Paisley Abercorn Curve and Greenlaw Goods (Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway)

Introduction

This curve was built in 1866 to connect the re-gauged Paisley and Renfrew Railway to the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway.

The curve was eased in 1874, replaced by a new connection further east at Arkleston junction. Greenlaw Goods (now closed save for a short tamper siding) was established in the V of the junction. The original curve was retained as a single track goods loop.




Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Greenlaw Goods

The goods yard was approached immediately from Greenlaw Junction, a junction with a goods loop which ran east to Arkleston Junction.

This junction is immediately west of the former Arkleston Tunnel and east of Paisley Gilmour Street.
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Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Eurocargo Rail 66062 passes Arkleston with empties from Longannet to Hunterston in 2011. ...
Bill Hamilton //2011
66429 passes Arkleston Junction with the Grangemouth to Elderslie intermodal in June 2008. ...
Bill Hamilton /06/2008
Eurocargo Rail 66249 passes Gallowhill in January 2012 with coal from Hunterston to Longannet. Works were underway for extra capacity between Paisley ...
Bill Hamilton /01/2012
Sunday Gourock Express at Arkleston. C.R. 4-4-0 14351. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //
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This was a four way goods junction to the east of the White Cart Water, Wallneuk Junction and Paisley Gilmour Street.
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BR Standard Mogul 76099 photographed passing Greenlaw Goods, Paisley, on 2 June 1959 with a Glasgow - Kilmacolm service.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/06/1959
View west towards Paisley with the Town Hall's tower on the left. This view looks along the former trackbed of the line to Renfrew with Greenlaw Goods ...
Ewan Crawford 27/11/2011
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This goods station was located in the 'V' of the junction between the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway and the curve to the Paisley and Renfrew Railway.
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Pickersgill 0-6-0 57682 with an up freight on 3 May 1952. [ref query 349] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 03/05/1952
Driver William Clark and Fireman J. McNey of Corkerhill with Caley Jumbo 57266, photographed during a stop for reversal at Greenlaw Goods on the first ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/09/1951
37323 'Clydesdale' and 37310 'British Steel Ravenscraig' head an ore train from Hunterston to Ravenscraig. Greenlaw goods yard is reduced to a single ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
A box camera photograph from 1962 showing the view north across the tracks towards Greenlaw Goods, standing in the 'V' of the Paisley and Renfrew ...
Colin Miller //1962
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Greenlaw to Paisley Abercorn

This was the western portion of a double goods loop which started at Arkleston Junction to the east.

This was a four way goods junction to the east of the White Cart Water, Wallneuk Junction and Paisley Gilmour Street.
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BR Standard Mogul 76099 photographed passing Greenlaw Goods, Paisley, on 2 June 1959 with a Glasgow - Kilmacolm service.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/06/1959
View west towards Paisley with the Town Hall's tower on the left. This view looks along the former trackbed of the line to Renfrew with Greenlaw Goods ...
Ewan Crawford 27/11/2011
2 of 2 images.


This was a two platform station on a tight curve at the south end of the branch to Renfrew. The station replaced the earlier Paisley Hamilton Street terminus of the Paisley and Renfrew Railway.
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The trackbed from Paisley Abercorn to Sandyford Halt was converted into one of the less successful foot/cycleways in 1987. This view looks towards ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking from near Paisley Abercorn station round the tight curve to Arkleston Junction. The track was lifted a few months earlier. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Approaching Abercorn. S.L.S. Renfrew District Tour. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 03/05/1952
Paisley Abercorn just after the track was lifted. The route was to be turned into a walkway. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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Greenlaw to Wallneuk

This was the north western end of a goods loop which began to the east at Arkleston Junction. It was the remains of the 1866 connection between the Paisley and Renfrew Railway and the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway. In 1877 it was replaced by a connection at Arkleston Junction. The remaining line became a single track goods loop.

This was a four way goods junction to the east of the White Cart Water, Wallneuk Junction and Paisley Gilmour Street.
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BR Standard Mogul 76099 photographed passing Greenlaw Goods, Paisley, on 2 June 1959 with a Glasgow - Kilmacolm service.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/06/1959
View west towards Paisley with the Town Hall's tower on the left. This view looks along the former trackbed of the line to Renfrew with Greenlaw Goods ...
Ewan Crawford 27/11/2011
2 of 2 images.


This junction is east of Paisley Gilmour Street. It is the junction between the lines to Greenock and Ayr.
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Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
A Glasgow to Gourock service passes Wallneuk Junction, immediately to the east of Paisley Gilmour Street station, on 13 July 2019. ...
David Panton 13/07/2019
A pair of 37s take iron ore from Hunterston to Ravenscraig past Wallneuk Junction and the final remains of Greenlaw Goods - a single siding for a ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Fairburn tank 42191 approaching Wallneuk Junction on 2 June 1959 with the 5.40pm Ayr express. [Ref query 845] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/06/1959
What was once the new signal box at Wallneuk Junction, shorn of its top storey. Seen here from a passing train in June 2012. [The 'signal box' was ...
Colin Miller 01/06/2012
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Original curve

This original curve was opened in 1866 to connect the regauged Paisley and Renfrew Railway to the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway. It was replaced with an easier curve to Arkleston Junction in 1874 but retained as a single goods loop.

66069 passes Gallowhill with coal from Hunterston to Longannet. ...
Bill Hamilton //
66414 passes Gallowhill in March 2011 with containers from Elderslie to Grangemouth. New track being laid towards Arkleston. ...
Bill Hamilton /03/2011
New footbridge recently installed, but not yet open, at Gallowhill Junction on 20th February 2019. Viewed from north side of the lines. Another piece ...
Colin Miller 20/02/2019
One of my first photographs - the footbridge over the line at Gallowhill Junction in 1987. Before this, in pre-camera days, I watched Ayrshire DMUs ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This was a four way goods junction to the east of the White Cart Water, Wallneuk Junction and Paisley Gilmour Street.
...

More details
BR Standard Mogul 76099 photographed passing Greenlaw Goods, Paisley, on 2 June 1959 with a Glasgow - Kilmacolm service.
See
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/06/1959
View west towards Paisley with the Town Hall's tower on the left. This view looks along the former trackbed of the line to Renfrew with Greenlaw Goods ...
Ewan Crawford 27/11/2011
2 of 2 images.


This was a two platform station on a tight curve at the south end of the branch to Renfrew. The station replaced the earlier Paisley Hamilton Street terminus of the Paisley and Renfrew Railway.
...

More details
The trackbed from Paisley Abercorn to Sandyford Halt was converted into one of the less successful foot/cycleways in 1987. This view looks towards ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking from near Paisley Abercorn station round the tight curve to Arkleston Junction. The track was lifted a few months earlier. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Approaching Abercorn. S.L.S. Renfrew District Tour. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 03/05/1952
Paisley Abercorn just after the track was lifted. The route was to be turned into a walkway. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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Track feature ID plates. A is from the Paisley and Renfrew line next to Paisley Sewage works. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 01/12/1979
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