Maybole and Girvan Railway
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Maybole and Girvan Junction Railway is an historic railway in Scotland.
The line runs in a general southwesterly direction from Maybole through farmed countryside to Girvan, a fishing port on the Irish Sea. It passes a former coal mine at Bargany. The line consists of a single track with a passing siding at Kilkerran. Part of the line was once double track.
The line was founded in 1856 by an act of Royal assent. On 24 May 1860 the line opened between Maybole Junction and Girvan. In 1865, the entire railway was absorbed into the Glasgow and South Western Railway. Girvan station closed in 1892 and became a goods depot. DMUs started operating over the line between Glasgow and Stranraer in 1959.
Connections to other lines
- Ayr and Maybole Junction Railway at Maybole (the line diverged from the Ayr route a short distance from the original terminus at Maybole Old).
- Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway at Girvan Junction
- Maidens and Dunure Light Railway at Girvan Junction
As of 2002, passenger trains operate over the line from Ayr to Girvan along with other services from Glasgow to Stranraer and Newcastle to Stranraer operated by ScotRail. There is no regular freight service. In the current timetable (May 2008), there is a (roughly) two-hourly service each way on weekdays, with a limited service (three northbound and two southbound) on Sundays.
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