Location type


Names and dates

Saltcoats (1882-1952)
Saltcoats Central (1952-1965)
Saltcoats (1965-)

Station code: SLT National Rail ScotRail
Where: North Ayrshire, Scotland
Opened on the Ardrossan and Johnstone Railway.
Open on the Kilwinning, Ardrossan and Largs.


This is a two platform station with original station buildings on both the up and down platforms. The main building, a long single storey building in red sandstone on the Glasgow bound platform, dates from 1894. It is fitted with a full length glazed canopy.

The two storey building opposite now houses a cafe. Cafe @ The Station A long single storey extension to the building^s east end has been removed. The two storey portion bore a lose resemblance to the main block which formerly stood at Ardrossan Town.

Both buildings feature tall windows, rectangular with a semicircular top.

The goods yard was on the south side of the line, approached from the west. The site is now a car park.

The signal box was at the west end of the westbound platform. It was replaced in 1951 and closed in 1968.

The station remains open and the line was electrified in 1986.

The original Saltcoats [1st] station was east of the B780. The second Saltcoats [2nd] station was slightly further west. This station dates from 1882 built in response the competing Saltcoats North station opening just to the north and rebuilt again (on the same site) in 1895.



External links

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


Bike rack
Free parking
Taxi rank
Ticket machine


  /  /1882Ardrossan Railway
Saltcoats station re-sited between Saltcoats [1st] and Saltcoats [2nd] stations.
30/06/1952Ardrossan Railway
Saltcoats re-named Saltcoats Central.
04/02/1965Ardrossan Railway
Saltcoats Central re-named Saltcoats.


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

Ardrossan (North) 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 16.01 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Ardrossan (South) 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 16.05 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Kilwinning 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 16.04 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Old Ardrossan

Old Kilwinning

Origins of the Scottish Railway System 1722-1844

The Glasgow & South Western Railway a History