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. The company rebuilt the road between Aberfoyle and the Trossachs.






Dates

  /  /1880Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway
Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway authorised.
01/10/1882Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway
Line opened for passengers and freight from Dumgoyne to Gartness Junction and Buchlyvie Junction to Aberfoyle. Stations at Killearn, Gartmore and Aberfoyle.
05/08/1891Strathendrick and Aberfoyle RailwayNorth British Railway
Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/05/1930Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway
Sentinel Cammell Steam Railcar shuttle introduced meeting trains at Blanefield and running on to Aberfoyle. Eastfield Shed's railcar Retaliator was based at Aberfoyle shed.
04/10/1941Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway
Sentinel Cammell Steam Railcar shuttle from Blanefield to Aberfoyle withdrawn and replaced with locomotive hauled stock.
  /  /1947Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway
Tramway from Aberfoyle station to Aberfoyle Quarries closed.
29/09/1951Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway Forth and Clyde Junction Railway Blane Valley Railway Campsie Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
Aberfoyle to Kirkintilloch [2nd] (excluded) closed to passengers. Passenger stations closed at Aberfoyle, Gartmore, Buchlyvie, Balfron, Killearn, Dumgoyne, Blanefield, Strathblane, Campsie Glen, Lennoxtown [2nd], Milton of Campsie closed.
  /  /1958Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway
Aberfoyle Quarries closed.
15/05/1958Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway Forth and Clyde Junction Railway Blane Valley Railway Campsie Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
Stevenson Locomotive Society Railtour travels from Glasgow to Aberfoyle. (Also visiting Kilsyth (Old)).
05/10/1959Strathendrick 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) (excluded) closed completely (a final railtour ran on the 17th). Track not lifted until early 1960s.
17/10/1959Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway Forth and Clyde Junction Railway Blane Valley Railway Campsie Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
A University of Glasgow railtour visits Aberfoyle, the last passenger train to the station. The line had closed on the 5th.

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 Railway
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
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Killearn Saw Mill was served by a siding off the Glasgow - Aberfoyle line. This view looks west towards the buffer with the line to the right. A pair ...
Ewan Crawford //1993
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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 //
Strathendrick & Aberfoyle line at Killearn Station site on the road bridge to Killearn village, looking E. Line now part of West Highland Way. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 03/05/2007
Strathendrick & Aberfoyle line at Killearn Station site on the road bridge to Killearn village, looking W. Line now part of West Highland Way. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 03/05/2007
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
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This was a single track girder viaduct which carried the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway over the Endrick Water just south of Gartness Junction. Just to the north the line entered a loop at the junction.
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Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, site of bridge over River Endrick. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 03/05/2007
Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, site of bridge over River Endrick looking E. Remains of sleeper wall. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 03/05/2007
Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, looking W from bridge over River Endrick. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 03/05/2007
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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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Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
Forth and Clyde Junction Railway at Gartness Junction. FCJR to right and Strathendrick & Aberfoyle line to left. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 03/05/2007
Forth and Clyde Junction Railway at Gartness Junction looking N. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 03/05/2007
Gartness Junction looking west. The line to the left led to Blanefield and Glasgow and the one to the right to Balloch. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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Buchlyvie Junction to Aberfoyle

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

This was the junction between the older Balloch to Stirling line and the Aberfoyle branch of 1882. It was located at the east end of Buchlyvie station's loop.
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Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, Looking NW ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/04/2007
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
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
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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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Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, farm bridge. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/04/2007
Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, replaced bridge. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/04/2007
Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, looking NW. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/04/2007
Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, bridge over Kelty Water. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/04/2007
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This was a single track large single girder viaduct over the River Forth at Gartrenich, and was also known as the Gartrenich Bridge.
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Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, remains of bridge over River Forth. See image 30235. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/04/2007
Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, remains of bridge over River Forth. See image 30235. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/04/2007
This replacement footbridge crosses over the young River Forth south of the former Gartmore station. This view looks north. ...
Ewan Crawford 15/10/2018
Copy of a print showing the original railway bridge at Gartrenich. The print appeared in the Illustrated London News in 1882, the year the Aberfoyle ...
Alan Dowsett Collection //1882
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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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Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, now a walk through the Flanders Moss Forest. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/04/2007
Strathendrick & Aberfoyle Railway, Lineside hut. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 04/04/2007
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
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This was a single road brick built shed at the east end of Aberfoyle station. The shed was on the south side of the line and approached from the west crossing over the turntable. The connection was to the loop line rather than platform line.
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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
Still partly visible on 4th March 2015 in the woodland which has grown up on the site of the east end of Aberfoyle station, the circle of concrete ...
Colin McDonald 04/03/2015
This uninteresting circle of concrete in a wood was in fact the only remains of the terminus at Aberfoyle in 1989. This was the filled in turntable ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
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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. The station was in Aberfoyle itself, ...

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Aberfoyle Slate Quarries Tramway
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 //
The railway cottages just east of the site of Aberfoyle station on the trackbed of the former Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway seen on 4th March ...
Colin McDonald 04/03/2015
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