Doubtless everyone in the United Kingdom has seen a picture of the Ayrshire Coast Line on the news. The stretch between Stevenston and Saltcoats is dreaded by commuters whenever bad weather arrives, due to the electric railway's proximity to the Firth of Clyde. Picture 1 - Class 380 between Stevenston and Saltcoats during a storm - This is a regular sight along the promenade, even when the weather is nice! (Daily Mirror, 2016) Stations The line has 28 stations and 3 branches. Trains run from Glasgow Central to Kilwinning, each stopping at either a few, all or no stations between the two. At Kilwinning the line splits - Ayr trains one way, Ardrossan/Largs trains the other direction. On the Ayr line trains run to Irvine, Barassie, Troon, Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick, Newton-on-Ayr and Ayr (some trains don't stop at Barassie and Newton-on -Air). The railway passes though multiple golf courses as the railway goes along the Ayrshire Coast. All trains to Largs or Ardrossan stop at Stevenston, Saltcoats and Ardrossan South Beach. The line splits again and Largs trains then stop at West Kilbride and Fairlie before terminating at Largs. If a train is scheduled to meet a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry it will run to Ardrossan Harbour via Ardrossan Town. Trains terminating in Ardrossan that don't meet a ferry terminate at Ardrossan Town. Passenger services leaving Saltcoats toward Ardrossan South Beach are treated as travelling along a single line, due ASB having only one platform. Picture 2 - A train in Ardrossan Harbour station meeting the MV Caledonian Isles (Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2016) Services and Scenarios During the day, 6 trains per hour pass through Kilwinning in both directions so there would be no shortage of services for a potential route. Scenarios could arise from cancellations - often when the line is shut between Stevenston and Saltcoats services to Ardrossan and Largs terminate in Kilwinning - the empty train moves though to Stevenston before returning to pick up the timetable of another cancelled train from Kilwinning. There is potential for freight services and scenarios. Freight trains could run to Hunterston Nuclear Power Station, near Fairlie. Trains hauling aviation fuel regularly travel to deliver to Prestwick International Airport. For a period of time recently (in the last couple of years) trains to Ayr with more than 4 carriages terminated at Prestwick Town because of part of Ayr station being shut due to the Station Hotel (which made up most of the station building) literally falling apart. These shorter services could be a potential scenario. Even when trains aren't cancelled and the weather isn't too bad, the waves between Stevenston and Saltcoats can be bad. I have been on multiple trains that have been hit by very large waves, which has caused the overhead wires to short out. The driver had to coast into Saltcoats station and restart the electrical systems - another potential scenario. Rolling Stock 2010-Present Class 380 - operate solely on the Ayrshire Coast Line Class 314 - Some 314s operated between Glasgow and Ayr to fill in shortages in a 380 availability. Before 2010 (these trains are now in ScotRail livery, but operated in Ayrshire as SPT Rail) Class 334 Class 318 Trivia Some facts about the Ayrshire Line Prestwick International Airport is the only Scottish International Airport with a direct rail link (GARL in Railworks is fictional) Prestwick International Airport has the second longest name of British Railway stations. Ayr is one of very few stations with only three letters. In 1995 the brakes of a Class 318 failed. This train crashed and demolished Largs station - miraculously nobody was killed in this accident, and the train 318254 was repaired and returned to service Ardrossan, with a population of around 10,000, is the smallest town to have three individual railway stations. Conclusion Railworks/Train Simulator featured the fictional Glasgow Airport Rail Link around 10 years ago, however this did not show the beauty or tranquillity of travelling through the hills and valleys to the Ayrshire Coast.