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Andy Kirkham (21.12.2004, 13:28)
I travelled from Glasgow to Johnstone recently and noticed some sidings
at Elderslie which appear to be either newly-laid or recently
renovated. I can't think what they might be used for. Does anyone know?
Andy Kirkham
Glasgow
Ian McMillan (21.12.2004, 14:23)
Andy Kirkham <a.kirkham> wrote in message
1103628508.130562.180030
> I travelled from Glasgow to Johnstone recently and noticed some
> sidings at Elderslie which appear to be either newly-laid or recently
> renovated. I can't think what they might be used for. Does anyone
> know? Andy Kirkham
> Glasgow


DRS have a daily container train to/from there from Grangemouth (usually 37
or 66 hauled). Traffic then goes by road to Greenock.

The siding was always there, and no major work was done to prepare for using
it again.
Andy Kirkham (21.12.2004, 15:40)
Ian McMillan wrote:
> DRS have a daily container train to/from there from Grangemouth (usually 37
> or 66 hauled). Traffic then goes by road to Greenock.
> The siding was always there, and no major work was done to prepare for using
> it again.


Thanks Ian. It's encouraging if they can run freight profitably over
such a short distance. It would be even nicer if it could go all the
way to Greenock by rail.

Is the line to the Greenock container port still there? It must have
been last used about 20 years ago, and as I recall the junction has
been removed. But beyond that there still seemed to be track hidden
beneath a jungle of undergrowth.

Andy Kirkham
Glasgow
Angela Gawthrop (21.12.2004, 18:54)
Andy Kirkham wrote:

> Is the line to the Greenock container port still there? It must have
> been last used about 20 years ago, and as I recall the junction has
> been removed. But beyond that there still seemed to be track hidden
> beneath a jungle of undergrowth.


I believe that when the Milk Crate Gang investigated the line in the late
1990s the track was intact apart from a short section at Lynedoch Street
station which appeared to have been cut out.

Angela
James Christie (21.12.2004, 19:40)
In message <41c815ad$0$37383$ed2619ec>, Ian
McMillan <ian> writes
>Andy Kirkham <a.kirkham> wrote in message
>1103628508.130562.180030
>DRS have a daily container train to/from there from Grangemouth (usually 37
>or 66 hauled). Traffic then goes by road to Greenock.
>The siding was always there, and no major work was done to prepare for using
>it again.

Isn't Elderslie only about half way between Grangemouth and Greenock?
I'm thinking that this is the same place as where the Elderslie drydocks
used to be. Is it?
Ewan (21.12.2004, 22:01)
James Christie wrote:
[..]
> Isn't Elderslie only about half way between Grangemouth and Greenock?
> I'm thinking that this is the same place as where the Elderslie drydocks
> used to be. Is it?


The sidings are about here:


Not far east of Johnstone station on the Ayr line.

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Ewan (21.12.2004, 22:17)
Andy Kirkham wrote:
> Ian McMillan wrote:
> Thanks Ian. It's encouraging if they can run freight profitably over
> such a short distance.


I think the service is still being run as a trial just now to see if it
can be quicker than using the M8 through Glasgow.

> It would be even nicer if it could go all the way to Greenock by rail.


If it proves to be quicker and profitable, maybe someone will make the
investment required to re-open the line to Greenock Container Depot.

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