Rhu: The disused twin platforms at Rhu looking west in April 1991. Opened in 1894 as Row the name change occurred in 1927. Closed between January 1956 and April 1960, final closure came in June 1964.
Ewan Crawford /04/1991


Location type


Names and dates

Row (1894-1927)
Rhu (1927-1956)
Rhu (1960-1964)

Opened on the West Highland Railway.


This was a two platform station, more typical of the stations on the northern section of the line. The main station building was on the west/northbound platform. To its west was the footbridge connecting to the eastbound platform with the taller than usual signal box.

There was a goods yard so the south of the line, approached from the west.

The loop here had a chequered history, it opened with the line and the box closed in 1921. A new loop extended further west opened during the Second World War, in 1941, but the new box closed in 1950. The station closed in 1956 but re-opened between 1960 and 1964 as a single platform station.

The surviving platforms are in concrete. Station buildings have not survived and the track has been slewed for a straighter alignment which serves neither platform. The station agent's house still stands at the east end of the station, south side of the line, much extended.



External links

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


Gaelic name: An Rubha

Nearby stations
Faslane Platform
Helensburgh Upper
Helensburgh Central
Helensburgh Ticket Platform
Craigendoran Pier
Craigendoran Upper
Faslane Port
Fort Matilda
Greenock Princes Pier [2nd]
Greenock Princes Pier [1st]
Greenock West
Rosneath Shipbuilding Yard
Faslane Junction
Rosneath Boatyard
Glenarn Gardens
Henry Bell^s Grave
Ardencaple Level Crossing
Rhu Marina
Blairvadach House
Dalmore House
Rhu Lighthouse
Ardencaple Castle
Rosneath Pier
Woodend Level Crossing
Castle Point Lighthouse
Rosneath House
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Chronology Dates

07/08/1894West Highland Railway
Public opening from Fort William to Craigendoran. Stations opened at Craigendoran Upper, Helensburgh Upper, Row, Shandon, Garelochhead, Arrochar and Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum [WHR], Bridge of Orchy, Gortan (private), Rannoch, Corrour (private), Inverlair, Roy Bridge, Spean Bridge and Fort William [1st].
01/06/1924West Highland Railway
Row renamed Rhu.
06/07/1931West Highland Railway
A loop added at Rhu.
04/06/1950West Highland Railway
Rhu signal box closed.
09/01/1956West Highland Railway
Rhu closed.
04/04/1960West Highland Railway
Rhu re-opened.
14/06/1964West Highland Railway
Craigendoran (West Highland, high level), Rhu, Shandon, Whistlefield and Glen Douglas closed as the local service from Craigendoran to Arrochar and Tarbet is withdrawn.

News items

01/05/2007Helensburgh area Customer Forum


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History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

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The Story of the West Highland

The Story of the West Highland: The 1940s LNER Guide to the Line

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

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Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)

West Highland Line: Great Railway Journeys Through Time

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West Highland Railway: Plans, Poltics and People