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




Dascon DCC Fitting is owned by Douglas Stewart pictured left. Douglas' interest in railway modelling stems from a childhood fascination. You may notice on some of the test runs available on the youtube channel that the layout used for the business is permanently under construction and very much in the early stages!
"The reason for this relates to my primary interest in the maintenance and conversion of locomotives of all kinds. When I started to build the layout a few years ago it was with the intention of realising a childhood dream of a fully landscaped 00 layout. As I started to experiment with DCC on this project I became more and more interested in the way in which locomotives ran on DCC in comparison to DC and my interest became focused on the way individual chassis types and different manufacturers models responded to DCC conversion. This then translated into the possibilities with different chassis types in a smaller scale and I moved into n gauge conversions which have become somewhat of a Dascon speciality. Consequently the layout has now become a test bed for running both n gauge and OO gauge locos under DCC and the original project is moving at a snails pace."

The Dascon DCC Fitting approach to DCC conversion is based neither specifically on the possibilities of electronics in modern model railways, nor the electrical and mechanical approach of the past. Rather it is based on both, a quest to establish the benefit of DCC control in all currently available locomotives whether they be in current production or older models such as those frequently traded on E-bay. We believe wholeheartedly that mechanical maintenance is at the heart of any DCC conversion.

This approach does make Dascon unique in the sense that we can give a genuine opinion on the performance of many older models having experimented and worked on most chassis types in conjuction with DCC. We give you an informed opinion on the performance which can be expected from any given chassis type before you agree to embark on any work on your locos. Should any difficulties be encountered during the conversion process they are fully discussed with clients to establish the best and most economic solution before work is completed. The primary objective is to ensure that locos arrive back with their owners running as they would expect.