Edinburgh

Dalmellington


Two of the five Park Royal railbuses, Nos. Sc79970 and Sc79974, were allocated to the Scottish Region, and one of these stands at Dalmellington Station after arrival from Barassie via Ayr circa 1960. Dalmellington was then served by five daily workings from Barassie; however, the station closed to passengers on 6th April, 1964 and goods traffic was withdrawn on 6th July of that year. [Chris Gammell]
Edinburgh

Newton Junction

This double junction is located adjacent to Newton-on-Ayr Station. Immediately to the south of the station lines from Ayr Harbour converge with the main Ayr & Dalmellington Railway route. The line then passes beneath a road bridge, beyond which the Ayr & Mauchline Branch diverges. This line also has a connection to Ayr Locomotive Shed.


A Park Royal railbus working the 15.30 Ayr to Kilmarnock passes Ayr MPD at Newton Junction on 23rd June, 1961. [S. Rickard]

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Ayr (1886)

Opened: 12th January, 1886.

The present Ayr Station is the third station in the town to have had the name. The original station, opened in 1839, was a terminus of the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock & Ayr Railway. When the Ayr and Dalmellington Railway opened in 1856, connecting with the GPK&AR at Falkland Junction to the north of the town, a station called Ayr Townhead was opened on the south side of the town, 300 yards south of the present station. Townhead was renamed Ayr on 1st July, 1857, when the GPK&AR's station closed; however this second station closed on 12th January, 1886, when the present station opened by the Glasgow & South Western Railway. It has two through platforms, two bay platforms at the north end for services to Glasgow, and an overall roof which has been partly cut back. Prior to electrification of the line, a number of carriage sidings (Kyle Street Sidings) were located behind the west side of the station. Electric multiple-units are now stabled at Townhead Sidings, to the south of the station.


Almost-new LMSR Class 2P 4-4-0 No. 647 stands at Ayr Station with a northbound passenger train, circa 1932. No. 647 was built at Crewe in September 1931 and withdrawn as BR No. 40647 in October 1961. [C.J.L. Romanes/L&GRP]

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