Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway

Introduction

This line is closed. It was a scenic single track line which ran west from Comrie by the River Earn, which was crossed several times, climbing until it reached St Fillans from which it ran above the north shore of Loch Earn to Lochearnhead where it turned south to meet the Callander and Oban Railway at Balquhidder [2nd].

On its route it crossed quite a number of large mass concrete viaducts. It was intentionally screened with tree planting to please land owners and passed through one very short tunnel. Today much of it is walkable and the former stations at St Fillans and Lochearnhead remain preserved in a good state of repair.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a two platform station. At first, when a terminus, a platform and station building were not provided on the up side. After extension a second platform and building were provided.
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A surviving section of the westbound platform at Comrie, photographed in 1992. View east below the bridge carrying the A85 with a large caravan park ...
Ewan Crawford //1992
A view of Comrie Station site in July 2009 from the west side of the bridge that carries the A85 into Comrie. The area is now a caravan site. ...
John Gray 25/07/2009
On the other side of the camera for a change. The rarely photographed Frank Spaven surveys the remains of Comrie station at Easter 1966 in this view ...
David Spaven //1966
Easter 1966, just two years after closure, with the track not long lifted, but the former Comrie station is already showing signs of decay. Originally ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1966

This was a single track viaduct to the west of Comrie station on the extension west to Lochearnhead. It was a mass concrete viaduct. From east to west the viaduct had two concrete arches, a plate girder over the main road, six concrete arches, a large girder section over the River Earn and a final two concrete arches. The concrete was dressed to give the appearance of stone, a ...

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This was a timber platform across the single track from a combined signal box and house (as found on the Callander and Oban Railway). There was a siding. The line closed in 1951.
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The signalbox at Dalchonzie Halt. View looks to Comrie from the former level crossing. ...
Ewan Crawford //1990
Dalchonzie Halt today with the signal box now part of the house. Not a station as such in that if you wanted to alight here you had to notify the ...
John Gray 25/07/2009

This disused viaduct is west of the former Dalchonzie Platform and crosses the River Earn.
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This is a single track mass concrete viaduct of three arches.
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This is a disused mass concrete viaduct with a central bowstring girder. The bridge is slightly skew for the River Earn below and has small approach arches on either side.
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The girder bridge over the River Earn east of St Fillans at Tynreoch is now used for farm and forestry access. The trackbed then passes under a bridge ...
John Gray 25/07/2009
West of Dalchonzie Halt this bow girder bridge carried the railway over the River Earn. The view is looking east towards Dalchonzie Halt in the ...
John Gray 25/07/2009

This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the westbound platform, there was a waiting shelter on the eastbound platform and a signal box ('B' listed). The buildings were of Caledonian Railway style. There was a goods loop to the north and a goods yard, approached from the west.
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Ex-Caledonian 3P 4-4-0 M14476 in the process of running round the branch train at St Fillans on 10 June 1950 in preparation for the return journey to ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/06/1950
Approximately half a mile east of St Fillans the trackbed is in walkable condition and this access bridge is still extant. View looking east on 25 ...
John Gray 25/07/2009
Leaving St Fillans for Crieff on 10 June 1950. The locomotive is ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 M14476.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10/06/1950
For about half a mile east of St Fillans the trackbed is more like a riverbed and wellies are the order of the day if you wish to walk it. Otherwise ...
John Gray 25/07/2009

This is a disused single bore tunnel with mass concrete portals at either end.
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About half a mile west of St Fillans is this tunnel. Both portals are now fenced off. July 2009. ...
John Gray 25/07/2009

This is a disused single track two arch concrete viaduct a little to the west of St Fillans Tunnel. It crosses a minor burn. ...

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This is a disused single track three arch concrete viaduct a little to the west of Tarken Viaduct East and east of Glentarken Wood Viaduct. A minor dirt road passes under the first and third arches and the second arch passes over a minor burn. ...

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This is a disused five arch single track concrete viaduct over the Allt an Fhionn. It is west of Tarken Viaduct West and east of Glen Tarken Viaduct. ...

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Beneath all the greenery near St Fillans is this five span viaduct over a steep gorge with a fast flowing burn. Loch Earn can be seen in the middle ...
John Gray 30/07/2009

This was a single track viaduct with concrete abutments and a girder section, now missing. It crossed over the Glentarken Burn. Walkers will need to cross down to the roadway below to the south to continue.
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Next to the trackbed about two and a half miles west of St Fillans Station is this derelict platelayer's hut with a roof garden, a little way east of ...
John Gray 30/07/2009
An unexpected hitch. Not visible on Google Earth as it is hidden in the trees, the steel span of this bridge near St Fillans has been removed for ...
John Gray 30/07/2009

This is a disused single track three arch concrete viaduct. It crosses the Allt Bhacaidh.
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A view of the viaduct about half way between Lochearnhead and St. Fillans,this time from the south side looking west and showing the depth of the ...
John Gray 30/07/2009
This view is about three miles from St Fillans showing the trackbed on the left, Loch Earn on the right and St Fillans in the centre distance. ...
John Gray 30/07/2009
This concrete viaduct is about half way between Lochearnhead and St Fillans. Not easy to photograph because of trees it spans quite a deep gully. View ...
John Gray 30/07/2009

This is a disused single track concrete viaduct with a concrete arch to the west, passing over the Beich Burn, and a plate girder to the east crossing over the minor dirt road to Ardveich Farm.
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Looking east along the trackbed at Dalveich, the weeds and grass are waist high. The short Glenbeich Viaduct is in the distance. ...
John Gray 30/07/2009
Near Dalveich the steel bridge over a farm access road has been removed for scrap, slight detour here. Glenbeich Viaduct is to the east. ...
John Gray 30/07/2009
There are many of these small bridges between Lochearnhead and St Fillans, this one has a waterfall immediately to the north with a steep drop down to ...
John Gray 30/07/2009
At Dalveich, about two miles out of Lochearnhead, is this combined bridge that carried the railway over a burn and a farm road. ...
John Gray 30/07/2009

This is a single track mass concrete viaduct on a tight curve. It crosses the south end of Glen Ogle at the west end of Loch Earn at Lochearnhead. It is akin to the much more famous Glenfinnan Viaduct but no longer carries a railway. It has nine arches.
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Immediately to the east of Lochearnhead station the line to St. Fillans crossed the road on a substantial bridge, of which only this east abutment ...
Mark Bartlett 26/03/2009
Viaduct on the St Fillans line at Lochearnhead on 23 March 2009. ...
Bill Roberton 23/03/2009
A view of Lochearnhead Viaduct from the north. ...
John Gray 18/10/2007
Lochearnhead Viaduct. A view along the trackbed towards St Fillans. ...
John Gray 18/10/2007

Closed station on the Balquhidder to Crieff route with an island platform in a good state of preservation.
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The fine condition of Lochearnhead Scout Station is a tribute to present owners, the Scout Association, who have occupied the station since 1962 and ...
John Yellowlees 10/04/2019
Plaque at Lochearnhead, a reminder that it has now been Scout Station for longer than it was a Railway Station. This continuing use and care by the ...
John Yellowlees 10/04/2019
The Lochearnhead Scout Station contains many reminders of its original role, including these notices and pictures in the dining and kitchen area. 10th ...
John Yellowlees 10/04/2019
Lochearnhead has now been a Scout Station for longer than it was a railway station. I called to visit here after attending the funeral of the railway ...
John Yellowlees 10/04/2019

This is an impressive single track mass concrete viaduct. From South to north there were five tall concrete arches, a long girder section and then two concrete arches.
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Edinchip Viaduct, between Balquhidder and Lochearnhead, has eight spans with an eighty foot steel girder bridge at the widest point, which is over the ...
John Gray 18/10/2018
Edinchip Viaduct carried the railway accross the Channdroma Burn and the valley either side. From the valley floor to the height of the trackbed is ...
John Gray 25/07/2009
View north over the Edinchip Viaduct in February 2011. Ahead is Lochearnhead, with Balquhidder Junction behind. The missing central span of this ...
Ewan Crawford /02/2011
A view along the trackbed of the Edinchip Viaduct north of Balquhidder on the way to Lochearnhead. Being made of metal the original centre span was ...
John Gray 25/07/2009

This shed opened with the Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway's arrival at Balquhidder. The shed was a single ended one road shed in the 'V' of the junction to the north of Balquhidder [2nd] station. ...

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This was a three platform station where the Callander and Oban Railway met the branch east to St Fillans and Comrie. It replaced Balquhidder [1st].
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The imposing frontage and entrance to Balquhidder station alongside the A84 looking north on 14 May 2008, showing the gated entrance to the former ...
John Furnevel 14/05/2008
A Black 5 stands at the head of a freight in the former Crieff branch platform at Balquhidder in 1961. [See image 16392] ...
David Stewart 09/09/1961
Stairway on the west side of Balquhidder station alongside the A84 looking south towards Callander in May 2008. The former passenger subway can be ...
John Furnevel 14/05/2008
The impressive stone frontage of Balquhidder station alongside the A84 in November 1999 - access to other platforms was via the underpass bottom ...
John Furnevel 01/11/1999