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175th Anniversary of the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway

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  • Stunning painting by famous railway artist, John Wigston
  • 1st class Firework stamp lends air of celebration!
  • Cancelled with a Greenock postmark (31st March, 2016)


Issue Date: 31/03/2016

Issue Name: 175th Anniversary of the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway

Producer: Buckingham Covers

 

The 31st March 2016 marked 175 years of the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway. The GP&G railway company was formed by an Act of Parliament on 15 July 1837, to provide through train services between Greenock and Glasgow. To commemorate this occasion we have produced this stunning cover.

 

  • Featuring a stunning painting by John Wigston
  • With a 1st class Firework stamp
  • Cancelled with a Greenock postmark (31st March, 2016)

 

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The Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway

The GP&G railway company was formed by Act of Parliament on 15 July 1837, to provide through train services between Greenock and Glasgow. Its line originally ran from Greenock to Paisley, where it joined the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway; a line it jointly owned with the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway. Both companies received their Act of Parliament on the same day, and had been advised that the necessary Acts of Parliament to build their lines between Glasgow and Paisley could only be gained by forming a joint company to build and run that portion. The two companies agreed to share the line from Glasgow to Paisley, where the GP&GR would branch off to the north west towards Greenock, and the GPK&AR would head south west to Ayrshire. A separate committee was arranged to manage the joint line, chosen from board members of the parent companies.

The GPK&AR was able to open to traffic on the joint section between a temporary terminus in Glasgow at Bridge Street and Paisley, for a demonstration run on 13 July 1840; it opened fully to the public the following day. The GPK&AR went on to extend towards Ayr in the following months. The GP&GR was unable to open at this stage, due to serious difficulties in forming the Bishopton tunnel and the rock cuttings approaching it, and it was not until 31 March 1841 that it was able to open.  The permanent Bridge Street station opened a week later, on 6 April 1841.

It was decided in 1845 to commence building the company’s own locomotives and three Crewe type 2-2-2’s were put in hand, no.17, 18 and 19.

On 9 July 1847 the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway merged with the Caledonian Railway. For some time the alliance between the Caledonian Railway and the GP&GR was strong, and in 1847 the Caledonian obtained Parliamentary authority to absorb the Greenock line. On 26 May 1851 an amalgamation agreement was signed, which was enacted by Parliament on 7 August 1851.

The line between Glasgow and Greenock and Gourock is active at the present day.
 
 
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