Greenock and Ayrshire Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. A short portion remains, out of use, to give access to the Greenock Container Depot (formerly Greenock Princes Pier [2nd]).






Dates

  /  /1865Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
01/09/1869[Greenock and Ayrshire Railway]
Line opened. The [Glasgow and South Western Railway] run services from Glasgow Bridge Street to Greenock Princes Pier (at Greenocks Albert Harbour) via Kilmacolm.
01/08/1872[Greenock and Ayrshire Railway]
[Glasgow and South Western Railway]
Greenock and Ayrshire Railway absorbed by Glasgow and South Western Railway.
01/05/1875[Greenock and Ayrshire Railway]
Greenock Albert Harbour renamed Greenock Princes Pier.
25/05/1894Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Greenock Princes Pier station re-built by the Glasgow and South Western Railway on a grander scale to compete with the Caledonian Railway's Gourock station.
02/02/1959[Greenock and Ayrshire Railway]
Greenock Princes Pier to Kilmacolm closed to passengers. The line is retained for specials and boat trains but is singled.
30/11/1965[Greenock and Ayrshire Railway]
Last boat train travels from Princes Pier.
14/02/1966[Greenock and Ayrshire Railway]
Greenock Princes Pier to Kilmacolm closed to Ocean Liner Boat Trains
26/09/1966[Greenock and Ayrshire Railway]
Greenock Princes Pier to Kilmacolm closed to freight
07/06/1971[Greenock and Ayrshire Railway]
Greenock Clyde Port Authority Terminal (formerly Princes Pier) to Cartsburn Junction re-opened to freight
08/01/1983[Greenock and Ayrshire Railway]
Kilmacolm line closed completely from Kilmacolm to Elderslie.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Elderslie Fly Under

Built on the route of the former canal.

40689 diverging at Elderslie No 2 Junction on 5 May 1959 with a train for Kilmarnock via Kilbirnie. Elderslie station stands in the left background. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 05/05/1959
At Elderslie West Junction looking west where the line went downhill and under the main line at the fly under so trains to Kilmacolm wouldnt foul the ...
Graham Morgan 16/07/2008

Trackbed looking east to Elderslie from Cart Junction, now part of the Cycle Network. ...
Graham Morgan 12/04/2007
Looking east towards Elderslie West Junction on 14th May. This is the remains of embankment that ran down the hill from Elderslie West Junction to ...
Graham Morgan 14/05/2008
Looking west towards Cart Junction on 14th May. This is the remains of embankment that ran down the hill from Elderslie West Junction to Cart ...
Graham Morgan 14/05/2008
Caley 'Jumbo' 57266 with the SLS Paisley - Barrhead District Tour on 1 September 1951. At this point the locomotive is propelling the special ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/09/1951




Johnstone Curve

This is a two platform station.
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66164 passing through Johnstone heading west in the direction of Hunterston for more coal ...
Graham Morgan 30/08/2007
66016 running light at Johnstone, heading in the direction of Miliken Park. ...
Graham Morgan 17/04/2007
334005 about to pull into Johnstone with a service for Glasgow Central ...
Graham Morgan 30/08/2007
66216 and loaded coal wagons with a service bound for Longannet ...
Graham Morgan 17/04/2007

Trackbed looking east to Elderslie from Cart Junction, now part of the Cycle Network. ...
Graham Morgan 12/04/2007
Looking east towards Elderslie West Junction on 14th May. This is the remains of embankment that ran down the hill from Elderslie West Junction to ...
Graham Morgan 14/05/2008
Looking west towards Cart Junction on 14th May. This is the remains of embankment that ran down the hill from Elderslie West Junction to Cart ...
Graham Morgan 14/05/2008
Caley 'Jumbo' 57266 with the SLS Paisley - Barrhead District Tour on 1 September 1951. At this point the locomotive is propelling the special ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/09/1951




Bridge of Weir to Greenock

This was a two platform station with a goods yard on the north side, served from the east. It was located to the south east of Bridge of Weir.
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Looking West from where Platform 2 stood, this shows the station site along with the metal pillars erected by the local council to prop up the road ...
Graham Morgan 20/07/2006
Just west of Bridge of Weir was this old point rodding next to fairly pristine ballast. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
The stairway from the road to platform level. There was a second footbridge between the two platforms towards Paisley. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking East, this shows the site of Bridge of Weir Station from where Platform 1 stood. The metal pillar was recently erected by the local council to ...
Graham Morgan 20/07/2006

This is a disused five span double track viaduct over the River Gryfe in Bridge of Weir. The arches are skewed. At the south end is a girder over a Torr Road. This is a single track girder, betraying that the line was reduced to one track (the Paisley bound track) before closure. The viaduct is now a foot and cycle path. ...

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Looking across the Gryffe Viaduct just to the west of Bridge Of Weir station, looking towards Kilmacolm. ...
Graham Morgan 30/08/2007
Gryffe Viaduct just to the west of Bridge Of Weir station, crossing the River Gryfee. ...
Graham Morgan 30/08/2007
The Gryffe Viaduct at Bridge of Weir on 19th April 2009. View looking West towards Kilmacolm. ...
Graham Morgan 19/04/2009

This was a three platform station on the Elderslie to Greenock Princes Pier line. Two platforms were through lines and a third, a bay on the westbound side, faced Greenock. The platforms were canopied. The goods yard was to the north later becoming the carpark.
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View towards Paisley from the B786 overbridge at the former Kilmacolm station. ...
Ewan Crawford 28/09/2017
Derby 3-car DMU 107429 at kilmacolm a few days before closure of the line in January 1983. ...
Ian Millar 07/01/1983
Looking west along the trackbed towards Kilmacolm from Route Marker 18 on the cycle track that sits on the trackbed ...
Graham Morgan 30/08/2007
View towards Paisley at Kilmacolm in 1987, four years after closure. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

Site of a possible short lived station at Upper Port Glasgow Siding? ...

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This goods yard was not in Port Glasgow itself but located around a mile and a half south east. A station was (probably) not opened (Upper Port Glasgow).
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Abandoned semaphore period telegraph pole to the East of Upper Port Glasgow, looking West towards Port Glasgow. ...
Graham Morgan 30/08/2007
Looking east along the trackbed towards Kilmacolm, giving an idea of how bleak this stretch of line could be. ...
Graham Morgan 30/08/2007

This siding was also known as Lower Port Glasgow Siding. ...

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Last day of passenger service between Kilmacolm and Princes Pier. Very foggy. 42268 approaching Devol Viaduct with 10.50 am down. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 31/01/1959
Last day of passenger service between Kilmacolm and Princes Pier. Very foggy. 42238 with 12.17 up on Devol Viaduct. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 31/01/1959

Looking east to where the G&SW crossed over the Wemyss Bay line east of Cartburn Tunnel. The Inchgreen line was in a cutting to the left, the G&SW ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
The G&SW line to Princes Pier approaching the twin Cartburn tunnels from the east. Here it crosses the Wemyss Bay line. From the bottom right to ...
Graham Morgan 20/01/2007

Looking east towards Upper Port Glasgow, it was at this approximate point that the line started its climb of 1 in 70 to Kilmacolm. The trackbed here ...
Graham Morgan 23/05/2007
Looking east towards Upper Port Glasgow, the trackbed here ran straight and level to a bridge crossing the road to a small cutting which was in ...
Graham Morgan 23/05/2007
Looking west, this view shows the trackbed to the overbridge that crossed the Wemyss Bay line, behind the trees, and Cartsburn Tunnels and junction ...
Graham Morgan 23/05/2007
Looking west towards Cartsburn Junction, this view looks up the level where the trackbed was. A bridge crossed a road here as the line began its climb ...
Graham Morgan 23/05/2007

Speed restriction sign on the approach to Cartsburn Viaduct from Kilmacolm, pictured in 1967. ...
John Gray //1967
Cartsburn Viaduct looking east. Note the new drainage pipes on the side of the viaduct. ...
Graham Morgan 25/10/2006
Cartsburn Viaduct looking west. This shot was taken from next to the Carts Burn itself ...
Graham Morgan 25/10/2006
Cartsburn Viaduct looking east on the Princes Pier line ...
Graham Morgan 25/10/2006

This was a two platform station above Greenock, to the north. The station had access from Drumfrochar Road to the east. The main station building was on the eastbound platform.
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20202 and 20189 passing the site of Greenock Lynedoch in November 1983 with containers from Coatbridge to Clydeport container terminal. [Ref query 9 ...
Bill Hamilton /11/1983
Looking east back towards the site of Greenock Lynedoch station over the trackbed of the Princes Pier line in March 2011. Off to the left stood the ...
Graham Morgan 22/03/2011
The SLPF Covenanter railtour from St Enoch [see image 36365] stands at Greenock Lynedoch station on 20 October 1962 during a photostop. ...
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 20/10/1962
Remains of Greenock Lynedoch station, in 1967. ...
John Gray //1967

A little to the west of Lynedoch Station in March 2011. This view shows the trackbed (the track IS under the grass, honestly!) looking back towards ...
Graham Morgan 22/03/2011
View west from the site of Greenock Lynedoch station in June 1969. Scheduled passenger services over this route, which ran to Princes Pier, were ...
Colin Miller /06/1969

Reverting to nature - overgrown and with a waterfall - the entry to the Ann Street tunnel for Greenock Princes Pier at Mearns Street Junction. View ...
Ewan Crawford 03/08/2017
Looking west towards Ann Street tunnel with the recess that once contained Mearns Street signal box on the left. The box, which controlled access to ...
Graham Morgan 22/03/2011
Looking east from Ann Street tunnel towards Lynedoch station in March 2011. Mearns Street signal box was built into the recess in the supporting wall ...
Graham Morgan 22/03/2011
View east from Ann Street tunnel of Mearns St box on the line to Princes Pier ...
John Robin 13/08/1963




47169 standing at Princes Pier Shed during the late 1950s ...
Graham Morgan Collection //
56165 on shed at Princes Pier, 2nd August 1958. [Photograph by Brian Hilton] ...
(c) 2016 Google and (c) 2016 DigitalGlobe 02/08/1958
Taken at Princes Pier shed by photographer Brian Hilton, this shows 54468 with open smokebox door and cover on chimney alongside 56165. Photo taken on ...
(c) 2016 Google and (c) 2016 DigitalGlobe 2/08/1958
44992 brings empty stock for a boat train into Princes Pier station in 1965. ...
G W Robin 25/08/1965

In 1969 the former Greenock Princes Pier [2nd] was redeveloped as a container port. The railway was re-instated in 1971 to a set of siding laid out near the former Princes Pier Shed just to south of the A770. The disused railway bridge over the A770 was retained to allow vehicles to reach the sidings from the base.
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This was the terminus and pier of the Greenock and Ayrshire Railway in Greenock.
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20189 and 20202 sitting on the overbridge on Brougham Street, Greenock in November 1983 [see image 66743]. ...
Bill Hamilton /11/1983
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 no 73104 at Greenock Princes Pier with a boat train for St Enoch in the summer of 1965. Regular scheduled passenger services ...
G W Robin 25/08/1965
BR Standard class 5 4-6-0 73104 of Corkerhill shed at Greenock Princes Pier with a boat train in August 1965. ...
G W Robin 25/08/1965
View of Princes Pier station framed in the gantry of GSWR signals in August 1965 as 73104 awaits the arrival of its train. ...
G W Robin 25/08/1965

Greenock Princes Pier was rebuilt for the Glasgow and South Western Railway in 1894 in a grand Italianate style. This was to counter the Gourock extension of the Caledonian Railway which opened in 1889 (and even the opening of Craigendoran Pier on the north bank in 1882).
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PS Minerva at Princes Pier. Valentines Series postcard ...
Ewan Crawford Collection //
L.M.S. 4-4-0 649 at Greenock. Driver J. McCreadie. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1934
L.M.S. 4-4-0 649 at Greenock. Driver J. McCreadie. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 08/09/1934
An engine heading for the shed at Princes Pier on the last day of regular passenger services ...
(c) 2016 Google and (c) 2016 DigitalGlobe 31/01/1959




Inchgreen Branch

Looking east towards Upper Port Glasgow, it was at this approximate point that the line started its climb of 1 in 70 to Kilmacolm. The trackbed here ...
Graham Morgan 23/05/2007
Looking east towards Upper Port Glasgow, the trackbed here ran straight and level to a bridge crossing the road to a small cutting which was in ...
Graham Morgan 23/05/2007
Looking west, this view shows the trackbed to the overbridge that crossed the Wemyss Bay line, behind the trees, and Cartsburn Tunnels and junction ...
Graham Morgan 23/05/2007
Looking west towards Cartsburn Junction, this view looks up the level where the trackbed was. A bridge crossed a road here as the line began its climb ...
Graham Morgan 23/05/2007



The goods yard was on the north side of the Port Glasgow Road. It competed with the Caledonian Railway's Bogston Goods on the south side of the road. The sidings were at the end of a double track branch from Cartsburn Junction. It opened as part of the Glasgow and South Western Railway's railway to the 1886 James Watt Dock.
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Locher Viaduct

Looking West towards Bridge of Weir, this shows Locher Viaduct. The viaduct was built to carry a single line, but when the line was doubled another ...
Graham Morgan 12/07/2006
Looking West towards Bridge of Weir, this shows Locher Viaduct. The viaduct was built to carry a single line, but when the line was doubled another ...
Graham Morgan 12/07/2006




Lynedoch Goods

Reverting to nature - overgrown and with a waterfall - the entry to the Ann Street tunnel for Greenock Princes Pier at Mearns Street Junction. View ...
Ewan Crawford 03/08/2017
Looking west towards Ann Street tunnel with the recess that once contained Mearns Street signal box on the left. The box, which controlled access to ...
Graham Morgan 22/03/2011
Looking east from Ann Street tunnel towards Lynedoch station in March 2011. Mearns Street signal box was built into the recess in the supporting wall ...
Graham Morgan 22/03/2011
View east from Ann Street tunnel of Mearns St box on the line to Princes Pier ...
John Robin 13/08/1963

The tunnel giving access to the former goods depot adjacent to Greenock Lynedoch station. The goods yard is behind the camera. From here the goods ...
Graham Morgan 22/03/2011
Inside the access to the large goods station that was adjacent to Greenock Lynedoch. From here the line went up the hill to join the main line at ...
Graham Morgan 22/03/2011

Interior of the goods shed at Greenock Lynedoch in 1967. On the left can be seen some of the cranes that were used to unload wagons. By this time all ...
John Gray //1967
A merged image showing part of the extensive abandoned site of the large former goods depot at Greenock Lynedoch in June 1969. View is north towards ...
Colin Miller /06/1969