Wemyss Bay To Glasgow By Train

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Bishopton Station

Bishopton is the site of the massive former Royal Ordinance Factory (ROF). There are tree covered sidings leading to the ROF at the west end of the station. The factory is now closed and the site is earmarked for housing, further enhancing Bishopton's reputation as a dormitory town, convenient for Glasgow and the airport.

The line between Bishopton and Paisley is one of the longest and flattest straights in Scotland. There was a private station at Georgetown, by the B790 road, which served the explosives factory and a later public station nearby which served the two miles distant villages of Houston and Crosslee.

The platforms were extended and refurbished in 2010 in preparation for the new Class 380 trains.
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Paisley St James Station

Another limited stop station. There was a failed campaign to change the name to Paisley St Mirren, now that the football team of that name have moved here. The station was closed for three months during 2010 during which time the platforms were rebuilt in preparation for the new Class 380 trains and the footbridge replaced.
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The line is elevated between St James and Gilmour Street stations.
NS4764 : Low bridge by Thomas Nugent NS4764 : Slewed arches by Thomas Nugent NS4764 : Railway Viaduct by Thomas Nugent NS4864 : Railway arches by Thomas Nugent NS4864 : Car Park by Thomas Nugent NS4864 : Car Park by Thomas Nugent
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Gilmour Street Station

A major junction station with four platforms where the lines from Glasgow Central split to serve Ayrshire or Inverclyde destinations. Gilmour Street is one of the busiest stations in Scotland. A new overall roof is being installed during 2010, resulting in disruption at platform level where most of the platform area is behind hoardings, out of bounds to the travelling public. The station also served as the terminus for the Ayrshire and Inverclyde Lines on several weekends during 201o and 2011 while Engineering work took place to add a new track between Arkleston Junction and Shields Junction.
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Arkleston Junction

This junction is to the east of Gilmour Street and once served the now lifted line to Renfrew. There are still sidings and freight train passing loops there which are used by the coal trains to and from the Hunterston deep water terminal and the occasional container train.
NS4964 : Arkleston junction by Thomas Nugent NS4964 : Arkleston Junction by Thomas Nugent NS4964 : Footbridge at Gallowhill Road by Thomas Nugent NS4964 : Arkleston Junction by Thomas Nugent
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Hillington West Station

This station serves the west end of Hillington Industrial Estate which was (perhaps still is) the largest industrial estate in the UK. It also serves the Pennilee residential area to the south of the railway.

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Hillington East Station

Serves the east end of Hillington Industrial Estate which was (perhaps still is) the largest industrial estate in the UK.
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Cardonald Station

A freight only line from Deanside transit depot joins just to the west of here.
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