Kirkconnel railway station

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Kirkconnel National Rail
Kirkconnel6.jpg
Up (southbound) platform
Location
Place Kirkconnel
Local authority Dumfries and Galloway
Coordinates 55°23′15″N 3°59′56″W / 55.3875°N 3.9988°W / 55.3875; -3.9988Coordinates: 55°23′15″N 3°59′56″W / 55.3875°N 3.9988°W / 55.3875; -3.9988
Grid reference NS735122
Operations
Station code KRK
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 18,262
2012/13 Increase 18,500
2013/14 Increase 21,026
2014/15 Decrease 20,650
2015/16 Decrease 18,622
History
Original company Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
28 October 1850[1] Opened
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* 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 railway station is a railway station in the town of Kirkconnel, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The station is unstaffed and is managed by Abellio ScotRail.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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.[2]

Services[edit]

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.[3]

There is a limited service (two trains each way to Carlisle and Glasgow) on Sundays.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. 136.
  2. ^ Alexander Anderson
  3. ^ Table 216 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Sources[edit]

  • 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. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Sanquhar   Abellio ScotRail
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