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175 Years of The Glasgow Paisley and Greenock Railway

175 Years of Glasgow Paisley Greenock Railway
Special Royal Mail Postmark for 175th anniversary of Glasgow Paisley & Greenock Railway (not to scale)

The GP&GR opened in 1841 to provide goods and passenger services between Greenock and Glasgow. At the time the River Clyde was inaccessible to larger ocean-going ships so the railway's aim was to compete with the smaller Clyde boats that operated to and from Glasgow. Passenger services on the railway immediately proved more popular than expected as steamer services to the islands in the Firth of Clyde helped fuel the tourism boom in the region and the GP&GR was soon absorbed by the Caledonian Railway in 1851.

Postcard shows use of Glasgow Paisley Greenock Railway Postmark on Steam Train Post & Go Stamp
Special Postmark for Glasgow Paisley & Greenock Railway used on Post & Go Steam Train Stamp

Greenock station was not right alongside the steamer berths which became an increasingly significant disadvantage when the new Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway opened a branch line straight to a the pier at Wemyss Bay. As a result, in 1889, the Greenock line was extended to Gourock. This meant digging the Newton Street Tunnel, Scotland's longest railway tunnel but this would prove a worthwhile investment as the line between Glasgow, Greenock and Gourock is still in active use today.

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