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Girvan & Portpatrick Junction Railway


Most railways were constructed with some consideration for the services they could afford to places along the route. Not so with this railway, the main object was to complete a rail route from Glasgow and central Scotland by short sea crossing to Ulster and Belfast. Before this line's construction the rail route to Stranraer and Portpatrick from Glasgow had been in excess of 150 miles. The railway became a main trunk route, although it remained single-track for almost all its length. In this way it resembled the main lines of the Highland and Great North of Scotland railways from Perth to Inverness and Aberdeen to Elgin, but even these lines could not match the G&PJR's steepest gradients, or display bleaker scenery than that through which the latter passed between the rivers Stinchar and the Water of Luce.


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