Location type


Names and dates

Kilbirnie Junction (1888-1889)
Giffen (1889-1932)

Station code: GIF National Rail
Opened on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.


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 platform was very short but alongside the main station building served by the access road.

The station was renamed from Kilbirnie Junction to a more geographically correct Giffen. Kilbirnie Junction, the actual junction, was at the south/west end.

The Kilbirnie (South) line closed in 1930. The station survived until 1932 (when the other local stations on the line closed). In 1943 the Kilbirnie route was reinstated as far as RNAD Beith.

After 1949/50 there was a single track to serve RNAD Beith. The line from Kilwinning East to Giffen was singled in 1950 and the Giffen Junction to Barrmill Junction connection reinstated, continuing as a single track to Lugton. This allowed Giffen Junction to Lugton East Junction portion to close.

South to Kilwinning East closed in 1953.

Last use of the line to Giffen was in the late 1980s. The site is now overgrown and platform and track buried.




04/09/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kilbirnie Junction station opened.
  /  /1889Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kilbirnie Junction renamed Giffen.
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.
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.
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.


Forgotten Railways: Scotland