This railway is still open. This railway runs between Balloch and Bowling via Dumbarton Central. A long section of the line from Dumbarton East Junction to Bowling is closed.
The company is known by a number of different names and the name and spellings used in the 1846 Act are used here. Not all the authorised lines were built, the line failed to reach Helensburgh and Glasgow.
This confusion is due to the modern standardised spellings; Dumbarton (the town) and Dunbartonshire (the district). Further the word Junction is sometimes omitted. This is compounded by the leading railway author and historian John Thomas varying the name of the line between his various books. As a result the company known by many names including: the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Railway, the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway, the West Dunbartonshire Railway and the Dunbartonshire Railway.
|/ /1846||[Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway]|
Act receives Royal assent
|/ /1850||[Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway]|
Turntable installed at Balloch, to the north west of Balloch Central.
|15/07/1850||Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway|
Opened from Balloch via Dumbarton to Bowling on the River Clyde, and beside the Forth and Clyde Canal. Steamers ran in connection with the line on Loch Lomond and the River Clyde.
|/ /1858||[Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway]|
Balloch turntable replaced.
|14/08/1862||[Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway]|
Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway absorbed by [North British Railway]?
|/ /1895||[Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway]|
Balloch turntable replaced for impending joint ownership of line for larger [Caledonian Railway] locomotives.
|01/10/1896||[Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway]|
Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line
The [North British Railway] is forced to put its Dumbarton Central to Balloch Pier line into joint ownership with the [Caledonian Railway] to stop the [Caledonian Railway] from building a second railway (the proposed Dumbarton, Jamestown and Loch Lomond Railway) from Dumbarton to Balloch.
|/ /1938||[Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway]|
Balloch turntable replaced with a 60ft.
|25/04/1960||[Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway]|
Dumbarton (East Junction) to Bowling (Dunglass Junction) closed to all traffic
|28/09/1986||[Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway]|
Balloch Pier closed to passengers. The electric catenary was used to electrify the Coatbridge Sunnyside to Whifflet line.
|24/04/1988||[Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway]|
Balloch (New) opened. Balloch signal box, level crossing and the remaining single track to Balloch Central taken out of use.
This line is divided into a number of portions.
This timber steamer pier is now completely derelict. It was to the west of the Bowling Harbour wall outside the harbour itself. It was both a passenger and goods pier.
This is a two platform station in the south of Bowling at at the north west end of Bowling Harbour.
This oil terminal was west of Bowling, just west of Dunglass Castle. The site had several jetties, oil storage tanks stretching east from the jetties east to Bowling Shipyard along the shoreline (south of the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Railway, further tanks between the C&DR and the Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway, tanks on the hillside above, over the A82, to the ...More details
This goods yard was at the end of a long siding from Dumbuck Signal Box, which predated it. The line was on the north side of the line and approached via a reversing spur from the eastbound line. The yard was just south of Milton and finished with a loading bank and sidings.
This signal box was on the south side of the line just east of the Glasgow Road overbridge and west of the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway overbridge.
Dalreoch is a two platform station with the junction between the Balloch branch and the Helensburgh line immediately to its west. The station has two car parks and a staffed station building. To the east is the Leven Viaduct and Dumbarton Central.
This box was a little north of Dalreoch Junction and south of Renton. A headshunt made a trailing connection on the west side to the northbound line. By reversal Dalreoch Quarry could be reached by a short line which passed under the main road to the west. The box was on the west side, just south of a road overbridge.
This is a single platform station, the platform being the former southbound platform. The British Railways built station building still stands, no longer in railway use.
This dye works was on the east bank of the River Leven by Bonhill.
This is a single platform station. There is a modern building on the platform. With road improvements, planners have placed the station in the middle of a large roundabout. There is a car park.
This factory was built for the Argyll Motor Company. A very fine set of offices formed a frontage onto North Main Street behind which was the factory itself. It is this frontage which remains today.
This is a single platform station - the platform occupying what was the down track before it was lifted. The station is south of Balloch Road which was formerly crossed by a level crossing to reach Balloch Central.
This was a two platform station, an island platform with a long face which ran onto the pier and a shorter bay platform on the west side. Passenger steamers called on the west side of the pier.
This bleachworks was located by Dalquhurn Point on the west bank of the River Leven where washed cloth could be laid out on the level ground to bleach in sunlight.