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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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Crossmichael Station

This intermediate station on the Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Rly (which formed the greater part of the Dumfries-Stranraer 'Port Road') was opened (by the Portpatrick Rly) on 12 March 1861. It closed to regular passenger traffic, with the Stranraer (Challoch Junction) - Dumfries portion of the line, on 14 June 1965. Immediatelybelow are 2 pictures showing the station as it is today, a private dwelling house, platform can still be seen. The photograph below was taken in January 2017. At the bottom of this page you can see a full gallery of pictures taken around the Crossmichael section

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