Dumbarton Central railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Breatann Meadhain|
|View of Dumbarton Central station, looking east|
|Local authority||West Dunbartonshire|
|Managed by||First ScotRail|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|- Interchange||0.133 million|
|- Interchange||0.140 million|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|Original company||Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway & Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Caledonian Railway & North British Railway|
|Post-grouping||LMS & LNER|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dumbarton Central from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Dumbarton Central railway station serves the town of Dumbarton in the West Dunbartonshire region of Scotland. This station is on the West Highland Line and the North Clyde Line, 15¾ miles (25 km) north west of Glasgow Queen Street.
The station was opened on 15 July 1850 by the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway on their route from Balloch Pier to Bowling, where travellers could join steamships on the River Clyde to get to Glasgow. Connections with the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway at Dalreoch Junction and at Bowling put the station on a through route between Glasgow Queen Street and Helensburgh Central by 1858. The company was subsequently absorbed by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway in 1862 and eventually became part of the North British Railway three years later. However in 1891, the North British was forced to come to an agreement with the rival Caledonian Railway to give the latter access to Balloch (and the Loch Lomond steamships) over C&DJR metals in order to prevent the building of a competing route by the Caledonian company - this resulted in the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway arriving from Possil via Maryhill Central in 1896. Trains on the West Highland Railway also began serving the station following its completion on 1 August 1894 and these continue to call here to this day.
The station was built with two island platforms to permit convenient interchange between the various services that called, although only three faces remain in use. The Helensburgh & Balloch lines were electrified as part of the 1960 North Clyde Line electrification scheme, but most of the L&DR route was closed (other than the short section through neighbouring Dumbarton East) when passenger services to Possil via Dalmuir Riverside were withdrawn on 5 October 1964 as a result of the Beeching Axe.
It is a category A listed building under the Town and Country Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.
North Clyde Line / Argyle Line
Four trains per hour go eastbound to Glasgow Queen Street and beyond (Edinburgh and Airdrie with an evening service to Springburn and Edinburgh Monday to Saturday and Motherwell on Sundays) and a half-hourly service westbound to Balloch and Helensburgh Central.
West Highland Line
Services to/from Glasgow Queen Street towards Oban, Fort William and Mallaig call here. The Highland Sleeper service also calls in each direction daily (except Saturday nights southbound & Sunday mornings northbound), giving the station a direct link to/from London Euston via the West Coast Main Line.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
West Highland Line
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
|Dumbarton East||First ScotRail
North Clyde Line
Line and Station open
Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway
Line closed; Station open
|Caledonian & North British Railway
Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway
Line and Station open
- Railscot - Caledonian & Dumbartonshire Junction Railway www.railbrit.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-10-10
- Railscot - Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway www.railbrit.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-10-10
- "List Buildings in West Dunbartonshire". Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.
- Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137.
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