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Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway

This railway was closed in 1959. The line provided a service between Aberfoyle and Dumgoyne. Services continued to Glasgow. Aberfoyle station provided access to the Trossachs and Loch Katrine.

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Opened 1 August 1882
Closed

5 October 1959

Clickable map of the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway.
Clickable Schematic of route [Key]

 
S.S. Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine

Local area 

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This line runs from north of Glasgow to Aberdoyle in the Trossachs.

Chronology 

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Description of route

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The line consisted of three portions; A tramway in Aberfoyle connecting the railway to the quarries which included cable-operated planes; A railway from Aberfoyle to Buchlyvie Junction on the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway; A railway from Gartness Junction on the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway to Killean station (renamed Dumgoyne station when the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway opened) on the Blane Valley Railway at an end-on junction. 

Aberfoyle Quarries 

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Connected to the Railway by tramway. Now overgrown. Some portions used as mountain biking and walking route.

Aberfoyle Exchange Sidings 

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Exchange sidings between the tramway and the railway. Now a car park. 

Aberfoyle

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A single-platform terminus, now a car park. The turntable pit remains shrouded in trees. Railwaymen's cottages remain. 

Gartmore

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Wayside station. Most of the site is overgrown. According to some sources some remains of the platform and loading bank may be found. I've never been able to find them! 

Buchlyvie Junction

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The tracks of the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway and the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway ran together to Buchlyvie station. 

Buchlyvie

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Owned by the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway but used by the Aberfoyle trains. Visited by a Royal Train. Now a dwelling house. 

Balfron

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Owned by the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway but used by the Aberfoyle trains. Now a stable occupies the platform area. The remains are located in the small town of Balfron Station. 

Gartness Junction

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Today a sylvan setting. The junction's formation is still very visible. 

Killearn

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Some buildings remain in use as house. Site destroyed by the Loch Lomond Water Supply Scheme pipeline. 

Dumgoyne

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Built by Blane Valley Railway. The Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway made an end-on junction with the Blane Valley Railway here. Building is now in use as a public house.


Page created on 10/12/1996
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford