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







7051 19690


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7006 19690

b2223 Titfield Thunderbolt 1953



Hornby and Bachmann On DCC Sound

Most recent Hornby and Bachmann Steamers and Diesels are excellent on dcc sound. All have multiple pickup systems and good quality can motors which makes them ideal for sound conversion.

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The only difficulties encountered when converting these models to sound is finding a suitable location for both speaker and decoder. Preferred decoder for these is the Loksound V4 and Loksound V4 Micro. Often space is particularly limited for speaker location to get optimum sound levels and this usually means removing the decoder socket and hard wiring the decoder or making modifications to chassis or shell.

If you have any Hornby locos that you would like to discuss in dcc fitting terms please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Below you can see some example test runs of Hornby locos running on dcc sound