Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)

Introduction

This was the joint committee, later company, which managed the joint railway between Dumbarton Central and Balloch Pier and the railway owned steamers on Loch Lomond. The line had begun as the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway before becoming part of the North British Railway. The Caledonian Railway proposed an independent railway to Loch Lomond from their Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway, a bluff which had the North British Railway agree to joint ownership of the line and steamers.

The portion of line between Dalreoch Junction and Dumbarton East Junction became joint, making a break of ownership on the line between Glasgow Queen Street, Helensburgh Central and on to Fort William.




Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Dumbarton to Balloch Line

This is not the full details of this portion of line, for this see Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway.

This junction was directly east of Dumbarton Central station. It was formed in 1896. Here the former Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway of 1850 (now owned by the North British Railway) was met by the newly opened Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway.
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Closed NB line in Dumbarton; looking east by the bonded warehouse east of Dumbarton Central. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway. Bridge over Greenhead Road, Dumbarton. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 10/11/2009
Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Line. Route now through bonded warehouses, Dumbarton, lookng east. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 10/11/2009
V3 67625 photographed at Dumbarton East Junction on 12 April 1958 at the head of a Helensburgh - Bridgeton train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 12/04/1958

This is a three platform station on the Helensburgh, Balloch and West Highland Railway lines.
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334038 leaves Dumbarton Central heading (non stop) for Helensburgh Central on 17th July 2018.
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Beth Crawford 17/07/2018
MSP Jackie Baillie and Provost William Hendrie prepare to cut a red tape to open the Armed Forces Veterans' Association Heritage Centre with an ...
Ewan Crawford 27/04/2018
320313 waits in platform 2 at Dumbarton Central as in the distance 318252 returns from Dalreoch 'bang road' to enter platform 3 during a period of ...
John McIntyre 07/09/2019
Up on the roof; in the background workmen are repairing the roof of the westbound platforms building. ...
Beth Crawford 11/04/2019

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.
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Southbound train leaves Renton station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
The station building at Renton on 9 September 2007, looking west along Station Street. ...
John Furnevel 09/09/2007
Balloch bound at Renton. Disused platform to right. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking south along the single line towards Dalreoch Junction on Sunday 9 September 2007 from the platform at Renton. ...
John Furnevel 09/09/2007

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.
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A Balloch service calls at Alexandria on 01 September 2018 in this view northwards along the remaining platform. ...
John McIntyre 01/09/2018
Alexandria looking south. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Detail of pipe bridge across the Leven for dyeworks. ...
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Rear view of 320 311 as it pulls out of Alexandria on 1 April 2009 with the last leg of a service to Balloch. ...
David Panton 01/04/2009

This was a two platform station to the north of the level crossing over Balloch Road. The station building still stands. This was the main station in Balloch, Balloch Pier was to the north. Balloch, to the south of the level crossing, replaced this station.
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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.
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The winch engine and cable drum at Balloch Pier, used for hauling lake steamers onto the slipway for maintenance. Seen during an Open Day in 2016 with ...
Colin Miller 11/06/2016
The engine room on board the Maid of the Loch in April 2017. According to a recent News Item, the public will be able to view the engines at work ...
John McIntyre 27/04/2017
A postcard view of the PS Princess May alongside Balloch Pier. The pier was rebuilt several times, this incarnation being partly timber. Trains ...
Ewan Crawford Collection //
MV Silver Marlin enters the River Leven to return to her mooring by Balloch Road bridge in November 2019. Distantly on the left is the east side ...
Ewan Crawford 26/11/2019




Loch Lomond Steamer Route

This steamer route operated northwards from Balloch Pier. Note that steamers also ran directly north to Luss, not just via Rowardennan.

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.
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The winch engine and cable drum at Balloch Pier, used for hauling lake steamers onto the slipway for maintenance. Seen during an Open Day in 2016 with ...
Colin Miller 11/06/2016
The engine room on board the Maid of the Loch in April 2017. According to a recent News Item, the public will be able to view the engines at work ...
John McIntyre 27/04/2017
A postcard view of the PS Princess May alongside Balloch Pier. The pier was rebuilt several times, this incarnation being partly timber. Trains ...
Ewan Crawford Collection //
MV Silver Marlin enters the River Leven to return to her mooring by Balloch Road bridge in November 2019. Distantly on the left is the east side ...
Ewan Crawford 26/11/2019


Luss viewed from the west looking through the village towards Loch Lomond. ...
Ewan Crawford //

PS Prince George arriving at Rowardennan from the north. Today the wooded hillside on the west (distant) side of Loch Lomond is scarred by the huge ...
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This pier was served by steamers from Balloch Pier.
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Railway owned PS Princess May or PS Prince George at Ardlui Pier on Loch Lomond, having run north from Balloch Pier. These were joint company steamers ...
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