This line is closed. It had a bridge
over the River Forth, often referred to as the "Other Forth Railway
Bridge". The bridge had a central span which was turned by a steam
engine to allow shipping to pass. The bridge is now demolished although
the piers remain in place. Today the nearest stations are at Stirling
The line passes through farmed countryside.
There were substantial coal measures in this area.
Description of route
From near Larbert to Alloa.
This line branched from the Scottish
Central Railway's South Alloa
Branch which ran from Alloa Junction, north of Larbert to South Alloa harbour.
The site of this station is in a cutting. The
platforms have gone, but to the north the trackbed in a shallow cutting is very
obvious running north to the bridge over the Forth. There was a junction immediately
to the north of the station for the Bandeath Military Base. This base had an
internal railway network. The site is now an industrial estate.
This Navy depot had an internal railway network.
The site is now an industrial estate but some of the old building and a watertank
still stand. Some of the track still exists where lines crossed roads.
Alloa Swing Bridge
The piers of this bridge remain across the
River Forth. The viaduct was single track, although the rest of the line was
double track. There was a swing section in the centre of the bridge which was
powered by a steam engine. The central swinging section had a 'signal box' which
sat on girders over the line. To the north of the bridge was a signalbox at
which the single track reverted to double track.
This was the junction between the freight line
to Alloa West where there was a coal yard, and the passenger line which joined
the Stirling and Dunfermline
Railway by Alloa West level crossing at an east facing junction. This connection
gave access to the North British Railway's Alloa station. Longcarse Junction
faced south. After the Alloa Marshalling Yard was opened an additional connection
was made from the yard to Longcarse Junction. This spur had a junction facing
west at one end and a junction facing south at the Longcarse Junction end. After
closure of the Alloa Railway the line from the marshalling yard to the junction
was retained, along with enough of the Alloa Railway for a reversing spur which
was used for access to Alloa West. Rails remain embedded in a level crossing
Alloa West Junction
This junction faced east and wss located by
Alloa West level crossing. This allowed Alloa Railway trains to terminate at
the Stirling and Dunfermline
Railway's Alloa station.
This was the Caledonian
Railway terminus in Alloa. There was a locomotive shed here and a passenger
station was planned for here, but never opened. In latter days, after closure
of the forth bridge, this line was retained for access to a coal yard.
Page created on 19/01/1998
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford