Falkirk High

Location type


Names and dates

Falkirk (1842-1903)
Falkirk High (1903-)

Station code: FKK National Rail ScotRail
Where: Falkirk, Scotland
Opened on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
Opened on the Callendar Colliery Railway.
Opened on the Rough Castle Branch (North British Railway).


This is a two platform station in the south of Falkirk. There is a car park to the north, the former goods yard, and a new station building on the eastbound platform, replacing two typical North British Railway buildings which faced each other on each platform.

The signal box was located in the goods yard, on the north side of the line. The goods yard was reached by a reversing spur west of the station.

A further yard was added to the south of the station after opening, accessed from the west. This was associated with the Callendar Colliery Railway which ran south east.

To the west a long siding ran on the south side of the line which passed underneath the railway to reach Camelon Goods [NB].

The signal box closed in 1968.

When built this station was some way from Falkirk, but the town has expanded since.

To the east of the station is Falkirk Tunnel. To the south of the station the Union Canal also passes through a tunnel.

North of the station is Falkirk Grahamston, closer to the town centre, on a parallel railway largely catering for northbound and local rather than Edinburgh-Glasgow services.



External links

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


13/10/1853Edinburgh Station and Branches (Caledonian Railway)
From Slateford Junction [1st] to a bay platform by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway's Haymarket station opened. Trains could run from the bay to Carstairs or Falkirk. The line is opened with a running of the Royal Train to Haymarket. The connection at Haymarket was taken out later.
  /  /1892Rough Castle Branch (North British Railway)
Opened from Falkirk High to Camelon Goods [NB].
  /  /1958Rough Castle Branch (North British Railway)
Closed from Falkirk High to Camelon Goods [NB]. To Rough Castle Tar Works (excluded) closed 1960.
04/03/1964Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Stirling and Falkirk trains diverted from Edinburgh Princes Street to Edinburgh Waverley.


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