469 metres). Pinmore Summit is at the tunnel's northern portal.
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This was a single platform station with a passing loop. The goods yard was on the west side, approached from the north, and passenger platform on the east side with a two storey station building. The signal box was at the north end, east side of the line, and south of the road bridge.
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From Pinmore station looking south. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow /02/1941
Northbound train passing the former Pinmore station and approaching the tunnel. ...
Ewan Crawford 19/03/1988

This is an eleven arch gently curved single track viaduct south of Pinmore, it is also known as Pinmore Viaduct or Kinclaer Viaduct. The viaduct is reinforced with old rails.
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Kinclair Viaduct south of the former Pinmore station. ...
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This was a two platform station with a passing loop on the single track line. The two storey station building was on the southbound platform. To the south, on the west side of the line, was the signal box. The goods yard was on the east side, south of the station, accessed from the south end of the southbound line. There was a goods shed at the south end of the yard, at Drumspillan close to the ...

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North end of Pinwherry loop showing semphore signals. ...
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Looking south at Pinwherry. The loop line (new looking ballast to left) was lifted in the 1980s. The building was the station building. ...
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In the loop; a trolley out from Stranraer waits for a southbound Sprinter to pass the closed station. The signalman swaps hoops with the driver. This ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
View south at Pinwherry in 1977 with the old station building on the left. Pinwherry was closed to passengers in September 1965. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1977



This is a two platform station with a loop which breaks the single track section between Girvan and Pinwherry. The station building is on the southbound platform and there is a wooden waiting room on the northbound platform. Crossing between the platforms is by a walkway crossing at the south end of the station.
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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
Chilly scene at Barrhill in October 1987 looking towards Stranraer. ...
David Panton /10/1987
The 1005hrs Stranraer to Glasgow Central makes its first call at Barrhill. The train was scheduled to take 40 minutes for this first leg but had been ...
Mark Bartlett 25/05/2011


This summit, between Barrhill (to the north) and Glenwhilly (to the south) is at 690 ft. It is the summit of the line between Girvan and Stranraer.
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Glenwhilly was a station at a remote location in farmed moorland. Glenwhilly Farm, for which it is named, is to the north.
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Thanks to an unfortunate change of wind direction,the smoke from LNER B1 No.1264 and Black 5 No.44871 almost hides the coaches of 'The Great Britain ...
John Gray 02/05/2019
B1 No.1264 and Black 5 No.44871 are making quite a racket as they battle the curves and the gradient of the Swan's Neck near Glenwhilly with the Great ...
John Gray 02/05/2019
South signalpost at Glenwhilly lit by moonlight. ...
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The return working of the Great Britain XII from Stranraer with the train top and tailed. B1 No.1264 leads the attack on the first of the curves of ...
John Gray 02/05/2019

Or Bloody Wheel Viaduct.
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This was a two platform station. The main building was on the southbound platform. Platforms were slightly staggered, the northbound platform being slightly to the north.
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Former site of New Luce station, looking north. ...
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This junction was formed in 1877 between the Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway and the 1861 Portpatrick Railway.
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View west at Challoch Junction in 1997. The line from Dumfries was to the left and the line from Ayr is in the foreground. The junction was in the ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
View from the rear of a Stranraer-bound Swindon-built DMU approaching Challoch Junction in 1962. The 'Port Road' to Dumfries (closed 1965) is on the ...
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1962
Challoch Junction looking east. The line from Girvan is in the foreground and the closed line from Dumfries is further away running parallel. ...
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Challoch Junction looking west. The line from Dumfries (closed) is on the left and the line from Girvan (open) is on the right. ...
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