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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Dunragit Station

Dunragit is the site of an 1861 station on both the Port Road. Closed in 1965 the signal box remains in use and the station building also remains intact. Both are now a feature of the Glasgo South Western Line terminating at Stranrear Harbour. It was just east of Dunragit station that the "Port Road" was severed in 1965. This doese make Dunragit Station rather uniques because whilst observing a train passing this point you are effectively looking at a part of the Port Road which is still open, albeait the station itself is shut. Full gallery below these current example photographs

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