This railway is closed; the section between
Cambus and Menstrie for Glenochil yeast is currently out of use.
Clickable Schematic of route
Alva and Menstrie are located at the foot of
the Ochil hills.
Description of route
From Cambus to Alva, the line turns North from
a junction facing East, crossing the River Devon before entering Menstrie and
then running East to Alva.
East facing junction with the Stirling
and Dunfermline Railway to the west of Cambus station.
"Glenochil was a 1950's 'superpit' like the
Rothes (at Glenrothes).
The site of it is now used by the Glenochil prison/detention centre. It had
a colliery branch (off the Alva branch) whose connection faced Cambus. It ran
across a few fields to reach the end of the Sheardale ridge (which is the south
side of the Devon valley) and ran along the north side of the ridge (the south
side of the valley) to Glenochil. It is virtually
certain that no passenger train ever ran on it, and it didn't even see a lot
of coal traffic as Glenochil was a failure."
Jeffray also suggests that the expectation
of much coal traffic from this pit led to the construction of Alloa
This is presently the end of the line. There
is a loop and some sidings into the Glenochil yeast plant here. These trains
used to operate to and from the United Molasses Depot at the James
Watt Dock, Greenock.
A portion of eroded platform and the loading
bank remain of the old station.
This was the terminus of the line. The building
is now in use as a dwelling house. Some of the trackbed is now a walkway.
Many thanks to Jeffray Wotherspoon for his
expert local knowledge. He has kindly allowed me to incorporate some of his
pictures on this web-page. You can visit his site at Jeff's
Page created in 1996
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford