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.






Dates

  /  /1866Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Gourock Railways and Pier - authorisation to build a line to Gourock and acquire the pier. (Not proceeded with at this time.)
  /  /1869Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Gourock Railways and Pier - proposal abandoned.
  /  /1869Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
The Caledonian Railway purchases Gourock Harbour. The company retains the land and Gourock Pier.
  /  /1878Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Gourock Railway Bill rejected.
  /  /1884Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Authorisation for the extension from Greenock Cathcart Street [1st] to Gourock and Gourock Pier. With new new alignment in Greenock the Dellingburn Branch is authorised to be modified. An agreement is made with the Clyde Lighthouse Board over lights.
13/06/1939Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Passenger train derails at Gourock, alongside the signal box.
05/06/1967Glasgow South Bank Electrification Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Gourock and Wemyss Bay lines electrified.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This signal box was on the eastern approaches to Greenock Central and its goods yards. It was located on the south side of the line east of Dellingburn Street.
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Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway


This is the main station in Greenock. It replaced Greenock Cathcart Street [1st] 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. ...

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BR Standard tank no 80001 about to leave Greenock Central on 10 August 1964 with a train for Glasgow Central. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/08/1964
A Gourock to Glasgow service in the shape of a Class 303 calls at Greenock Central in July 1998. In those days litter bins on platforms were ...
David Panton 19/07/1998
Standard 4MT 2-6-4T 80122 brings the 10.45 Glasgow to Gourock into Greenock Central on 25th March 1966. The smartly dressed passengers on the opposite ...
Robin McGregor 25/03/1966
Dellingburn Street viaduct has been undergoing repairs in February 2020. ...
Network Rail 23/02/2020
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This is a two platform station below street level. A booking office stands on Inverkip Street above the station.
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Looking across Inverkip Street in July 2007 towards Greenock West station, showing the street level building giving access to the lower level ...
John Furnevel 29/07/2007
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
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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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BR Standard tank 80109 exits the west end of the 2,100 yard Newton Street Tunnel on 25 July 1963 as it approaches Fort Matilda with a Glasgow Central ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/07/1963
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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 - Glasgow local entering Fort Matilda station on 16 July 1963 behind Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42277 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 16/07/1963
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 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
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
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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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In 1997 Class 318s were taking over from 303s on Inverclyde services and 318269 is seen here at Gourock in July 1997. It is in the delivered SPT ...
David Panton 20/07/1997
Jubilee 45698 Mars takes the 12.10pm to Glasgow Central away from Gourock on 10 August 1964. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/08/1964
Bikes pay homage to Alastair Alexander^s magnificent display at Gourock. ...
John Yellowlees 14/06/2017
The 5.20pm ex-Glasgow Central arriving at Gourock on 16 July 1963 hauled by Fairburn 2-6-4T no 42275. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 16/07/1963
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