Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway


This railway is closed. A short section remains in place to the north of Dunblane station for use as a reversing spur, often with a track maintenance machine parked in it.

The line was double track to Doune from Dunblane having been originally single track. Before closure the line reverted to single track.


  /  /1856Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1858Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Stone engine shed with two roads opened, Callander Shed. The 40ft turntable was in the station. Sub-shed of Stirling Shed [CR] (Burghmuir).
  /  /1860Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
The Caledonian Railway installs a 50ft turntable on the entry sidings to Callander Shed.
  /  /1865Dunblane, Doune and Callander RailwayScottish Central Railway
Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway absorbed by Scottish Central Railway.
  /  /1924Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Callander Shed closed.
07/06/1965Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Callander Dreadnought to Dunblane Springbank Mill Siding, excluded, closed to freight.
01/11/1965Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Callander Dreadnought to Dunblane (Springbank Mill Siding, excluded) closed to passengers and completely.
  /  /1971Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Springbank Mill Siding to Dunblane Junction (excluded) closed. A short length from the junction was retained as a permanent way siding.
  /  /1974Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Callander Shed still stood. The site was cleared for housing.

Route described

This line ran from by the Allan Water in Dunblane to cross slightly higher ground to the west to Doune and then followed the north of the River Teith to reach the east end of Callander.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a three platform station. Dunblane is both a through station for services running north to Perth and a terminus for local services from Glasgow Queen Street High Level, Edinburgh Waverley and Newcraighall.

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170402 about to spring into action with the 1058 service to Edinburgh. ...
Colin McDonald 23/03/2018
An Edinburgh service pulls out of Dunblane after a few minutes wait for the road. The starter signal on the up side is MAS while the down starter is ...
David Panton 18/05/2017
A close up of the memorial plaque for James Palmer Huffam VC, on the forecourt at Dunblane station. It faces Inchallan House, where he was born on ...
David Prescott 31/08/2018
An Inverness to Glasgow HST has cleared Dunblane station so the next returning Edinburgh service has entered Platform 1 from the reversing stub. It ...
David Panton 06/06/2019

This junction was immediately north of Dunblane station. Here the Scottish Central Railway was met by the Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway. The branch was to be extended by the Callander and Oban Railway to Oban.

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This shed was located in the 'V' of the junction between the Scottish Central Railway and the Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway from which it branched. This was a one track single ended shed approached from the south. It was re-located.

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This siding served Springbank Mill, Dunblane. The siding was served from the east.

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Oban-Glasgow Pullman Express near Dunblane. C.R. 4-6-0 14622. Circa 1934. The view is from a minor road bridge just to the west of Dunblane Junction ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow //1934

This was the intermediate station on the line between Dunblane and Callander [1st]. The station was in the north west of the village.

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Looking to Callander from the remains of the rather massive Doune station island platform. Site now occupied with housing. Compare with image 20457. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
The fireman of Caledonian 123 collects the tablet from the Doune signalman on 12 April 1963. The train is Scottish Rambler No 2 on its way from ...
John Robin 12/04/1963
Looking to Callander at Doune. The entry was to the left with the footbridge overhead and station building on the right. Site now occupied with ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Looking north in the old station square. The station platform has been demolished and replaced with a housing estate but the station house remains. ...
Ewan Crawford //2005



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A crossing was established at Drumvaich in 1893 as traffic on the Callander and Oban Railway grew. This view looks west from the east end of the loop ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This goods siding was east of Callander and Oban Junction, in the east of Callander. The siding was on the north side of the line, approached from the west (over the Bridge of Keltie Viaduct). There was a loading bank and a saw mill.

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This was the junction between the Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway and the Callander and Oban Railway which extended it to Oban. Callander [1st] was left on a short branch being replaced by Callander (Dreadnought) further west. The signal box was to the north of the junction.

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This was a terminus, the end of the line from Dunblane. It was left on a short branch when the line was extended west to, ultimately, Oban through a new Callander Dreadnought station to the west.

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