Forth and Clyde Junction Railway

Introduction

This railway ran between Stirling and Balloch and is closed.






Dates

  /  /1853[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Act receives Royal assent.
18/03/1856[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Railway opened from Stirling to Buchlyvie.
26/05/1856[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Opened throughout, operated by the [North British Railway].
  /01/1877[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Kilmaronock renamed Caldarvan.
  /  /1896[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Tramway used to connect Murrayshall Limeworks and Hayford Mills.
  /  /1896Murrayshall Limeworks
Established, with tramway connection to the [Forth and Clyde Junction Railway].
01/01/1923North British Railway Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway Great North of Scotland Railway Forth and Clyde Junction Railway Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway Gifford and Garvald Railway Newburgh and North Fife Railway Lauder Light Railway Great Central Railway
Grouped into London and North Eastern Railway.
01/10/1934[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Closed as a through route. Closed to passengers from Balloch (Forth and Clyde Junction) to Gartness Junction and from Buchlyvie Junction to Stirling. The Gartness Junction to Buchlyvie Junction section was used by trains to Aberfoyle.
01/11/1950[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Drymen to Gartness Junction closed to freight.
01/11/1950[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Closed for freight from Buchlyvie Junction to Mye Siding.
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.
29/09/1951[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Closed to passengers from Gartness Junction to Buchlyvie Junction.
01/12/1952[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Mye Siding to Port of Monteith closed to freight.
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.
05/10/1959[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Jamestown to Drymen closed to freight.
05/10/1959[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Port of Monteith to Stirling closed to freight.
01/09/1964[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Croftengea Siding to Jamestown closed to freight.
09/04/1965[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
Forth and Clyde Junction to Croftengea Siding closed to freight. (Alternative date 4/4/1965).

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Balloch to Stirling

This was a double track junction between the existing Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway and the later Forth and Clyde Junction Railway. The junction was just south of Balloch Central and today's Balloch station.
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This siding served the Croftengea Works.
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This is a disused single track viaduct over the River Leven, now a walkway. ...

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Forth and Clyde Junction Railway, former railway bridge over River Leven. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 20/03/2007
Forth and Clyde Junction Railway, Balloch to Stirling, former railway bridge over River Leven. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 20/03/2007
View of viaduct over River Leven at Jamestown looking towards Balloch. Signals still visible in the distance. ...
John Robin 08/07/1963


This was a two platform station on the west bank of the River Leven near Balloch.
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Forth and Clyde Junction Railway, site of former Jamestown Station and Goods Yard on the Balloch to Stirling Railway. ...
Alistair MacKenzie //2004
The Dalmonach Siding branches off to the south from the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway at Jamestown. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Jamestown no more. View from the former level crossing looking to Stirling. ...
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Jamestown Station facing Stirling. ...
John Robin 08/07/1963

View towards Balloch at the Auchencarroch Siding from which a tramway ran to Auchencarroch Quarry. ...
Ewan Crawford 29/01/2006

This was a single platform station on the single track line. There was a goods siding to the south of the platform, served from the west. There was a signal box on the north side of the line alongside the level crossing at the east end.
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Rear side of the platform at Caldarvan looking south. The railway fencing may be original and is held up with sections of rail. Caldarvan had one ...
Ewan Crawford //2003



This was a two platform station with a passing loop. A goods yard was approached from the east end and there was a level crossing at the west end. The station house and goods shed remains standing. To the east was the Drymen Viaduct over the River Endrick. The station is in Croftamie some way south of Drymen itself.
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Looking east towards Drymen level crossing. ...
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View into the old yard alongside Drymen station on 11 October from the A809 road. The yard and former goods shed are now operated by a decorative ...
John Furnevel 11/10/2007
Looking north across the main road in the village of Croftamie in October 2007 to Drymen station. The level crossing was to the right and the gates ...
John Furnevel 11/10/2007
Inside the former goods shed at Drymen station - the doorway was used for parcels deliveries. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/12/2006

The modified remains of the former railway viaduct over the Endrick Water, situated half a mile north east of the village of Croftamie, Stirlingshire. ...
John Furnevel 11/10/2007
Drymen viaduct, now in use for the Loch Lomond Water Supply Scheme water pipe, looking east. ...
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View east over Drymen Viaduct in October 2007 showing the old piers now supporting the pipeline and walkway. ...
John Furnevel 11/10/2007
Drymen viaduct, now in use for the Loch Lomond Water Supply Scheme water pipe, looking north. ...
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This was a single platform station with single siding at the east end. At the west end was a level crossing. East of the station was Gartness Junction where the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway was met by the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway which used its metals to reach Buchlyvie Junction where it branched off for Aberfoyle.
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Forth and Clyde Junction Railway near Gartness, looking SW, in cutting. ...
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Forth and Clyde Junction Railway, site of Gartness Station looking SW. ...
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Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, site of bridge over River Endrick. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 03/05/2007
Forth and Clyde Junction Railway, site of Gartness Station yard. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 03/05/2007

Here the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway was met by the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway which used its metals to reach Buchlyvie Junction where it branched off for Aberfoyle.
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Gartness Junction looking west. The line to the left led to Blanefield and Glasgow and the one to the right to Balloch. ...
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This was a two platform station with station buildings and signal box typical of the line. There was a passing loop. To the south was a level crossing which was crossed by the loop. The main station building was on the Stirling bound platform, with a waiting shelter on the other. The signal box (added 1893) was on the Balloch bound platform next to the level crossing. There was a goods ...

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The Aberfoyle branch freight westbound at Balfron in 1958 behind Dundee based B1 4-6-0 no 61278. The trip is thought to have been used as a running in ...
John Robin //1958
Looking north east over the former Balfron station. ...
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Balfron station looking towards Stirling around 1958, with the bridge carrying the water pipe from Loch Katrine in the distance. ...
John Robin //1958
Balfron station looking towards Stirling. ...
John Robin 08/07/1963


This was a two platform station. It was a station with a passing loop on a single track line. The station house was on the westbound platform. A box opened in 1892.
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The former station house at Buchlyvie in October 2007. ...
John Furnevel 11/10/2007
Forth & Clyde Junction Railway at Buchlyvie, looking NE, towards Stirling ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/04/2007
Forth & Clyde Junction Railway at Buchlyvie, looking NE. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/04/2007
Station house in 2002. ...
Ewan Crawford //2002

The Strathendrick and Aberfoyle crossed Flanders Moss from Buchlyvie to approach Gartmore. The trackbed is now a forestry road frequented by cyclists ...
Ewan Crawford 15/10/2018



Port of Menteith was briefly known as Cardross and was renamed to avoid confusion with the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway's station when it opened in 1858.
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Forth & Clyde Junction Railway. Port of Menteith Station House. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 25/05/2007
Forth & Clyde Junction Railway. Looking E along the line at Port of Menteith Station. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 25/05/2007
Forth & Clyde Junction Railway. Port of Menteith Station - porters room sign. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 25/05/2007
Forth & Clyde Junction Railway. Looking W along the line at Port of Menteith Station, anyone for tennis? ...
Alistair MacKenzie 25/05/2007



This was a two platform station. The station was to the west of a level crossing and the station building, goods shed, loading bank and, notably, the signal box (dating from 1893 and last of its type and 'C' listed) still stand. The station building stands on what was the westbound platform, the signal box is by the level crossing.
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The goods shed at Kippen station seen in 1987. The platforms and loop were to the right and the view looks to Balloch. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Forth & Clyde Junction Railway. Goods shed in the garden! ...
Alistair MacKenzie 25/05/2007
Forth & Clyde Junction Railway. At Kippen Station, line looking W. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 25/05/2007
Forth & Clyde Junction Railway. There is a goods shed in the garden! ...
Alistair MacKenzie 25/05/2007

The station is largely eradicated. Some portions of the eastbound timber platform remain by the A811 road. There was a level crossing between the passenger station (to the east) and goods station (west). The loop extended from the one to the other, crossing the level crossing. The box was on the west side of the crossing, south side of the line. It had opened in 1892
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Looking west from the former level crossing at Gargunnock. The goods yard and (still open) sawmill were ahead and the station behind. ...
Ewan Crawford //2003
View looking east to Stirling. ...
Ewan Crawford //2003
The somewhat pathetic remains of the eastbound platform at Gargunnock. The two platforms were built in timber and little remains. The nearby main road ...
Ewan Crawford //2003
The level crossing at Gargunnock looking north. The station house still stands but the station buildings were demolished on closure of the line to ...
Ewan Crawford //2003


This level crossing was with Raploch Road. There was a gate box on the south side of the line, east of the crossing. It operated the signals. (There was a further level crossing to the east at Glendevon Drive.)
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This signal box controlled a level crossing with a road and tramway and the approach into Stirling station for the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway.
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This junction was just north of Stirling station and was formed when the 1848 Scottish Central Railway was met by the 1856 Forth and Clyde Junction Railway.
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Croftengea Branch

This siding served the Croftengea Works.
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Dalmonach Branch

This was a two platform station on the west bank of the River Leven near Balloch.
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Forth and Clyde Junction Railway, site of former Jamestown Station and Goods Yard on the Balloch to Stirling Railway. ...
Alistair MacKenzie //2004
The Dalmonach Siding branches off to the south from the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway at Jamestown. ...
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Jamestown no more. View from the former level crossing looking to Stirling. ...
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Jamestown Station facing Stirling. ...
John Robin 08/07/1963



This print works bordered the east bank of the River Leven, just north of the Bonhill Bridge.
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