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



Graham Farish Poole Chassis Diesels

Graham Farish Poole Chassis Diesels DCC

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There are a number of Poole type diesel chassis'. Each of these requires isolation of one or both motor terminals from the live chassis which makes the conversion slightly more complex but the chassis type is solid and the results can be excellent. The motors are a little noisier than the later split chassis types but the slow running can be excellent. Please have a look at our examples below, if you would like to discuss conversion of this model type please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.