Maidens and Dunure Light Railway

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Maidens and Dunure Light Railway
- - Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Alloway Junction
- - Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
Tunnel under Alloway Kirk
River Doon
Greenan Castle
Heads of Ayr Holiday Camp
Heads of Ayr
Dunduff Burn
Croy Glen
Rancleugh Glen
Balchriston Level Crossing Halt
Turnberry Aerodrome
- - Maybole and Girvan Railway
Girvan Junction
- - Girvan and Portpatrick Railway

The Maidens and Dunure Light Railway was a light railway worked by the Glasgow and South Western Railway in Ayrshire, Scotland connecting the stations in Ayr and Girvan following a coastal route via Turnberry.


The line was incorporated under a Light Railway Order by Act of Parliament on 30 September 1899,[1] and opened to traffic on 17 May 1906.[1] The line was twenty miles in length from Alloway Junction, south of Ayr station, to Girvan Junction, north of Girvan station.[1] The passenger service between Turnberry and Ayr was withdrawn on 1 December 1930;[1] the line was reopened briefly as far as Heads of Ayr between 4 July 1932 and 31 May 1933.[1] The remaining line south of Turnberry closed to passengers on 2 March 1942.[1]

On 17 May 1947 the line was reopened again to a new Heads of Ayr station serving the then new Butlins holiday camp.[2]

In 1955 the freight service south of Heads of Ayr was withdrawn, with the remaining freight working ceasing in 1959. The remaining passenger service to Heads of Ayr ceased on 14 September 1968.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Awdry, page 90
  2. ^ Butt, page 90