Ayr and Dalmellington Railway

Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
[v · d · e]Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Continuation backward
- - Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Station on track
Junction to left Track turning from right
Newton Junction
Straight track Unknown BSicon "xABZfg" Continuation to right
- - Ayr to Mauchline Branch
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf"
Hawkhill Junction
Station on track
Unknown BSicon "exSTRrg" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf"
Alloway Junction
Unknown BSicon "exCONTf" Straight track
- - Maidens and Dunure Railway
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "exKDSTr"
Ailsa Hospital
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Maybole Junction
Track turning from left Junction to right
Maybole (Dalrymple) Junction
Continuation forward Straight track
- - Ayr and Maybole Junction Railway
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exCONTg"
- - Ayr to Mauchline Branch
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf"
Holehouse Junction
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Holehouse Junction
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Unknown BSicon "xABZlf" Non-passenger terminus from right
Waste Tip
Unknown BSicon "exKBHFe"

The Ayr and Dalmellington Railway was a railway in Scotland that provided services between Ayr and Dalmellington in Ayrshire.



The Ayr and Dalmellington Railway began life as the Ayrshire and Galloway (Smithstown & Dalmellington) Railway, which received Royal Assent on 8 June 1847.[1] Although the line was originally to run between Waterside and Sillyhole near Dalmellington, the company evolved into the Ayr and Dalmellington Railway, which received Royal Assent on 4 August 1853 and had new plans to extend the line to both namesaked towns.[1]

The Burnton Viaduct near Dalrymple in 2008

The line opened to freight on 15 May 1856, and to passengers on 7 August of the same year.[1] The Glasgow and South Western Railway took over the line a short time later on 1 August 1858.[1]

The line closed to passengers on 6 April 1964.[2] The majority of the line is still open today for freight trains accessing open-pit mining sites in the area. The line between Newton-on-Ayr and the Maybole Junction is still used by passenger services as part of the Ayrshire Coast Line and Glasgow South Western Line.

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  1. ^ a b c d Awdry, page 59
  2. ^ Stansfield, page 14


  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. 
  • Stansfield, G. (1999). Ayrshire & Renfrewshire's Lost Railways. Ochiltree: Stenlake Publishing. ISBN 1-8403-3077-5. 

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