Ardrossan North railway station

Ardrossan North railway station was a railway station serving the town of Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, Scotland as part of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway (L&AR). The station was the original Ardrossan terminus for this line until the nearby pier station opened two years later.

Ardrossan North
Ardrossan North railway station.jpg
Platform remains at Ardrossan North in 2008
General information
LocationArdrossan, Ayrshire
Scotland
Coordinates55°38′39″N 4°48′53″W / 55.6442°N 4.8147°W / 55.6442; -4.8147Coordinates: 55°38′39″N 4°48′53″W / 55.6442°N 4.8147°W / 55.6442; -4.8147
Grid referenceNS228425
Platforms4
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyLanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
Post-groupingLMS
Key dates
3 September 1888Opened as Ardrossan
1 October 1906Renamed Ardrossan Town
1 January 1917Closed
1 February 1919Reopened
2 July 1924Renamed Ardrossan North
4 July 1932Closed to regular services
Railway Stations in Ardrossan
Castlemill Junc│Holm Junc
Ardrossan South Beach
Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan North (L&AR)
Parkhouse Junction
Harbour Junction
Ardrossan Town
(AR)
Ardrossan
Montgomerie Pier
(L&AR)
Winton Junction
Ardrossan Winton Pier (AR)
Ardrossan Harbour
(BR)
Harbour Sidings

HistoryEdit

The station opened on 3 September 1888 and was simply known as Ardrossan.[1] The opening ceremony for the L&AR was held here, with the first passenger train service also departing here for Glasgow.[citation needed] On 1 October 1906 the station became known as Ardrossan Town,[1] and was later closed between 1 January 1917 and 1 February 1919 due to wartime economy.[1]

 
The remains of the station in 2006
 
The remains of the station from the site of the old roadbridge in 2009.

Joining the Caledonian Railway, the L&AR was absorbed into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station was renamed Ardrossan North on 2 June 1924.[1] Other alternative names for the station were Ardrossan Montgomerie Street and Ardrossan Caledonian. The station closed to regular passenger services on 4 July 1932,[1] however it was used for special passenger services until 1939.[2][3] The line was taken into the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948, seeing use for trains going to Montgomerie Pier and the nearby Shell Mex plant until 1968. All of the track north of the station was removed in 1970, however the spur line from the former Ardrossan Railway to the south remained intact serving the nearby bitumen plant until the 1980s.[4]

Today parts of the station platforms are still in existence, though heavily overgrown. The site of the station building is now occupied by the depot for Clyde Coast Coaches.[5] The bridge that passed over the station was demolished in March 2008 and platforms underneath partially removed.[citation needed] The platforms remained until 2017, when they made way for a new housing development.

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Butt, page 18
  2. ^ Railwap Passenger Stations by M.Quick page 52
  3. ^ Stansfield, page 7
  4. ^ Ewan Crawford. "RAILSCOT - Ardrossan Railway". Retrieved 26 May 2008.
  5. ^ McSherry, page 36

SourcesEdit

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier
Line and station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
  Saltcoats North
Line and station closed