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Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway

This railway runs between Balloch and Bowling via Dumbarton. A long section of the line from Dumbarton to Bowling is closed. The line is also known as "The Balloch branch".

The name 'Dunbartonshire' is tricky - sometime the spelling has been Dumbarton and sometimes Dunbarton. The two are used almost interchangeably. Today the town is Dumbarton and area Dunbarton. It has not always been so clear cut.

 

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Local area

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This line runs west from Bowling Harbour along the north bank of the River Clyde to the west of Glasgow until Dumbarton where it turns north, following the Rvier Leven, to run to Balloch on Loch Lomond.

Chronology

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Balloch Pier

This station is closed and has been landscaped. It used to serve the adjacent Balloch Pier from which railway owned steamers ran. Steamers ran to Ardlui, Rowardennan, Luss, Inversnaid, Balmaha and other places.

Balloch Central 

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The original station has now been closed. The tracks from the east side of Balloch level crossing to Balloch Pier station have been dismantled. The station building has been thoroughly stone-cleaned and the platform canopy removed. There were two platforms, even following the single-tracking of the Balloch Branch from here to the Pier station. A goods yard existed to the north-east of the station site. There was an engine shed to the immediate west of the station approached from the north.

Balloch 

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This station was built as a replacement to Balloch Central when the tracks were cut back to the Dumbarton side of the Balloch level crossing. The station is single track.

Forth and Clyde Junction 

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At this point the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway left the Balloch Branch. 

Alexandria

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This station is open. The Albion Motor Works was located nearby. Only one of the two platforms is in use today.

Renton

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This station is open. Only one of the two platforms is in use today.

Dalreoch Junction

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Here the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction was met by the later Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway at an east facing junction. Dalreoch station is to the immediate east.

Dalreoch

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This station is still open. It is sandwiched between the bridge over the River Leven to the east and Dalreoch Junction to the west.

Dumbarton Central

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This station consists of two island platforms. A goods line passes to the south of the station. One face (the northernmost) of the eastbound island platform has had its track lifted and is becoming overgrown. The station retains its buildings and glass canopies.

Dumbarton East Junction

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This was the junction between the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Railway and the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway in Dumbarton. The junction faced west. The former route has now closed and the location is no longer a junction.

Bowling Oil Terminal

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The original trackbed of the line, replaced by the Dumbarton East loop , and now lifted

This terminal has closed. This view shows the terminal, looking east towards Dunglass Junction.
There was also a nearby siding, just to the west, with a loading bank which was by Dunbuck quarry.

Dunglass Junction

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This was the junction between the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Railway and the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway to the west of Bowling. When the original line closed and the Dumbarton East line was retained Dunglass junction was opened to allow electric trains to run via Dumbarton East to Dumbarton Central. The original route was retained for access to the Bowling Oil Terminal.

Bowling 

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The original terminus of the line was at Frisky Wharf with the station more or less where the present day one is. From here passengers could continue to Glasgow by boat either by the River Clyde or the Forth and Clyde Canal. An end on join was later made with the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway here which took the line east to Glasgow and, via connections, to Edinburgh..


Page created on 20/01/1998
Page last edited on: 06/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford