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(Forth and Clyde Canal Company)

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Clickable map of the Grangemouth Railway

Train approaching Fouldubs Junction from the docks

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This line runs from the town of Falkirk across a short area of farmland followed by industrial estates to the port of Grangemouth on the River Forth. At Grangemouth there are still extensive quays in use and the large chemical refinery and plastics manufacturing plant.



Description of route 


This railway runs from Falkirk to Grangemouth. The line was built by the Forth and Clyde Canal Company to block any other railway company from spoiling their monopoly of the Grangemouth harbour. The original line was single track. It was worked by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway. The railway came into the ownership of the Caledonian Railway when that company bought the canal company. The North British had running powers over the line.  

In later years (1908) the North British and Caledonian built a new joint line from Swing Bridge Junction (on the Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway) to Fouldubs Junction to increase capacity. This re-used the line which ran to the Carron Ironworks. British Alumium opened a works at Bainsford in later years, which is now closed. 

It is currently double track to Fouldubs Junction and two single tracks to the Harbour and Oil Terminal. The Grangemouth shed has now closed and the site is used to load coal into wagons (see photograph, top). The container depot at the harbour and its line have recently re-opened.

Grangemouth Junction? 
Grangemouth Shed 

Closed an now the site used as a rail-served transit depot.

Fouldubs Junction 
Thornbridge Halt Grangemouth 
Grangemouth Harbour 
Grangemouth Oil Termnial 

(And a large number of other lines were operated for plastics and within the harbour. The harbour even had its own network of signalboxes) 

By-pass line 

Swing Bridge Junction 
Orchardhall Swing Bridge 
Fouldubs Junction 

Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford