Blane Valley Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. The line provided a service between Killearn [1st] and Lennoxtown [2nd]. It became part of a route from Glasgow Queen Street High Level to Aberfoyle.






Dates

  /  /1861[Blane Valley Railway]
Act receives Royal assent.
05/11/1866[Blane Valley Railway]
Opened for goods.
01/07/1867[Blane Valley Railway]
Opened for passengers.
  /  /1881[Blane Valley Railway]
[North British Railway]
Blane Valley Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
29/09/1951[Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway][Forth and Clyde Junction Railway][Blane Valley Railway][Campsie Branch] ([Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway])
Aberfoyle to Kirkintilloch closed to passengers.
05/10/1959[Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway][Forth and Clyde Junction Railway][Blane Valley Railway][Campsie Branch] ([Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway])
Aberfoyle to Buchlyvie Junction to Gartness Junction to Campsie Glen (Lennox Castle Siding) closed to freight. Track not lifted until early 1960s.
28/09/1964[Blane Valley Railway]
Lennox Castle Siding to Lennoxtown closed to freight.
04/04/1966[Blane Valley Railway]
[Campsie Branch] ([Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway])
Closed from Lennoxtown to Lennoxtown Junction.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Another piece of old point rodding from Blane Valley Junction, just visible in a patch of cleared undergrowth on 16th December 2018.
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Martin MacGuire 16/12/2018
I came across this relic at Blane Valley Junction on 16th December 2018. It seems to have managed to evade the Lennoxtown scrap metal goblins by ...
Martin MacGuire 16/12/2018
V1 2.6.2T approaching Lennoxtown. 67603 (1.12pm from Glasgow). Last day of passenger service between Aberfoyle and Kirkintilloch. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 29/09/1951
64639 passing Blane Valley Jct with empty Aberfoyle coach. Last day of passenger service between Aberfoyle and Kirkintilloch. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 29/09/1951

This was a single platform station on the north (town) side of the line with a typical North British Railway station building.
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Once upon a time I would have been stood on the platform at Lennoxtown but today there is no trace of it. The double arched bridge bridge perhaps is a ...
John McIntyre 02/09/2018
Blane Valley - Road bridge over both Blane Valley line and Glazert Water looking W from site of Lennoxtown Station. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 15/07/2008
The single platform of Lennoxtown (New) was on the other side of this bridge on the left. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Blane Valley OS sheet of 1924 - part of - showing the Blane Valley Line from Strathblane to Lennoxtown. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 18/07/2008

This was a single platform station on a single track line.
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Blane Valley - Bridge for middle entrance access to former Lennox Castle Hospital. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 15/07/2008
Blane Valley - Rail section milepost. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 15/07/2008
Overgrown remains of the platform at Campsie Glen - now gone. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Blane Valley - Road bridge to Craigend Farm. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 15/07/2008

Dunglass Quarry Siding, east of Strathblane, looking north. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987

This was a single platform station with a siding on the north side equipped with a dock. Neither the platform nor the station building have survived. ...

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Strathblane on the Blane Valley Line - Brick buttress of long gone road bridge next to site of Strathblane Station. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 15/07/2008
The end of the platform (right) at Strathblane in 1990 looking east over the former station site. [See image 9073]. ...
Ewan Crawford //1990
Looking east at Strathblane station. ...
G.E. Langmuir //
V.1. 2.6.2T 67600 passing on west bound train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 27/09/1951


Textile print works now demolished. ...

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Island platform station with building on platform, footbridge and level crossing to west. The goods yard was on the north side of the running lines. The box, opened 1894, was by the level crossing, on the south side of the road, north side of the line. Passengers to Aberfoyle would sometimes change here. A train from Glasgow might meet a railcar.
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Looking east over the former island platform at Blanefield. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Former goods platform at the east end of the Blanefield station site. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Looking west over the former station site, Blanefield. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Blanefield station looking east. This building was not the station building but was probably a surfacemans cottage. The level crossing here was to the ...
Ewan Crawford //

A private halt may have existed south of Duntreath Castle on the Blane Valley Railway.
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Duntreath Castle and, in the forground, the approximate site of the halt for the castle. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
The probable site of a platform for Duntreath Castle on the Blane Valley Railway. This would have been a beautiful line. Here is the view west to ...
Ewan Crawford 10/06/1987

This was a two platform station.
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Blane Valley - Track looking E of Strathblane Station. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 15/07/2008
Blane Valley - sign on the West Highland Way next to site of Dumgoyne Station. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 15/07/2008
Looking towards Aberfoyle at Dumgoyne. This was the terminus of the line until extension of the line. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Dumgoyne Platform. Ex N.B.R. 0.6.0 64598 Aberfoyle Bound. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/09/1951