Kilwinning East

Location type


Names and dates

Kilwinning [CR] (1888-1924)
Kilwinning East (1924-1932)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Opened on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.


This was a three platform station with a junction to the south between the lines to Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier and Irvine Bank Street.

It was a substantially built station with late Caledonian Railway style buildings. Unlike the down platform, the up platform was an island platform. There was an exceptionally tall signal box on the down platform, just north of the station building. This bridge was so high the signalman could see over the neighbouring road bridge to the junction.

There was a goods yard at the north end and sidings on the west side.

The line rose going north and banking was sometimes required as far as Auchenmade.

Much of the station site has been obliterated due to the early closure to passengers in 1932. The Irvine branch closed to goods in 1939. Closure to Stevenston followed in 1947. The line north to Lugton was singled in 1949/50 and in 1950 the route at Giffen Junction was altered to connect at Barrmill Junction instead of Lugton East Junction.

Complete closure came in 1953. Track lifting and demolition followed in 1955. The formation of Kilwinning East Junction, just to the south, can be discerned.


Station junction

External links

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


  /  /1924Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Bogside [CR] renamed Bogside Moor Halt. Irvine [CR] renamed Irvine Bank Street. Stevenston [Moorpark] renamed Stevenston Moorpark. Saltcoats [CR] renamed Saltcoats North. Ardrossan Town [CR] renamed Ardrossan North. Ardrossan [Montgomerie] Pier renamed Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier. Kilwinning [CR] renamed Kilwinning East. Kilbirnie [CR] renamed Kilbirnie South. Lugton [CR] renamed Lugton High. Neilston renamed Neilston High.
28/07/1930Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Irvine Bank Street to Kilwinning East (excluded) closed to passengers. Bogside Moor Halt and Irvine Bank Street 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.
27/01/1947Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Kilwinning East to Stevenston Moorpark closed. Boat trains diverted to the former Glasgow and South Western Railway route from 16 June.
17/10/1949Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Lugton East Junction to Kilwinning East singled, signalling removed.
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