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Irvine (1839-)

Station code: IRV National Rail ScotRail
Where: North Ayrshire, Scotland
Opened on the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway.
Opened on the Busbie Branch (Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway).
Open on the Glasgow to Ayr and Stranraer.


This is a two platform station. The station has a mixture of old and new buildings. The line is raised and station entry is one floor below the track level. There is a surviving original station building. The building on the southbound platform bears a strange resemblance to Highland Railway station buildings such as that at Ardgay. The building on the northbound platform is different in style but also two storeys. A number of windows have been shut up and the building is passed by a new road at first floor height, disguising the original two floors from street level.

The station was built at Fullarton, across the River Irvine from Irvine Old Town. There was a branch to Irvine Harbour and Crosshouse, for Kilmarnock, to the south of the station as well as many sidings and a goods yard, on the east side of the line. It also controlled access to various works set out on the west side south of the harbour line, such as the Irvine Chemical Works.

Irvine Junction signal box was at the south end on the west side of the main line with the harbour branch to its west. The junction for Crosshouse was just to the south and Irvine Goods was across the main line from the box. A second box, Irvine No 2, opened in 1895 further south on the approach to the station. This was on the east side of the line south of the junctions. The original box became Irvine No 1. The new box was short lived, closing in 1906. No 1 box closed in 1986 during the resignalling for the Ayrshire electrification.

The Glasgow and South Western Railway^s Permanent Way department was to the south on the east side, reached by reversal Irvine Permanent Way Depot.

Kyle Model Railway Club is based at the station.


Scottish Maritime Museum - Irvine



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


05/08/1839Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Line opened from Ayr [1st] to Irvine.
  /  /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)..
06/04/1964Glasgow, Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr RailwayArdrossan Railway
Irvine (Byrehill Junction) to Stevenston (Dubbs Junction) closed to passengers. Ardrossan to Kilmarnock service via Crosshill withdrawn.
06/04/1964Busbie Branch (Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway)
Irvine to Crosshouse closed to passengers.