Ardrossan Winton Pier railway station

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Ardrossan Winton Pier
The station on 22 June 1984, with the 12.33 to Glasgow Central waiting to depart
Coordinates55°38′26″N 4°49′20″W / 55.6405°N 4.8223°W / 55.6405; -4.8223Coordinates: 55°38′26″N 4°49′20″W / 55.6405°N 4.8223°W / 55.6405; -4.8223
Grid referenceNS223422
Original companyArdrossan Railway
Pre-groupingGlasgow and South Western Railway
27 July 1840Opened as Ardrossan Pier
2 June 1924Renamed Ardrossan Winton Pier
19 January 1987Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Ardrossan Winton Pier railway station served the town of Ardrossan and its harbour, North Ayrshire, Scotland. The station allowed train passengers to link with the Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) ferry sailings to Brodick on the Isle of Arran and other destinations.


The station was opened on 27 July 1840 as part of the Ardrossan Railway (later merged with the Glasgow and South Western Railway) and was known as Ardrossan Pier.[1] Upon the grouping of the G&SWR into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, the station was renamed Ardrossan Winton Pier on 2 June 1924 in order to distinguish between the Ardrossan Pier station on the former Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway (which was renamed Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier).[1] The station then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

The site of the station in 2007

The station had a single island platform. With the closure of Montgomerie Pier station on 6 May 1968,[1] Winton Pier station became the sole passenger rail terminus at the harbour. When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was briefly served by ScotRail before closing, replaced by Ardrossan Harbour railway station (situated slightly further inland) on 19 January 1987 upon the commencement of electric services.[1] Train services in connection with the sailings of Burns and Laird Lines to Belfast and Isle of Man Steam Packet Company to Douglas, Isle of Man ceased in 1976 and 1985, respectively, when the shipping routes closed.

The site of the station is now located behind the main CalMac ferry terminal building. Only the outline of where the platform was once located remains.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Terminus   Glasgow and South Western Railway
Ardrossan Railway
  Ardrossan Town
Line partially closed; station open

Railway Stations in Ardrossan
Castlemill JuncHolm Junc
Ardrossan South Beach
Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan North (L&AR)
Parkhouse Junction
Harbour Junction
Ardrossan Town (AR)
Montgomerie Pier
Winton Junction
Ardrossan Winton Pier (AR)
Ardrossan Harbour (BR)
Harbour Sidings



  1. ^ a b c d Butt, page 18


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
  • Stations on navigable O.S. map. Used (on map) station at end of branch south of harbour entrance'