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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b2223 Titfield Thunderbolt 1953



Lima Diesels DCC

Lima Diesels on DCC

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The basic Lima chassis works very well on dcc. The simple pancake motor with double 2 pickups either end and central weight responds surprisingly well to dcc command. With a bit of maintenance ie pickup adjustment and wheel cleaning they will respond well on any OO gauge layout once fitted with a decoder. The available space makes them particularly suitable for the enhancement of adding high intensity lighting which can truly bring these older models to life on a dcc setup. If you have an enquiries on these please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Below you can see some test runs showing the results you can expect