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Stenlake Publishing - Rails to Turnberry and the Heads of Ayr – The Maidens & Dunure Light Railway and the Butlin’s Branch


Rails to Turnberry and the Heads of Ayr – The Maidens & Dunure Light Railway and the Butlin’s Branch



Author : David McConnell & Stuart Rankin
ISBN : 9780853616993
Cover : paperback
Price : £19.95

At one time a scenic coastal railway route linked Girvan with Ayr. The line was built to serve the villages of Maidens, Dunure and Alloway, and it was hoped that it would develop agriculture and fishing in the area. However, the route is best remembered for the role it played in leisure and holiday traffic. The Glasgow & South Western Railway designed and developed the world famous golf course and hotel at Turnberry Hotel. Post-Second World War a Butlin’s Holiday Camp was built at Heads of Ayr bringing many holidaymakers to the northern section of the route. Here is the story of what was a vastly under-publicised railway and its association with Tunrnberry Hotel and golf courses amid the historic, historical and present-day environment of both Carrick and Ayrshire. Captured here is the invigorating and romantic spirit of this scenic line and its fascinating and varied trains, services and all-embracing history that are astounding in relation to a small rural branch with no intermediate towns.

The story of the Carrick coast railway, through the country of Robert the Bruce, the Clan Kennedy and Robert Burns, has now been told.

304 pages, 186 illustrations.

Rails to Turnberry and the Heads of Ayr – The Maidens & Dunure Light Railway and the Butlin’s Branch
£19.95
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