Killin Junction

Killin Junction

Location type

Station


Name and dates

Killin Junction (1886-1965)

Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.

Opened on the Killin Railway.


Description

This was a three platform station with two platforms and a loop on the mainline, the up platform being an island the outer face of which chiefly served the Killin Railway and had a loop. Trains from the main line could access the branch platform line and loop from either end.

There were station buildings on both the island and eastbound platform and a long timber footbridge between the platforms which extended to the north over the branch loop to the nearby railway cottage. The main station building was that on the island.

There was no public access, except by train, this being a large exchange platform.

There were originally two signal boxes, but the tall one at the east end within the 'V' of the junction was survived longer, controlling the loops and junction. The west box, on the south side of the line, closed in 1935 when taken over by the east box.

The station was built at the expense of the Killin Railway who did rather well out of the arrangement gaining an extra main line passing loop and use of the branch loop.

The Killin line approached the junction climbing hard from Killin whereas the line from Glenoglehead dropped down into the station. There was a gentle dropping gradient from the east to the west of the station which was built on the long climb from Luib to Glenoglehead.

On the Killin branch there was, for around thirty years, a curious gauntleted loop close to the junction. The allowed catch points to be installed on the climbing loop.

Today one concrete platform remains, the former main southbound platform, and the others, being of timber, are now low mounds. The west end of the station site is often used as a base for nearby forestry activity.

The base of the west end distant signal with a fogman's hut and the west home signal can be found. Some point rodding can be found at the east signal box.

Nearby station cottages became ruined after closure of the line, but were rebuilt after 2012. The trackbed from Lix Toll provides access.

The station was built at the expense of the Killin Railway. The original course of the line followed the Killin branch platform, the line curve of the island platform at the west end being a corner of the original line. This original alignment can be seen quite clearly in the view looking east from the station or downhill from the box west to the station. The two new main line platforms were built on a new alignment to the south of the original line.


Tags

Station junction footpath

External links

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





Books


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

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 & Oban Railway Through Time

Callander and Oban Railway (Library of Railway History)

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

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

Killin Branch Railway

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

Old Killin, Kenmore and Loch Tay (Stenlake)

On West Highland Lines
Personal Reflections of the Killin Branch Railway
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
The Killin Branch: A Personal RecollectionThe Killin Branch: A Personal Recollection
Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways (Local History Series)

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

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)