Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)

Introduction

This railway is open to freight and formerly carried a passenger service. Grangemouth was initially associated with the Forth and Clyde Canal, which built the railway. The Caledonian Railway took over and greatly expanded the docks particularly with the addition of the Carron and Grange docks for seagoing vessels. The port handled timber import and coal export. It now now mostly associated with the Grangemouth Refinery (Grangemouth New Oil Terminal) and container port in the Grange Dock. The railway is now centred on Fouldubs Junction from which freight only lines run to various depots. A signal box remains open at the junction making this an unusual location in Scotland where a box survives in an area of freight traffic.

The line is now electrified.

See also Grangemouth Harbour Railways (Caledonian Railway).






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Also known as Grangemouth Branch Junction. Here the former Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal) meets the 1850 former Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway. Approach is from the west.
...

More details
66433 powers uphill to Grangemouth Junction, looking west, in August 2018. This was a grabshot I almost missed as the train came on far more quickly ...
Mark Poustie 04/08/2018
Hold up. Scene at Grangemouth Junction, looking east on 25 July 2011, with 66147 brought to a halt at signals awaiting entry to the Grangemouth ...
John Furnevel 25/07/2011
Looking east to Grangemouth Junction signalbox on 20 March 1992. The structure which replaced it was decommissioned in December 2017.
...
Bill Roberton 20/03/1992
The 14.04 Edinburgh Waverley - Dunblane DMU approaches Falkirk Grahamston on 25 July 2011. The train is about to pass DBS 66147, held at signals as it ...
John Furnevel 25/07/2011

This was a halt serving the Grangemouth Shed at Fouldubs Junction and the nearby sidings. The halt was on the east side of Laurieston Road with steps down to the platforms from the road. The halt had minimal facilities.
...

More details
Here we go, here we go, here we go.... A container train, having just left WHM, Grangemouth, passes Falkirk football stadium heading west ...
John Furnevel 21/09/2006
Containers bound for Aberdeen leave Grangemouth in September 2006. The train will join the main line at Grangemouth Junction, just east of Falkirk ...
John Furnevel 21/09/2006

This single ended shed was located in the 'V' of the junction at Fouldubs Junction. The shed was approached from the junction to the east.
...

More details
Ex - CR Jumbo No. 57269 must have been one of the last in service when photographed at Grangemouth shed during the Easter holidays in 1963, although I ...
Bill Jamieson 07/04/1963
Part of the shed yard at Grangemouth in an undated photograph showing Fowler 4F 0-6-0s 44320 (nearest) and 44149. The 0-6-0s were both withdrawn in ...
K A Gray //1958
Stored locomotive siding at 65F Grangemouth shed on 21 April 1961 seen from the cab of a Holmes J88 0-6-0T, thought to be no 68344. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 21/04/1961
Probably the first view I ever had of Grangemouth Shed. The back wall and outbuildings as seen on Sunday 15th February 1970.
...
Bill Jamieson 15/02/1970





This junction is located on the western edge of Grangemouth. Today it is the junction between various freight lines and the double track railway to Grangemouth Junction. It is controlled by a large signal box on the north side of the line. This box is unusual in Scotland now, for being the only box located on a goods network. From here sidings serve the TDG depot, WH Malcolm depot, ...

More details
Fouldubs Junction 'box on 1 August with a catenary mast intruding on the scene. A portent of doom for the signalbox? ...
Bill Roberton 01/08/2017
A container train accelerates south west away from Grangemouth towards Falkirk in September 2006. The locomotive is DRS 66408 and the working is the ...
John Furnevel /09/2006
Asda containers at WHM Grangemouth on 13 June 2005, recently arrived behind DRS 66446. ...
John Furnevel 13/06/2005
A smart looking Fouldubs Junction signal box bathed in sunshine on 20 May 2015. [See image 27559] ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2015

This yard still exists, but today it consists of two looped sidings to the north east of Fouldubs Junction whereas historically it was a marshalling yard. It was also known as Grangemouth West Yard and Fouldubs Marshalling Yard. The yard not only dealt with traffic for Grangemouth and the immediate area but also was a principal marshalling yard for longer distance traffic with long distance ...

More details
DRS 66432 leaves Fouldubs sidings with the 4A13 Grangemouth - Aberdeen intermodal service. 1 August. ...
Bill Roberton 01/08/2017
Leaving Fouldubs Junction in the fog. ...
Ewan Crawford //
DRS 66401 is about to move a container train through Fouldubs Junction and past the W H Malcolm Grangemouth depot on 30 July 2008 before heading for ...
John Furnevel 30/07/2009
A signal check at Fouldubs Junction for an EWS class 60 with an oil train shortly after leaving the INEOS Grangemouth refinery on 9 November 2007. The ...
John Furnevel 09/11/2007

This signal box was between Grangemouth station and Fouldubs Junction. The box controlled the point south of the station where the passenger lines (west side) and goods and mineral lines (east side) met. The goods lines approached from Grangemouth No 2 Signal Box which was on the east side of the station. To the south was a large yard (Fouldubs Junction Yard) which ran south west ...

More details
Colas 60095 nears its destination with the Dalston - Ineos empty tanks. Note the electrification masts. 1 August. ...
Bill Roberton 01/08/2017
Last day of passenger services at Grangemouth on Saturday 27 January 1968. View is south towards Fouldubs Junction, with Grangemouth station behind ...
Bruce McCartney 27/01/1968



This was a single platform terminus with a trainshed. The trainshed was cut back at an unknown date before closure. The station was to the west of Grangemouth No 2 Signal Box where the lines to the older and newer Grangemouth docks divided.
...

More details
Colas 60095 nears its destination with the Dalston - Ineos empty tanks. Note the electrification masts. 1 August. ...
Bill Roberton 01/08/2017
Colas 70805 nears its destination with the Dalston - Grangemouth Ineos empty tanks on 11 September 2018. Electrification work looked to be complete by ...
Bill Roberton 11/09/2018
60047 with the empties from Dalston passing the site of the former Grangemouth station, just awaiting the will to re-open it. With the reduction in ...
Ewan Crawford 12/01/2018
Grangemouth in all its glory. View south across the Forth on a grey January day in 2007. ...
John Furnevel 30/01/2007

This signal box was alongside Grangemouth station and controlled access to and from the dock lines, with three dock railway converging here.
...

More details
Looking to the site of Grangemouth station in 1987. The lines in the foreground run to the oil terminal (left) and Grange Dock (right). This was the ...
Bill Roberton //1987



Carron Dock (originally New Dock) was opened in 1883 by the Caledonian Railway to the south of Grangemouth Old Dock, with which there was a connection, and continued east to join the River Carron. This was a ship dock with a large entry lock, rather than a dock for canal sized vessels. The Caledonian were the new owners of the Grangemouth Railway and its former owner the [[Forth and ...

More details