Location type


Name and dates

Thornhill (1850-1965)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway.


Thornhill was a two platform station. It remains largely intact with platforms and two storey station building on the southbound platform. It is an excellent survivor. The station was north east of the town, about a mile.

There were sidings on either side of the line, south of the station, those on the town (west) side becoming the main goods yard. Some extra sidings were later provided on the east side, north of the station. These served the Nithsdale Auction Mart to the immediate north.

A mineral line ran from the south end of the station east and north to Gatelawbridge Quarry.

A new signal box was provided in 1943 when the headshunts south of the station were converted into loops due to increased wartime traffic. The ARP design box is on the east side of the line and south of the former station. The station closed to goods in 1955 and completely in 1965.

As part of the improvements to the capacity of the line in 2008 a loop was installed on the southbound side, south of the former station.

The station building has been painted in recent years covering the stonework. The platform canopy has been removed.



External links

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


28/10/1850Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway completed by opening between Old Cumnock and Closeburn. Stations at New Cumnock, Kirkconnel, Sanquhar and Thornhill. Sidings opened at Mennock Summit for the Leadhills and Wanlockhead mines. The nearest passenger station on the line was at Sanquhar, slightly further west.
26/06/2000Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Loop opened on the southbound line (up side) at Thornhill, just east of the former station. This aided capacity of the line with its long single track section from Gretna to Annan (since re-doubled).


An Illustrated History of Carlisle's Railways

The Glasgow & South Western Railway a History