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The Cairnryan Military Railway

Author : Bill Gill
ISBN : 9780853617624
Cover : paperback
Price : £11.95

The Cairnryan Military Railway was built in the Second World War to give a rail link to the new military port at Cairnryan. Following the Dunkirk evacuation there was an urgent need to have ports outwith bomber range and various locations were considered. Cairnryan military port was built entirely by servicemen to avoid the issues that occurred on Red Clydeside during the First World War and the seven miles long Cairnryan Military Railway was constructed by Royal Engineers with assistance from the Pioneer Corps. After the war the port found a new role as the starting point for unused munitions to be dumped at sea but by the end of the 1950s military use had ceased and the rails were lifted in a few weeks in 1967. Since then the port has been redeveloped but the line of the railway can still be traced and various remains seen. This is a new edition of the book originally published by Stranraer and District Local History Trust in 1999. We have sourced and added some new illustrations and reformatted the book into landscape style.

The Cairnryan Military Railway
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