Greenock Containerbase Sidings

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Greenock Containerbase Sidings (1971-1991)

Opened on the Greenock and Ayrshire Railway.


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.

The line south to Kilmacolm had closed in 1966. A new link from Containerbase Junction on the Wemyss Bay line was put it to give access to the depot.

The new sidings were laid out with a loop (west side) and pair of siding, all approached from the south via Union Street Tunnel.

Trains ran to the Gushetfaulds Container Depot, also now closed.

The sidings fell out of use in 1985 and were officially closed in 1991 by which time the railway from Containerbase Junction was overgrown. Track removal took some time.


Container depot sidings


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