Dunblane railway station

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Dunblane National Rail
The Dunblane station pedestrian overpass
Place Dunblane
Local authority Stirling
Coordinates 56°11′09″N 3°57′57″W / 56.1857°N 3.9657°W / 56.1857; -3.9657Coordinates: 56°11′09″N 3°57′57″W / 56.1857°N 3.9657°W / 56.1857; -3.9657
Grid reference NN780009
Station code DBL
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.399 million
2005/06 Increase 0.458 million
2006/07 Increase 0.466 million
2007/08 Increase 0.512 million
2008/09 Increase 0.516 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.497 million
2010/11 Increase 0.498 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.495 million
2012/13 Increase 0.504 million
Original company Scottish Central Railway and Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMSR
22 May 1848 Opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dunblane from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Southbound train in SPT colours

Dunblane railway station serves the town of Dunblane in central Scotland. It is located on the former Scottish Central Railway, between Stirling & Perth and opened with the line in 1848.[1]


It has three platforms, one which serves as a terminus for trains from Glasgow (Queen Street) and Edinburgh, one which serves trains heading north to Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen & Inverness and the third that serves trains heading south to Glasgow and Edinburgh. These include those that terminate at Dunblane, which travel up the northbound line to the signal box to reverse & cross over to the southbound track before heading back down to the station. The signal box in question now operates only the points and signals here.

The station is staffed by one person who runs the ticket office and does most jobs around the station. Several plants have been placed around the station by a voluntary group known as 'Dunblane in Bloom'.

  • Passenger information system
  • Automatic ticket machine (on Platform 1)
  • Ticket office and waiting room (Mondays - Saturdays, a.m.)
  • CCTV
  • Waiting shelters and benches
  • Limited car parking
  • Help point


The train operating company that serves Dunblane station is First ScotRail. Trains generally leave for Edinburgh at 28 and 58 minutes past the hour, and for Glasgow Queen Street at 13 minutes past the hour, though this is supplemented by trains from the north. These trains serve all intermediate stations en route, whereas the services from further afield serve principal stations only.[2]

Four trains each way between Glasgow Queen Street and Inverness, 146 miles (235 km) away, stop here along with a number of services to either Dundee or Aberdeen.[3]

Additionally, on Sundays only, the East Coast Trains service from Inverness to London Kings Cross stops here.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bridge of Allan   First ScotRail
Edinburgh–Dunblane Line
Bridge of Allan   First ScotRail
Croy Line
Stirling   First ScotRail
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
Historical railways
Bridge of Allan
Line and Station open
  Scottish Central Railway
Caledonian Railway
Line open; Station closed
Terminus   Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Caledonian Railway
Line and Station closed

Train types[edit]

First ScotRail trains serving Dunblane are all DMUs. These consist mainly of Class 158 and Class 170 sets. Some services are still operated by a Class 156. The only exception to this is the Caledonian Sleeper service from Inverness to London Euston, which is a loco hauled rake of Mk2 and Mk3 coaches.

East Coast Trains that pass through the station and stop on a Sunday southbound are HST sets, made up of a pair of Class 43 power cars and nine Mk3 coaches.

Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway[edit]

Dunblane used to be a junction where the present line and the Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway diverged. This connected at Callander to the Callander and Oban Railway. The line was axed in the Beeching cuts, being formally closed on 1 November 1965 (although traffic beyond Callander had ended five weeks earlier due to a landslide in Glen Ogle).[4]

Parts of the trackbed from near Dunblane to Doune and from Callander to Killin are now cycle paths.

A short section of track remains on the branch, and is used for storing track maintenance machines, or sometimes even a DMU.


  1. ^ Railscot - Scottish Central Railway Railscot; Retrieved 2014-01-28
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 230 (Network Rail)
  3. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 229 (Network Rail)
  4. ^ Railscot Chronology - Dunblane, Doune & Callander Railway Railscot; Retrieved 2014-01-28
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  • 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.