Celebrations mark 150th anniversary of Wemyss Bay pier

A display of model ships on board MV Bute formed part of the 150th birthday celebrations for Wemyss Bay pier.
A display of model ships on board MV Bute formed part of the 150th birthday celebrations for Wemyss Bay pier.

The 150th anniversary of the opening of Wemyss Bay pier, and the arrival of the railway line from Glasgow, was celebrated on Saturday.

A small exhibition of model trains from the 19th century sat alongside a display of paintings by Skelmorlie-based artist Dugald Cameron showing what the scene at Wemyss Bay might have been like when the pier and the original station opened on May 15, 1865.

The present railway station dates from 1903 and is currently undergoing major refurbishment by Network Rail, which meant the scale of Saturday’s celebrations - largely the result of work by the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station - was not quite on the scale the organisaers might have hoped.

Also forming part of the celebration was a display of model ships on board MV Bute, organised by members of the Clyde River Steamer Club and featuring some of the paddle steamers, turbine steamers and passenger and car ferries to have served Wemyss Bay and Rothesay in the course of the last 150 years.