Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway

Introduction

This line is open and carries a regular electric train passenger service between Gourock, Greenock, Paisley and Glasgow Central as well as branch traffic to Wemyss Bay.






Dates

  /04/1802Hugh Crawford
The senior magistrate of Greenock proposes a Glasgow to Greenock railway to the Lord Provost of Glasgow. The Glasgow town council rejects the plan. It was 1841 before the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway was opened.
  /  /1837Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1837Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Dellingburn Branch to East India Harbour authorised. (This proposed route not built.)
  /  /1837Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Port Glasgow Harbour branch authorised.
  /  /1837Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Authorisation to make the portion of line between Glasgow and Paisley joint.
  /  /1840Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Original plan for the Dellingburn Branch abandoned. Revised Greenock to Dellingburn Street and thus to East India Harbour and Victoria Harbour authorised. Access at Greenock would be by reversal. Locomotives were prohibited from the branch.
  /  /1840Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Authorisation to improve the Erskine Ferry (2.5 miles away to the north east).
31/03/1841Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Paisley to Greenock opened. Connections with trans-Atlantic and other steamers was by walking down East Quay Lane.
  /  /1843Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Dellingburn Branch opened from Greenock to East India Harbour and Victoria Harbour. An elevator connects the station to the branch line.
  /  /1844Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway Bute Steam Packet Company
The railway buys the steam packet company and gains control of the steamers Pioneer, Petrel and Pilot.
  /  /1846Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Harbour Branch and a pier authorised. Purchase of the existing Cartsdyke Harbour authorised.
  /  /1846Victoria Harbour
Construction begins of the dock, designed by Joseph Locke. Locke was also an engineer to the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway whose Greenock terminus (1841) was just to the south.
  /  /1847Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock RailwayCaledonian Railway
Lease of the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway by the Caledonian Railway authorised.
  /  /1849Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway leased to the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1851Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Line absorbed by the Caledonian Railway. The Caledonian Railway creates the Greenock Railway Guaranteed Company to operate the line at arms length.
  /  /1857Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Dellingburn Branch connection to Greenock station - an elevator is replaced with an incline from the goods yard. New goods shed and yard opened.
  /  /1865Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Branch from Cartsburn Junction to Victoria Harbour authorised (where it would meet the Dellingburn Branch).
  /  /1865Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Authorisation given to rebuild and expand Greenock station.
  /  /1866Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
The Caledonian Railway's Greenock Albert Harbour is authorised. The Greenock and Ayrshire Railway actually reached the harbour in 1869.
  /  /1866Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Branch to Greenock Albert Harbour [Dock] authorised.
01/06/1869Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Branch from Cartsburn Junction to Victoria Harbour opened. Proposed branch to Greenock Albert Harbour [Dock] abandoned.
  /  /1870Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Authorisation to use locomotives on the Dellingburn Branch.
25/01/1871Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Traffic agreement for the two lines to Greenock: Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway, owned by the Caledonian Railway, and Greenock and Ayrshire Railway, owned by the Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1873Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Authorisation for Bogston Goods.
  /  /1878Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Greenock renamed Greenock Cathcart Street [1st].
  /  /1880Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway Company wound up. Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway Company wound up. Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway - Greenock Guaranteed Company - wound up.
  /  /1880Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Proposed Garvel Dry Dock and James Watt Dock branch abandoned and a new route authorised.
06/08/1886Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
James Watt Dock branch opened.

Route described

Glasgow Bridge Street to Paisley (jointly owned with the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway) and on to Greenock.


Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Paisley Gilmour Street station seen in October 1968. Electric services began in 1967. ...
David Douglas /10/1968
Tartan, famous local names and landmarks along with EMU 380011 are on display in the underpass to greet visitors to Paisley Gilmour Street. ...
Colin McDonald 22/12/1997
314213, in SPT livery and now some 38 years old, calls right time at Paisley Gilmour Street on a service for Gourock on 7th August 2017. These ...
Colin Miller 07/08/2017
Gourock bound 334017 entering Paisley Gilmour Street ...
Graham Morgan 12/09/2006
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This junction was at the west end of Paisley station (renamed Paisley Gilmour Street in 1883). It is sometimes also referred to as 'Stoneybrae Junction'. This was an end on junction between the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway and the junction between the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway and Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway


This twin frame box, opened 1888, was west of Paisley Gilmour Street. It controlled the two separate routes west from the station: to Greenock and Ayr. In addition there was a connection between the lines via a short headshunt exchange siding.
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Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Train heading for Ayr having passed Paisley Gilmour Street. ...
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A cold March day at Paisley Gilmour Street in 1955 sees twin Fairburn tanks 42258 and 42259 pass Stoneybrae Twin box on a train from Gourock. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 21/03/1955
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Having crossed the White Cart Water and passed through Paisley Gilmour Street the line to Greenock continues at a high level via the Underwood Viaduct to Paisley St James.
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This was the Caledonian Railway's mineral yard in Paisley, entirely owned by that company.
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This is a two platform station on the Glasgow - Gourock line. There is no car park.
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A Gourock to Glasgow stopper calls at Paisley St James on 13 July 2019. This is rather a scary location even in broad daylight. In fact the whole of ...
David Panton 13/07/2019
Platform view west at Paisley St James on 20 May 2007, looking towards Bishopton. ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2007
Paisley St James station was to have been moved under the proposed
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David Panton 16/06/2010
Paisley St James has recently reopened after a two-and-a-half month
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David Panton 01/09/2010
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This junction for the [1902 [Paisley and Barrhead District Railway]] was just west of Paisley St James station on the 1841 Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway. In its final days the branch was a single track serving the former Pressed Steel Co Ltd works.
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Paisley and Barrhead District Railway
Looking west at the former junction to the west of Paisley St James station. The branch still existed to Linwood but the junction itself had been ...
Ewan Crawford //
CR 0.6.0 57360 on branch at Paisley St James. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/04/1953
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This was the northern of a triangle of lines at Walkinshaw. The junction allowed a train from the Barrhead direction to join the Greenock line. The Caledonian Railway's plan was to create a route fully owned by the CR between Greenock and Glasgow via Barrhead and Cathcart via the Paisley and Barrhead District Railway. It was redundant after the grouping of 1923 which brought the CR and ...

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Paisley and Barrhead District Railway


Also known as the Walkinshaw Refinery or Hermand Oil Works. The oil works was located close to what became Walkinshaw Branch Junction. The works was connected to nearby pits to north and south by a private railway (Walkinshaw Ironstone Pits).
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This junction was north west of Paisley and was the location where the single track Linwood Goods [CR] branch joined the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway. It had a connection into the Clippens Oil Works at Linwood.
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Linwood Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Looking to the Clippens Oil Works on the branch from Blackstone Junction, Georgetown (on the Paisley-Bishopton-Greenock line). ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
HR 103 at Blackstone Junction bound for the Linwood Branch with the Scottish Rambler ...
G W Robin 17/04/1965
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This was a two platform station. There was a main station building similar to that at Bishopton on the eastbound platform and shelter on the westbound. The signal box was just north of the main building. The eastbound platform was reached by an access road from the south and the westbound by a footway rising from the roadway to the south, and there was a footbridge between the platforms.
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Heading east at Georgetown. No access at the time beyond this fence as it was MOD property. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This junction was north of Georgetown station and south of Southbar Junction. The box at Southbar had burned down in 1934 and the box here replaced it. The box was on the east side of the line. Barochan Junction was named for Barochan House, moss and hill which are off to the west.
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This Great War period station was built to serve the Georgetown National Filling Factory, to the west. The station was south of Southbar Junction and Georgetown National Filling Factory Yard on a loop line on the west side of the main line. To the south was Houston station.
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This marshalling yard was on the west side of the main line. Approach from the north was from Southbar Junction and from the south from near Houston station.
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ROF Bishopton Standard Gauge Railway


The Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway crossed this area on an embankment due to the low lying marshy ground. This junction, named for Southbar House to the north east, served a large tip. Waste was tipped on either side of the line to the north of the junction to reclaim the marsh by Glasgow Corporation. Tipping sidings, such as Southbar Siding (East) were moved as needed.
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This is a two platform station with an original station building on the southbound (up) platform. There are car parks on the old goods yard south end of the station, east side of the line and shunted from the south) and an area of ground to the west.
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A Gourock to Glasgow stopping service draws up at Bishopton on 12 June 2019. At least with summer foliage there is nothing now to see of the former ...
David Panton 12/06/2019
380015 departs from Bishopton heading to Glasgow on 27 April 2017. ...
John McIntyre 27/04/2017
Carmine and cream-liveried 314213 at Bishopton on a service to Gourock. ...
Bill Roberton 20/10/2017
314204 calls with a service to Glasgow Central. ...
Bill Roberton 20/10/2017
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A ruined van stood alongside the west end of the disused exchange yard at Bishopton in 2007. The view looks towards the junction with the yard to the ...
Ewan Crawford 03/01/2007
A view looking west in November 2011 showing the relatively recently lifted line at Bishopton which curved round the north side of the works. Taken ...
Ewan Crawford 27/11/2011
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This double track tunnel is west of Bishopton. It is 330yds long. Bishopton No 2 Tunnel is just to the west.
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This double track tunnel is west of Bishopton and Bishopton No 1 Tunnel. It is 350yds long.
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Bishopton Cutting and tunnels were cut into solid whinstone rock which delayed the opening of the line by 7 months. View looks west with a backdrop of ...
Ewan Crawford 03/01/2007
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About 333 yards west of Bishopton No 2 Tunnel is a class 'AM' listed cast iron aqueduct which carries a small burn over the railway, the burn draining from south to north. The engineer was William MacKenzie.
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The Bishopton aqueduct viewed from the south in 2007. Dumbuck can be seen across the River Clyde. ...
Ewan Crawford 03/01/2007
About 333 yards west of Bishopton No 2 Tunnel is a class 'AM' listed cast iron aqueduct which carries a small burn over the railway. An eastbound 334 ...
Ewan Crawford 03/01/2007
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This signal box was west of Bishopton No 1 Tunnel and Bishopton No 2 Tunnel. The location was north east of Laigh Hatton farm and it was on the north side of the line. It controlled a trailing crossover.
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A Gourock bound BR standard class 4 2-6-4T ('Big Pug' according to a former engineman) heads west along the Clyde in fading light near West Ferry, ...
Colin Miller /02/1966
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73072 with a Glasgow Central - Wemyss Bay train alongside the south bank of Clyde near West Ferry in September 1966. The ...
Colin Miller /09/1966
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This is a two platform station with a good view of the River Clyde from its platforms.
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On the approach to Langbank from the east. Viewed from east of Dumbarton. ...
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380004 calls at Langbank with a Gourock train on 23rd October 2017. ...
Mark Bartlett 23/10/2017
Eastbound train approaching Langbank. It has just passed over the old bridge over the Greenock road and is about to pass over the girder bridge over ...
Ewan Crawford 08/11/2017
A Wemyss Bay to Glasgow train, formed by a SPT liveried Class 314, is seen running between Langbank and Bishopton. This view, across the Clyde, taken ...
Mark Bartlett 03/08/2017
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This signal box was west of Langbank and east of Woodhall stations. It was on the north side of the line alongside a trailing crossover. There was a level crossing.
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This is a two platform station in Woodhall, to the east of Port Glasgow. The station has a footbridge and small station building on the westbound platform. The station was built after housing was built on the Woodhall estate.
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Bright and early one Sunday morning in July 2007, ambling across the footbridge at a deserted Woodhall station heading back to the car, with the first ...
John Furnevel 29/07/2007
334 017 pulls into Woodhall with a Gourock to Glasgow stopper on 29 April 2009. ...
David Panton 29/04/2009
Entrance to Woodhall station on the east side of Port Glasgow. View northwest across Glasgow Road (and the Clyde beyond) on Sunday 29 July 2007. ...
John Furnevel 29/07/2007
Glasgow Road entrance to Woodhall station on 29 April. Short on well-kept flower beds, no comfy waiting room, but at least there is a ticket office. ...
David Panton 29/04/2009
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This junction was east of Port Glasgow station. It was the junction for Port Glasgow Goods which was on the south side of the line and approached from the east and the Port Glasgow Harbour branch. To the east were further sidings at Fyfe Park.
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This shipyard is located on the south bank of the lower Clyde in the east end of Port Glasgow. It is immediately to the west of Newark Castle [Port Glasgow]. Ship building continues today and the yard has been almost entirely rebuilt and thoroughly modernised Ferguson Marine .
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MV Hebrides [III] being fitted out at Ferguson's Shipyard in 2000. She entered service the following year with Caledonian MacBrayne. In summer ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
Glen Sannox, Calmac’s new ferry for the Ardrossan to Brodick route was launched from Ferguson’s shipyard at Port Glasgow on a dreich 21st November ...
Malcolm Chattwood 21/11/2017
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This is a two platform station with a fine large glazed canopy on the Glasgow bound platform, slightly smaller canopy on the Gourock bound platform, a covered walkway to Princes Street and a traditional covered footbridge.
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380 109 to Glasgow Central arriving at Port Glasgow station on 25th July 2017 ...
David Bosher 25/07/2017
A Wemyss Bay service calls at Port Glasgow on 7 March. ...
David Panton 07/03/2019
A Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay service, formed by 380021, calls at well-maintaned Port Glasgow before taking the branch line on 14th November 2017.
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David Panton 14/11/2017
314 208 approaches Port Glasgow with a Gourock to Glasgow service on 1 September 2010 ...
David Panton 01/09/2010
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This junction is west of Port Glasgow station. It is the junction between the Glasgow to Greenock line (the 1841 Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway) and the 1Wemyss Bay line (the 865 Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway).
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Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Wemyss Bay Junction is one of those junctions named after the place
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David Panton 01/09/2010
A Sunday morning service from Glasgow Central in April 2007 takes the left fork for Wemyss Bay, at the junction bearing the same name, just to the ...
John Furnevel 29/04/2007
A westbound train heading for Wemyss Bay passing the houses of Lilybank Road shortly after leaving Port Glasgow station on 29 April 2007. The train is ...
John Furnevel 29/04/2007
80109 approaching from Wemyss Bay. Wemyss Bay Junction. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/06/1964
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This is a minimal two platform station. It is approached by stairs from a bridge carrying Bogston Road at the east end.
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A Gourock service calls at Bogston between Port Glasgow and Greenock on 7 March 2019. The station appears to have once had a ticket office in the ...
David Panton 07/03/2019
A Gourock to Glasgow stopper (showing Glasgow Central twice) calls at Bogston on 7 March 2019. The parallel Wemyss Bay branch can be seen climbing ...
David Panton 07/03/2019
Scene at Bogston station in April 2007 looking towards the south entrance from Shankland Road. The bridge and embankment running across the picture ...
John Furnevel 29/04/2007
318 266 with a stopping service to Gourock arrives at Bogston on 1 June 2009. Those familiar with the area between Port Glasgow and Greenock will know ...
David Panton 01/06/2009
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This was the junction for the short branch from the Greenock to Paisley line which ran north to the James Watt Dock. The dock opened partly in 1885 and fully in 1886. This branch was approached from the east and turned from heading west to north to east on a sharply curved and steeply graded line which dropped down to Inchgreen Goods and reversing lines from which the dock was reached by ...

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View looking west over the site of Greenock Ladyburn shed. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Having a quick look at the condition of the track in the yard - a train is down at James Watt Dock. The (then) recently lifted loop to the left was ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
In May 1989, 26041 and 7 molasses tanks slowly rounded the curve close to Ladyburn Junction after leaving the James Watt Dock United Molasses depot. ...
Ewan Crawford /05/1989
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This double ended shed was located to the south of the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway between Cartsdyke and Bogston station. Approach was from the west. The shed was severely damaged by bombing in the Second World War.
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Looking west towards to the site of Ladyburn Shed. The sheds and stores were at this location, the shed closing in 1966 ...
Graham Morgan 31/08/2007
Fowler 4F 0-6-0 no 44011 stands on Ladyburn shed, Greenock, in the summer of 1960. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 31/08/1960
Looking west towards to the site of Ladyburn Shed. The sheds and sidings were on the left, and the mineral sidings and connecting line to the James ...
Graham Morgan 31/08/2007
Fowler 4F 0-6-0 no 44011 in the shed yard at Greenock Ladyburn in 1960, with just over 2 years to go before withdrawal from Polmadie in October 1962. ...
K A Gray //1960
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This is a two platform station to the east of Greenock Central. The main station building was on the eastbound platform.
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Although superficially similar to its coevals in Glasgow and Lanarkshire Cartsdyke's station has a ticket window separate from the waiting room. I'm ...
David Panton 07/03/2019
Glasgow Central bound 334004 passing through Cartsdyke on 14th January ...
Graham Morgan 14/01/2008
Eastbound 334 017 arriving at Cartsdyke on 1 November 2008 with a service for Glasgow Central. ...
David Panton 01/11/2008
318262 about to pass through Cartsdyke with a fast train bound for Gourock. ...
Graham Morgan 04/08/2007
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This junction was west of Cartsdyke. Going west the line divided into three portions which were, from north to south:
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Clyde tugs Flying Meteor, Flying Typhoon, Brigadier plus an unidentified example, photographed looking east alongside a busy ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 20/08/1959
Tugs in their traditional stabling point in Victoria Harbour, Greenock, in the summer of 1959, with empty flat waggons in the siding alongside on the ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 02/08/1959
One of the few remaining traces of the dock railways at Albert / Victoria Harbours, Greenock, on 27 October 2011. A far cry from the fondly-remembered ...
Colin Miller 27/10/2011
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The Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway main works and engine sheds were located at Greenock, close to the terminus. Opening around 1841 with the line.
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This signal box was on the eastern approaches to Greenock Central and its goods yards. It was located on the south side of the line east of Dellingburn Street.
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Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)




This is the main station in Greenock. It replaced Greenock Cathcart Street [1st] which was the original terminus of the line. The original terminus line was located slightly to the north and the line was cut back to the new station on opening. In addition the new alignment was further north in general. To great local disappointment Greenock Mansion House was demolished as part of the works. ...

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Dellingburn Street viaduct has been undergoing repairs in February 2020. ...
Network Rail 23/02/2020
334030 departing from Greenock Central on a service to Gourock on 11 September. ...
Graham Morgan 11/09/2007
Lead flashing in the wall at Greenock Central showing where the former roof of the station met the wall. ...
Graham Morgan 11/09/2007
318251 at Greenock Central on 2 April with a Glasgow - Gourock train. ...
Graham Morgan 02/04/2011
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This station was a terminus. It was close, but not actually at, Greenock Harbour. It was above street level (described as a 'considerable height') and a set of steps ran from the entrance down to the street. Offices were on the ground level and the platforms were above street level. There was a colonnaded front with an archway on either side. It was close to the harbour but not on a railway pier. ...

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