Kirkconnel railway station
Up (southbound) platform
|Local authority||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway|
|28 October 1850||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kirkconnel from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Kirkconnel is situated on the former Glasgow and South Western Railway main line between Kilmarnock and Carlisle. It was one of the few stations on the route to avoid the Beeching Axe in the mid-1960s and was the only intermediate station between Kilmarnock and Dumfries for many years.
The railway poet
A plaque at the station commemorates Alexander Anderson, the poet from Kirkconnel, who rose from being a railway worker to become Chief Librarian at Edinburgh University. He was a surfaceman or platelayer on the Glasgow and South Western Railway, and generally wrote under the name of Surfaceman.
There is a two-hourly service in each direction (with one or two extras), southbound to Dumfries and Carlisle and northbound to Kilmarnock and Glasgow. There are also three trains per day to Newcastle.
There is a limited service (two trains each way to Carlisle and Glasgow) on Sundays.
- 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.
- Video and commentary on Alexander Anderson, poet
- Video and commentary on Kirkconnel Railway Station
- Media related to Kirkconnel railway station at Wikimedia Commons
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Glasgow South Western Line
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