Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
This line is closed, however track remains
in place between Stirling and Alloa.
This railway has been re-opened between
Stirling and Alloa for passengers and between Stirling and Kincardine
Junction (and on to Kincardine) for freight.
Partly, some to be re-opened.
Shunter at Cambus.
The closed and lifted Alloa Marshalling
This line ran west from Dunfermline through
a former mining area to reach the large town of Alloa and then runs west to
Description of route
From Dunfermline to Stirling.
Here the line made an end on connection to
the Dunfermline Branch
(Edinburgh and Northern Railway). See that line for more details.
This was a two platform station. In the 1950s
it gained a British Railways signalbox. Today nothing remains of the station,
but the trackbed and junction are still obvious.
This was an east facing junction between the
main line and a branch to the Comrie Colliery and Roxio Coking plant. There
was a marshalling yard built on the branch just north of the junction. The Forth
Ironworks were located just to the north of the yard, but closed as long ago
as 1869 when the area was given over to coalmining only.
This was on a short branch from Oakley. The
line between Oakley and Alloa was closed and lifted before the line between
Comrie Colliery and Dunfermline. The Roxio Cokeworks were located here. As the
line passed through Comrie (just to the west of Oakley) it crossed a level crossing
which was protected by a signalbox.
This station had timber platforms. Today very
little remains of the station but the trackbed is still very obvious.
A signalbox remains at this former station
and the line is crossed by a larger roadbridge just to the west of it.
Nothing remains of the former station here
but the trackbed remains intact. Just to the north is the now closed Castlebridge
Nothing remains of the former station here
but the trackbed remains intact. The line was crossed by the Sauchie
Waggonway just to the west of here.
This is a west facing junction where the Kincardine
Line (North British Railway) approaches from the south. There was a signalbox
here located in the 'V' of the junction where today a rail rises vertically
from the ground.
Alloa East Junction
A branch from the line ran north from this
west facing junction to Tillicoultry. The junction was to the immediate east
of Alloa station. Slightly further east, and on the north side of the line,
was the Alloa locomotive shed. To the south of the line at the same point was
the now demolished Alloa Brewery. The Tillicoultry branch was extended to Kinross
by the Devon Valley
Railway. The line was crossed by the Alloa
Waggonway just east of the junction but west of the former brewery and the
bridge which crossed the line is still in place.
This was a large island platform station with
two bay platforms at its west end. The bays were used for services to Grangemouth
(over the Alloa Swing Bridge) and Menstrie. The west end of the station was
canopied and the line was crossed by a road bridge which still stands. The station
building survived here until around the closure of the line to freight. There
was a signalbox for the junction at the east end of the station on the platform.
Part of the site has now been built on but
and what was for many years a disused track single track remained in place hugging the
south retaining wall of the cutting the station was located in. The line has now re-opened to Alloa for
passengers and through Longannet for freight.
Alloa Harbour Junction
This east facing junction was for a branch
to Alloa Harbour. The line run south through a tunnel to the harbour. At there
harbour there were extensive sidings serving a glassworks, the harbour and slightly
further east a colliery. The area was already served by the sidings of the Alloa
Waggonway and was later served by the Alloa
Railway approaching from the west.
Alloa harbour was briefly the terminus of the
line until it was extended west to Stirling. Passengers would leave the train
here, use a ferry over the South Alloa and then the South
Alloa Branch to continue their journey.
Alloa West Junction
At this east facing junction the Alloa
Railway approached from the south. There was a signalbox to the south of
the junction and immediately east a level crossing. As the line continued east
to Alloa there appear to have been some sidings on the north side of the line.
Alloa Marshalling Yard
Alloa Marshalling yard has been closed and
dismantled. The main line, running parallel, has been retained but is disconnected
at Cambus and dis-used. The yard was located on the South side of the main line,
its east end being at the triangular junction of lines at Alloa West. From an
east facing junction the Alloa
Railway run south to Longcarse Junction. At this south facing junction is
was met by two lines; a spur running east and then south from Alloa Yard; and
also the Alloa Railway's
line to the Alloa West coal yard (the Caledonian
Railway goods terminus). During it's last days of operation the yard was
used for locomotives rounding on their trains en route to Menstrie.
The photographs above show Alloa yard at the
time of track uplifting, and the present condition as an industrial estate.
Cambus is presently the end of the line from
Stirling. Most of the old platforms at Cambus station remain intact. Until recently
the wooden footbridge by the level crossing at the East end of the station also
still stood. Since the closure of the Alloa Marshalling yard and the level crossing
a loop has been installed at Cambus, operated by a ground frame. The Signal
box here has been closed and demolished. Jeffray
Wotherspoon tells me that the Class 27s started running to Menstrie in 1984
in place of the Class 20s.
The route is now out of use between Cambus
and Alloa, and from Alloa to Dunfermline Touch Junctions it has been lifted.
The route from Alloa to Dunfermline Lower (Kincardine
Line (North British Railway)) remains out of use as far as Kincardine and
in use from there to Dunfermline.
Cambus was formerly the junction for the Alva
Railway. Today the Alva line has been cut back to
Menstrie. The junction is at the West end of the former Cambus station and the
junction faces East. There was a signal box here until about 1988. It was located
on the South side of the line to the East of the occupational / level crossing.
Some parts of the point rodding remain in the undergrowth. The box was closed
when the loop was installed and Alloa Marshalling yard closed.
This was a short lived station by a level crossing
to the west of Cambus.
After the line was singled a passing loop remained
here. A signalbox existed to the north side of the line. To the south of the
site was a colliery which was served from a west facing junction.
This two platform station was located on a
gentle curve as the line turned from running north from Stirling to east to
Alloa. Nothing remains of the station today but a single track (or at least
sleepers as some of the track is lifted) remains in place.
North British Locomotive Shed and Goods
The North British Railway's locomotive sheds
and goods yard was located to the north of Stirling station. To the north of
here the line crosses a large viaduct.
Stirling North Junction
Immediately to the north of Stirling station
the line met the Scottish Central
Railway at a south facing junction.
Immediately to the north of Alloa East Junction
was the Coop coal siding (which in the last days of the line was served as a
long siding from Alloa West Junction). Slightly further north were the NCB's
workshops at Alloa. These still stand, in other uses, but are no longer rail
A branch from a south facing junction ran east
to serve a number of coal mines near Gartmorn Dam.
This station was located at Fishcross which
today is to the north of the area called Sauchie. To the west of the old station
is the Sauchie Tower and Sauchie Colliery which must have led to its name. The
coal mines in the area were served by branches of the Alloa
Waggonway and Sauchie
This short lived station was opened as a termporary
terminus for the line while a vaiduct was completed. On extension of the line
to Tillicoultry the station was closed.
The line was double track from here to Alloa.
This was originally a terminus. There were a number of coalmines to the south
of the site which were served by inclined plane tramways. The station had two
platforms and had a level crossing to its east as the line was extended east
as a single track railway to Kinross by the Devon
The route was used by the North
British Railway for its Glasgow to Perth services in competition with the
services over the Scottish
Many thanks to Jeffray Wotherspoon for his
expert local knowledge. He has kindly allowed me to incorporate some of his
pictures on this web-page. You can visit his site at Jeff's
Page created on 19/01/1998
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford