Riccarton and Craigie railway station

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Riccarton and Craigie
Riccarton Scotfuels rail connection.JPG
The remaining section of the line.
Place Riccarton
Area East Ayrshire
Original company Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Pre-grouping Glasgow and South Western Railway
Platforms 1
5 July 1965 Officially closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Riccarton and Craigie was a railway station serving the village of Riccarton and the distant hamlet of Craigie, both in East Ayrshire, Scotland. Originally just called Riccarton, it was renamed in 1905.[1]


The village of Riccarton near Kilmarnock had a railway station by this name on the Gatehead and Hurlford branch of the Glasgow and South Western Railway. Part of the line remains open to supply a Hurst Fuels Depot in Kilmarnock, the track in the old station area was however lifted in the 1970s when Kilmarnock's Power Station closed.[2] The remains of the station with its island platform and bricked up entrance from the street were extant until the building of the new Kilmarnock bypass removed all traces in the 1980s.[3]

The station was built on the embankment just to the west of Campbell Street, but never opened for regular services;[3][4] the double track line from Gatehead to Hurlford was officially open on 14 July 1902.[1][5] and officially closed on 5 July 1965.[6] The line never had a publicly advertised passenger service and a goods yard stood where the Hurst Fuels Depot was built in the 1970s.[7] The signalbox at Riccarton & Craigie closed on 30 June 1938 when the line ceased to be a through route,[8] possibly replaced by a ground frame.[9]

The route was used by excursion and relief trains, including services between Kilmarnock and Ayr[1] until closure as a through route on 27 June 1938.[3] In 1932 the main Glasgow - Ayr line was cut by a subsidence at the Irvine Viaduct and as a result trains between Glasgow and Ayr not calling at Paisley were for a time diverted via Barrhead, Kilmarnock and Riccarton and Craigie.[1]

It is listed in 1929 as 'Riccarton and Craigie' by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, one of the stations which the company conveyed goods to.[10] The G&SWR operated a goods station at Riccarton and Craigie (Goods)[11] which in 1910 had a substantial goods shed and associated crane and weighing machine.[12] It is recorded as being closed officially on 5 July 1965.[1]

Kay Park Junction was opened in 1904 as a spur to the Hurlford - Gatehead line. The signal box was still in use in 1962 for the trains running to the sidings surviving several industrial companies works.[1]

The 1902 1 inch to a mile OS map (sheet 22) and the 1920s OS map, show the station as being open to passengers.[13]


The Working Timetable for October 1909 shows a 'Saturday's Only' passenger train that was due into Kilmarnock at 5.42pm, running from Ayr at 5pm via Riccarton. The 12.50pm Goods from Ayr to Kilmarnock called at Riccarton to detach traffic and also a Tuesdays only goods from Hurlford to Gatehead via Riccarton and return to Darvel.[14]

Darvel Branch
Up arrow Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
Riccarton and Craigie
Left arrow
Glasgow, Paisley,
Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Right arrow
Craigie Junction
Mayfield Branch Junction
Mayfield Branch
County Boundary Junction
Down arrow Darvel and Strathaven Railway


The 1938 Ordnance Survey map shows an island platform with a semaphore signal positioned close to the bridge over the road to the east. Stairs ran up to the platform from the ground level pavement beneath the railway overbridge.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Robin, G. H. (1962), The Nith Valley Route. The Railway Magazine, January P. 23.
  2. ^ Blane, page 8
  3. ^ a b c Blane, page 7
  4. ^ Thomas, Page 262
  5. ^ Lindsay, David M. E. (2002). G&SWR Register of stations, routes & lines. G&SWR Association. Part 2.1, Page 6
  6. ^ Lindsay, David M. E. (2002). G&SWR Register of stations, routes & lines. G&SWR Association. Part 5.1, Page 5
  7. ^ Blane, Page 9
  8. ^ Blane, Page 10
  9. ^ Blane, Page 11
  10. ^ LMS (1929), List of principal towns & places to and from which the LMS convey goods from and to Sheffield and Rotherham. Euston Station, London.
  11. ^ Gibson, Fergus (2005–2006).The freight business of the G&SWR at the start of the 20th century. Sou' West Journal. No. 37. P. 6.
  12. ^ 1910 OS 25in to the mile
  13. ^ Library of Scotland. Accessed : 2010-07-21.
  14. ^ Burgess, Page 5


  • 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 (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137. 
  • Blane, Robert (2014). The Riccarton Branch - an Industrial railway in Kilmarnock. Sou' West. Autumn 2014.
  • Burgess, Max (2014). Letters to the Editor - The Riccarton Branch. Sou' West. Winter 2014/2015.
  • Thomas, John (1971). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain. V.6, Scotland. David & Charles : Newton Abbot. ISBN 0-7153-5408-6.

Previous and next stations[edit]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line open; station closed
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Line and station closed
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Darvel Branch

     Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 6 July 1812 – 16 July 1899
Successor line Glasgow and South Western Railway
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in),
formerly 4 ft (1,219 mm) & 3 ft 4 in (1,016 mm)
Up arrow Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Kilmarnock(GPK&AR} Left arrow GPK&AR Right arrow
Kilmarnock (original)
St. Marnock Depot
Right arrow Darvel Branch
Riccarton and Craigie
Laigh Milton Viaduct(on closed line)
UpperLeft arrow Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Barassie Junction
Troon Harbour
Troon (new)(Troon Loop Line)
Troon (old)(GPK&AR)
Lochgreen Junction
Down arrow Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway

Coordinates: 55°35′47″N 4°29′58″W / 55.5965°N 4.4995°W / 55.5965; -4.4995