Wemyss Bay To Glasgow By Train

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Wemyss Bay Station

The present station was opened in 1903 by the Caledonian Railway, built to a design by famous Scottish railway architect James MillerExternal link and is one of the finest station buildings in the UK, which is not bad going for a small village in the small county of Renfrewshire.

Information boards at the station show the evolution of the layout over the years. There are now only two active platforms and tracks, whereas in the past there were at least four.
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay station by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Caledonian Railway crest at Wemyss Bay Station by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Wemyss Bay station by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Ticket office at Wemyss Bay station by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Wemyss Bay station by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Wemyss Bay Station House and Cottages by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Royal Scotsman At Wemyss Bay by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Ferry approaching Wemyss Bay by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Ferry approaching Wemyss Bay by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Wemyss Bay station tower by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Wemyss Bay station tower by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Wemyss Bay station and pier by Thomas Nugent

Wemyss Bay pier

The Pier and station are integral, linked by a covered walkway which can be seen in some of the photos below. There is a frequent car and passenger ferry service to Rothesay on the island of Bute. Initially, the railway company ran steamboat services to many island and coastal ports from here.
NS1968 : Wemyss Bay pier by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Wemyss Bay Pier by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : MV Bute at Wemyss Bay pier by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : MV Argyle at Wemyss Bay pier by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Wemyss Bay Pier by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Wemyss Bay railway station and Pier by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Wemyss Bay pier and railway station by Thomas Nugent

Wemyss Bay former goods yard

There was a goods yard and a line down to the pier on the west side of the station. It stood in a narrow strip of land along the top of the sea wall. There are still plenty of signs of the old yard in existence today.
NS1969 : Derelict loading dock by Thomas Nugent NS1969 : Derelict loading dock by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Former Wemyss Bay station goods yard by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Former Wemyss Bay station goods yard by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Former Wemyss Bay station goods yard by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Former Wemyss Bay station goods yard by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Former Wemyss Bay station goods yard by Thomas Nugent NS1968 : Former Wemyss Bay station goods yard by Thomas Nugent

Leaving the station and pier behind, the single line climbs quite steeply north, crossing the A78 by means of a fairly substantial red sandstone and steel bridge. passing the site of the old engine shed before entering a deep cutting which runs alongside the A78 towards Inverkip. The mothballed Inverkip Power Station is visible briefly on the left, between the trees before entering Inverkip tunnel.
NS1969 : Train leaving Wemyss Bay by Thomas Nugent NS1969 : Wemyss Bay railway bridge by Thomas Nugent NS1969 : Wemyss Bay railway bridge by Thomas Nugent NS1969 : Site of Wemyss Bay engine shed by Thomas Nugent NS1969 : Wemyss Bay railway line by Thomas Nugent NS1970 : Brueacre Junction bridges by Thomas Nugent NS1971 : Inverkip Power Station by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip Railway Tunnels by Thomas Nugent
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