Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway

Introduction

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



The line is particularly notable for the very fine terminus at Wemyss Bay.



Wemyss Bay station and line are promoted and supported by the Friends of Wemyss Bay .






Dates

  /  /1862[Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway]
Act receives Royal assent
15/05/1865[Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway]
Line opened
01/08/1893[Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway
  /  /1903[Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway]
Wemyss Bay station and pier re-built by the [Caledonian Railway].
25/06/1994[Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway]
2 people killed when a passenger train de-rails due to vandals placing objects on the line.
  /05/1998[Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway]
Drumfrochar station opened

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

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

Looking east to Containerbase Junction from the eastern portal of the G&SW Inchgreen Branch Cartburn Tunnel. The line was altered at Containerbase ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This is a single bore 930ft tunnel carrying a single line. The line was doubled by opening a second single bore tunnel to the immediate south, Cartsburn Tunnel South. The second tunnel is slightly longer at the east end and is now disused.
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This is a single platform station, the platform erected on the south side of the single track line. The station is immediately west of Cartburn Tunnel.
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Looking west, 334040 pulls away from Whinhill with a service for Wemyss Bay ...
Graham Morgan 25/10/2006
318265 approaching Whinhill with a service for Glasgow Central ...
Graham Morgan 11/09/2007
A Wemyss Bay - Glasgow Central service calls at Whinhill on 1 November formed by unit 334 015. ...
David Panton 01/11/2008
Looking west from Whinhill towards Upper Greenock on 11 September. ...
Graham Morgan 11/09/2007

At closure this was an island platform station with a canopied station building. Sidings for the Berryards Sugar Refinery were to the north, with Berryards Junction off to the east. The Upper Greenock Goods was off to the west, also north of the line. Access to the island platform was by subway from Lynedoch Street. There was a signal box at either end of the station.
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Upper Greenock Signal Box, circa 1960. ...
John Gray //
The bricked up passenger access tunnel that once led to the platforms of Upper Greenock station (closed 1967) photographed on 29 July 2007. A sealed ...
John Furnevel 29/07/2007
At the top of Lynedoch Street stood the island platform station of Upper Greenock, closed in June 1967. View south on 29 July with the former entrance ...
John Furnevel 29/07/2007
Sidings at Upper Greenock, view looking north, viewed from passing class 303. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This is a modern single platform station. ...

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Entrance to Drumfrochar station on 29 July looking east towards Glasgow. ...
John Furnevel 29/07/2007
334 023 calls at Drumfrochar on 12 November with a Wemyss Bay - Glasgow Central service. Located in the southwest suburbs of Greenock this station was ...
David Panton 12/11/2008
Drumfrochar, a new station on the line to Wemyss Bay. Looking to Port Glasgow. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This is a single platform fairly modern station on the Wemyss Bay to Port Glasgow branch.
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Branchton, between trains, looking towards Port Glasgow on 25 March 2011. The station only opened in 1967, two years after the Wemyss Bay branch had ...
Mark Bartlett 25/03/2011
Passengers wait for a delayed Glasgow train at Branchton on 29 July 2007. View west towards Wemyss Bay. ...
John Furnevel 29/07/2007
Looking east at Branchton station with a class 303. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Quiet Sunday morning at Branchton on 29 July 2007. View over the station looking towards Wemyss Bay with the A78 off to the right. ...
John Furnevel 29/07/2007

This was a single platform station on the east side of the line, with a siding opposite approached from the Wemyss Bay direction.
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42216 approaches Ravenscraig with Wemyss Bay train. ...
John Robin 13/08/1963
A Wemyss Bay - Glasgow train passing the remains of Ravenscraig station, south west of Greenock, in February 1966. The station, opened in 1865, once ...
Colin Miller /02/1966
80086 at Ravenscraig with train from Wemyss Bay. ...
John Robin 13/08/1963

Looking east at Dunrod loop ...
Ewan Crawford //
Caledonian Railway signals survive at Dunrod between Ravenscraig and Inverkip ...
John Robin 13/08/1963

This is a single platform station on the north side of a single line. With considerable expansion of Inverkip to the south with new house building in recent years a footbridge has been added to allow access to the south.
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334 025 on a Wemyss Bay - Glasgow Central service at Inverkip on 15 October 2008. ...
David Panton 15/10/2008
Looking west towards Wemyss Bay from Inverkip on 29 July. ...
John Furnevel /07/2007
Installation of CCTV at Inverkip station on 15 October 2008. View towards Glasgow. (The existing cameras are for the assistance of drivers). ...
David Panton 15/10/2008
Inverkip station building on very much its last legs. Two similar buildings faced each other at this formerly double track station but by 1997 only ...
Ewan Crawford 29/06/1997






This is one of the pre-eminent 'must visit' stations in Scotland.
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The entry to the station from the carpark and town. There are often taxis waiting here. ...
Ewan Crawford 4/6/2004
Looking west over the glazed canopies covering platforms 3 and 4 (nearest) and 1 and 2. ...
Ewan Crawford 4/6/2004
314215 just arrived at Wemyss Bay and waiting to return to Glasgow Central in July 2017. ...
David Bosher 25/7/2017
Clock tower, station entrance and carpark viewed from the south. ...
Ewan Crawford 4/6/2004