Gourock to Port Glasgow by Train

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Gourock Station

The best thing that can be said about Gourock Station is that it was once a very grand place. Sadly, the same cannot be said today due to years of neglect while the owners and other 'stakeholders' continue to disagree about how best to provide Gourock with the "integrated Transport Hub" that it desperately needs.

What little remains of the original station currently stands in a no-mans-land brownfield site where once a hotel and other railway and ferry related buildings stood. Frankly, it is an embarrassing gateway for the town of Gourock and District of Inverclyde.

2011 update: The new booking office and waiting room are now opened and work is well under way to renovate the platforms and concourse - sadly at the expense of most of the remaining traces on James Miller's masterpiece
station building (see below).

Gourock Station and pier was designed by famous Scottish railway architect James MillerExternal link when the Caledonian Railway Company extended the line from Greenock to Gourock in 1889. An expensive venture which involved blasting three tunnels through solid rock (including the longest railway tunnel in Scotland) in the west end of Greenock. All this was done to combat the nearby Glasgow & South Western Railway company who had a more convenient steamboat connection a mile down river from Greenock Central (then known as Cathcart Street) at Princes Pier (also by Miller) which was served from Glasgow St Enoch Station, via the inland Kilmacolm route.
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2011 update
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Gourock Pier

There is virtually nothing left of the wooden pier which wrapped around the seaward side of the station (to the right in the second photo below). The area is now cordoned off from the public and is only visible from the sea.

2011 update Car ferries stopped running from Gourock Pier in summer 2011 as a result of the loss of the government subsidy paid to the operators Caledonian Macbrayne. A passenger only service now runs to Dunoon pier, motorists need to drive to McInroys Point to catch the Western Ferries (non subsidised) service to Hunters Quay.
NS2477 : Gourock station and pier by Thomas Nugent NS2477 : Gourock station by Thomas Nugent NS2477 : Welcome to Gourock by Thomas Nugent NS2477 : Ferries at Gourock Pier by Thomas Nugent NS2477 : Gourock Ferry Terminal by Thomas Nugent NS2477 : Ready to unload at Gourock Ferry Terminal by John Firth NS2478 : Ali Cat approaching Gourock by Thomas Nugent NS2477 : Seabus approaching Gourock by Thomas Nugent
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Fort Matilda Station

A commuter station in the west end of Greenock, at the west end of the Newton Street tunnel. If memory serves me correctly, the name of the station was once written on the road bridge beside the station which is shown below. Another Miller designed building.
NS2577 : Fort Matilda station by Thomas Nugent NS2577 : Lyle Road and Lyle Hill by Thomas Nugent NS2577 : Fort Matilda railway station by Thomas Nugent NS2577 : Fort Matilda railway station by Thomas Nugent NS2577 : Fort Matilda railway station by Thomas Nugent NS2577 : Fort Matilda railway station by Thomas Nugent NS2577 : Train at Fort Matilda by Thomas Nugent NS2577 : Train at Fort Matilda by Thomas Nugent
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Greenock West Station

The booking office is a fairly grand red sandstone building at street level, with the platforms below in a red sandstone lined cutting. There is a constant chill and dampness about the place which is almost always in shadow.

The double track line from Fort Matilda Station runs under the west end of Greenock in Scotland's longest railway tunnel at 1 mile and 351 yards in length.

There were once extensive sidings to the north of the station which served the Westburn sugar refinery. That site is now occupied by a DIY warehouse and supermarket. Two short tunnels lead to Greenock Central Station.
NS2776 : Greenock West Station by Thomas Nugent NS2776 : Greenock West station by Thomas Nugent NS2776 : Greenock West station by Thomas Nugent
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Greenock Central Station

This was the original terminus of the line and passengers had to walk the short distance to Customhouse Quay to catch the steamboats. The line was eventually extended to Gourock in 1889.

A once very grand structure, it has been whittled down over the years, but the impressive castellated walls remain, as do the old bay platform and sidings. The line crosses Dellingburn Street just east of the station.
NS2875 : Greenock Central station by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Greenock Central station by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Greenock Central Station by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Greenock Central Station by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Greenock Central Station by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Greenock Central Station by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Greenock Central Station by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : VR pillar box by Thomas Nugent NS2876 : Station Avenue by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Dellingburn railway bridge by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Baker Street Greenock by Thomas Nugent

A line once ran down a ramp to street level to what is now Morrison's supermarket and possibly went as far as the harbours. A line on a similar ramp left the main line to the west of Cartsdyke station and ran down Arthur Street to Victoria Harbour.
NS2875 : Old railway trackbed by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Old railway trackbed by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Victoria harbour railway by Thomas Nugent
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Cartsdyke Station

Cartsdyke serves the east end of the town and was used by dock and shipyard workers in the heyday of shipbuilding on the Clyde. The arch shown below is to the west of the station. It is also the nearest station to Greenock Morton FC's Cappielow Park which is slightly to the east.
NS2975 : Cartsdyke station by Thomas Nugent NS2975 : Cartsdyke station by Thomas Nugent NS2975 : James Watt Dock by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Railway arch by Thomas Nugent NS2875 : Railway arch by Thomas Nugent
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Old Coal Yard

There was a large coal yard at Sinclair Street and a line down to the James Watt Dock between Cartsdyke and Bogston stations. The line has been disused for many years, but some tracks are still in place as is the bridge over the A8 road and a group of parallel bridges at Ladyburn.

2010 update Ladyburn railway bridge was removed in September 2010, the ramped viaduct down to James Watt Dock and the Great Harbour was removed soon after.
NS2975 : Off the beaten track by Thomas Nugent NS2975 : Sinclair Street by Thomas Nugent NS3075 : Ladyburn railway bridge and viaduct by Thomas Nugent NS3075 : Railway bridge number by Thomas Nugent NS3075 : Ladyburn railway bridges by Thomas Nugent NS3075 : Ladyburn railway bridges by Thomas Nugent NS3075 : Site of Ladyburn railway bridge by Thomas Nugent NS3075 : Former Ladyburn railway bridge by Thomas Nugent NS3075 : Former Ladyburn railway bridge by Thomas Nugent
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Bogston Station

This station is crammed between the A8 dual carriageway and the Wemyss Bay line, to which there is no connection.
NS3074 : Bogston railway station by Thomas Nugent NS3074 : Bogston Station by Thomas Nugent NS3074 : Signs by Thomas Nugent

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