Fort Matilda railway station

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Fort Matilda National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Gearastan Matilda[1]
Fort Matilda station.jpg
Looking west as a train leaves for Gourock
Location
PlaceFort Matilda
Local authorityInverclyde
Coordinates55°57′32″N 4°47′42″W / 55.9589°N 4.7949°W / 55.9589; -4.7949Coordinates: 55°57′32″N 4°47′42″W / 55.9589°N 4.7949°W / 55.9589; -4.7949
Grid referenceNS256775
Operations
Station codeFTM
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.121 million
2014/15Increase 0.131 million
2015/16Increase 0.135 million
2016/17Increase 0.140 million
2017/18Steady 0.140 million
History
Original companyCaledonian Railway
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 June 1889Opened
5 February 1973Temporarily closed
20 April 1973Reopened
October 1993Closed
?Reopened
Listed status
Listing gradeCategory B
Entry numberLB34174[2]
Added to list5 March 1982
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Fort Matilda from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Fort Matilda railway station lies at the far western edge of the town of Greenock, Scotland. It is a non-staffed station, and is the last stop before the terminus of Gourock on the Inverclyde Line out of Glasgow Central station.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Caledonian Railway on 1 June 1889 when the Greenock line was extended to Gourock. It was closed temporarily between 5 February and 20 April 1973. It closed again in October 1993.[3] The station has continued in use on an unmanned basis, with passengers getting their tickets on the train.

In 2011 the station building was taken over by the Greenock & District Model Railway Club, which obtained necessary approvals and funding from the Railway Heritage Trust and the Stations Community Regeneration Fund for conservation work and improvements to make the building into a clubhouse. Features such as external doors and screens are to be restored to their original appearance, and when completed accommodation will also be made available to other groups as well as use by the model railway club.[4]

Services[edit]

From Monday to Saturday, there are 4tph to both Gourock and Glasgow Central. There is a reduced service on Sundays, with only 1tph each way.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Gourock   Abellio ScotRail
Inverclyde Line
  Greenock West
  Historical railways  
Gourock   Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
  Greenock West

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  2. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Fort Matilda Railway Station  (Category B) (LB34174)". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 99. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ "Model Rail Club's Station Restoration Is On Track". inverclydenow. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2012.

External links[edit]

Media related to Fort Matilda railway station at Wikimedia Commons