RAILDATE 2024.04.19

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

This small town is still blessed with an operational railway terminus. Where is it? We recently had "Swanage" as the answer to the same question - but it's a different map requiring a different answer.

Last week's Where is this?

Another terminus this week, this time with a distinctive station canopy. Where is it?

Answer: Wemyss Bay. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Colin Penfold, Dave Goodyear, Ian Lowe, Richard Whitbread, Andy Foster, Paul Hopper, John Lacy, Simon Wass, Brian Billing, Geaoffrey Blyth, Phil Deaves, Andrew Treves, Ian Bromley, John Gilby, John Musselwhite, Bernard Gudgin, Peter Skelton, Peter Tisdale.

Image credit: Roger Hateley RCTS Collection

Wemyss Bay is one of several pierheads on the Clyde coast where people could transfer to ships for the islands, including Bute (Rothesay) and Great Cumbrae (Millport), and hard-to-reach Tighnabruaich on the mainland. Although well located, it was competing with Gourock, Largs, and Ardrossen for cruise traffic and never became dominant. The station canopy was added in 1903, the line electrified in 1967, but the cruises have ceased; only the hourly Bute ferry continues.

Ships built on the Clyde used the "Skelmorlie Measured Mile" (a nautical mile) in Wemyss Bay as part of their proving. Customers could - and did - void contracts if performance was below the specified standard, because proven speed was a crucial marketing point for liners. Any failed ships were sold off by the shipyard to the highest bidder.


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