Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway

Introduction

This line is closed, save for sections between Neilston and Cathcart (used by electric passenger trains), Cathcart and Newton (used by electric passenger trains and diverted trains), a siding north of Lugton (occasionally used by fertiliser freight trains), Lugton to RNAD Beith (used to deliver Government supplies to and from the site; the line has not been used for some time) and sidings at Stevenston (for the Stevenston and Ardeer works; these sidings are now out of use).

Much of the closed length of the line remains walkable. A pipeline has been laid buried in the trackbed at Uplawmoor [1st]. Many of the works associated with the line were built in concrete and remain intact.

The line was a protege of the Caledonian Railway and was intended to compete with the existing Glasgow and South Western Railway services on the parallel former Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway.

Why built

Initially the locally promoted Barrmill and Kilwinning Railway was to be a link between existing lines; the Glasgow and South Western Railway's Ardrossan-Glasgow line and the jointly owned Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway.

With Caledonian Railway backing its intent expanded to include an independent route from the port at Ardrossan through to the Lanarkshire coalfield, iron works and steel works. In addition the steamer trade from Ardrossan to Arran would be pursued.

Iron ore began to be imported in quantity from Spain in the 1870s as local supplies were either worked out or unable to supply the increasing number of works. This line would put ownership of the route from Lanarkshire to Ayrshire under single ownership. It started to be eclipsed with the opening of the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway) in 1907.

The Caledonian, through its subsiduary the Caledonian Steam Packet Company, operated steamers from Ardrossan to Arran's piers.

Despite being run down increasingly from the 1920s the line was busy with night time ambulance trains from Ardrossan to Glasgow and explosives traffic (there were several sites served) during the Second World War.

Service

There are two passenger services. Electric trains run to Neilston from Glasgow Central (High Level) via Queens Park. Additionally electric trains run to Newton from Glasgow Central (High Level) via Shawlands.






Dates

20/08/1883Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Act receives Royal assent as the Barrmill and Kilwinning Railway. The original proposal was a local line to link the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway at Barrmill (joint G&SWR and CR) to the Glasgow, Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway at Kilwinning (G&SWR).
  /  /1884Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Authorisation given for extension from Ardrossan [CR] to Ardrossan [Montgomerie] Pier, use of the existing Ardrossan Harbour lines and an Ardeer branch. Glengarnock Iron Works and Kilbirnie [CR] branch authorised. Authorisation for the Irvine [CR] branch. Curve between the Irvine and Ardrossan branches authorised. Proposed link to the Glasgow and South Western Railway at Kilwinning abandoned.
  /  /1884Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Working agreement between the Barrmill and Kilwinning Railway and the Caledonian Railway. The line is renamed the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.
  /  /1885Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Working agreement with the Caledonian Railway extended to the new branches authorised in 1884. The Caledonian agrees to subscribe to the new line.
  /  /1886Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Previous authorisation of a Glengarnock Iron Works branch abandoned and new line authorised. Authorisation for a curve between Irvine and Ardrossan branches abandoned.
  /  /1888Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Authorisation to double the Lugton to Beith [Town] branch. (Lugton Junction to Barrmill Junction required doubling for the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.)
  /  /1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Abandonment of authorisation of a link to the Glasgow and South Western Railway in Kilwinning.
  /09/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Four road shed opened at Ardrossan North, (Ardrossan Shed [CR]), with 42ft Cowans Sheldon Works turntable. Built by Robert McAlpine. Sub-shed of Polmadie Shed.
03/09/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Opened from Barrmill Junction to Ardrossan [CR]. Stations at Auchenmade, Kilwinning [CR], Saltcoats [CR], Stevenston [Moorpark] and Ardrossan [CR]. (Alternative date 04/09/1888.)
03/09/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Line renamed Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway. The new line intended to carry iron ore from Ardrossan to Coatbridge and Motherwell.
03/09/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardeer Branch opened.
04/09/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kilbirnie Junction station opened.
30/11/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Link from Ardrossan [CR] to the Ardrossan Harbour Company lines and the Glasgow and South Western Railway's Ardrossan station opened.
  /  /1889Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kilbirnie Junction renamed Giffen.
01/11/1889Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Glengarnock [CR] and Kilbirnie [CR] branch opened to goods and minerals.
02/12/1889Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Glengarnock [CR] and Kilbirnie [CR] branch opened to passengers.
30/05/1890Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Extended from Ardrossan [CR] to Ardrossan [Montgomerie] Pier. The steamer service to the Isle of Arran begins.
30/05/1890Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan Town [CR] to Ardrossan [Montgomerie] Pier opened.
02/06/1890Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kilwinning [CR] to Irvine [CR] opened. Station opened at Irvine [CR].
  /  /1897Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Connection between Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway (Lugton L and A Junction) and Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway (Lugton East Junction) authorised.
  /  /1897Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Giffen Junction) to Newton, Lugton L and A Junction, Clarkston West Junction to Clarkston East Junction, Muirend to Clarkston East Junction, Kirkhill Junction to Newton, Kirkhill Junction to Westburn Junction, Cathcart West Junction to Cathcart, two single track Cathcart East Junction to Cathcart North Junction links. Railways 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 authorised to be made by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1898Clydesdale Junction Railway Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Widening of Newton station approved due to increased traffic and the impending opening of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.
  /  /1900Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan Shed [CR] turntable enlarged to 51ft.
  /  /1901Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Bogside [CR] station opened.
  /  /1901Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Extension of time to 1904.
01/04/1903Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Giffen Junction to Clarkston East Junction opened for goods.
01/05/1903Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Giffen Junction to Cathcart opened for passengers. Lugton [CR], Uplawmoor [1st], Neilston, Patterton, Whitecraigs station opened.
01/05/1903Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
With an independent route now established, Barrmill Junction to Giffen Junction was closed.
01/07/1903Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Muirend 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 as far as Lugton on an Caledonian Railway only owned route.
06/01/1904Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Newton to Cathcart and Clarkston West Junction opened for goods and minerals.
20/06/1904Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Westburn Junction to Kirkhill Junction opened to goods. This was probably largely opened to carry imported iron ore for Govan Iron Works (Dixon's Blazes) and the Clyde Iron Works.
01/08/1904Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Mount Florida and Cathcart to Newton and Kirkhill Junction to Westburn Junction opened for passengers. Burnside and Kirkhill stations opened.
  /  /1905Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Extension of time to 1908 to complete line.
  /  /1906Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan [CR] renamed Ardrossan Town [CR].
01/09/1906Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Brackenhills station, on the Kilbirnie [CR] branch, opened for coaching traffic.
  /  /1907Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Clarkston East Junction to Clarkston West Junction abandoned.
  /  /1907Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Permission given extending until 1917 the time to sell surplus land.
  /  /1918Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway authorised to widen the line between Kilwinning and Irvine (close to the Eglinton Bank Signal Box) where it passed over the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway's Kilwinning [CR] to Stevenston [Moorpark] line. Reciprical agreement allowed the L&A to widen their line in the future (G&SW was to be liable for half of the costs of a widened bridge)..
  /  /1923Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan Shed [CR] renamed Ardrossan North Shed.
01/01/1923Dundee and Newtyle Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway Caledonian Railway Glasgow and South Western Railway Callander and Oban Railway Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway Highland Railway Cathcart District Railway Killin Railway Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Committee Brechin and Edzell District Railway Dornoch Light Railway Wick and Lybster Light Railway
Grouped into London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
  /  /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.
10/09/1928Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kings Park station opened. (Alternative date 08/10/1928.)
  /02/1929Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Barrmill Junction and Giffen Junction signal boxes closed.
09/07/1929Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Williamwood station opened. This obliterated the former Clarkston West Junction.
  /  /1930Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Track between Barrmill Junction and Giffen Junction lifted.
28/07/1930Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Irvine Bank Street to Kilwinning East (excluded) closed to passengers. Bogside Moor Halt and Irvine Bank Street closed.
01/12/1930Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kilbirnie South to Giffen closed to passengers. Kilbirnie South, Glengarnock High and Brackenhills closed. Glengarnock High (excluded) to Giffen (excluded) closed.
01/01/1931Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Croftfoot station opened.
  /07/1931Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan North Shed closed and locomotives transferred to Ardrossan Shed [G&SW] [2nd] .
  /  /1932Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)
Buchanan Street station re-built. Reconditioned canopies from Ardrossan North (which had just closed), on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway,were erected.
04/07/1932Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan North to Uplawmoor [1st] (excluded) closed to passengers, (except boat train specials). Lugton High, Giffen, Auchenmade, Kilwinning East, Stevenston Moorpark, Saltcoats North, Ardrossan North closed.
01/06/1939Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Irvine Bank Street to Eglinton Slag Processing (excluded) closed to freight.
03/09/1939Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
With the outbreak of war regular Boat Trains cease. The line, with its local stations closed, was to become an important railway during World War Two. It served the Nobel Explosives and several munitions depots, and carried ambulance trains ('Ghost trains') at night.
27/01/1947Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kilwinning East to Stevenston Moorpark closed. Boat trains diverted to the former Glasgow and South Western Railway route from 16 June.
16/06/1947Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Stevenston Link (London, Midland and Scottish Railway) opened.
17/10/1949Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Lugton East Junction to Kilwinning East singled, signalling removed.
17/12/1950Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Barrmill Junction to Giffen Junction re-opened.
17/12/1950Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Lugton East Junction (excluded) to Giffen Junction (excluded) closed.
  /07/1952Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Lugton East Junction to Giffen Junction lifted completely.
  /  /1953Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan North Shed demolished after being used for storage.
30/03/1953Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Eglinton Slag Processing to Kilwinning East to Giffen (excluded) closed to freight.
  /04/1955Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Eglinton Slag Processing to Kilwinning East to Giffen lifted completely.
17/06/1957Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kirkhill (Kirkhill Junction) to Carmyle (Westburn Junction) closed to passengers.
  /  /1962Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Neilston High renamed Neilston.
02/04/1962Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Uplawmoor [1st] to Neilston High (excluded) closed to passengers.
14/12/1964Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Lugton L and A Junction (on the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway) to Uplawmoor [1st] closed to all traffic (Lugton East Sidings were used to round Uplawmoor [1st] trains).
01/08/1966Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kirkhill (Kirkhill Junction) to Carmyle (Westburn Junction) closed to freight.
06/05/1968Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier to Stevenson No 1 Signal Box [2nd] closed to all traffic, (Ardrossan North Goods coal yard and Ardrossan Refinery's bitumen depot remained accessible through harbour sidings from Ardrossan Town).
  /  /1970Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier and Ardrossan North to Stevenston lifted in the early 1970s. Access to the Ardrossan Refinery bitumen works at Ardrossan North is retained via the sidings from Ardrossan Town.
21/07/1991Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
4 people killed and 22 injured in a head on crash at the single lead Newton Kirkhill Junction, just west of Newton station, probably due to a signal passed at danger (SPAD).
15/02/2008Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Gree Viaduct (Lugton) demolished.

Route described

The line runs from the junction with the Hamilton branch at Newton through Cathcart and on to Neilston, Giffen (branch to Kilbirnie), Kilwinning (branch to Irvine) and finally Ardrossan.


Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Barrmill to Ardrossan

Opened in 1888 from Barrmill Junction to Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier.

The Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway line, opened 1888, started from here from the Beith Town branch of the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway of 1873 and ran south west to Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier. The junction was immediately east of Barrmill station.
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Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway


This junction did not exist on the 1890 Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier to Barrmill Junction line. The Caledonian Railway, having control over the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway, was keen to own entirely a route to Ardrossan. From Barrmill Junction to Langside Junction the line was jointly owned with the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
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Looking south west at Barrmill towards Giffen Junction in 1992, on what was by then the Giffen freight branch, with the now-demolished Giffenmill ...
Bill Roberton //1992
Giffen Junction looking north to Barrmill Junction in 1997. The line was still in use, but perhaps only for the annual weedkilling train! This ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
Giffen Junction looking to Barrmill. The line straight on was the original, replaced with the line from Lugton East which was to the right but was ...
Ewan Crawford 07/10/2006
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This was a four platform station. There were two main platforms on the Giffen Junction to Kilwinning East main line and also two on the Kilbirnie (South) branch. However, there were two tracks between the main platforms and only one between the branch platforms. The branch down side was the west face of the island platform whose east side served the up main line. The branch up side ...

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Giffen is very much reverting to nature. Some earthmoving followed by further tree growth has obscured the remains (and single track which is probably ...
Ewan Crawford 17/08/2017
Giffen. Caledonian 18.5 inch 0.6.0 57581. SLS Tour. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/06/1962
57581 with the SLS Glasgow South Rail Tour at Giffen in June 1962. ...
K A Gray 09/06/1962
Giffen. Caledonian 18.5 inch 0.6.0 57581. SLS Tour. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/06/1962
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At this junction the Kilbirnie (South) branch (1889) left the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway main line (1888). Giffen station was immediately north east of the junction.
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View east over the exchange sidings at the former Kilbirnie Junction in 1992. These served RNAD Giffen. ...
Bill Roberton //1992
57581 pictured with the Glasgow South Railtour at RNAD Giffen on 9 June 1964 after running round in the exchange sidings. ...
K A Gray 09/06/1964
B1 no 61342 with 'Scottish Rambler no 3' stands at Giffen on 10 April 1966. ...
Andy Carr Collection 10/04/1966
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This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the southbound platform with a waiting shelter on the northbound.
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Auchenmade looking north towards Giffen. ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2006
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This goods yard was between Auchenmade and Kilwinning East. The sidings were on the east side of the line, approached from the north, from the northbound line across the southbound. There was one siding by the main lines and a pair to the east. There was a signal box on the west side, opposite the turn out.
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This seven arch double track masonry viaduct was built in 1886 by Robert McAlpine to cross the River Garnock.
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The Garnock Viaduct is the most substantial reminder of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire line in Kilwinning. This was north of Kilwinning East. It is not ...
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017
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This was a three platform station with a junction to the south between the lines to Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier and Irvine Bank Street.
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Unfortunately by 1996 this is what remained of the Caledonian station in Kilwinning. The station platforms ran from the trees to the left, into the ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
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This junction was immediately south of Kilwinning East station, separated from it by the Howgate Bridge. It was located in a deep cutting with a large concrete retaining wall on the west side, which remains although only the top part is visible today.
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This was a former road bridge over the Caledonian Railway Irvine line at Pennyburn, Kilwinning. Cutting now filled in. ...
Douglas Blades //2017
Kilwinning East Junction, just south of Kilwinning East station was where the lines to Irvine Bank Street (left) and Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier ...
Ewan Crawford 07/09/2017
Former road bridge over the Caledonian Railway Ardrossan line at Pennyburn, Kilwinning. Cutting now filled in. ...
Douglas Blades 13/09/2017
You would be hard pressed to find any remains of the L&A branch from Kilwinning East to Irvine Bank Street apart from the building on Irvine's Bank ...
Douglas Blades 31/03/2019
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At this junction a curve from the Ardeer Iron Works met the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway. The curve met an existing line serving the works. Trains using this connection would leave the works and head for Kilwinning East.
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View south of the Ardeer Branch from the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway bridge over it. On the right a curve from Ardeer Junction connected the L&A ...
Ewan Crawford 03/08/2017
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This was a two platform station to the west of New Street which was crossed by a bridge. The main station building was on the eastbound platform.
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This was a two platform station to the north of the present Saltcoats station. This station was built by the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway (which was controlled by the Caledonian Railway) in direct competition with the existing Glasgow and South Western Railway station. This station was to the north of Saltcoats and its harbour.
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This was a four road shed. It was located east of Ardrossan North on the north side of the line. The shed opened with the line and closed in 1931, although used for storage until 1953. Displaced locomotives were assigned to Ardrossan Shed [GSW] [2nd] in 1931. Even after closure a track retained here was used for holding locomotives.
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This was the goods yard for Ardrossan North it was located on the east side of the line, north of the station. Approach was from the east.
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View of Ardrossan North coal yard taken, accidentally, from the same viewpoint as Geo C. OHaras 6 years earlier. The main line ran from left to the ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This refinery was opened in the 1928. Raw material came by sea and products were distributed by rail. By the 1970s the works specialised in bitumen production, having previously also produced aviation fuel. The works closed in 1986.
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This was a large station in the north of Ardrossan. The last of the site has been reused for housing (2017).
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The rambling remains of Ardrossan North have finally fallen to the inevitable development of housing. The bitument works were to the right and the ...
Ewan Crawford 10/08/2017
Ardrossan North looking to Montgomerie Pier. The station building was to the left and Shell refinery to the right. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
BR Standard class 4 2-6-4T no 80129 approaching Ardrossan North on 5 July 1959 with a train for Montgomerie Pier. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/07/1959
Sunlit Fairburn tank 42243 with a Glasgow bound train at Ardrossan North on 5 July 1959. The Shell refinery stands in the right background. The line ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/07/1959
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This signal box was located between Ardrossan Winton Pier and Ardrossan Town at Ardrossan Harbour Junction. It survived the closure of most of the signal boxes in Ayrshire, massive cut back in sidings it had controlled, and the electrification of the railway to Ardrossan Harbour.
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This two platform terminus was covered with a wooden trainshed, open to the air over the tracks. The station was located on a pier, which could be used at low tide, built on reclaimed land. There were quayside lines on both sides.
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One of William Robertson Shipowners finest MV Amethyst (Gem Line of Glasgow) unloading Paper Pulp bales from Norway for a paper mill on to railway ...
Gordon Steel 31/05/1972
The BLS/SLS Scottish Rambler No 5 on arrival at Ardrossan's Montgomie Pier station on 10 April 1966 from Glasgow Central behind B1 no 61342. ...
K A Gray 10/04/1966
'I'll see your five and raise you another ten...' Stopover at Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier for Eastfield B1 no 61342 with the much - travelled ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 10/04/1966
Looking south at the former Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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Ardeer Iron Works Branch

This branch opened in 1888. It served the Ardeer Iron Works and, by reversal, the Nobel Explosives branch.

At this junction a curve from the Ardeer Iron Works met the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway. The curve met an existing line serving the works. Trains using this connection would leave the works and head for Kilwinning East.
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View south of the Ardeer Branch from the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway bridge over it. On the right a curve from Ardeer Junction connected the L&A ...
Ewan Crawford 03/08/2017
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This iron works was established by the Glengarnock Iron Company on the shore of the Ardeer Peninsular just to the south of Stevenston. Good supplies of coal existed in the area. Five blast furnaces were built. Slag was deposited on the foreshore, leading to a still existing feature. The works was later owned by Merry and Cunningham. Also known as Stevenston Iron Works.
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Kilbirnie Branch

Opened in 1889. This branch re-used an extensive portion of an older railway, the Barkip Railway which was operated in conjunction with the Glengarnock Iron Works. Brackenhills station was on the converted section. Kilbirnie Junction to Barkip Junction was a new section as was north of Gurdie Sidings and on the Glengarnock and Kilbirnie.

At this junction the Kilbirnie (South) branch (1889) left the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway main line (1888). Giffen station was immediately north east of the junction.
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View east over the exchange sidings at the former Kilbirnie Junction in 1992. These served RNAD Giffen. ...
Bill Roberton //1992
57581 pictured with the Glasgow South Railtour at RNAD Giffen on 9 June 1964 after running round in the exchange sidings. ...
K A Gray 09/06/1964
B1 no 61342 with 'Scottish Rambler no 3' stands at Giffen on 10 April 1966. ...
Andy Carr Collection 10/04/1966
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RNAD Beith, a munitions depot, was built during the Second World War in 1943. It is a storage and testing location.
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This junction was on the Kilbirnie branch of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway. A large part of this branch predated the L&A and had begun life as a mineral line, the Barkip Railway, which ran south from the Glengarnock Iron Works.
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Barkip Railway


This was a single platform station.
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View south towards Giffen at Brackenhills. The platform was on the right. The line here started life as a mineral line serving the Glengarnock Iron ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
Looking towards Kilbirnie across the abutments of the bridge over the
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Douglas Blades 12/01/2018
The Giffen - Kilbirnie branch of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway is completely obliterated beyond the abutments of this difficult to access ...
Douglas Blades 08/01/2018
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Although the Kilbirnie (South) branch was single track, this was a two platform station. To the north the line continued double to the terminus at Kilbirnie (South) and to the south it was single to Kilbirnie Junction. The main station building was on the southbound platform with a waiting room opposite. A signal box was at the south end of the northbound platform.
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This was the Caledonian Railway's 1889 terminus in the east of Kilbirnie. It was approached from Glengarnock [CR] by a double track line, beyond Glengarnock it was a single track branch to Giffen on the main line of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.
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A view north from the site of the station throat at Kilbirnie, Caledonian. The passenger station was to the left and goods yard to the right - the ...
Ewan Crawford 28/09/2017
Overgrown remains of Kilbirnie (Caley) station. ...
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Irvine Branch

The Irvine branch was single track and ran from Kilwinning East to Irvine Bank Street. It opened in 1890. Only the down track was laid but most bridges were built to accommodate a second track if traffic increased.

This junction was immediately south of Kilwinning East station, separated from it by the Howgate Bridge. It was located in a deep cutting with a large concrete retaining wall on the west side, which remains although only the top part is visible today.
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This was a former road bridge over the Caledonian Railway Irvine line at Pennyburn, Kilwinning. Cutting now filled in. ...
Douglas Blades //2017
Kilwinning East Junction, just south of Kilwinning East station was where the lines to Irvine Bank Street (left) and Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier ...
Ewan Crawford 07/09/2017
Former road bridge over the Caledonian Railway Ardrossan line at Pennyburn, Kilwinning. Cutting now filled in. ...
Douglas Blades 13/09/2017
You would be hard pressed to find any remains of the L&A branch from Kilwinning East to Irvine Bank Street apart from the building on Irvine's Bank ...
Douglas Blades 31/03/2019
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This was a three platform station with a junction to the south between the lines to Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier and Irvine Bank Street.
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Unfortunately by 1996 this is what remained of the Caledonian station in Kilwinning. The station platforms ran from the trees to the left, into the ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
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This iron works was located to the south of Kilwinning on the west bank of the River Garnock. It made use of the nearby collieries.
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This road more or less follows the first portion of the Doura Branch. This location was part of the site of the Eglinton Iron Works, Kilwinning (the ...
Ewan Crawford 07/09/2017
This view looks west at the site of Eglinton Iron Works at the point where the closed Doura branch (now the road) came in under the Kilwinning to ...
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017
I am standing with my back to the existing Ayr line facing east. Below me is the trackbed of the Doura branch where it passed under the Ayr line. The ...
Douglas Blades //2017
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A slag processing area which processed the slag hill at the former Eglinton Iron Works.
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This was a single platform station - the platform was on the east side of the line a siding, approached from the north, was on the west. The line was built to take two lines, but on the down track was laid.
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This view is south east over the site of the Caledonian Railway's Bogside Moor Halt. This was a single platform station in a cutting (now infilled) - ...
Ewan Crawford //1998
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This was a single platform terminus. It was the terminus of the Caledonian Railway's Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway line south from Kilwinning East which potentially could be have been extended south to Ayr. The terminus was located on the east side of the town centre.
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After closure of the Caledonian Railway's Irvine Bank Street terminus the site became a light industrial estate. This shed occupied the station area. ...
Ewan Crawford //1998
Frontage of the former L&A station on Bank Street, Irvine, on 10 December 2015. See image 53543 ...
Andy Furnevel 10/12/2015
The last purpose built surviving building within the old goods yard at Irvine Bank Street in 1997. View looks north. The former station building on ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
Looking east along Bank Street, Irvine, on 10 December 2015. The young lady is walking past what was once the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway's 1890 ...
Andy Furnevel 10/12/2015
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Clarkston East Junction to Giffen Junction

This line opened in 1903. This extended the line east to Clarkston East Junction, parallel to the joint line.

This was a short lived junction between 1903 and 1907. The Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway reached Cathcart (for passengers) and Clarkston East Junction (for minerals) from Ardrossan in 1903.
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Busby Railway
BR Standard 2-6-4 tank no 80047 photographed at Clarkston East Junction on 25 June 1964. The train is the 5.08pm from St Enoch, bound for East ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 31/01/2020
Black 5 4-6-0 no 45459 crossing the bridge over the L&A route as it approaches the site of Clarkston East Junction on 26 May 1962 with a freight ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/05/1962
BR Standard tank 80021 climbs past the site of Clarkston East Junction on 8 April 1963 heading for East Kilbride. [Ref query 6574] ...
John Robin 08/04/1963
A Met-Cam DMU passing the site of Clarkston East Junction on 11 August 1959 with a Glasgow St Enoch - East Kilbride service. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/08/1959
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In 1903, the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway was extended from Giffen Junction to Clarkston and, a month later, Cathcart. At this junction the Clarkston and Cathcart routes separated. This junction was the start of the passenger route to Glasgow via Cathcart and a curve to Clarkston East Junction which carried goods to and from Lanarkshire via East Kilbride before the ...

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This is one of the finest stations in the Greater Glasgow area. It is a two platform station. The main station building on the up platform still stands. Unfortunately the down platform building and signal box, opened with the station, have not survived.
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Another one of the planters at Whitecraigs station in June 2017. ...
Peter Mckinlay 08/06/2017
A delightful recent photograph of the floral display at Whitecraigs station, one of many ScotRail stations to be 'adopted'. ...
Peter Mckinlay 08/06/2017
While we endure this cold spell, here is a reminder of Summer days. Here is a platform view from 2015 of Whitecraigs. ...
Peter Mckinlay //2015
Planters on the Neilston bound platform at Whitecraigs in June 2017. ...
Peter McKinlay 08/06/2017
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This is a two platform station with a car park. Unfortunately the buildings, which were similar to those at Whitecraigs, have not survived.
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A Neilston service calls at Patterton in comfortable Eastwood on 22 June 2019. Holes have been dug in platforms along this branch. I don't know why; I ...
David Panton 22/06/2019
314 206, still in SPT livery, calls at Patterton with a service for Glasgow on 04/03/2017. ...
David Panton 04/03/2017
BR Standard class 4 tank 80127 waits to leave Patterton on 8 September 1960 with a train for Glasgow. [Ref query 32665] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1960
City bound train from Neilston about to leave Patterton on 28 July 2008. Ongoing engineering work at Pollokshields East to address subsidence problems ...
David Panton 28/07/2008
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This was to be a station with an island platform. To the immediate west the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway was met by the Paisley and Barrhead District Railway at Lyoncross Junction.
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A view south over the site of the never opened Lyoncross station on 8 September 1960, with BR Standard tank 80107 passing on a Neilston High - Glasgow ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1960
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This junction was immediately west of the never completed Lyoncross station. The signal box was at the west end of its never built island platform and opened with the junction in 1905.
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Paisley and Barrhead District Railway
A 314 passes the site of Lyoncross Junction. The Barrhead and Paisley route was in the trees behind the train. ...
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017
A 318 passes the site of Lyoncross Junction. The lines still pass round the never built island platform. Unfortunately tree growth makes the formation ...
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42244 passing the site of Lyoncross Junction on 29 September 1960 with the 12.11pm Glasgow Central - Neilston High. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 29/09/1960
Standard tank 80023 passing the site of Lyoncross Junction on 20 September 1960 with the 6.18pm Glasgow Central - Neilston High train. [Ref query ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/09/1960
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This goods yard was located between Neilston and Lyoncross Junction at a rural location.
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The rural nature of the last few miles of the Neilston branch are obvious in the view. 314 206 is heading for Glasgow passing the site of Netherton ...
Ewan Crawford 28/09/2017
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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.
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380108 waits at platform 1 in Neilston with the 13.58 to Glasgow Central on 24th September 2019.
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Bill Roberton 24/09/2019
A Glasgow service pulls back into Neilston station from the turnback siding on 3 August 2019, with the siding's signal reflected in the windows. Both ...
David Panton 03/08/2019
380108 moves from the turnback siding into platform 1 to form the 13.58 Neilston to Glasgow Central on 24th September 2019.
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Bill Roberton 24/09/2019
Having arrived at Platform 2 (foreground) then reversed in the stub beyond
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David Panton 17/06/2017
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This was a two platform station in typical Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway style of the Caledonian Railway.
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A view of the concrete southbound platform at Uplawmoor taken from the remains of the northbound platform. To the north/east of here the trackbed ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
Looking east at the remains of Uplawmoor station from platform level. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73058 running between Uplawmoor and Lugton East Junction with empty stock on 15 June 1961. [Ref query 6575] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/06/1961
BR Standard class 4 2-6-4T 80113 reaches the end of its journey as it runs into Uplawmoor station on 11 July 1956 with the 5.42pm train from Glasgow ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/07/1956
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This was a double track junction north of Lugton High station. It was the junction between the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway and its connection to Lugton on the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway.
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Empty stock at Lugton East sidings on 25 June 1956 behind Fairburn tank 42208. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 17/05/1960
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42055 arriving at Lugton East Junction on 15 June 1961 The locomotive is heading for the sidings with the empty stock from an ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/06/1961
Remains of the signal box looking to Glasgow at Lugton East junction. Here a spur to the G&SWR station left the L&AR. This was where local trains from ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42056 at the site of Lugton East Junction on 21 March 1962 with the empty stock of a Glasgow Central - Uplawmoor train. Photographed ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 21/03/1962
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This was a two platform station. It was to the south of Lugton station (which was on the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway).
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It comes to something when a gate is all that remains of a station. Still, that's more than some. This gate was on the west side of Lugton High, with ...
Ewan Crawford 03/08/2017
View towards Glasgow at Lugton East. Recent(ish) demolition of the sheds here see image 60229 has revealed the platform edging - between the ...
Ewan Crawford 03/08/2017
View towards Ardrossan at Lugton High in 1996. The double track and two platforms were in line with the right hand portion of the building. ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
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A double track eleven arch viaduct built by Robert McAlpine in concrete. After falling out of use in 1950, the viaduct survived until late 2007 / early 2008 when it was demolished.
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This is since-demolished Lanarkshire & Ayrshire Railway viaduct over the River Garnock, seen from the A736 south of Giffen in 1989. In the foreground ...
Bill Roberton //1989
Looking south at Gree Viaduct (on the Caledonian Railway's Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway) over the 'Giffen Branch' (the Beith Branch of the Glasgow ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
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This goods yard was on the south side of the line, approached from the west. It consisted of three sidings and a loading bank in a cutting. Gree Farm is to the east.
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Gree was on of several countryside goods stations on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. The site of the yard itself has been infilled but the extraordinary ...
Ewan Crawford 28/09/2017
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This viaduct has been demolished. It was a seven span double track mass concrete viaduct built by Robert McAlpine. ...

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Giffenmill viaduct, immediately east of Giffen Junction on the line from Giffen to Lugton East, has been demolished. The concrete was crushed and ...
Ewan Crawford 07/10/2006
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This junction did not exist on the 1890 Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier to Barrmill Junction line. The Caledonian Railway, having control over the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway, was keen to own entirely a route to Ardrossan. From Barrmill Junction to Langside Junction the line was jointly owned with the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
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Looking south west at Barrmill towards Giffen Junction in 1992, on what was by then the Giffen freight branch, with the now-demolished Giffenmill ...
Bill Roberton //1992
Giffen Junction looking north to Barrmill Junction in 1997. The line was still in use, but perhaps only for the annual weedkilling train! This ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
Giffen Junction looking to Barrmill. The line straight on was the original, replaced with the line from Lugton East which was to the right but was ...
Ewan Crawford 07/10/2006
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Lugton East Junction to Lugton L and A Junction

This short connection opened in 1903 to meet the joint line. A number of sidings opened with the connection.

This was a double track junction north of Lugton High station. It was the junction between the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway and its connection to Lugton on the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway.
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Empty stock at Lugton East sidings on 25 June 1956 behind Fairburn tank 42208. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 17/05/1960
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42055 arriving at Lugton East Junction on 15 June 1961 The locomotive is heading for the sidings with the empty stock from an ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/06/1961
Remains of the signal box looking to Glasgow at Lugton East junction. Here a spur to the G&SWR station left the L&AR. This was where local trains from ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
Fairburn 2-6-4T 42056 at the site of Lugton East Junction on 21 March 1962 with the empty stock of a Glasgow Central - Uplawmoor train. Photographed ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 21/03/1962
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Train crew posing at Lugton East sidings on 10 May 1951 alongside Fairburn 2-6-4 tank no 42056. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/05/1951
The empty stock of a Glasgow Central - Uplawmoor train at Lugton East sidings on 15 June 1961. Locomotive is Polmadie shed's Fairburn 2-6-4 tank ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/06/1961
[Railscot note: probably Lugton East exchange sidings, in the V of Lugton East Junction.] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/06/1962
McIntosh 0-6-0 no 57581 at Lugton East on 9 June 1962 during a visit with the SLS Glasgow South Rail Tour which originated from Glasgow ...
K A Gray 09/06/1962
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Lugton L&A Junction opened in 1903 between the 1871 Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway, (jointly owned by the Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway), and the extension of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway opened in 1903 between Giffen Junction and Cathcart West Junction. The L&A junction opened as part of a short link joining the new line at [[Lugton ...

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Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway





Cathcart West Junction to Clarkston West Junction

This opened in 1903 and extended the line east from Clarkston West Junction to Cathcart West Junction.

This is a four way junction. Two lines of the Cathcart Circle from Glasgow Central, one via Crosshill and via Maxwell Park, meet a line from Neilston and a line from Newton. The junction allows a train via Crosshill to run to Neilston and a train via Maxwell Park to run to Newton. Unfortunately the latter passes close to Cathcart but does not serve it.
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Cathcart District Railway
303 heading for Neilston having left Cathcart. This was the site of the junction on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway between the line to Glasgow ...
Ewan Crawford //
380103 on a Neilston to Glasgow Central service snakes its way across Cathcart West Jct as it enters Cathcart station on 10 January 2019. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
The 'N' on the toy signal at the south end of Cathcart station indicates
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David Panton 06/12/2017
BR Standard class 4 80056 diverging at Cathcart West Junction on 28 August 1957 with a train for Whitecraigs. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/08/1957
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Muirend is one of the finest stations in the Glasgow area. It is an island platform with its original building and broad cantilevered canopies, the only intact survivor of its type.
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I suppose it's the fact that the canopies at Muirend are balanced on the building that they can manage without obvious support, but they do seem to ...
David Panton 04/05/2019
A Neilston to Glasgow Central service pulls into douce Muirend on 19 October 2019, framed by a lamp support on the northern ramp. Mycologists will ...
David Panton 19/10/2019
A look along the southbound platform at Muirend on 19 October 2019. The canopy seems to defy gravity in this view, but the secret is that it balanced ...
David Panton 19/10/2019
Station building, late Caley style. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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Semi-rural Williamwood Halt opened in the 1920s and has never lost its halt-like platform, despite the development it encouraged. A Neilston service ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
The Neilston line is the last stronghold of Class 314s and 314201 takes a Glasgow service on 7 July 2018. I didn't hang about to see whether that chap ...
David Panton 07/07/2018
A Glasgow Central - Neilston service photographed at Williamwood on 22 May 2009. Unit 314207.
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John Steven 22/05/2009
Williamwood showing the 1979 building. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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In 1903, the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway was extended from Giffen Junction to Clarkston and, a month later, Cathcart. At this junction the Clarkston and Cathcart routes separated. This junction was the start of the passenger route to Glasgow via Cathcart and a curve to Clarkston East Junction which carried goods to and from Lanarkshire via East Kilbride before the ...

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Muirend to Clarkston East Junction

This curve was built but was only used as carriage sidings from the Muirend station end.

Muirend is one of the finest stations in the Glasgow area. It is an island platform with its original building and broad cantilevered canopies, the only intact survivor of its type.
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I suppose it's the fact that the canopies at Muirend are balanced on the building that they can manage without obvious support, but they do seem to ...
David Panton 04/05/2019
A Neilston to Glasgow Central service pulls into douce Muirend on 19 October 2019, framed by a lamp support on the northern ramp. Mycologists will ...
David Panton 19/10/2019
A look along the southbound platform at Muirend on 19 October 2019. The canopy seems to defy gravity in this view, but the secret is that it balanced ...
David Panton 19/10/2019
Station building, late Caley style. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This was a short lived junction between 1903 and 1907. The Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway reached Cathcart (for passengers) and Clarkston East Junction (for minerals) from Ardrossan in 1903.
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Busby Railway
BR Standard 2-6-4 tank no 80047 photographed at Clarkston East Junction on 25 June 1964. The train is the 5.08pm from St Enoch, bound for East ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 31/01/2020
Black 5 4-6-0 no 45459 crossing the bridge over the L&A route as it approaches the site of Clarkston East Junction on 26 May 1962 with a freight ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 26/05/1962
BR Standard tank 80021 climbs past the site of Clarkston East Junction on 8 April 1963 heading for East Kilbride. [Ref query 6574] ...
John Robin 08/04/1963
A Met-Cam DMU passing the site of Clarkston East Junction on 11 August 1959 with a Glasgow St Enoch - East Kilbride service. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/08/1959
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Newton Junction to Cathcart West Junction

This extension east opened in 1904. This extended the line from Cathcart West Junction to Newton West Junction. Opening this was the beginning of the end for the goods only Clarkston West Junction to Clarkston East Junction curve.

Newton West Junction is to the west of Newton station. It is where lines divide into the bypass lines, to the north, and platform lines, to the south. The platform lines are joined by the line from Kirkhill, to the south west, as they approach the station. This location is called Newton Kirkhill Junction although it used to come under Newton West Junction.
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Clydesdale Junction Railway
Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Fossil fuel express changing the climate locally on 10th December 2015. ...
Colin McDonald 10/12/2015
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To the immediate west of Newton the former Clydesdale Junction Railway and Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway part and run a short distance west before diverging.
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Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)


This junction was east of Kirkhill station and Kirkhill Tunnel. Here the line from Ardrossan North (and today from Neilston) divided into routes to Newton and Carmyle. The junction was in a cutting directly east of the tunnel.
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Glasgow Central Railway






This station is west of Kirkhill Tunnel. It is a two platform station. It had platform waiting rooms (which still stood after electrification) and a street level ticket office, which survived the platform buildings but was demolished in the 1990s (?). The platforms are much lower than the surrounding land.
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A service from Newton to Glasgow via Maxwell Park makes its first stop on 26th February 2020. The platform 'shelter' is of the most basic kind, which ...
David Panton 26/02/2020
Eastbound train at Kirkhill about to enter the tunnel. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Eastbound at Kirkhill. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
A Newton to Glasgow 314 EMU service calls at Kirkhill on the wet Saurday afternoon
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David Panton 13/01/2018
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This is an island platform station. The line is raised and the entry is by subway, with a rather fine archway entrance to the subway at street level. This was covered over with an oversize Burnside sign for many years, but has now been uncovered again. The original station building has not survived. At the east end of the station two bridges cross Burnside Road, the southern of which carried two ...

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320s seem to be regular stand-ins for 314s on the Cathcart lines these days. One such calls at Burnside on 20 June heading for Newton. The station ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
314 203 approaching Burnside with a service for to Glasgow Central
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John Steven 15/07/2009
One expects a figure in a cassock to be hurrying past this entrance, not a woman with her shopping. The 'windows' though are blind, and the carvings ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
314 210 with a service for Glasgow via Maxwell Park calls at Burnside on 26 March 2011. ...
David Panton 26/03/2011
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This is an island platform station. There is no car park. The station is on a raised embankment, accessed by a subway. The station building is relatively modern and has awnings.
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The corporate look: a Newton service at Croftfoot on 20th June 2018. ...
David Panton 20/06/2018
Platform scene at Croftfoot. July 2009. ...
John Steven 15/07/2009
A Glasgow bound 314 211 approaching Croftfoot station on 15 July.
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John Steven 15/07/2009
Quiet afternoon at Croftfoot, 23 June 2015. ...
John Yellowlees 23/06/2015
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This is an island platform station which still has an original station building.
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A Newton service formed of a brace of doomed Class 314s calls at Kings Park on 19 May. Saturday services would not normally warrant this doubling up, ...
David Panton 19/05/2018
Kings Park looking east. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Kings Park looking east. There used to be a loop on the left hand side. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
A Newton to Glasgow service, beefed up to six coaches for the Scottish FA cup final, arrives at Kings Park on 19 May before disgorging its load of ...
David Panton 19/05/2018
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This is a double track junction where lines of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway meet between Cathcart and Newton. The junction was formed in 1904.
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This double track viaduct carries the former Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway over the White Cart Water with an elegant single arch. Although a concrete bridge it is faced with sandstone.
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This is a four way junction. Two lines of the Cathcart Circle from Glasgow Central, one via Crosshill and via Maxwell Park, meet a line from Neilston and a line from Newton. The junction allows a train via Crosshill to run to Neilston and a train via Maxwell Park to run to Newton. Unfortunately the latter passes close to Cathcart but does not serve it.
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Cathcart District Railway
303 heading for Neilston having left Cathcart. This was the site of the junction on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway between the line to Glasgow ...
Ewan Crawford //
380103 on a Neilston to Glasgow Central service snakes its way across Cathcart West Jct as it enters Cathcart station on 10 January 2019. ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
The 'N' on the toy signal at the south end of Cathcart station indicates
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David Panton 06/12/2017
BR Standard class 4 80056 diverging at Cathcart West Junction on 28 August 1957 with a train for Whitecraigs. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 28/08/1957
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Cathcart East Junction to Cathcart North Junction

This pair of single track curve link the Cathcart District Railway at Mount Florida, Cathcart North Junction, to [King's Park]], Cathcart East Junction.

This is a double track junction where lines of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway meet between Cathcart and Newton. The junction was formed in 1904.
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This junction is just south of Mount Florida station. Here the Cathcart District Railway of 1886 is met, on either side, by lines from the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway of 1904. Of the 1904 lines the south east bound line simply runs south and east to Cathcart East Junction, the northbound line burrows under the Cathcart District to reach Cathcart East. It passes under at a ...

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Cathcart District Railway
An inbound service approaches Mount Florida on 3 August 2019. Meanwhile the road is set for a Neilston train on the toy signal. ...
David Panton 03/08/2019
Tapper believed to come from the old box at Williamwood found in the Signalling Panel of Cathcart PSB. ...
Colin Harkins 18/02/2007
Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73058 passing Cathcart North Junction on 19 April 1957 with a train for Uplawmoor. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/04/1957
Tapper found in the Signalling Panel of Cathcart PSB... believed to come from the old box at Williamwood. Last inspection date marked 10.05.61. ...
Colin Harkins 18/02/2007
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Kirkhill Junction to Westburn Junction

This goods only connection opened in 1904. It ran from Kirkhill Junction, just east of Kirkhill Tunnel, to Westburn Junction on the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway. This connection would be useful for Ardrossan traffic to Govan Iron Works and Clyde Iron Works.

This junction was to the south of the Westburn Viaduct. Here the Glasgow Central Railway of 1896 (the portion between Carmyle Junction and Steel Company of Scotland Works Junction, now Newton West Junction) was met by the 1904 Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway branch from Kirkhill Junction.
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Glasgow Central Railway


This junction was east of Kirkhill station and Kirkhill Tunnel. Here the line from Ardrossan North (and today from Neilston) divided into routes to Newton and Carmyle. The junction was in a cutting directly east of the tunnel.
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Glasgow Central Railway