Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
This railway is open to passenger traffic.
It was originally single track, then doubled and now singled again.
Wemyss Bay Station (right) and pier.
Wemyss Bay at night, with a new 334 train.
This line runs through the hills above Greenock,
passing the large IBM factory and Inverkip Power Station, to Wemyss Bay from
which ferries run to Rothesay on the Island of Bute.
Description of route
This single track line runs from Greenock to
Wemyss Bay Junction
This is an east facing junction with the Glasgow,
Paisley and Greenock Railway, located just to the west of Port
Glasgow station, and facing Port Glasgow.
Container Base Junction
East facing junction for the Greenock
Clyde Port Authority Terminal (formerly Princes Pier).
This is a new single platform station.
This station is closed. The sidings shown in
this picture were taken from a moving train. The sidings were used in connection
with Tate and Lyle Sugar, which is ceasing sugar production soon. The photograph
was taken from a passing train - the view looks towards Wemyss Bay. The station
was also known as Lynedoch Upper.
This station consists of a sinlge platform
and (disused) building. Its location is not far from the former Ravenscraig
station. The view looks towards Port Glasgow. It serves the fairly nearby Inverclyde
This station is closed.
IBM (was IBM Halt)
This station was built in connection with the
large IBM establishment nearby (to the right in the photograph). The view looks
towards Weymss Bay.
This loop is still in operation. The line was
originally mostly double track, but this is the only remaining double track
section today. The view looks towards Port Glasgow. There was a signalbox here
where the signalman had famously trained his dog to collect and exchange token
hoops with train drivers.
This station had two platforms. The Glasgow
platform is still in use, the Wemyss Bay one abandoned. Recent removal of vegetation
has revealed the few remains of the disused platform at this station. A building
remains (1997), but is currently out of use. Each platform had identical buildings
with extensive canopies. The fore-shortened canopy can be seen in the photograph
- this extended out to nearly meet its equivalent on the other platform. The
view looks towards Port Glasgow. There is a tunnel to the south of the station.
When the line was doubled a second single bore was opened.
Since the photograph was taken the building
has been demolished (before 2002) and replaced with a bus shelter.
This is one of the most beautiful terminii
stations in Scotland. The station is heavily canopied, a covered walkway curves
round onto the ferry pier and has a clocktower.
A locomotive shed existed in cramped conditions
on the approach lines to the station. The shed was on the west side of the tracks
just before the railway crossed over the road and into the station.
The first station here was smaller with an
overall timber roof. The Caledonian
Railway expanded the station.
The first four photographs show the station
and pier as they were (in 1987) before extensive renovation.
Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 17/08/2016
Contact: Ewan Crawford