Military Port Number 1 Railway

Introduction

Faslane Harbour was built during the Second World War as an additional docking facility to counter the possible destruction of Londons docks as well as docks of other cities. The port at Cairnryan was constructed at the same time to provide further capacity.

The line was built to connect Faslane to the West Highland Railway (owned by the London and North Eastern Railway at the time) at Faslane Junction. The branch ped from the West Highland Line as a double track before ending at a reversing spur at the west end of the Faslane Harbour. From here a series of sidings ran to the Faslane pierheads. The railway was built to European standards of track and signalling to give troops practise before the D-Day invasions. Due to the single track nature of the West Highland Railway the loop at Garelochhead was lengthed and a small marshalling yard installed at Dalmore (on the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway) to the east of Craigendoran Junction.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Faslane Port Line



West Highland Line, remains of trackbed on Faslane siding. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 17/04/2007
West Highland Line, remains of bridge on Faslane siding. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 17/04/2007
West Highland Line, remains of bridge on Faslane siding. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 17/04/2007
West Highland Line, trackbed of Faslane siding. See photo ref 13264 for older view. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 17/04/2007
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This junction was installed in the Second World War. It was a double track junction as a long loop was put in on the West Highland Railway and the connection to the Faslane Branch yard was double track. Faslane Junction Yard was just to the north on the branch.
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West Highland Railway
West Highland Line, bridge over Glen Fruin road. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 30/04/2007
West Highland Line, bridge over stream at Glen Fruin. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 30/04/2007
Looking out of the front of a Metro-Cammell DMU on a late afternoon Oban to Glasgow service as it approaches Faslane Jct in June 1969. The junction is ...
John McIntyre /06/1969
Remains of signalpost at former marshalling yard by Faslane Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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Associated locations

This station is open. It is located in the north of Helensburgh, up above the town centre (better served by Helensburgh Central).
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West Highland Railway
156492 was heading to Oban with the first service northbound on the WHL on 28 April 2019 as it calls at Helensburgh Upper. A few passengers with ...
Chloe Goode 28/04/2019
Platform sign at Helensburgh Upper on 2 June 2009. [The Gaelic version omits the 'Upper'.] ...
David Panton 02/06/2009
The 14.43 Helensburgh Upper to Queen Street Low Level pulls in exactly to time, having come in two halves from Oban and Mallaig. Only stops now - ...
Colin Miller 20/04/2016
A pair of 37s, led by 37410, head south on the 'ghost' at Helensburgh in 1994. ...
Ewan Crawford //1994
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This wartime yard was opened to the east of Craigendoran Junction along with Craigendoran West Yard. Access was controlled by Craigendoran East signal box. The yard was laid out on the north east side of the line. It had two sets of sidings and a turntable, all approached from the west. The yards were used in combination with Ardmore Yard for Faslane Military Port.
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Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway