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In 1871, Aitken was employed by the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company as a signalman at Kilmacolm. His career led to Aitken becoming a traffic inspector with the company.

Love states that Aitken, who lived in Greenock, started writing poetry at an early age and later had several books of poems published. He became known as the Railway Poet or the Laureate of the Line because many of his works were what Love describes as relating to incidents and events in the life of the railway.
(Permalink) Glasgow and South Western Railway Kilmacolm Railway poet William Aitken

Our latest maritime heritage story, by Roy Pedersen, takes a look back at the Glen Rosa, which took on the winter Ardrossan - Arran sailings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
(Permalink) Ardrossam Arran Glasgow and South Western Railway PS Glen Rosa

The old Yorkshire saying Where theres muck, theres brass is all too true in the development of Ardrossans Harbour, where, for many years, coal, stone and pig iron were exported in large quantities to Europe and North America as well as Ireland and Scottish coastal and island communities.
(Permalink) Ardrossan Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co Ardrossan Railway Coal Eglinton Dock Glasgow and South Western Railway Glengarnock Steel Works Iron ore Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway Pig iron Saltcoats

Eglinton Dock: The view south west looking to Ardrossan Harbour station with the east end of Eglinton Dock on the right.
Aitken Scott //

Ardrossan Harbour: A Caley 0-6-0 in action at Ardrossan Harbour on a cold November morning in 1962.
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 24/11/1962

Ardrossan North: Ex-LNER B1 4-6-0 no 61342 of Eastfield shed brings Scottish Rambler No 5 back from Ardrossan's Montgomerie Pier on 10 April 1966 towards the platforms of Ardrossan North station, from which the ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 10/04/1966

A controversial bid to build 92 homes on a brownfield site steeped in railway history has been given the greenlight.
(Permalink) Currock Shed Glasgow and South Western Railway

Currock Shed (G and SWR): Carlisle Currock depot, seen just after closure, from a passing railtour on its way round the Cumbrian Coast in year 2000. The 56 doesn't look particularly healthy.
Ken Strachan //2000

Only time will judge whether COP26 was a success. To many it achieved real progress, to others not enough, and to some it was all 'blah, blah, blah'. Whatever camp you are in, one thing is for sure, all eyes were on Scotland and the hospitality industry had much to cheer about after the covid lockdowns. [Note the mention of electrification of the Glasgow and South Western Main Line. -RS]
(Permalink) Blackford Electrification Glasgow and South Western Railway Highland Spring Mossend Yard Rail Freight Group Railfreight Russell Group Timber WSP

Mossend Marshalling Yard: 90039, just after its 'Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport' naming ceremony at Mossend, showing off its black 'Backbone' livery on 9th November 2021.
John Yellowlees 09/11/2021

Blackford: The 12.43 from Glasgow Queen Street to Dundee, powered by 43012 and 43146, passes the Highland Spring terminal at Blackford on 27th September 2020. No sidings laid yet.
Bill Roberton 27/09/2020

Work is underway to upgrade drainage systems and re-profile embankments to reduce the risk of flooding and landslips on the line between Sanquhar and Dumfries.
(Permalink) Drainage Dumfries Embankments Flooding Glasgow and South Western Railway Maintenance Sanquhar

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