Glenoglehead Crossing

Location type

Station

Names and dates

Killin [1st] (1870-1886)
Glenoglehead (1886-1891)
Glenoglehead Crossing (1891-1916)

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

Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.

Description

This was the original terminus of the Callander and Oban Railway and located somewhat far away from its namesake the town of Killin which required a connecting stagecoach. Stagecoaches also continued the journey to other points west such as Tyndrum and Oban.

The original station had a single platform, sidings and a locomotive shed. The turntable was on the west side of the station.

The goods yard was quite large, some it is now lost to road realignment.

After the line was extended north and west to Tyndrum [1st] a two platform station with a loop was installed here. There was a timber building, typical of the C&O early style, later replaced with a smaller one. There was a odd looking minimal signal box (more of a timber framework covered lever frame platform) added at the south end of the down (northbound) platform in 1890.

In 1886 the Killin Railway opened and the station ceased to be a railhead for the village of Killin, it was renamed Glenoglehead. It became unadvertised after 1889. After 1891 it was known as Glenoglehead Crossing and closed to regular passengers in 1916.

The loop remained in use until the line's closure in 1965. This loop would have been a convenient place for a southbound train to wait while a delayed northbound climbed the bank up from Balquhidder [2nd].

Today the platforms remain as do two railwaymen's cottages, one on the up (southbound) platform. The true station building was timber and no longer exists. There is a small brick hut which sits in the former goods yard (east side of line, accessed from south).

To the north the fogman's hut at the distant signal can be found.

Tags

Terminus station footpath

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
NLS Map
07/11/2019




Dates

27/06/1866Callander and Oban Railway
Contract for Callander to Glenoglehead section given to J McKay.
01/06/1870Callander and Oban Railway
Callander to Killin [1st] (Glenoglehead) opened.
01/04/1886Callander and Oban Railway
Killin [1st] station closed to public and becomes Glenoglehead crossing.

Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Routes 3: Stirling to Crianlarich - DVD - Oakwood Press

Callander & Oban Railway Through Time

Callander and Oban Railway (Library of Railway History)

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

Iron Road to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourist Guide to the West Highland Lines

Iron Roads to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourists Souvenir Guide to the West Highland Lines

Oban 1898: Argyllshire Sheet 98.07 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Argyllshire)

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

Scottish Central Railway (Oakwood Library of Railway History)

The Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

The Caledonian, Scotland's Imperial Railway: A History

Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways (Local History Series)

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)