Cronberry was a two platform station to the immediate east of Cronberry Junction, a junction formed between the line from Auchinleck and the line from Belston Junction to Muirkirk [2nd]. The platforms were stone with a timber station building on the westbound platform and a signal box at the west end.
The station did not open with the line, but four years after the opening of the junction.
The station had a single line goods yard, leading from the Belston route at the west end. The signal box was on the north side of the junction with the goods siding to its south.
The line was doubled around 1883 and signal box replaced with a box on the south side - the box being between the junction and goods siding.
The line reverted to a single track again but a loop remained here. (To the west and east of the loop the eastbound line was lifted.)
The station closed to passengers in 1951 when the line closed to passengers from Auchinleck to Muirkirk [2nd] (excluded - the station was still served from Lanark).
The Belston route closed in 1964. The box closed in 1966.
East to Muirkirk, now goods only, closed in 1969 and the line was retained for access to the Gaswater branch (Gass Water Branch Junction was to the north east). Line closure was in 1976.
Little remains of the station, some portions of platform and much more clearly the trackbed and former road approach to the station.
Cronberry may seem like an odd location today for a station, but it was a junction and there were many mines here with the pattern of mines varying over the years.
Mossgiel Tunnel Platform
| Mosshouse Pit|
Gass Water Branch Junction
Gass Water Exchange Sidings
Cronberry Pit No 4
Cronberry No 4 Pit Signal Box
|Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.|
|11/06/1872||Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)|
Annbank to Cronberry opened for goods.
|01/07/1872||Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)|
Annbank to Cronberry opened for passengers.
|03/07/1950||Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)|
Cronberry to Auchinleck closed to passengers.
|07/03/1964||Ayr to Mauchline Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)|
Cronberry to Dykes Junction closed to freight.
|10/02/1969||Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)|
Muirkirk [2nd] to Cronberry (excluded) closed to freight.
|06/12/1976||Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)|
Cronberry to Auchinleck closed to freight.
|/ /2005||Muirkirk Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)|
Work begins on re-instating the Auchinleck to Cronberry to Powharnal (Gaswater) line. RailScot note: this work was aborted following the survey and pegging out of the centreline of the route.