Crieff Junction Railway

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Crieff Junction Railway
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 15 August 1853 – 29 June 1865
Successor Scottish Central Railway
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Crieff and Comrie Railway
Crieff
Crieff and Methven Junction Railway
Pittenzie Halt
Highlandman
Strageath Halt
Muthill
Tullibardine
Scottish Central Railway
Gleneagles
originally Crieff Junction
Scottish Central Railway

The Crieff Junction Railway was constituted to link Crieff to the then Scottish Central Railway, later part of the Caledonian Railway at Gleneagles.

History[edit]

The line opened on 13 March 1856 and was absorbed by the Scottish Central Railway on 29 June 1865.[1]

In 1923, the railway became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), transferring to British Railways ownership in 1948.

Closure[edit]

Despite attempts to make the line more profitable, specifically with the introduction Diesel railcars in the late 1950s, the line was closed as part of the Beeching cuts on 6 July 1964[2] on the same day as the Comrie to Crieff section of the Comrie, St Fillans & Lochearnhead Railway. The track was lifted the following year.

Status of Infrastructure[edit]

The impressive station building at Crieff was demolished in 1965, and the site is now occupied by a Health Centre and Cottage Hospital.

The remaining station buildings along the route are now in use as private housing, with the exception of Muthill, which, like Crieff, was demolished shortly after the line's closure.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Awdry (1990), page 70
  2. ^ RAILSCOT

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