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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Stroan Viaduct

This article is about Stroan Viaduct, 1 mile W of New Galloway Station, across Black Water of Dee. Four arches, piers and abutments of masonry. Built 1860 by McNaughton and Waddell. Still standing in all its excellence, it can be crossed on foot showing some of the amazing views available to those who enjoyed "the port road" journey all those years ago.


Crossing the southern edge of Loch Stroan between New Galloway and Gatehouse of Fleet stations. All of the pictures in this article were taken in August 2015 so you can see its well worth a visit when in SW Scotland


This viaduct was built for the Portpatrick Railway and opened on 12 March 1861. Today the viaduct itself forms part of a walk from Mossdale(New Galloway Station) to Loch Skerrow. Immediately below are a few pictures showing the amazing scenic nature of the Port Road line, an idyllic place and well worth a visit for stunning views. At the bottom of this page is a full gallery showing the viaduct and its amazing views.

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