Greenock and Ayrshire Railway

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Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
(south east to north west)
Bridge of Weir
Port Glasgow (Upper) Port Glasgow (Inch Green)

Princes Pier

The Greenock and Ayrshire Railway ran from Greenock, Scotland to Bridge of Weir. It closed progressively between 1959 and 1983. Despite its name it never reached Ayrshire; however by means of the line to Johnstone on the Bridge of Weir Railway trains could head directly to Ayrshire.



The Greenock and Ayrshire Railway was authorised on 5 July 1865 and opened to passengers on 23 December 1869. It was involved with a price cutting war with the Caledonian Railway and amalgamated with the Glasgow and South Western Railway on 1 August 1872.

From Bridge of Weir, it had stations at Kilmacolm, Lynedoch and Greenock Princes Pier (to link the Ocean liner boat trains with the passenger ships).


Stopping passenger services ceased running beyond Kilmacolm in February 1959. However the Glasgow St Enoch railway station, to Greenock Prince's Pier Ocean Liner boat trains continued running until 30 November 1965. The tracks were then truncated at Kilmacolm in September 1966.

The short terminus section at Greenock Prince's Pier was reopened in June 1971 to service the Clyde Port Authority (CPA) container terminal. It was linked into the, (former Caledonian Railway) (Paisley to Gourock), Inverclyde Line at Cartsburn Junction. Passenger services continued from Glasgow, via the Paisley Canal Line, through to Kilmacolm using diesel multiple units. It closed completely to passengers on 10 January 1983.

External links


  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd.. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. 
  • Thomas, John (1971). A regional history of the railways of Great Britain. Volume VI Scotland: The Lowlands and the Borders. Newton Abbott: David and Charles. ISBN 0-7153-5408-6. 
  • Wham, Alasdair (2000). Lost Railway Lines South of Glasgow. Wigtown: G.C. Book Publishers Ltd.. ISBN 1-872350-08-9. 

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