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Route Proposal: Inverclyde Line

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by Funtime Freddy, Aug 16, 2018.


Would this be better set in...

Poll closed Aug 19, 2018.
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  1. Funtime Freddy

    Funtime Freddy New Member

    Aug 11, 2018
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    For the vote, before 1967 it was not electified and used normal steam trains.
    You start your journey in Glasgow Central. You cross the bridge crossing the River Clyde. Your train follows the water to a route filled with history. Your first stop, Cardonald. Right next to the M8 motorway. You depart for your next stop, Hillington East and then Hillington West. You reach Paisley Gilmour Street. This is where the Glasgow Airport Rail Link would have split to go to the airport but you are not going down there. You continue down the line. Paisley St. James is up next. You pass the old abandoned Houston station. You next have to pull up to Bishopton and onward through the countryside to the small town of Langbank. Now you enter a town with a history of ships, Port Glasgow. This is where bigger ships would stop that were destined for Glasgow. Here you can also catch a glimpse of the last shipbuilder left on the River Clyde, Ferguson's. Don't stay too long though, on to Bogston, a station for the shipyards across the road. An engine shed once was here for when the line was not electrified. The next station can be very busy sometimes. Cartsdyke. The station is close to the home of Greenock Morton FC. You now must travel to Greenock West, here might catch a glimpse of Cruise ship at Gourock Cruise Terminal or perhaps the PS Waverley going "doon the water fur the feir". The Waverley is the last sea going paddle steamer in the world. As you are ready to depart Greenock West, prepare for the longest bored rail tunnel in Scotland. You shall be in complete darkness until you exit and enter into Greenock West station, in the heart of Greenock. As you reenter another tunnel you shall appear in another completely different location. Instead of being in the sunken level of Greenock West you exit above the road as you enter your next station. Fort Matilda. A quick stop here before ending our run by coming into Gourock station to let your passengers get off and maybe go on a trip to Dunoon.

    The Inverclyde line is route that Starts at Glasgow Central and ends at Gourock station. There is also a separate branch line that splits at a station and heads to Wemyss Bay. This route opened in stages. The first stage opened in 1841 that went from a small terminus in Glasgow to a Terminus in Greenock. In 1841 it merged with the Caledonian Railway. Later in 1889 the extension to Gourock was built and it ended up being the longest bored rail tunnel in Scotland. Later in 1923 the route fell under LMS jurisdiction. It finally was electrified in 1967, 7 years after the North Clyde Line. In response to the electrification brand new multiple units were made.
    The Class 311. Class 311.jpg
    Later in life the route had gotten another batch of multiple units.
    The Class 314
    class 314.jpg
    These multiple units are still running today despite them being almost 40 years old.
    The newest addition to the line is The Class 380
    class 380.jpg
    This is my local line and is rich with scenery and beauty. The River Clyde on side of the tracks as you travel through the towns it connects. With the the line passing by the last shipbuilding yard on the River Clyde and the capsized sugar boat, The MV Captayannis. This route could be like the Medway Valley line as it could be and extension to the already existing WCML or a route with a modern day Glasgow Central instead of the 80s version in the WCML.
    If anyone from Dovetail sees this I would like to thank you for taking your time to read this little suggestion.
    Please don't hesitate to post a comment on your thoughts.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2018
  2. m0lyi

    m0lyi New Member

    Mar 15, 2020
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    In the 19th century the Caley and GSWR were leap frogging down the river to capture the steamer traffic from each other.
  3. 749006

    749006 Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2016
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    Is this the same route you have posted in another part of the suggestions?
  4. budtheweiser

    budtheweiser Active Member

    May 10, 2020
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    Great Idea for a scottish route

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