The Port Road

Published by the Caledonian Railway Association, the Glasgow & South Western Railway Association and Lightmoor Press, The Port Road tells the story of the railway across south west Scotland from Dumfries to Stranraer, Portparick, Kirkcudbright and Whithorn.

The Shortest Sea Route between mainland Britain and Ireland was a jewel in any railway crown. With Britain’s industrial and urban heartlands rapidly outgrowing their ability to feed themselves, gaining direct rail access to the twenty mile crossing between Stranraer and Larne became a necessity. This resulted in the construction of eighty-one miles of largely single track railway onwards from Dumfries, through isolated, inhospitable, barren uplands.

The Caledonian Railway operated the line for the first two decades but then, under a remarkable compromise between the Scottish ‘Auld Enemies’, the Glasgow & South Western and the Caledonian joined with their respective and equally rivalrous English allies, the Midland and the London & North Western; each bought a quarter share to create, in 1886, ‘the Jointest of All Joint Railways’. The Scottish companies operated the line and took alternating responsibility for its upkeep.

The book comprises 320 pages of text and illustrations, 275mm by 215mm, printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated card covers and is lavishly illustrated with some 500 photographs, drawings and maps, many in colour.

To accompany the book, a CD with a wealth of additional signal diagrams and building drawings has been prepared, which is available to members at the special price when ordered with the book. The CD is only available from the Association.

The book is available by Mail Order, from the CRA Stand at Exhibitions and at the Glasgow meetings and by direct purchase from the website.

Publishers’ usual price for the book only : £30.00 + £5.00 p&p or £38.00 + £5.00 P&P for Book and CD

Caledonian Railway Association members enjoy a special discount price of

£25.00 for the Book or £30.00 for the Book and CD both plus £5.00 p&p to a UK address.

For this publication only the special discount prices are also available to members of the Glasgow & South Western Railway Association, The London & North Western Railway Society and The Midland Railway Society. When ordering please indicate society and membership number in the PayPal instructions

Mail orders can be placed using the button below for online payments or by post using the order form here.

Overseas buyers - Postage to non-UK addresses can be significant.  Please contact the Sales Officer for Postage and Packing Costs before ordering.


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