Balquhidder [2nd]

Location type

Station


Name and dates

Balquhidder [2nd] (1905-1965)

Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.


Description

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].

Balquhidder station was entirely rebuilt for the opening of the line east in 1905. It was re-aligned a little to the south and a locomotive shed provided beside the existing goods yard which was now in the 'V' of the junction. The approach to the goods yard was altered to be from the branch platform.

There were two platforms on the main line, the route west to Oban and one platform on the St Fillans line, with a run-round loop. Trains from the main line could access the platform line of the branch from either end. Platforms were linked by subway.

Being at the south end of a long climb up to Glenoglehead there were water columns on the platforms.

After closure of the branch the station became a shadow of its former self. The island platform building's canopies were cut back and the branch platform line lifted. The building suffered from subsidence. The loop was taken out with the closure of the north and south boxes in March 1965 and the station became just a single platform - the former northbound main line platform. The line closed completely in September after the rockfall in Glen Ogle.

The site is now a caravan park (Balquhidder Braes ) with portions of platform. Particularly notable is former subway entrance with white glazed bricks which can be seen on the right of the main road. To the north portions of the goods platform can be found and the substantial road bridge over the line to the south remains.

The station name is a curiosity. It was named Lochearnhead before the branch opened, including a new Lochearnhead station, and the name Balquhidder (about 2.5 miles distant) was used. Balquhidder was better served by Kingshouse Platform to the south. The naming has given rise to the name Balquhidder Station applying to the cottages and former railway houses in the immediate vicinity.

01/12/2018

Tags

Station junction

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map