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Name and dates

Craigendoran (1882-)

Station code: CGD National Rail ScotRail
Where: Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Opened on the Craigendoran Pier Deviation.
Open on the Glasgow to Helensburgh.


The name Craigendoran comes from a farm which was located on the shore side of the original alignment. This was demolished for the alignment of the new deviation.

This was a three platform station built on the deviation built through Craigendoran in 1882, later expanded to five.

Two platforms were on the double track deviation line, one platform was on Craigendoran Pier (see that entry for more details) and two further platforms were faces of an island on the 1894 West Highland Railway. A new replacement signal box opened with the new line.

To the west of the Craigendoran main two platforms were carriage sidings, located on the north side of the line, served from the east.

Of all five platforms, only the up platform of the original through station remains, the down line between Craigendoran Junction and Helensburgh Central being lifted in 1984. The British Railways building has been demolished, replaced with a large bus shelter.


The route of the Three Lochs Way runs to the north near the station.

The derelict site of Craigendoran Pier is by the station.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

  /  /1879Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Combined Craigendoran Pier and Craigendoran authorised on a new loop, Craigendoran Pier Deviation, on the south side of the line, east of Helensburgh station. Original alignment abandoned.
  /  /1894Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Craigendoran Pier Deviation
West Highland Railway
Craigendoran signal box closed and replaced by Craigendoran Junction signal box.
07/08/1894West Highland Railway
Public opening from Fort William to Craigendoran. Stations opened at Craigendoran Upper, Helensburgh Upper, Row, Shandon, Garelochhead, Arrochar and Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum [WHR], Bridge of Orchy, Gortan (private), Rannoch, Corrour (private), Inverlair, Roy Bridge, Spean Bridge and Fort William [1st].
31/12/1908North British Railway West Highland Railway Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
North British Railway formally takes over the West Highland Railway line from Craigendoran to Fort William [1st], Mallaig and the branch to Banavie [1st].
04/01/1942Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
New marshalling yards opened at Craigendoran; Craigendoran West Yard and Craigendoran East Yard. Ardmore Yard was opened a little further to the south east.
28/03/1960Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Craigendoran Pier Deviation
West Highland Railway
Craigendoran East signal box closed, control passed to Craigendoran Junction signal box renamed Craigendoran.
14/06/1964West Highland Railway
Craigendoran (West Highland, high level), Rhu, Shandon, Whistlefield and Glen Douglas closed as the local service from Craigendoran to Arrochar and Tarbet is withdrawn.
  /07/1989Yoker Re-signaling Scheme
Re-signaling complete. Boxes at Helensburgh Central, Craigendoran, Dumbarton Central, Dalmuir Park, Singer, Milngavie, Westerton, Hyndland, Clydebank Dock, High Street East Junction, Bellgrove, Parkhead, Shettleston, Heatheryknowe Junction, Sunnyside Junction, Airdrie replaced by the new Yoker Signalling Centre.

News items

01/12/2023New Year train disruption between Dumbarton and Helensburgh [Helensburgh Advertiser]
27/09/2023Helensburgh train disruptions planned for this weekend [Helensburgh Advertiser]
13/04/2022Replanting marks successful completion of West Highland Line vegetation project [Network Rail]
24/02/2022Helensburgh trains: Landslip closes rail line in town [Helensburgh Advertiser]
18/01/2022Lineside replanting trial to improve biodiversity on the West Highland Line [Network Rail]
05/01/2022Ross Greer: 'Urgent action' needed to protect Helensburgh railway line from flooding [Helensburgh Advertiser]
23/02/2021Rail improvements at Craigendoran welcomed - The Lochside Press [The Lochside Press]
04/02/2021Helensburgh trains disrupted due to flooding on railway line [Helensburgh Advertiser]
17/07/2019Craigendoran pier site is put up for sale [Helensburgh Advertiser]