Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
|Ayr and Dalmellington Railway|
The Ayr and Dalmellington Railway began life as the Ayrshire and Galloway (Smithstown & Dalmellington) Railway, which received Royal Assent on 8 June 1847. 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.
The line closed to passengers on 6 April 1964. 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.
Connections to other lines
- Ayr to Mauchline Branch at Newton and Hawkhill Junctions
- Ayr and Maybole Junction Railway at Maybole/Dalrymple Junction
- Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway at Falkland Junction
- Maidens and Dunure Railway at Alloway Junction
- Awdry, page 59
- 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.