Tyndrum Lower

Location type


Names and dates

Tyndrum [CandO] (1877-1953)
Tyndrum Lower (1953-)

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

Station code: TYL National Rail ScotRail
Where: Stirling, Scotland
Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.
Open on the West Highland Line.


This is a single platform station. The platform is on the north side of the running line. There is a car park at the west end and an occupational crossing. The station is south of Tyndrum, a small settlement at the west end of Strath Fillan.

This was a two platform station with a loop, built to replace Tyndrum [1st], just to the north, which became a goods yard. The station opened with the extension west from Tyndrum to Dalmally.

The station building on the eastbound (up) platform was similar to that at Luib. It was later replaced with a somewhat drab brick and concrete building with a flat roof. In turn this was replaced with a timber hut. Today there is a bus shelter.

The signal box, the second Tyndrum box dating from the extension west to Dalmally and located at the goods yard entry, was replaced with a new box nearer the east end of the down (westbound) platform in 1891. The earlier box had been somewhat further east with a poor view of the station. The new box was similar to the disused box which survives at Dalmally, although at first there was an open lever frame and the box was built around this.

At the west end of the station was a loading bank on the north side of the line, approached from the east. This was supplemented by more sidings on the south side of the line. Both sets were removed in the 1950s.

In 1953 'Lower' was added to the name by British Railways to distinguish the station from the station on the West Highland Railway.

At the east end of the passenger loop was a goods loop and the Tyndrum Goods Junction, the arrangements of the junction for the original terminus varying over the years. The goods yard closed in 1966.

The loop closed in 1969 and box removed.

The mound of the removed platform remains and can be seen from the station.


The West Highland Way passes close by the station. This may be followed north to Bridge of Orchy or south to Crianlarich.



External links

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


Gaelic name: Taigh an Droma ÃŒochdrach

Nearby stations
Tyndrum [1st]
Upper Tyndrum
Crianlarich Lower
Loch Dochart [Private]
Bridge of Orchy
Glen Falloch Platform
Gorton [WHR]
Killin Junction
Loch Awe
Glenoglehead Crossing
Tyndrum Goods Junction
Glengarry Lead Smelter
Tyndrum Mines Loading Point [1st]
Tyndrum Summit
Tyndrum Lead Shed and Mill
Tyndrum Incline
Tyndrum Lead Mines [Lower] [1st]
Tyndrum Lead Mines Tip [1st]
Tyndrum Lead Mines [Upper] [1st]
Cononish Viaduct
Auchtertyre Viaduct
County March Summit [West Highland]
Dalrigh [Tyndrum]
Meall Buidhe
Lochan na Bi
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Two stations

Tyndrum, with a population around 167, is considered to be the smallest settlement served by two stations. Upper Tyndrum is high above and to the east on the West Highland Railway to Fort William, and Tyndrum Lower is to the south west on the Callander and Oban Railway to Oban. The line from Glasgow Queen Street High Level divides at Crianlarich.

Chronology Dates

03/10/1951Callander and Oban Railway
Loading bank and siding at west end of Tyndrum Lower removed.
  /  /1953Callander and Oban Railway
Tyndrum [CandO] becomes Tyndrum Lower to make the distinction from Tyndrum [WHR] (renamed Tyndrum Upper) station.
  /  /1966Callander and Oban Railway
Tyndrum [1st] (the former terminus in use as a goods yard) to Tyndrum Goods Junction (a headshunt by this date) to Tyndrum Lower closed.
12/10/1969Callander and Oban Railway
Tyndrum Lower signal box closed and westbound loop taken out.

News items

05/08/2019Weather warnings as heavy rain causes landslides [BBC News]


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