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.
Clickable Schematic of route
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.
Description of route
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
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
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 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 was built to handle materials
quarried from Dunglass hill, a basalt plug.
Lennox Castle Siding
Lennox Castle Siding was built in the First
World War to aid access to Lennox Castle Hospital.
Campsie Glen station
It is very difficult to find any trace remaining
of Campsie Glen station amongst the undergrowth.
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 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