IBM railway station

Coordinates: 55°55′46″N 4°49′38″W / 55.9295°N 4.8271°W / 55.9295; -4.8271
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The platform of the former IBM station
General information
LocationGreenock, Inverclyde
Coordinates55°55′46″N 4°49′38″W / 55.9295°N 4.8271°W / 55.9295; -4.8271
Grid referenceNS234743
Other information
StatusServices suspended
Station codeIBM
Original companyScottish Region of British Railways
Key dates
9 May 1978Opened as I B M Halt - unadvertised
16 May 1983Renamed I B M - unadvertised
12 May 1986I B M became publicly advertised
8 December 2018Last usage prior to services being suspended
2014/15Decrease 47,376
2015/16Decrease 22,016
2016/17Decrease 6,032
2017/18Decrease 768
2018/19Decrease 506
^Steady Services Suspended
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

IBM railway station (formerly known as IBM Halt) is a currently disused railway station on the Inverclyde Line, 25+12 miles (41 km) west of Glasgow Central.

Clinging to the south slope of Spango Valley on the Glasgow-Wemyss Bay line, IBM Halt was opened on 9 May 1978[1] by British Rail to serve what was at that time a thriving IBM computer manufacturing plant, employing over 4,000 people. Originally, the stop was unadvertised and only peak-time services stopped there, but subsequently the station was publicly advertised, and all but one service stopped there.[2] At the time the service was suspended it was served by an hourly service in each direction.[3]

As the name suggests, the station was located within the confines of a large facility formerly owned entirely by IBM, a major employer for the town of Greenock until the plant closed. Parts of the site were sold off to companies such as Sanmina-SCI and Lenovo, which have now closed as well. By June 2009, half of the buildings had been demolished, and the site was re-branded as Valley Park. Despite that, the station name did not change. Due to its location away from major housing areas and other transport links, the station was used primarily by people employed in Valley Park, but access to the station by the general public was possible.

Until 16 May 1983, it was the only station to have the suffix "halt"[4] (two others have it now, Coombe Junction and St Keyne Wishing Well on the Looe Valley Line in Cornwall). By 1974, the term "halt" had been removed from British Rail timetables, station signs, and other official documents. The return of the term came in 1978 for the opening of IBM Halt, and in the renaming of the two Cornish stations in 2008.

Service suspension[edit]

314216 arrives at IBM on 8 December 2018 forming the 23:48 service to Glasgow Central. This was the last passenger service to stop at the station.

The station had its service suspended with effect from 9 December 2018, with ScotRail citing low patronage and anti-social behaviour on the nearby derelict IBM site. Services may be re-introduced once the site is rebuilt, although there is no fixed timeline for that to happen.[5][6][7] A planning application for a mixed-use development on the IBM site, which would involve the reopening of the station, was submitted in February 2020.[8]


At the time when services were suspended, the station was served by an hourly service on the Inverclyde Line between Glasgow Central and Wemyss Bay.[9] Despite that, the annual patronage declined dramatically, from well over 100,000, to about 500 when the services were suspended.[7]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Inverkip   ScotRail
Inverclyde Line
(Service suspended)


  1. ^ IBM Halt opened The Railway Magazine issue 927 July 1978 page 357
  2. ^ GB Rail Timetable (Table 219) and ScotRail Train Times booklet 8 December 2013
  3. ^ Departures from IBM 8 December 2018 Real Train Times
  4. ^ Quick, M E (2002). Railway passenger stations in England, Scotland and Wales - a chronology. Richmond: Railway and Canal Historical Society. p. 238. OCLC 931112387.
  5. ^ IBM Halt ScotRail
  6. ^ Finally a platform for train puns: IBM Halt station derailed Archived 19 November 2018 at the Wayback Machine The Register 19 November 2018
  7. ^ a b "Trains to skip stop IBM station to curb criminal and anti-social behaviour". The Scotsman. 21 November 2018. Archived from the original on 25 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Plans lodged for £100m development at Spango Valley". BBC News. 11 February 2020. Archived from the original on 11 February 2020. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  9. ^ Table 219 National Rail timetable, May 2016