James Watt Dock

Location type

Sidings

Name and dates

James Watt Dock

Opened on the Greenock and Ayrshire Railway.

Description

Opened at the James Watt Dock, completed in 1886 for the Greenock Harbour Trust.

The last of the sidings served a molasses depot from which tanks were taken to Glenochil Yeast, by the former Menstrie station. A reversal was required at Cambus, originally carried out in Alloa Yard. Latterly shunting was carried out by gravity shunting there being no loop at a the depot. 'Cripples' were shunted out onto the quayside until they could be attended to. Many of the quayside lines remained intact until the end, but unused.

Local

James Watt Dock Marina

Tags

Sidings gravity shunting

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67




Dates

  /  /1880Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
Proposed Garvel Dry Dock and James Watt Dock branch abandoned and a new route authorised.
  /  /1881Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Inchgreen Branch to Garvel Dry Dock and James Watt Dock authorised.
  /  /1886Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Inchgreen Branch to Garvel Dry Dock and James Watt Dock opened.
  /  /1961Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Inchgreen Branch to Garvel Dry Dock and James Watt Dock closed.

Books


Legends of the Glasgow and South Western Railway in the L.M.S.Days

The Glasgow & South Western Railway a History