Gleneagles railway station

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Gleneagles National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Eagas
Gleneagles
Location
Place Auchterarder
Local authority Perth and Kinross
Coordinates 56°16′30″N 3°43′52″W / 56.2750°N 3.7310°W / 56.2750; -3.7310Coordinates: 56°16′30″N 3°43′52″W / 56.2750°N 3.7310°W / 56.2750; -3.7310
Grid reference NN929105
Operations
Station code GLE
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  21,828
2005/06 Increase 24,636
2006/07 Increase 26,547
2007/08 Increase 27,432
2008/09 Increase 31,062
2009/10 Increase 31,934
2010/11 Increase 36,782
2011/12 Increase 39,560
History
Original company Scottish Central Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMSR
14 March 1856 Opened as Crieff Junction
1 April 1912 Renamed Gleneagles
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gleneagles from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Gleneagles railway station serves the town of Auchterarder in Perth and Kinross, Scotland.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Scottish Central Railway on 14 March 1856 and was originally named Crieff Junction.[1] There was another station with the name of Crieff Junction to the north of this station which was only short-lived. The branch northwestward to Crieff was opened (by the Crieff Junction Railway company) on the same day. On 1 April 1912 it was renamed Gleneagles.[2]

The station was rebuilt and the junction remodelled by the Caledonian Railway in 1919 following their takeover of the Scottish Central Railway. The Caledonian Railway built the nearby Gleneagles Hotel, which opened in 1925. The hotel served as the location for the G8 summit in 2005 and is a well known golf resort; Gleneagles will host the 2014 Ryder Cup.

The branch line to Crieff closed on 6 July 1964 due to the Beeching Axe.

Services[edit]

On weekdays & Saturdays there are 14 services to Glasgow Queen Street & 2 to Edinburgh Waverley southbound and 15 to Perth northbound; most of these continue to either Dundee or Aberdeen, though there are also a limited number of trains to/from Inverness via the Highland Main Line.[3] The service frequency is however somewhat irregular, with large gaps in the timetable at certain times of day.

Gleneagles is also served by the daily Highland Chieftain through service between Inverness & London Kings Cross throughout the week and the Caledonian Sleeper to London Euston via the West Coast Main Line each evening except Saturdays.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Stirling   East Coast
East Coast Main Line
  Perth
Dunblane   First ScotRail
Highland Main Line
  Perth
Dunblane   First ScotRail
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Perth
Historical railways
Blackford
Line open; Station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Scottish Central Railway
  Auchterarder
Line open; Station closed
Terminus   Caledonian Railway
Crieff Junction Railway
  Tullibardine
Line open; Station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. 71
  2. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 71,104
  3. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 229 (Network Rail)

Sources[edit]

  • 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. 
  • Marshall, Peter (1998). The Scottish Central Railway : Perth to Stirling. Usk, Monmouthshire: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-8536-1522-5.