Port Glasgow railway station

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Port Glasgow National Rail
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Trainspotters turn out to see a special train at Port Glasgow
Location
Place Port Glasgow
Local authority Inverclyde
Coordinates 55°56′01″N 4°41′25″W / 55.9335°N 4.6902°W / 55.9335; -4.6902Coordinates: 55°56′01″N 4°41′25″W / 55.9335°N 4.6902°W / 55.9335; -4.6902
Grid reference NS320744
Operations
Station code PTG
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 0.456 million
2012/13 Increase 0.477 million
2013/14 Increase 0.486 million
2014/15 Increase 0.519 million
2015/16 Increase 0.538 million
History
1841 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Port Glasgow from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Port Glasgow railway station is on the Inverclyde Line, serving the town of Port Glasgow, Scotland. It is located in the town centre with the main entrance at the junction of Princes Street and John Wood Street.

It dates from March 1841, being one of the intermediate stations on the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway which opened on that date.[1] It later became a junction in 1865, when the branch to Wemyss Bay was opened. The main line was then extended to Gourock in 1889 by the Caledonian Railway.

The two lines diverge to the west of the station, with the Wemyss Bay branch now mostly single track all the way to the terminus; the Gourock line is double throughout. Both lines were electrified in 1967 by British Rail using the 25kV A.C system, with the branch partially singled as part of the modernisation work. A (now disused) connection to the former Glasgow and South Western Railway station at Greenock diverged from the branch line a short distance west of the junction. The old station was used for a period (circa 1971-84) as a container terminal, but was officially closed in September 1991.[2]

There was a bay platform at the west end of the station for services to Wemyss Bay. The platform was located on the south side of the line and is now infilled - prior to electrification, it was used for carriages which were added to (and on return detached from) Wemyss Bay trains.

Services[edit]

There are five trains per hour from the station eastbound on weekday & Saturday daytimes to Paisley & Glasgow Central - four originate from Gourock and one from Wemyss Bay. Three of these are limited stop (including that from Wemyss Bay), whilst the others call at all intermediate stations en route. Westbound, the same frequency operates - hourly to Wemyss Bay calling at all intermediate stations, 2 per hour fast to Greenock Central and then all stations to Gourock and 2 per hour that stop at all stations to Gourock. In the evening, there are two trains per hour to Gourock, one to Wemyss Bay and three to Glasgow Central, whilst on Sundays there is a half-hourly service to Glasgow and hourly to both Gourock & Wemyss Bay.[3] Most trains are now operated by Class 380 EMUs, though Class 314 units have been used on occasions.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway" Crawford, E Railscot; Retrieved 2 September 2016
  2. ^ "Union Street Tunnel"Forgotten Relics; Retrieved 2 September 2016
  3. ^ Table 219 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Sources[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bogston   Abellio ScotRail
Inverclyde Line (to Gourock)
  Woodhall
Whinhill   Abellio ScotRail
Inverclyde Line (to Wemyss Bay)
 
Historical railways
Bogston
Line and station open
  Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
  Langbank
Line and station open
Upper Greenock
Line open; station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
  connection to
Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway