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Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway

This railway is open to passenger traffic. It was originally single track, then doubled and now singled again.

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Clickable map of the Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway

Wemyss Bay Station (right) and pier.
Wemyss Bay Station (right) and pier.

Wemyss Bay at night, with a new 334 train.
Wemyss Bay at night, with a new 334 train.

Local area 

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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.

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Description of route

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This single track line runs from Greenock to Wemyss Bay.
 
Wemyss Bay Junction

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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

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East facing junction for the Greenock Clyde Port Authority Terminal (formerly Princes Pier).

Whinhill

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This is a new single platform station.
 
Upper Greenock

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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.
 
Branchton

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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 Royal Hospital.
 
Ravenscraig

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This station is closed.
 
IBM (was IBM Halt) 

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This station was built in connection with the large IBM establishment nearby (to the right in the photograph). The view looks towards Weymss Bay. 
 
Dunrod loop

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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.
 
Inverkip 

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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.
 
Wemyss Bay 

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Wemyss Bay at night, with a new 334 train. Wemyss Bay at night from the ends of the platform. Note the station clocktower.

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