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Gourock Extension
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This line is open. The extension from Greenock to Gourock was built by the Caledonian Railway to give them a steamer pier further west than the Glasgow and South Western Railway with which it was competing with steamers running from Greenock to other piers such as Dunoon. The new line, station and pier gave the Caledonian Railway the edge.

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Clickable map of the Gourock Extension

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Western Ferries operating near Gourock.

Local area

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Gourock is a fairly well to do town to the west of Greenock. It was popular with retiring sea-captains. For Matilda is named for a Fort built to defend the Clyde against American pirates who were active in the area.

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Description of route 

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From Gourock to Greenock.

Greenock Central 
(Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway) 

Greenock West 

Fort Matilda

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The original Fort Matilida was built to protect River Clyde shipping from United States "Pirates" whom had been preying on commercial traffic. The tunnel to the east of the station has given trouble leading to train cancellations in modern times and rockfalls on trains back in stream days. The tunnel was re-lined in the late 1990s.

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A ticket from an unusual trip I made.
Gourock at night.
Gourock at night, looking broadside.
Gourock of night.
Gourock at night, looking to the buffers.

This is a large terminus with glass roofs. There is an air of dereliction about the place these day, but it i still in pretty good nick There is a possibility that the station may be re-sited (ie demolished and a smaller station re-built further east).

Caledonian MacBrayne's headquarters is at Gourock and their ferries operate from here.


Page created on 11/03/1997
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford