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Annan railway station

Coordinates: 54°59′01″N 3°15′44″W / 54.9835°N 3.26227°W / 54.9835; -3.26227
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National Rail
General information
LocationAnnan, Dumfries and Galloway
Coordinates54°59′01″N 3°15′44″W / 54.9835°N 3.26227°W / 54.9835; -3.26227
Grid referenceNY193661
Owned byNetwork Rail
Managed byScotRail
Other information
Station codeANN
Original companyGlasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Pre-groupingGlasgow and South Western Railway
2018/19Increase 0.139 million
2019/20Decrease 0.133 million
2020/21Decrease 16,448
2021/22Increase 81,834
2022/23Increase 99,398
Annan is located in Dumfries and Galloway
Location in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Annan is a railway station on the Glasgow South Western Line, which runs between Carlisle and Glasgow Central via Kilmarnock. The station, situated 17 miles 51 chains (28 km) north-west of Carlisle, serves the town of Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It is owned by Network Rail and managed by ScotRail.

Shortly after leaving the station, heading west towards Dumfries, the line crosses a viaduct over the River Annan and adjoining flood plains. Also, situated just to the west of the station, is a disused junction and former alignment of a line which used to head south to the Cochran's Boiler Plant at Newbie.


Siding situated to the rear of the station.

Opened by the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway in 1848, then run by the Glasgow and South Western Railway, it became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

In 1975, the station became the western end of a single line section to Gretna Green, as part of the route rationalisation carried out by British Rail, following the electrification of the West Coast Main Line and re-signalling scheme, with control shared between the power box at Carlisle and the signal box at the station.

However, the second track was reinstated by Network Rail in 2008,[2][3][4] to assist in managing the increased traffic levels, mainly consisting of train loads of imported coal from Hunterston Terminal to power stations in the East Midlands and West Yorkshire.

When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by ScotRail until the privatisation of British Rail. Until the early 1980s, the goods yard at the station was still in regular use. The station was also used to dispatch fresh fish to London until the mid–to–late 1980s.

Former stations[edit]

Annan Shawhill[edit]

The town was previously served by a second railway station, Annan Shawhill, which was opened by the Solway Junction Railway on 8 August 1870. It closed to passengers on 27 April 1931, and to goods traffic in 1955. It was situated on the long-disused Solway Junction Railway, which ran between Kirtlebridge and Maryport, operating across the Solway Firth.

Newbie Junction Halt[edit]

Newbie Junction Halt was located to the west of the Annan Viaduct, and briefly (between 1898–1904) served a nearby boiler factory, as well as a brick and tile works. Trains called in the mornings and evenings, for workers only.


Following the May 2021 timetable change, there is a mostly an uneven hourly to 2 hourly service (Monday to Saturday) heading north-west towards Dumfries, with seven trains of these to Glasgow Central via Kilmarnock. On Sunday, there are five trains per day to Dumfries, two of which extend to Glasgow Central. Heading south-east towards Carlisle, there is an mostly hourly service. All trains are operated by ScotRail.

Services running through Carlisle to Newcastle were stopped at the May 2022 timetable change.[5]

Rolling stock used: Class 156 Super Sprinter

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Gretna Green   ScotRail
Glasgow South Western Line
  Historical railways  
Line open; station closed
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Line open; station closed
Line and station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Solway Junction Railway



  1. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  2. ^ "New railway on the double for Gretna–Annan". Network Rail. 15 July 2008. Archived from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Rail line shuts for major upgrade". BBC News. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Gretna–Annan rail project targets summer completion". Rail Technology Magazine. 6 December 2007. Archived from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  5. ^ Maund, Richard. "PSUL 2022" (PDF). Retrieved 14 May 2022.


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