Newton-on-Ayr Railway Station

(Baile Ùr na h-Aibhne)

A suburban railway halt in South Ayrshire, Newton-on-Ayr Station (referred to as Baile Ùr na h-Aibhne in Gaelic) is located a quarter-mile (0.5 km) northeast of Newton on Ayr and a similar distance north northwest of Lochside. It is situated next to a triangle of lines which provide access to Ayr Harbour from the Ayrshire Coast Line, preceded by Ayr Railway Station, 1¼ miles (2 km) to the south, and followed by Prestwick Town, 2 miles (3 km) to the north northeast.

Newton-on-Ayr Station opened in 1886 on the Glasgow and South Western Railway to replace Newtonhead Station, which lay to the south on the north bank of the River Ayr. Brick-built station buildings, which date from the 1950s, still exist on the southbound platform, although are disused. A modern passenger shelter exists on the northbound platform. The platforms are connected by a traditional overbridge.

Now operated by ScotRail, Newton-on-Ayr Railway Station is unstaffed and was used by 38,382 passengers per annum (2009-10) but this number had increased markedly to 88,898 by 2016-17. A large marshalling yard - known as Falkland Yard - still lies to the northwest and was once occupied by numerous coal-trains waiting to unload at Ayr Harbour, but by the 2010s was little-used.

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