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Blane Valley Railway

This railway is closed. The line provided a service between Dumgoyne and Lennoxtown. It became part of a route from Glasgow Queen Street to Aberfoyle.

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Act 1861
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Opened 5 November 1866
Closed 4 April 1966

Clickable map of the Blane Valley Railway
Clickable Schematic of route [Key]

Local area

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The line largely runs through farmed countryside to the south of the Campsies and to the north of Glasgow. Lennoxtown had an Alum works and various printworks in the past. Today Blanefield and Strathblane are largely dormitory villages of Glasgow.

Chronology

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Description of route

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The line was built as an extension of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway's Campsie Branch. The line ran from Lennoxtown (leaving the original terminus as a short branch used for goods) to Killearn station. Killearn station was renamed Dumgoyne when the line was continued by the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway to join the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway. The line became an essential part in the services from Glasgow to Aberfoyle. Typically the branch had a service to Blanefield station from Glasgow and a steam railcar service from Blanefield on to Aberfoyle. Local freight mostly consisted delivery of coal to the local housing. 

Much of the route is now a footpath and the West Highland way occupies the line from east of Dumgoyne station to Dumgoyne station. 

Dumgoyne station

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Built by the Blane Valley Railway. The Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway made an end-on junction with the Blane Valley Railway here. The building is now in use as a public house called the Pintrees. The station was originally called Killearn and was renamed when the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway was opened. Sidings here were used by the Glengoyne Distillery.

Blanefield station

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The station site was largely destroyed during the construction of the Loch Lomond Water Supply Scheme. 

The station once had a broad island platform, a building with awnings, a goods shed and loading bank. Access was via a footbridge from Station Road. The railway crossed station road at a level crossing. The station was used by visitors to Duntreath Castle. 

The loading bank may be found mouldering away in the trees to the north of the site. 

On the other side of Station Road from the station platform can be found an enormous Victorian bottle-dump.

Strathblane station

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Strathblane station had one platform and a loop. The loop typically handled local housing coal traffic. To the west of the site can be found the eastern abutment of the bridge which once carried the line over the nearby A road which has been realigned further west.

Dunglass siding

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Dunglass siding was built to handle materials quarried from Dunglass hill, a basalt plug.

Lennox Castle Siding

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Lennox Castle Siding was built in the First World War to aid access to Lennox Castle Hospital.

Campsie Glen station

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It is very difficult to find any trace remaining of Campsie Glen station amongst the undergrowth.

Lennoxtown (New)

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A road bridge remains to the west of the site of Lennoxtown (New). The site has been landscaped. This was a single platform station with a typical North British Railway station building. Provision was made for a loop line (not installed). The platform was to the north side of the running line.

Lennoxtown Junction 

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Lennoxtown Junction was the start point of the Blane Valley Railway. Only the remains of two bridges remain to mark the route. The line was a continuation of the Campsie Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway).


Page created on 12/12/1996
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford