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 Dumbartonshire 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.




Dates

  /  /1892Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) Caledonian Railway North British Railway
Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway). Siding to Denny^s Leven Engine Works at Dumbarton authorised.
  /  /1892Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Cordale Works Branch authorised.
  /  /1892Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) Caledonian Railway North British Railway
Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway authorised to make a connection at Dumbarton to access the Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint).
10/05/1892Caledonian Railway North British Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
The partners in the Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) agree on the operation of the line and the connecting steamers from Balloch Pier. The partners take over Loch Lomond Steamers.
  /06/1896Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Dumbarton Joint Goods opened on a new short branch from Dumbarton East Junction.
01/10/1896Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
The North British Railway is obliged 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. The North British Railway now has to pay access charges for its section between Dalreoch Junction and Dumbarton East Junction. The Caledonian Railway is, from this date, admitted to the Balloch line.
01/10/1896Caledonian Railway North British Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
The Cordale Branch (Cordale Branch Junction to Cordale Works) of the Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) is vested into the Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway.
  /  /1897Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Siding from Dumbarton Central to the Denny Leven Engine Works opened.
  /  /1904Dumbarton Burgh and County Tramways
Authorised. Act includes protection for the Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint) and Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway.
30/12/1907Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Agreement to lift the toll to the North British Railway at Dalreoch from 15/05/1911.
15/05/1922Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Lifting of toll for North British Railway at Dalreoch.
01/01/1923Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Both the Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway and Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line become jointly owned by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway.

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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Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
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
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This is a three platform station on the Helensburgh, Balloch and West Highland Railway lines.
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Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
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
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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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Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
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
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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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Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
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. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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
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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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Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway


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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Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
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
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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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Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
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
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Luss viewed from the west looking through the village towards Loch Lomond. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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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 ...
Ewan Crawford Collection //
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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 ...
Ewan Crawford Collection //
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