The Muirkirk to Lanark train departing Inches station
The Muirkirk to Lanark train departing Inches station headed my LMS engine 40154

Railways in Muirkirk

The railway came to Muirkirk on 9th August 1848 with the opening of the Auchinleck to Muirkirk branch line of the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway (GPK&AR) and the arrival of Engine No 31, The Orion.

The original Muirkirk Railway Station was opened on 9 August 1848 as the terminus of the Muirkirk branch of the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway. (later absorbed into the Glasgow and South-Western Railway). This station was located at NGR NS 692 263 This station was replaced by a new station in 1896.

The new Muirkirk Railway Station was opened in 1896, becoming the terminus of the Muirkirk branch of the Glasgow and South-Western Railway. This station had an end-on junction with the Carstairs, Glenbuck, Muirkirk junction of the Caledonian Railway. The new station closed to regular passenger traffic on 5 October 1964 when the last train left for Lanark.. 

THE "NEW" RAILWAY, 1918 - Extracted from Cairntable Echoes - Glenbuck Memories
What was termed the "new" railway when it was laid between ten and twenty years ago, by the Caledonian Railway Company, linking up the existing railway from Lesmahagow to Gallawhistle Pit, Glenbuck, with that at Muirkirk, it is now approaching probably its last phase. The railway was completed, but was never opened for traffic. Some years ago the rails were lifted. These are being re-laid by contractors for the purpose of dismantling the bridges and removing the iron girders from the several inconsiderably viaducts which spans the glens at Crossflatt, Ponesk, and Glenbuck, for, it is said, use in France.

Muirkirk Railway Viaduct
A rare view of a viaduct on the Muirkirk line
NCB Ayrshire Area locomotive No. 13 at Kames Colliery 11th September 1968
The NCB Ayrshire area locomotive No. 13 viewed at Kaimes Colliery on 11th September 1968 and in a somewhat sorry state.
Muirkirk Signal Box and NCB Wagons June 1966
Muirkirk Signal Box and NCB Wagons 10th June 1966

 

Muirkirk Station Masters

from Cairntable Echoes:-

Porters

Signalmen

Yardman

Accidents on Muirkirk's Railways

Muirkirk Railway Closures

Railway Links

Ayrshire's last days of steam

Ayrshire's Last Days of Steam

Concentrating on the 1950s and '60's, the last days of steam before diesel, electric power, and Dr Beeching's deadly axe changed the railways for ever. This collection of photographs from that era, taken by acclaimed railway historian and photographer W.A.C. Smith, are an invaluable record of the time when steam ruled and trains were never late. Featuring many of the stations which once served all of Ayrshire, the 59 excellent photographs include locations at Kilmarnock, Darvel, Mauchline, Dalry, Kilwinning, Saltcoats, and others together with familiar rolling stock of the day.

More information on this book can be found on the Stenlake Publishing website

Lost railways of Ayrshire and Renfrewshire by Stenlake Publishing

Ayrshire & Renfrewshire's Lost Railways

Fascinating statistics on the now closed lines and demolished stations from these two counties, accompanied by 52 old photographs showing many of the locations in their prime. The original Wemyss Bay station, forerunner to the extravagant mock-Tudor structure that exists today, a railbus at Crosshouse, and the sorry spectacle of Kilwinning East station during demolition are some of the many subjects.

More information on this book can be found on the Stenlake Publishing website

 

 

Images of the
Railways in Muirkirk

Picture of Muirkirk railwaymen - click to enlarge the picture
This is believed to be be a picture taken at Muirkirk Railway Station.

Front row, third from left is understood to be Thomas Palmer, originally from Cumbria.

Can anyone put any more names to faces? Or a guess at the date?

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Muirkirk railwaymen Thomas Palmer (right) and Will Parker pictured at Kilmarnock StationThis picture originally appeared in the Daily Record with the headline "Is This My Holiday train?" and caption "This wee girl with her holiday kit made sure she boarded the right train at Kilmarnock Station on Saturday, at the beginning of the Kilmarnock Grozet Fair, when large numbers left the town for coast and country."

On the footplate are Muirkirk railwaymen Will Parker (left) and Thomas Palmer (right).

Send any info to

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Muirkirk Engine Sheds 1951Muirkirk Engine Shed
in 1951

For railway buffs, the engine is the ex Caledonian Railway 4-4-0 LMS 3P No 54504


4-4-0-Engine Number 40572 at Muirkirk in September 19514-4-0-Engine Number 40575 at Muirkirk in September 1951


Muirkirk Railway Station in May 1958Muirkirk Railway Station photographed in 1958


Muirkirk Turntable 1959Engine 40574 on Muirkirk turntable in 1959

NCB Shunter at Kames Colliery Muirkirk 11th September 1968
NCB Shunter
at Kames Colliery
11 September 1968

Shunter at Kames Colliery 1968
NCB Shunter
at Kames Colliery 1968

77105 at Muirkirk Railway Station 1961
Engine 77015 at Muirkirk Railway Station in 1961

Muirkirk Engine Shed in 1962
Muirkirk Engine Shed
in 1962

Muirkirk Signal Box No. 2 1951
Muirkirk Signal Box No. 2

Railway Engines 57566, 44322 and 44283 at Muirkirk on 30th June 1963
Steam Day at
Muirkirk Railway Shed 30th June 1963

LNER B1 61342 at Muirkirk April 1966
Rail Tour at Muirkirk
April 1966

LNER B1 61342
at Muirkirk
10th April 1966

Caledonian Railway 123 at Muirkirk
Caledonian Railway engine 123
refuelling at Muirkirk