Aberfoyle

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Aberfoyle (1882-1951)

Opened on the Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway.
Opened on the Aberfoyle Slate Quarries Tramway.

Description

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, which was very small when the railway arrived.

To reduce costs railcars were introduced. These operated a service from here to Blanefield where a conventional train could be caught for the onward journey to Glasgow Queen Street High Level.

Alongside the station, and to the south of the run round loop, was the terminus of the Aberfoyle Slate Quarries Tramway.

The station closed to passengers in 1951 but remained open for goods and minerals. It could still be visited by railtours. The box closed in 1956. The line closed in 1959.

The site is now a car park, although the infilled turntable pit may still be found to the east. Also east of the station are railwaymen's cottages on the north side of the line, in use as houses. The line terminated behind what is now The Forth Inn.

Local

To the north west, and once served by a coach from the station, is Loch Katrine. The Sir Walter Scott steamship still plies Loch Katrine Loch Katrine - Loch Cruises from Trossachs Pier.

Aberfoyle was very small when the railway arrived. It was largely clustered around the Bailie Nicol Jarvie Hotel at a road junction. The Aberfoyle Quarries to the north were already in operation.

Tags

Terminus footpath

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
NLS Map
NLS Map
02/10/2019




Dates

01/10/1934Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
Closed as a through route. Closed to passengers from Balloch (Forth and Clyde Junction) to Gartness Junction and from Buchlyvie Junction to Stirling. The Gartness Junction to Buchlyvie Junction section was used by trains to Aberfoyle.
  /  /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.
01/10/1951Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway
Aberfoyle closed.
05/10/1959Strathendrick and Aberfoyle RailwayForth and Clyde Junction RailwayBlane Valley RailwayCampsie Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)
Aberfoyle to Buchlyvie Junction to Gartness Junction to Campsie Glen, Lennox Castle Siding, (excluded) closed to freight. Track not lifted until early 1960s.