Dumbarton Central

Dumbarton Central

Location type


Names and dates

Dumbarton (1850-1952)
Dumbarton Central (1952-)

Opened on the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway.

Opened on the Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint).

Open on the West Highland Line.
Open on the Glasgow to Helensburgh.


This is a three platform station on the Helensburgh, Balloch and West Highland Railway lines.

The station consists of two island platforms (the northernmost eastbound face is currently out of use with the trackbed overgrown) with a permanent way yard in the sidings at the east end of the station, south side of the line.

This was a originally a two platform station, with a standard North British Railway building on the eastbound platform. but was converted into a four platform station when it became part of the Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint). The northern island was built first. It was rebuilt and enlarged and provided with Caledonian Railway style buildings.

To the south is a goods bypass line for the station. This had a connection to the nearby Leven Engine Works which dropped down at the west end of the station to road level.

The station was built on the already largely obliterated site of St Mary's Collegiate Church, the only remains parts of which are an arch in the garden of the nearby Dumbarton Municipal Buildings, a stone at the library and probably re-used stones in the Glencairn Greit Tenement. This explains why the road to the station from the town was College Street. The station site was bounded to the north by water, now reclaimed land.

To the west are the Leven Viaduct [Dumbarton] and Dalreoch station. To the east was Dumbarton East Junction.

The Armed Forces Veterans Association, Dumbarton is based in the westbound platforms' station building.

The Coffee Station is based in the eastbound platform station building.

For many years the railway displayed 'Dunbarton' on the platform, a great source of irritation as it refers to the district not the town. With the arrival of the Caledonian Railway's Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway from the east and subsequent rebuilding this was finally remedied.


The Denny Tank Museum is south of the station, at the east end of the Dumbarton town centre.

Dumbarton East is closer to Dumbarton Castle than Dumbarton Central is.




External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67