Ardrossan South Beach

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Name and dates

Ardrossan South Beach (1883-)

Station code: ASB National Rail ScotRail
Where: North Ayrshire, Scotland
Opened on the Ardrossan and Johnstone Railway.
Open on the Kilwinning, Ardrossan and Largs.


This is a one platform station, although there are two lines.

This station opened 1883 as Ardrossan expanded, the Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway) opened and the Caledonian Railway was soon to compete for traffic.

This was a two platform station, but with the singling of the Ardrossan Harbour line and the giving over of one track to the Hunterston Ore Terminal one of the platforms was removed in the 1980s.

Passenger trains, in both directions, use the former northbound track, southbound trains crossing over to the southbound track just south of the station. The former northbound track is bi-directional, the southbound track remains southbound only.




Gaelic name: Tràigh a Deas Àird Rosain
Bike rack
Free parking
Ticket machine


01/01/1883Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan South Beach opened.
  /01/1987Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Line electrified. Passenger trains are confined to the northbound line (starting from just east of Ardrossan South Beach), freight to the Hunterston Ore Terminal can use both lines as far as Hunterston Junction. Beyond Hunterston Junction, going north, the southbound line is lifted.


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

Ardrossan (North) 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 16.01 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Ardrossan (South) 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 16.05 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Kilwinning 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 16.04 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Old Ardrossan

Old Kilwinning

Origins of the Scottish Railway System 1722-1844

The Glasgow & South Western Railway a History