The Port Road

The Port Road. This website is dedicated to The Port Road which is the collective name for the "Portpatrick Railway", "Wigtownshire Railway" and "Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway". The Portpatrick and Wigtonshire railways were amalgamated in 1885 and in combination with Castle Douglas to Dumfries became known as "The Port Road".

At time of writing 27th April 2015 this is still the beginning of a long term project to learn and understand the history of The Port Road, for now you will see a series of expanding photographic galleries in the menu structure as I visit and photograph specific sites on the line and its branch lines. In addition to study on "The Port Road" you can also now find some Galleries on the still active West Highland Line which will be updated from time to time

This page and many others will be updated and evolve over time but I hope to turn it into a general reference point for for those interested in studying a once vibrant enterprise which was both about life and crucially "full of life"

For now the inspiration for the project comes from the following link, namely a film shot by enthusiasts in the closing days of the Port Road in 1965. It shows many landmarks which can still be seen today, you can view the video via the NLS Library website by clicking this link

Read also about The Railway That Went The Wrong Way from Alistair Livingston







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Parton Station

Parton village is situated on the A713 about 8 miles north of Castle Douglas. It could be said to be at the south of the Glen of the Ken as the river Ken flows into the river Dee about half a mile north of the village. The name is said to come from the Gaelic meaning the Hill Top. Parton village was there in the 1750’s and had a parish priest as early as 1296. The present village was built to house the workers in the slate quarry behind the village, which was worked from 1750 onwards with a break before 1870 when it was started up again. It closed again around the end of the 1890’s. The village continued to thrive in its own right and Parton railway station was part of the Portpatrick line, but closed in 1965. At the bottom of this page are some pictures of the station house as it is today

parton station map

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