Glasgow to Ayr and Stranraer



Locations along the line

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This is the busiest station in Scotland. It was established by the Caledonian Railway in 1879 and was hugely expanded in 1901-5.
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Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Glasgow Central Station Extension (Caledonian Railway)
314202 awaits its next duty at platform 7, Glasgow Central on 10th January 2019. It had recently arrived and the next trip was around the inner ...
John McIntyre 10/01/2019
The empty coaching stock from an “Ocean Liner” special from Liverpool to Glasgow Central wasn’t for wasting too much time in Scotland on 21st ...
Robin McGregor 21/04/1967
A Voyager heads south out of Glasgow Central. ...
Veronica Clibbery 06/09/2017
A CrossCountry train at Glasgow Central. ...
Veronica Clibbery 16/09/2019
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This is a two platform station. There is a considerable gap between the platforms as the line had been quadrupled, due to increasing traffic, when the station re-opened in 1879. The line was reduced to two lines but a third line has been laid to increase capacity between Glasgow and Paisley.
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Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Standard 4MT 2-6-4T 80058 nears Cardonald on the 13.00 Gourock – Glasgow Central, with a strong westerly wind blowing the smoke at almost the same ...
Robin McGregor 23/04/1966
SPT liveried 318250 is showing ^Glasgow Central^ on its destination panel as it heads in the opposite direction through Cardonald station on a wet and ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007
A Gourock to Glasgow service calls at Cardonald on 21 July 2018. The high-mast lighting in the background is a familiar feature of the M8 corridor. ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
380 114 heads west from Cardonald. ...
Bill Roberton 09/02/2016
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This is a two platform station to the south and east of the Hillington Industrial Estate. There is an old station building on the westbound platform.
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Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
A Gourock to Glasgow service pulls into Hillie East on 21 July 2018. The track on the left is the central road, sometimes used by passing trains and ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
On 1st June 1963, Fairburn 2-6-4T 42057 heads through Hillington East on the fast line with a service from the Wemyss Bay or Gourock direction. ...
Robin McGregor 01/06/1963
A Glasgow to Gourock Service calls at Hillington East on 21 July 2018. From this location it is possible to see the platforms of the stations either ...
David Panton 21/07/2018
Glasgow bound train at Hillington East on 17 July. ...
David Panton 17/07/2007
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This is a two platform station.
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Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
The 17.13 Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay, on the fast line between Hillington West and Arkleston, hauled by Standard Class 4 2-6-4T 80086. 8th July ...
Robin McGregor 08/07/1965
A Gourock to Glasgow Class 380 EMU calls at Hillie West on 17 November 2018. ...
David Panton 17/11/2018
On a cold misty November morning in 1965, Standard 4MT 2-6-4T 80058 leaves a trail of smoke and steam following departure from Hillington West. The ...
Robin McGregor 15/11/1965
On a frosty November morning in 1965, Britannia 70005 ^John Milton^ is not wasting any time as it takes the lightweight 9.00 Carlisle - Glasgow St ...
Robin McGregor 15/11/1965
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314213, in SPT livery and now some 38 years old, calls right time at Paisley Gilmour Street on a service for Gourock on 7th August 2017. These ...
Colin Miller 07/08/2017
The 16.22 Bishopton-Glasgow Central arriving at Paisley Gilmour Street on 6th April 1967, during the final month of steam operation. The
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Robin McGregor 06/04/1967
Tartan, famous local names and landmarks along with EMU 380011 are on display in the underpass to greet visitors to Paisley Gilmour Street. ...
Colin McDonald 22/12/1997
Gourock bound 334017 entering Paisley Gilmour Street ...
Graham Morgan 12/09/2006
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This is a two platform station. The main station building is on the Glasgow bound platform. It formerly had large platform canopies.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
66164 passing through Johnstone heading west in the direction of Hunterston for more coal ...
Graham Morgan 30/08/2007
334005 about to pull into Johnstone with a service for Glasgow Central ...
Graham Morgan 30/08/2007
66242 with coal empties for Hunterston passing through Johnston station. ...
Graham Morgan 09/01/2007
334040 at the head of a service to Glasgow Central drawing away from Johnstone on 7th October 2009 ...
Graham Morgan 07/10/2009
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This is a two platform station. The station has no car park and serves the Milliken Park area.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
2P 4-4-0 no 40651 is about to pass Milliken Park SB on 8 September 1959 with a St Enoch - Kilmarnock train. [Ref query 31 January 2019] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1959
334004 at the head of a two unit set with a service for Ayr approaching Milliken Park station ...
Graham Morgan 31/03/2008
334 012 with a Glasgow Central - Largs service calls at Milliken Park on 20 August. ...
David Panton 20/08/2008
View west over Milliken Park station, Renfrewshire, on 17 June 2007. ...
John Furnevel 17/06/2007
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This is a modern minimal two platform station north of Howwood itself. The station re-opened in 2001. There is a small car park between the line and the A737.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
An Ayr stopping service pulls into pleasant Howwood on 18 September 2019. The national ticketing system refers to this station as Howwood ...
David Panton 18/09/2019
380104 bustles off from Howwood in the general direction of Ayr in July 2015. We were actually catching a train northwards, as a summer cold (me) and ...
Ken Strachan 15/07/2015
History poster at Howwood, ^The Beetling Machines of Howwood^. ...
John Yellowlees 24/03/2017
What is this mysterious red pole at Howwood?

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John Yellowlees 24/03/2017
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This is a two platform station 3/4 of a mile south east of the town of Lochwinnoch. It is a modern minimal station with a car park. Barr Loch is to the west and Castle Semple to the north. ^Loch Winnoch^ may have referred to the area before drainage created the two lochs.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
380010 hurries through Lochwinnoch with a Glasgow Central to Ardrossan Harbour service in the evening of 31 August 2018. The photo was taken from a ...
John McIntyre 31/08/2018
An all-stations Ayr - Glasgow Central train calls at Lochwinnoch on 14 May 2014. ...
Colin Miller 14/05/2014
Colourful platform display at Lochwinnoch, photographed on 14 July 2015. ...
John Yellowlees 14/07/2015
The 14.30 Glasgow Central - Ayr dashes through Lochwinnoch at high speed on 14 May. This train^s first stop will be at Kilwinning and the end to end ...
Colin Miller 14/05/2014
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Standard class 5 4-6-0 73104 with a St Enoch - Largs train north of Glengarnock the summer of 1959. [Ref query 1115] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/07/1959
A 380 with an afternoon service to Ayr calls at Glengarnock on 22/10/2016. You^ll have to imagine the autumn smell of brown leaves. ...
David Panton 22/10/2016
A 6-car 334 service for Glasgow Central calls at Glengarnock on 2 Sepember 2009. ...
David Panton 02/09/2009
Platform scene at Glengarnock on 2 September, with 318 260 pulling in for Ayr while a 334 pulls out for Glasgow Central. ...
David Panton 02/09/2009
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This is a two platform station with a car park on the west side.There are steps up to the road bridge to the north to reach the southbound platform. The station is to the east of Dalry itself.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
A Largs service rushes through Dalry on 18 September 2019. ...
David Panton 18/09/2019
An Ayr service calls at Dalry on 5th November 2019. On the right there is a group sculpture, a circle of white hares looking up. It is called ^White ...
David Panton 05/11/2019
A planter at Dalry station within the adopted station garden. ...
John Yellowlees 25/03/2018
Passengers board a northbound 380 in bright evening light. ...
Ewan Crawford 14/09/2017
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This is a four platform station with two platforms on the Ardrossan Harbour / Largs branch and two platforms on the line south to Ayr. There was an extensive goods yard on the west side, approached from the north, but this is reduced to a pair of civil engineer sidings.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
380112, with a service from Ayr to Glasgow Central, calling at Kilwinning station on 25th July 2017. This is the junction for the branch to Largs ...
David Bosher 25/07/2017
First stop for a Glasgow to Ayr service on 17 October 2018. Platform lighting is being replaced, but the longer term plan is to transform (ruin?) the ...
David Panton 17/10/2018
380014, heading for Largs, arriving at Kilwinning station on 25th July 2017. ...
David Bosher 25/07/2017
An ^Access for All^ display detailing the planned improvements at Kilwinning station in October 2018.
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John Yellowlees 23/10/2018
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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 ...

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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Busbie Branch (Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway)
An Ayr service calls at Irvine on 6 February 2019. Irvine has original (or at least old) buildings on both sides, but neither of the non-matching ...
David Panton 06/02/2019
Welcome to Irvine - see adjacent news item. ...
John Yellowlees 29/08/2012
A Saturday St Enoch - Darvel train restarts from the Irvine stop on 4 July 1959. In charge is one of Hurlford shed^s 2P 4-4-0s no 40645. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/07/1959
Northbound Freightliner 66509 heading to the south (via Shields Junction) through Irvine working 6E06 Killoch to York Yard South on 15 August - an ...
Ken Browne 15/08/2016
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This is a two platform station on the Glasgow-Ayr route.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Barassie Station Footbridge before repainting. ...
Network Rail //2020
An Ayr service calls at Barassie on 5 November 2019. The station has ludicrously quiet announcements; perhaps the neighbours have complained. This is ...
David Panton 05/11/2019
DBS 66089 forms the diverted 0R79 Mossend - Falkland through Barassie on 7 January. ...
Ken Browne 07/01/2016
DRS 37609+37607 working the diverted 6M22 south through Barassie from Hunterston LL to Sellafield on 7 January 2016. This train normally runs via ...
Ken Browne 07/01/2016
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This is a two platform station in Troon, to the east of the harbour. It is a fine station with timber frame original buildings and canopied platforms - the canopies are braced across the trackbed.
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Troon Loop (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
156442, forming the 15.15 for Stranraer, calls at Troon on a sunny 15th October 2020.. ...
Colin Miller 15/10/2020
Troon (New) looking north. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Southbound train at Troon (New). ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Troon (New) seen from road approach. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This station was opened for Glasgow Prestwick Airport which is to the immediate east and connected to the station by a long elevated covered walkway.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Monkton and Annbank Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Prestwick International Airport station is the only one in Scotland owned by a local authority, which explains the non-standard signage. That name has ...
David Panton 05/11/2019
An Ayr service calls at Prestwick International Airport on 5th November 2019. The station seems to have pioneered lift towers, in Scotland anyway, so ...
David Panton 05/11/2019
156 500 calls at what is now widely referred to as ^Glasgow Prestwick Airport^ see image 21551 with a Kilmarnock - Ayr service on 19 March 2010.
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Bill Roberton 19/03/2010
View from the Prestwick Terminal Building roof towards the Firth of Clyde in July 1982. This shot was taken long before there was a passenger station ...
Charlie Niven /07/1982
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This is a two platform station with a pair of fine station buildings on each platform. The larger, on the southbound platform, has a long glass canopy on the platform site. The smaller, largely timber built, on the northbound platform, also has a canopy platform side.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
The 11.04 from Glasgow Central to Ayr calls at the virtually deserted Prestwick Town on 1st October 2020. No-one got off, one person and a baby got ...
Colin Miller 01/10/2020
A Kilmarnock to Stranraer service calls at Prestwick Town on 5th November 2019. My ticket called it ‘PRESTWICK SCLYDE’; it seems it is not only ...
David Panton 05/11/2019
The 14.36 for Kilmarnock runs in to Prestwick Town in atrocious weather on 16th March 2019. The train is the 13.04 from Stranraer and, as far as I ...
Colin Miller 16/03/2019
A 6-car 318 arrives at Prestwick Town on 3 June with a service for Ayr. ...
David Panton 03/06/2010
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This is a two platform in the Newton area of Ayr, to the north of the River Ayr. The station is to the south of Falkland Yard and just north of Newton Junction.
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Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
A northbound 380 draws to a pause at Newton-on-Ayr, its first stop on the way to Glasgow. ...
Ewan Crawford 07/09/2017
Southbound train pausing at Newton-on-Ayr. The almost entirely bricked up building on up platform continues to stand. ...
Ewan Crawford 07/09/2017
View south at Newton-on-Ayr on 2 September as 318 255 arrives with an Ayr - Glasgow Central service. ...
David Panton 02/09/2009
One of the few services operating out of Ayr on 31 August 2018 due to the structural issues with the Station Hotel in Ayr, is seen approaching ...
John McIntyre 31/08/2018
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This station has four platforms - two through platforms on the route to Stranraer and two bays for traffic to the north.
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Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
156495, on the 15.05 Sunday service to Stranraer, at Ayr on 27th September 2020.
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Colin Miller 27/09/2020
The new staff accommodation building on the east side of Ayr station, seen on 27th September 2020. This will provide staff with a fully functioning ...
Colin Miller 27/09/2020
A visit to Ayr on 22nd November 2020 produced the usual diet of 380s and 156s. The 12.27 for Stranraer was loading and actually seemed to have some ...
Colin Miller 22/11/2020
The completed staff accommodation, at the east side of Ayr station, on 12th February 2021. ...
Colin Miller 12/02/2021
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This is a single platform station, formerly a two platform station. The southbound platform remains in use, the northbound is overgrown, disused since 1973. The station building, on the in use platform, is of red sandstone and two storeys. It is partly in railway use, partly housing and also houses a convenience store. The building on the former northbound platform has been demolished.
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Maybole and Girvan Railway
A summer Saturday Glasgow - Stranraer express photographed near Maybole on 15 August 1959 behind Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45732 Sanspareil. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1959
A Kilmarnock to Stranraer service departs Maybole on 18 September. ...
David Panton 18/09/2019
The street aspect of the station building at Maybole looks a good deal more
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David Panton 10/10/2017
An Ayr to Girvan service calls at Maybole, the only intermediate station,
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David Panton 10/10/2017
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This is a two platform station with a Streamline Moderne (Art Deco) styled building on the up platform. Platforms are linked by a subway.
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Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
The entrance to Art-Deco styed Girvan station in September 2020, shrouded in scaffolding while work takes place to repair the leaking roof.
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John Yellowlees 25/09/2020
The South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership are holding a fundraising for Macmillan on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November at Girvan Station, ...
South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership 01/11/2019
The 1300hrs service to Ayr, formed by 156512, leaves Girvan on 25th February 2016. ...
Colin Miller 25/02/2016
A Kilmanock to Stranraer service calls at Girvan on 6 February 2019, making a slightly extended stop to allow a delayed return working to enter the ...
David Panton 06/02/2019
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This is a two platform station with a loop which breaks the single track section between Girvan and Pinwherry. The station building is on the southbound platform and there is a wooden waiting room on the northbound platform. Crossing between the platforms is by a walkway crossing at the south end of the station.
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Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
An evening at Barrhill in December 1993. The view looks south. ...
Ewan Crawford /12/1993
The cabin on the southbound platform at Barrhill in July 1998. ...
David Panton /07/1998
A railway and pastoral scene at Barrhill on a blisteringly hot day in 1989. The view is from the south end of the station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Chilly scene at Barrhill in October 1987 looking towards Stranraer. ...
David Panton /10/1987
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This station is located on the former ferry pier in Stranraer. It is a little remote from the town, being separated from it by the former car parks associated with the ferries to Ireland.
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Portpatrick Railway
A stern view of Stena Voyager as it reverses into Stranraer Harbour in August 2010. ...
Colin McDonald 09/08/2010
A memento of the former station name at Stranraer Harbour. ...
John Yellowlees 14/12/2016
With a bow profile more reminiscent of an HST than the name suggests, Stena Voyager reverses into Stranraer Harbour in August 2010. ...
Colin McDonald 09/08/2010
Stranraer plaque - unveiled today in memory of the SAYLSA company secretary James McKenzie Wilson who died last month. ...
John Yellowlees 27/03/2017
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