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Thornhill (Dumfries) railway station

Place Thornhill
Area Dumfries and Galloway
Original company Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
Pre-grouping Glasgow & South Western Railway
28 October 1850[1] Opened
6 December 1965[1] 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.[1]

Dumfries and Galloway Council are trying to find funding to reopen the station.[2]

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.[3]

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.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station

See also

External links

  • Disused stations



  1. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 229.
  2. ^ "New Dumfries and Galloway railway station funds pursued". Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Dumfries & Galloway Standard


External links

  • RAILSCOT on Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway: map and historical notes
  • Disused stations

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