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The network of railways that covers Ayrshire is a major asset to the county – and it is a significant part of the Heritage of the area. The earliest railway line was the Duke of Portland’s privately financed Kilmarnock and Troon Railway of 1808-1812, built to carry coal from the Duke’s pits near Kilmarnock to Troon Harbour on the Ayrshire coast. This line had several ‘firsts’ for Scotland - the first railway viaduct (which still stands), first fare paying passengers, and first steam locomotive.
The main railway lines run north-south through the county, and a series of branch lines run east-west connecting inland towns with the coast. This pattern was largely planned in the 19th century to move coal and is has proved equally suitable for the movement of passengers in later centuries.
Passenger train services have suffered from the competition of buses, resulting in some railway closures in the Beeching cuts of the 1960’s. However, train services between Ayr/Glasgow and Largs/Glasgow still carry numerous passengers each year. The train services also carry day-trippers in the summer as well as the commuting and shopping trade all year round.

Images have been allocated into the following categories and subcategories.


- Air

- Rail

- Freight transport

- Steam Trains

- Roads

- Buses

- Food & Drink

- Freight Transport

- Garage

- Horse

- Petrol

- Taxis

- Tramways

- Sea

- Fishing Boats

- Freight Transport

- Harbour

- Sea and Rail