Saltcoats North railway station

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Saltcoats North
Saltcoats North station postcard.jpg
A view of the station looking west c. 1914
Location
Place Saltcoats
Area Ayrshire
Coordinates 55°38′21″N 4°47′21″W / 55.6393°N 4.7893°W / 55.6393; -4.7893Coordinates: 55°38′21″N 4°47′21″W / 55.6393°N 4.7893°W / 55.6393; -4.7893
Grid reference NS244419
Operations
Original company Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Platforms 2
History
3 September 1888 Opened as Saltcoats
1 January 1917 Closed
1 February 1919 Reopened
2 July 1924 Renamed Saltcoats North
4 July 1932 Closed to regular services
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Saltcoats North railway station was a railway station serving the town of Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, Scotland as part of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.

History[edit]

The station opened on 3 September 1888 and was simply known as Saltcoats.[1] It closed between 1 January 1917 and 1 February 1919 due to wartime economy,[1] and upon the grouping of the L&AR into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923, the station was renamed Saltcoats North on 2 June 1924.[1] The station closed to passengers on 4 July 1932,[1] however it was reopened for a time within two years when a special return fare price was introduced.[2] The line saw use for trains going to Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier and the Ardrossan Shell Mex plant until 1968.

Station description[edit]

The adjacent road bridge in 2006

The station consisted of two side platforms connected by a footbridge and with a small building on each side. By 1956 the footbridge and the building on the eastboard platform had been removed, however the westbound building remained intact albeit derelict.[2] By the late 1960s only the overgrown platforms remained.[3]

Redevelopment[edit]

Since demolition, the site of Saltcoats North has been redeveloped into a housing estate.[4] Most of the trackbed between the station and Stevenston Moorpark station has been filled in and converted into a pathway signposted as 'Old Caley Line'. Several road bridges that crossed the line here are still in existence,[5] though are now partially buried in the ground. Aside from the road bridge that was directly adjacent to the station, there is no trace left of the station itself.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Butt, p. 205
  2. ^ a b Stansfield, p. 7
  3. ^ Main, W (1968). Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier Railway Line Closure (DVD). Glasgow, Scotland: Scottish Screen Archive. 
  4. ^ Wham, p. 66
  5. ^ Wham, p. 67

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. 
  • Stansfield, G. (1999). Ayrshire & Renfrewshire's Lost Railways. Ochiltree: Stenlake Publishing. ISBN 1-8403-3077-5. 
  • Wham, Alasdair (1997). The Lost Railway Lines of Ayrshire : Ayrshire Railway Walks. Wigtown: G.C. Book Publishers. ISBN 1-8723-5027-5. OCLC 38356283. 


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Ardrossan
Line and station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
  Stevenston
Line and station closed