Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway

Introduction

This railway was closed in 1959. The line provided a service between Aberfoyle and Dumgoyne. Services continued to Glasgow. Aberfoyle station provided access to the Trossachs and Loch Katrine.






Dates

  /  /1880[Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway]
Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway authorised.
01/10/1882[Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway]
Line opened for passengers and freight.
05/08/1891[Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway]
[North British Railway]
Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
  /  /1947[Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway]
Tramway from Aberfoyle station to Aberfoyle quarries closed.
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.
01/10/1951[Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway]
Aberfoyle closed.
  /  /1958[Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway]
Aberfoyle Quarries closed.
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.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Dumgoyne to Gartness Junction

A single track passenger and goods line from Dumgoyne to Gartness Junction.

This was a two platform station.
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Blane Valley - Track looking E of Strathblane Station. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 15/07/2008
Blane Valley - sign on the West Highland Way next to site of Dumgoyne Station. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 15/07/2008
Looking towards Aberfoyle at Dumgoyne. This was the terminus of the line until extension of the line. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Dumgoyne Platform. Ex N.B.R. 0.6.0 64598 Aberfoyle Bound. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/09/1951


This was a two platform station with a passing loop.
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Looking west at the former Killearn station. The route is now used by the West Highland Way. ...
Ewan Crawford //
The site of Killearn station in 1990. The station (which was largely timber) closed to passengers in 1951 and little survives apart from a ...
Ewan Crawford //1990
Killearn Station. Ex N.B.R. 0.6.0 64598 Aberfoyle Bound. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/09/1951

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. ...
Ewan Crawford //




Buchlyvie Junction to Aberfoyle

A single track passenger and goods line from Buchlyvie Junction to Aberfoyle.

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


This siding was directly north of a small bridge over the Kelty Water. The siding was between Gartmore and Buchlyvie. It was approached from the south and on the west side of the line. A house remains near the site. ...

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This replacement footbridge crosses over the young River Forth south of the former Gartmore station. This view looks north. ...
Ewan Crawford 15/10/2018
Looking across the replacement bridge constructed by the Army spanning the Forth at Flanders Moss, Gartmore, in August 2010. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 10/08/2010
Replacement bridge over the River Forth at Flanders Moss, Gartmore, photographed in August 2010. The new crossing was constructed by the Army. see ...
Alistair MacKenzie 10/08/2010

This was a single platform station with a small building. There was a passing loop which served a loading bank. The station was built to serve Gartmore House to the south. The platform was on the east side of the line with the signal box on the loading bank on the west side.
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The bridge carrying the A81 road over the trackbed at Flanders Moss, Gartmore, in August 2010. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 10/08/2010
Route of Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway, now walkway, from Gartmore looking toward Aberfoyle. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 22/03/2007


This was a single platform terminus with a run round loop, station building with small canopy, small signal box (akin to those on the original section of the West Highland Railway), water tank, turntable, single road, single ended locomotive shed and loading bank lines, north of the line into the station and, like the station, approached from the east.
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Looking west along Lochard Road in Aberfoyle. On the left is the surviving parapet of the bridge which allowed the Aberfoyle Slate Quarry tramway to ...
Bill Roberton 20/06/2018
Looking east over Manse Road in Aberfoyle towards the former station and goods yard. The quarry tramway passed through the gap in the hedge and steel ...
Bill Roberton 19/06/2018
A postcard view of Aberfoyle centred on the (now former) Baillie Nicol Jarvie Hotel. To the right, the buffers at the west end of Aberfoyle station. ...
Ewan Crawford Collection //
This curious structure made from old rails is to be found near a path off the trackbed of the S&A near the site of the former Aberfoyle locomotive ...
Colin McDonald 04/03/2015