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Wemyss Bay railway station

Wemyss Bay
Scottish Gaelic: Bàgh nan Uaimhean
Interior of the railway station
Place Wemyss Bay
Local authority Inverclyde
Grid reference
Station code WMS
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 0.161 million
2004/05 0.165 million
2005/06 0.165 million
2006/07 0.167 million
2007/08 0.176 million
2008/09 0.191 million
2009/10 0.195 million
2010/11 0.203 million
2011/12 0.197 million
2012/13 0.210 million
2013/14 0.213 million
Passenger Transport Executive
Original company Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMSR
15 May 1865 Opened[1]
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Wemyss Bay from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Wemyss Bay railway station serves the village of Wemyss Bay, Inverclyde, Scotland. The station is a terminus on the Inverclyde Line, about 26 miles (42 km) west of Glasgow Central. The station incorporates the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry terminal connecting mainland Scotland to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail.


  • History 1
  • Station building 2
  • Services 3
  • References 4
    • Notes 4.1
    • Sources 4.2
  • Gallery 5
  • External links 6


Work began in late 1862 on the single track Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway branching from the main Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway at Port Glasgow and taking an inland route across to the coast at Inverkip before descending to Wemyss Bay. This was to connect to Clyde steamer services for Rothesay, Largs and Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, allowing a combined train and steamer journey time of an hour and a half, compared with a typical time of three hours by steamer from Glasgow. The Wemyss Bay Steamboat Company was formed to own the connecting steamers, competing with the private owners of other Clyde steamer services. The route opened on 15 May 1865, but over-ambitious timetables led to severe delays during the first year, damaging the company's reputation, and the route subsequently faced strong competition from other pierheads.

Train services were electrified in 1967.

Station building

The station was designed by James Miller in 1903 for the Caledonian Railway and is remarkable in its use of glass and steel curves. The station is noted for its architectural qualities and, although one of Scotland's finest railway buildings and Category A listed, it has suffered from neglect.


There is an hourly service daily to Glasgow Central.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Abellio ScotRail
Inverclyde Line
Rothesay   Caledonian MacBrayne
Historical railways
Terminus   Caledonian Railway
Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Line and station open



  1. ^ Butt (1995), page 244


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd.  
  • Clark, A.J.C. (2001). Caley to the Coast : Rothesay by Wemyss Bay (1st ed.).  
  • McCrorie, Ian (1986). Clyde Pleasure Steamers (1st ed.).  


External links

  • YouTube video of the station's interior
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