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Stirling (1848-)

Station code: STG National Rail ScotRail
Where: Stirling, Scotland
Opened on the Scottish Central Railway.
Open on the Glasgow to Perth.
Open on the Stirling, Alloa and Kincardine.


This is a excellent well preserved station with building by James Miller on the main down platform and glass canopies. (This is not the 1848 original building, but is similar in style.) The station was rebuilt around 1912.

The main building has crow stepped gable ends and a station entrance canopy. Inside is a semicircular ticket office supporting a glazed roof (similar to Wemyss Bay). Beyond is a glazed area, with wooden built curved shop, leading through to the main northbound platform and glazed covered footbridge to the main southbound platform (and other platforms). The main platforms are heavily canopied, those to the east less so.

In 1968 Stirling East, the former Stirling and Dunfermline Railway station, was officially merged with the former Scottish Central Railway station.

The station has nine platforms, although numbered 2-10 due to the loss of platform 1. The main platforms are 2 down (northbound) and 3 up. There are two south facing bays (7 and 8) and two north facing (4 and 5) and, on the east, Alloa, side of the station two through platforms (6 and 9) which also have access to the line north, and a bay platform facing south (10).

Electrification of the route north has resulted in some cutting back of the canopies.

Stirling Active Travel Hub (formlery Stirling Cycle Hub) is based at the station.

Stirling North box, north of the station, and Stirling Middle box, south of the station, are both 'A' listed. The middle box is now the largest in Scotland.


The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is located in Stirling, to the west of the station.

Stirling has a very fine castle, perched up above the town Stirling Castle .

Nearby the station, in a former goods shed, is the new The Engine Shed . 'A place to explore your built heritage'.

The Engine Shed is Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre, based in Stirling. Run by Historic Environment Scotland, it serves as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public.

As Causewayhead station no longer exists, Stirling is the closest to Wallace Monument , which is around 2 miles north.



External links

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


22/05/1848Scottish Central Railway
Opened from Stirling to Perth. Stations at: Bridge of Allan [1st], Dunblane, Kinbuck, Greenloaning, Auchterarder, Dunning, Forteviot, Forgandenny, Perth General.
28/08/1850Stirling and Dunfermline RailwayForth Iron Works Railway
Opened from Dunfermline to Alloa for passengers. A branch to Alloa Harbour station from Alloa was used for passengers travelling on to Stirling by boats along the River Forth. A connection to the Forth Iron Works Railway was made at Oakley.
18/03/1856Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
Railway opened from Stirling to Buchlyvie.
10/11/1868Scottish Central Railway
Decision taken to move the locomotive shed at Dunblane Shed to Dolphinton [CR] on the Dolphinton Branch (Caledonian Railway). The Kinbuck banking engine operated from Stirling after 1865.
02/07/1900Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Dalry Road station opened. Used by Leith North, Barnton, Stirling and Falkirk Grahamston bound trains.
  /  /1913Scottish Central Railway
Stirling station re-built by the Caledonian Railway.
01/10/1934Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
Closed as a through route. Closed to passengers from Balloch (Forth and Clyde Junction) to Gartness Junction and from Buchlyvie Junction to Stirling. The Gartness Junction to Buchlyvie Junction section was used by trains to Aberfoyle.
05/10/1959Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
Port of Monteith to Stirling closed to freight.
04/03/1964Dalry Road Lines (Caledonian Railway)
Stirling and Falkirk trains diverted from Edinburgh Princes Street to Edinburgh Waverley.
06/10/1975Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Some Perth to Edinburgh Waverley workings diverted from via Stirling to via Newburgh [2nd].
  /  /1994Alva Railway Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Stirling to Cambus and Menstrie (Glenochil Yeast) closed completely. The end nearest Stirling saw occasional use by tampers.


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

An Illustrated History of Tayside's Railways

Scottish Central Railway (Oakwood Library of Railway History)