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.
The line from Barrmill to Glasgow was jointly owned. (The Caledonian Railway was to, in 1908, open a further Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway line from Giffen Junction to Newton which would be completely under their control.
This was a double track junction with a signal box, also opened 1888, in the 'V' of the junction.
Surprisingly the London, Midland and Scottish Railway chose to keep the Giffen Junction to Lugton East Junction in preference to Giffen Junction to Barrmill Junction which closed in 1929. The signal box closed. The line to Barrmill and Beith Town remained open.
British Railways reversed the decision in 1950. The Giffen Junction to Lugton East Junction portion closing and Giffen Junction to Barrmill Junction reopening, as a single track line.
The route west to Beith Town closed in 1964.
The line south of Giffen closed in 1953, this part retained for access to RNAD Giffen (MOD).
South to RNAD Giffen (MOD) and north to Lugton Junction is long out of use, falling out of regular use around 1994/95. It was last used about 2000 for a train evacuation practice.
| Giffenmill Siding|
Dockra Ironstone Pit No 1
Round Hill Limekiln
Round Hill Quarry
Barr Colliery Pit No 1
Barr Colliery Pit No 2
|Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.|
|/ /1888||Glasgow 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.)
|03/09/1888||Lanarkshire 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.)
|01/05/1903||Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway|
With an independent route now established, Barrmill Junction to Giffen Junction was closed.
|/02/1929||Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway|
Barrmill Junction and Giffen Junction signal boxes closed.
|/ /1930||Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway|
Track between Barrmill Junction and Giffen Junction lifted.
|17/12/1950||Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway|
Barrmill Junction to Giffen Junction re-opened.
|05/10/1964||Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway|
Beith Town to Barrmill Junction (excluded) closed to freight.
Forgotten Railways: Scotland