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Greenock Central Railway Station

(Grianaig Mheadhain)

Greenock Central Railway Station (referred to as Grianaig Mheadhain in Gaelic) is located on the Inverclyde Line, a quarter-mile (0.5 km) southeast of the town centre. This station opened in 1841 as the terminus of the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway delivering passengers to steamers which berthed at Custom House Quay and sailed for the Clyde coast resorts. Within five years the line was taken over by the Caledonian Railway and, in 1889, they extended the line to Gourock where a station was established on the shore next to a new ferry terminal. Originally a grand classical edifice, the station is now a sad relic of its previous glory, having lost its principal building (only disconnected arches remain at the entrance) and canopies over the platforms. Three platforms remain, although one is disused, together with high stone walls, featuring castellated turrets, which once supported a glass roof that was badly damaged by bombing during the Second World War. Now operated by ScotRail, Greenock Central Station is staffed part-time and is used by around 390,000 passengers annually (2016). It is preceded by Cartsdyke Railway Station, a mile (1.5 km) to the east southeast, and followed by Greenock West, a half-mile (1 km) to the west northwest.

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