Alva Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed; the section between Cambus and Menstrie for Glenochil Yeast was retained for many years with the connection at Cambus disconnected from the re-opened Stirling and Dunfermline Railway (Alloa line).

The remainder of the line is now lifted.

Since closure the trackbed has become a foot/cycle path between Alva, Menstrie and Tullibody.






Dates

  /  /1861Alva Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
03/06/1863Alva Railway
Line opened from Cambus to Alva.
  /  /1864Alva RailwayEdinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Alva Railway absorbed by Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
01/11/1954Alva Railway
Alva to Cambus closed to passengers.
01/11/1954Alva Railway
Closed to passengers.
02/03/1964Alva Railway
Alva to Menstrie (excluded) closed to freight.
  /  /1994Alva Railway Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Stirling to Cambus and Menstrie (Glenochil Yeast) closed completely. The end nearest Stirling saw occasional use by tampers.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Cambus to Alva

This junction was directly west of Cambus station and was formed between the Stirling and Dunfermline Railway and the Alva Railway, the branch. The branch opened in 1863. It was single track and the main line double.
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Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
A 26 backs down on a train of Molasses at Cambus Junction. View looks west. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
26 with a Molasses train crosses the level crossing at Cambus Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Scene near Tullibody in 1985. ...
Mark Dufton //1985
A 26 heads west from Cambus Junction. On the right is the Wallace Monument. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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Trackbed of the line serving the former Glenochil Colliery on 4 July looking west towards its junction with the Alva branch. ...
Bill Roberton 04/07/2007
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This single track girder bridge now carries a foot/cycle path over the River Devon. It is located between Cambus and Menstrie on the closed Alva branch.
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In June 1992, the year before final closure, a farewell DMU railtour crosses the river Devon at Tullibody on its return journey from Menstrie. It will ...
Mark Dufton /06/1992
Former rail bridge across the River Devon south of Menstrie on the Alva branch, seen here looking north on 12 November 2011 with the Ochil Hills ...
Grant Robertson 12/11/2011
Trainload of molasses on its way to Glenochil Yeast, Menstrie, photographed near Tullibody in March 1986. ...
Mark Dufton /03/1986
Looking across the disused rail bridge over the River Devon on 12 November 2011. View north through a gap in the metal fence towards Menstrie, with ...
Grant Robertson 12/11/2011
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This was a single platform station on the north side of the line. The platform extended under the bridge at the west end of the station.
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Molasses wagons at Glenochil Yeast. Viewed from closed goods station.//8390,8391,8392,8393,16317,16318 ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Class 20 at Menstrie with brakevan. ...
Jeffray Wotherspoon //1983
Molasses wagons at Glenochil Yeast. Viewed from trackbed of line to Alva, still with ballast. View looks west.//8390,8391,8392,8393,16317,16318 ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Molasses wagons at Glenochil Yeast. Viewed from closed goods station.//8390,8391,8392,8393,16317,16318 ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
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The Glenochil Yeast depot south of Menstrie was rail served. The works was to the south east of the former Menstrie station and had sidings approached from the west on the the south side of the Alva Railway.
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Alva was the terminus of a branch from Cambus. The station was in the south of the village.
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Approach to the former Alva station (closed to passengers 1954) in November 2011. ...
Grant Robertson 12/11/2011
View east towards the terminus at Alva in the summer of 1981 with a train at the platform.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 25/08/1951
Front view of the converted station house at Alva in February 2007. ...
John Furnevel 18/02/2007
End of the line. Converted station house at Alva at the end of the branch from Cambus in February 2007 seen from the platform side. ...
John Furnevel 18/02/2007
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Glenochil Mine Branch

Trackbed of the line serving the former Glenochil Colliery on 4 July looking west towards its junction with the Alva branch. ...
Bill Roberton 04/07/2007
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This large mine was developed by the NCB. Unfortunately it was not a success, much of the coal to be extracted turned out to have already been removed.
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Looking east along the branch from the Alva Railway to Glenochil Pit. Glenochil was intended to be a super pit but regrettably most coal in the area ...
Ewan Crawford 26/12/2002
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