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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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Creetown Station

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Creetown station is a halt on the Dumfries to Stranraer line, inconveniently situated some distance from the village. It closed in 1965 with the closure of the Port Road.  The station was the scene of a major incident in February, 1895, when the afternoon train from Stranraer stuck in drifts a few hundred yards west of the platform.  It was over twelve hours before the bulk of the passengers could be transferred to the waiting rooms and 24 before they could make their way to the village, where they waited two days before they were able to continue their journey.  One of the passengers was so affected by his ordeal that he attempted suicide.

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The Station fell into disrepair and was finally rebuilt around 1990, the new owner keeping some of the period features including a brake van and part of the platform, these remain to this day and the property appears to be empty, a "Ticket Office" plaque remains beside the door. Adjacent is the old goods shed which has also been turned into a private dwelling house, pictures of this process at various stages can be seen on this page and a full gallery including some original photographs appears at the bottom of this page