Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
This railway is closed. A short section
remains in place to the north of Dunblane station for use as a reversing
spur, often with a track maintenance machine parked in it. The line was
double track to Doune from Dunblane having been originally single track.
Before closure the line reverted to single track.
This line runs through farmed countryside to
the north of Stirling along a glen.
Description of route
This line ran from Dunblane to Callander. It
was single track throughout although it was provided with a loop at Drumvaich
after the line was extended west to Killin (Glenoglehead), Tyndrum and finally
Oban. The line was double track between Doune and Dunblane.
The original terminus station did not become
a through station on extension of the line west. Instead was left as a short
branch from an east facing junction. It became a goods yard and there was a
locomotive shed located here.
From this east facing junction the Callander
and Oban Railway continued west, eventually reaching Oban. The junction
was named for a nearby hotel.
This crossing loop had a combined signalbox
and signalman's house which still stands.
This station featured a very large island platform
with a stone built building with glazed canopies overhanging the platforms.
Entry to the station was by a covered footbridge beside the station cottage
which remains intact. The site of the station is now a housing estate. The ivy
clinging to the external wall of the station by the footbridge was cut in the
shape of a locomotive. The line was double track from here east to Dunblane
but was singled in the last days of operation of the line. It is likely the
line was single originally and was doubled when the line was extended to Oban.
At this south facing junction immediately north
of Dunblane station the line met the Scottish
Central Railway. A short siding remains here which is the stub of the former
line. Often a track maintenance machine is parked in this siding. At its height
two double track railway met here and there were sidings for the Dunblane Gasworks
on the east side of the mainline.
Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 11/09/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford