NS3075 : Former James Watt Dock Railway Line

taken 6 years ago, near to Greenock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

Former James Watt Dock Railway Line
Former James Watt Dock Railway Line
If you look closely, you can see the rails to the right of centre. This line is to the east of the old coal yard and it ran to the Great Harbour and James Watt Dock.
The old coal yard :: NS2975

The yard is located on an artificially elevated site on the east side of Sinclair Street, between the A8 East Hamilton Street and the Glasgow to Gourock railway line.

OS maps show the yard and railway sidings off the Caledonian Railway line (today's Glasgow to Gourock line) as early as 1896.

A separate adjacent spur runs off the same line immediately east of the yard. This line led to the Great Harbour and James Watt Dock, but has been disused for many years Link .

The Caledonian Railway's Ladyburn Shed was also located slightly east of the yard, but on the other side of the line.

Doig operated the coal yard in the 1960/70s, supplying coal in hessian sacks to households around the Greenock area.

The yard has been disused for several years and has been used as a car park on match days at the adjacent Cappielow Park Link .

Former James Watt Dock Railway Line :: NS2975

OS maps show a line here as early as 1896. The 1Km long horseshoe shaped branch ran from Ladyburn on the Glasgow to Gourock Line to the Great Harbour and thereby James Watt Dock by means of reversing.

The gradient from the road bridge over the A8 East hamilton Street to the docks was occasionally used for gravity shunting.

There was an extensive network of tracks around the docks in the east end of the town, much evidence of which survives at the time of writing in January 2016.

The line has not been used since the 190s when occasional tanker trains ran between the United Molasses plant at the dock and the yeast factory at Menstrie.

The line was severed by the removal of the bridge over the A8 East Hamilton Street in September 2010.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 3 January, 2016   (more nearby)
Sunday, 10 January, 2016
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3000 7521 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.3872N 4:43.4047W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2999 7524
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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