Wemyss Bay To Glasgow By Train

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Inverkip Station

The line enters Inverkip Station through a tunnel which passes under Commoncraig Hill. A second, parallel tunnel was closed when the line was electrified in the late 1960s. The 10 mile Wemyss Bay branch line consisted of various stretches of single and double line until electrification at which time it was made almost entirely single track. As far as I know, diesel passenger trains never ran regularly on the line, steam locos being replaced directly by electric multiple unit 'Blue Trains'.

Inverkip Station is about 40 metres above Wemyss Bay, as can be seen in the first photo below which was taken from the station platform. The remains of a small building are visible in winter, on the embankment between the station and the Finnockbog Road bridge. The small red brick building at the footbridge east of the station was demolished in 2008 to make way for a new housing development.

Work started in 2011 to move the station furniture in preparation for a new footbridge to serve the above mentioned housing development. By September 2011, earthworks were well under way on the site of the former down platform.
NS2071 : Autumn in Inverkip by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip Railway Tunnels by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip Railway Station by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip Railway Station by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Old railway building by Thomas Nugent NS2171 : Finnockbog Road railway bridge by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Derelict Building by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip railway station by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Class 380 train at Inverkip by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip railway station by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip railway station by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip railway station by Thomas Nugent

See the footbridge construction work in progress hereExternal link.

Here are some photos of the station after the footbridge opened.
NS2071 : The Royal Scotsman passing Inverkip by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip railway station by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip railway station footbridge by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip railway station footbridge by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip railway station footbridge by Thomas Nugent NS2071 : Inverkip railway station by George Melvin Nugent NS2071 : The Royal Scotsman at Inverkip by Thomas Nugent

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There are red sandstone and steel viaducts over Daff Glen and Dunrod Glen (and also remains of disused parallel viaducts in both glens) before reaching Dunrod Farm.

Dunrod

Dunrod is at the southern entrance to Spango Valley between Inverkip and IBM stations. The passing loop at Dunrod is normally only used at peak times when the service increases to twice per hour instead of the normal once.

There is a private level crossing at Dunrod Farm, now the only working level crossing on the entire line. There was another private crossing near IBM (which survived until fairly recently) and one at Finlaystone, near Langbank (see further below). There was also a gated road crossing and signal box at Parklea, just east of Woodhall Station.
NS2171 : Daff Glen railway bridge by Thomas Nugent NS2171 : Daff Glen railway bridge by Thomas Nugent NS2171 : Daff Burn and Railway Viaduct by Thomas Nugent NS2272 : Railway viaduct in Dunrod Glen by Thomas Nugent NS2272 : Railway viaduct in Dunrod Glen by Thomas Nugent NS2273 : Royal Scotsman at Dunrod by Thomas Nugent NS2273 : Royal Scotsman at Dunrod by Thomas Nugent NS2273 : Dunrod farm level crossing by Thomas Nugent NS2273 : Dunrod Farm level crossing by Thomas Nugent NS2273 : Train in Spango Valley by Thomas Nugent
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Shielhill Glen Railway

Dunrod was also the junction for the short lived mineral line which served the sandstone quarries which operated in Shielhill Glen in the late 19th Century. LinkExternal link
NS2272 : Former Shielhill Glen railway by Thomas Nugent NS2272 : Former Shielhill Glen railway by Thomas Nugent NS2272 : Former Shielhill Glen railway by Thomas Nugent NS2372 : Former railway trackbed in Shielhill Glen by Thomas Nugent NS2272 : Remains of railway viaduct in Shielhill Glen by Thomas Nugent NS2272 : Remains of railway viaduct in Shielhill Glen by Thomas Nugent

IBM Halt

Opened in 1978 to serve the then flourishing IBM computer factory in Spango Valley. I was one of the first passengers to use the halt and had ticket number 0000 from Woodhall (which I have since lost).
NS2374 : IBM Halt by Thomas Nugent NS2374 : Spango Hole by Thomas Nugent NS2374 : IBM Halt by Thomas Nugent NS2374 : IBM Halt by Thomas Nugent NS2374 : IBM Halt by Thomas Nugent NS2374 : Refurbished train at IBM Halt by Thomas Nugent NS2374 : IBM railway station by Thomas Nugent

There was a private farm level crossing just east of the station until the farm was demolished in the late 1990s.
NS2374 : Former level crossing by Thomas Nugent NS2374 : Former level crossing by Thomas Nugent NS2374 : Former level crossing by Thomas Nugent
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Former Ravenscaig station

Ravenscraig station stood slightly to the west of Branchton station but all signs of it are gone.
NS2475 : Site of Ravenscraig railway station by Thomas Nugent NS2475 : Branchton railway arch by Thomas Nugent

Branchton Station

This station opened in 1967 and now serves the nearby Inverclyde Royal Hospital which opened around a decade later.
NS2475 : Branchton station by Thomas Nugent NS2475 : Branchton Station by Thomas Nugent NS2475 : Branchton station by Thomas Nugent NS2475 : Branchton Station by Thomas Nugent NS2475 : Branchton Station by Ben Brooksbank NS2475 : Branchton Station by Thomas Nugent NS2475 : On the level by Thomas Nugent NS2475 : Inverclyde Royal Hospital by Thomas Nugent

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