Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
The Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway was a railway co-owned by Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway and was an amalgamation of two different lines: the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway and the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway.
Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
The Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway was first opened on 29 September 1848 and within three years was absorbed into the Caledonian Railway company. This line ran between Southside and Neilston.
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
As a result of Caledonian Railway wanting to extend the Neilston branch and Glasgow and South Western Railway wanting to build a more directly line from Glasgow to Kilmarnock (rather than the existing line on the former Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway), this joint line was built by both companies in partnership. The line opened on 27 March 1871. There was also a branch to Beith opened at the same time.
When the joint line was opened the existing Neilston line also became the joint ownership of the two companies, and so the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Line was formed.
Connections to other lines
- City of Glasgow Union Railway at Gorbals Junction
- General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway at Muirhouse Central Junction
- Cathcart District Railway at Muirhouse Central Junction
- Busby Railway at Busby Junction
- Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway at Kilmarnock
- Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway at Barrmill and Lugton
Today the line from Glasgow to Kilmarnock is still open as part of the Glasgow South Western Line, however several stations are now closed. The track between Barrhead and Kilmarnock was singled as part of the rationalisation of the Glasgow South Western Line in the mid 1970s following the electrification of the West Coast Main Line, with a passing loop being retained at Lugton. In 2009 the section between Stewarton and Lugton was redoubled as part of capacity improvements between Glasgow and Kilmarnock.
Part of the former main line from Strathbungo towards Gorbals Junction and St Enoch has also been retained for freight traffic and occasional passenger traffic, via the link to the Polloc and Govan Railway at Langside Junction (on the WCML) and used mainly by oil trains to and from a fuel oil depot near Kilmarnock.
The line to Beith closed to passengers on 5 November 1962 and to freight two years later. The line to Beith is still in existence as far as Barrmill, where it heads south along the route of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway until it reaches DM Beith. This track is also singled and has been disused for several years.
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- RAILSCOT on Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
- RAILSCOT on Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
-  Commentary and video on the Lainshaw or Annick Water Viaduct at Stewarton.