Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)

Introduction

This line is open. The extension from Greenock to Gourock was built by the Caledonian Railway to give them a steamer pier further west than the Glasgow and South Western Railway with which it was competing with steamers running from Greenock to other piers such as Dunoon Pier. The new line, station and pier gave the Caledonian Railway the edge.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This signal box was on the eastern approaches to Greenock Centrall and its goods yards. It was located on the south side of the line east of Dellingburn Street.
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This is the main station in Greenock. It replaced Greenock Bridge Street which was the original terminus of the line. The original terminus line was located slightly to the north and the line was cut back to the new station on opening. In addition the new alignment was further north in general. To great local disappointment Greenock Mansion House was demolished as part of the works. The new ...

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Dellingburn Street viaduct has been undergoing repairs in February 2020. ...
Network Rail 23/02/2020
Lead flashing in the wall at Greenock Central showing where the former roof of the station met the wall. ...
Graham Morgan 11/09/2007
334030 departing from Greenock Central on a service to Gourock on 11 September. ...
Graham Morgan 11/09/2007
318251 at Greenock Central on 2 April with a Glasgow - Gourock train. ...
Graham Morgan 02/04/2011



This is a two platform station below street level. A booking office stands on Inverkip Street above the station.
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A view west over Greenock West in 1987, showing the large girder bridge over the passenger station and, to the right, lines running into the goods ...
Ewan Crawford 19/09/1987
Looking west in Greenock West station. ...
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The street-level buildings at Greenock West, seen on 14 November. The station boasts a cafe; this (surprisingly?) must pay its way as it's been here ...
David Panton 14/11/2017
380003 arrives at Greenock West on 20 October with a service to Glasgow Central. ...
Veronica Clibbery 20/10/2012

This is the second longest railway tunnel in Scotland. It is a double track tunnel running between Greenock West and Fort Matilda. The length is 2,111 yds.
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This is a two platform station, by James Miller, with a large original station building on the up platform. The roof overhangs the platform to form a canopy fitted with screens at either end of the building.
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A Gourock service calls at its penultimate stop on 7 March 2019. Fort Matilda station is unstaffed, but the fine building is in good repair. Note the ...
David Panton 07/03/2019
A Glasgow bound semi-fast approaches its first stop on 7 March 2019. The town of Gourock and its hills form the backdrop. ...
David Panton 07/03/2019
A newly installed information screen announces the 1141 service to Glasgow Central on 14 November. The fine building lives on, though the station is ...
David Panton 14/11/2017
334 016 leaves Fort Matilda on 15 October 2008 on the final leg of its journey from Glasgow Central to Gourock. ...
David Panton 15/10/2008

This is a three platform terminus on Gourock Pier. It is served by a regular service from Glasgow Central via Paisley Gilmour Street.
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Bikes pay homage to Alastair Alexander's magnificent display at Gourock. ...
John Yellowlees 14/06/2017
The 14.54 fast to Glasgow at Gourock on 9th August 2016. At the time I was surprised to see this relic still in front line service but of course they ...
Colin Miller 09/08/2016
380001 at Gourock station waiting to depart for Glasgow Central on 25th July 2017. ...
David Bosher 25/07/2017
Class 314s are only slowly disappearing, and on 7 March 2019 there seemed to be more of them on Inverclyde services than ever. I notice that they are ...
David Panton 07/03/2019