Darvel and Strathaven Railway

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Darvel and Strathaven Railway
Up arrow Darvel Branch
County Boundary Junction
Strathaven Central
LowerRight arrow Hamilton and Strathaven Railway
Down arrow Mid Lanarks Lines

The Darvel and Strathaven Railway linked, with the Darvel Branch to the former Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway in Scotland to allow trains to travel between Kilmarnock and Lanarkshire.


On 4 July 1905 the line opened, connecting with the Darvel Branch, which became a through line to Strathaven which was a jointly run line between the Glasgow and South Western Railway and the Caledonian Railway.[1] However, despite being a through line, no trains ever ran between Kilmarnock and Strathaven;[2] instead, the two companies took it in turns to run the line between Darvel and Strathaven every six months.[2]

The line was never successful and closed in 1939.[1] Little evidence of the line still exists today, aside from the occasional embankment, bridge and cutting along the route.

Connections to other lines[edit]



  1. ^ a b Wham, page 47
  2. ^ a b Stansfield, page 20


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