Thornhill (Dumfries) railway station
|Area||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Original company||Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Glasgow & South Western Railway|
|28 October 1850||Opened|
|6 December 1965||Closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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Thornhill is a closed station. It served the country town of Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway. The station site is a mile or so from the town. Four miles north of Thornhill is Drumlanrig Castle, home to the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry. The Glasgow and South Western main line rail route between Kilmarnock and Dumfries is forced to make a long detour to the east of Thornhill and through a long tunnel, rather than the more logical route nearer Thornhill town centre and up the Nith Valley, so as not to be seen from the Buccleuch estate. The distance of the station from Thornhill may be one reason that passenger use was light and stopping services ended in 1965. There was formerly a busy livestock market near to the station, which eventually closed around 2001.
Dumfries and Galloway Council are trying to find funding to reopen the station.
Views at the station in 2009
The southbound loop has recently been opened to increase traffic paths on this line. The platforms, signal box and main building still stand at this closed station. Semaphore signalling is still used here.
Suggestions have been made for a re-opening of the station.
Despite the positive case for reopening, some local residents opposed the plans in 2009, which involved some property development to pay for new a new station involving platforms to be built slightly north of the present station site.
In October 2016, the local community council in Thornhill released a survey where the village showed overwhelming support for the re-opening of the station. The current plans include building a new station slightly north of the old station.
|Preceding station||Historical railways||Following station|
Line open; station closed
|Glasgow and South Western Railway
Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Line open; station closed
- Butt 1995, p. 229.
- "New Dumfries and Galloway railway station funds pursued". Retrieved 4 February 2014.
- Dumfries & Galloway Standard
- Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063.
- 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.
- RAILSCOT on Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway: map and historical notes
- Disused stations
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