Barrhill railway station

Barrhill railway station is a railway station serving the village of Barrhill, South Ayrshire, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the Ayr to Stranraer section of the Glasgow South Western Line, 74 miles (119 km) south of Glasgow Central. A passing loop 19 chains (380 m) long is located here on what is otherwise a single track route.

Scottish Gaelic: Am Bàrr[1]
Local authoritySouth Ayrshire
Coordinates55.0975°N 4.7822°W / 55.0975; -4.7822
Grid referenceNX225816
Station codeBRL
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Owned byNetwork Rail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14 11,214
2014/15 11,016
2015/16 10,150
2016/17 13,552
2017/18 12,980
Passenger Transport Executive
Original companyGirvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Pre-groupingGlasgow and South Western Railway
5 October 1877Opened[2]
National Rail – UK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Barrhill from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.


The station was opened by the Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway on 5 October 1877.[2] The station was briefly closed between 7 February 1882 and 16 February 1882,[2] and between 12 April 1886 and 14 June 1886.[2]

The station features in the novel Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L Sayers, first published in 1931.


The station has an irregular service (six trains per day each way) between Glasgow/Kilmarnock and Stranraer - some of the trains used to run in connection with the ferry service between Stranraer Harbour and Belfast, but no longer do so since the sailings were transferred to Cairnryan in late 2011.

Until December 2009 there was one through train each day to Carlisle and Newcastle (and two from there). These trains were withdrawn at the 2009 timetable change.

Sundays see three trains per day in each direction, to Glasgow via Kilwinning and to Stranraer.[3]

From the December 2015 timetable change, the service frequency was increased from six trains per day to nine on weekdays (every two hours each way) and to five each way on Sundays. However all northbound services now run to Kilmarnock; direct services to Glasgow via Paisley have been withdrawn. Two services continue to Glasgow via Kilmarnock & Dunlop on weekdays, but all Sunday trains now terminate at Ayr (where connections are available to Glasgow).[4]

Temporary closure (AugustNovember 2018)

Ayr's old Station Hotel was found to be structurally unsound, so platforms 3 and 4 at Ayr were closed. This resulted in no trains being allowed to run south of Ayr, as well as ScotRail not being able to access Ayr Townhead depot to the south of Ayr railway station. A minibus operated from the station as the normal replacement buses were unable to reach the station.[5]

November 2018

All Stranraer services are now running, calling at the usual stations but Girvan–Ayr services are still operated by replacement buses.[5]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Stranraer   Abellio ScotRail
Glasgow South Western Line
  Historical railways  
Line open, station closed
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
Line open; station closed


The small signal box that houses the lever frame operating the loop was installed in 1935 after its predecessor was destroyed by fire - it was originally situated further down the line at Portpatrick but dismantled and moved to Barrhill after becoming redundant at its original location.[6] The box only houses the frame however - the tablet instruments and block bells are located in the main station building, which allows one railman to act as both stationmaster and signaller.



  1. Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. Butt (1995), page 28
  3. GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 218
  4. Table 218 National Rail timetable, December 2016
  5. "20/12/18: Services return to normal at Ayr station | ScotRail".
  6. Barrhill Signal Box History; Retrieved 2009-06-15


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  • 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.
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