Killin [2nd]: BR Standard Class 4 no 80126 stands at Killin in the 1960s with the 1.52pm train to Killin Junction. The line was closed in September of 1965.
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //

Killin [2nd]

Location type


Name and dates

Killin [2nd] (1886-1965)

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

Opened on the Killin Railway.


This was a single platform station, the platform on the west (village) side of the runining line. There was a station building of a style found elsewhere on the Caledonian Railway system. The station was in the north of the village, just east of the Killin Hotel.

Trains ran south west uphill to Killin Junction, to connect with main line services on the Callander and Oban Railway, crossing the River Dochart Viaduct. The terminus was to the north east at Loch Tay station.

The goods yard was to the west of the station, approached from the north (Loch Tay) direction. Killin Viaduct was directly north of the station. There was a signal box until 1935 when it was replaced with a ground frame.

After closure to passengers in 1939 of the line north to Loch Tay, cunning use of gravity shunting was made to round a passenger train (although many continued to Loch Tay to run round). There was a falling gradient from south to north. A locomotive could take refuge in the goods yard while the train ran past northwards.

The station and line closed in 1965.

The site is now a car park with toilets, on the site of the station building, and council depot, on the site of the goods yard.


Station footpath gravity shunting



External links

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


Gaelic name: Cill Fhinn


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

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

Killin Branch Railway

Old Killin, Kenmore and Loch Tay (Stenlake)
Personal Reflections of the Killin Branch RailwayThe Killin Branch: A Personal RecollectionThe Killin Branch: A Personal Recollection
Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways (Local History Series)