Balloch Central railway station

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Balloch Central
Balloch Central railway station in 2004.jpg
Location
Place Balloch
Area West Dunbartonshire
Coordinates 56°00′14″N 4°35′01″W / 56.00383°N 4.58355°W / 56.00383; -4.58355Coordinates: 56°00′14″N 4°35′01″W / 56.00383°N 4.58355°W / 56.00383; -4.58355
Operations
Line North Clyde Line
Original company Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway & North British Railway
Post-grouping LMS & LNER
Platforms 2
History
15 July 1850 Opened as Balloch D&B[1]
30 June 1952 Renamed Balloch Central[1]
23 April 1988 Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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The station in 1961

Balloch Central railway station was the main railway station serving the town of Balloch in Scotland. It was opened on 15 July 1850[1] by the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway.[2]

Operations[edit]

For most of its passenger services, it was the terminal station. A few services, connecting with the steamer services to Tarbet and Inversnaid, continued to Balloch Pier.[2] This pattern of service continued after electrification of the line in the 1960s. Between 1856 and 1934, it was served also by trains to/from Stirling over the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway. The main line from just north of Dalreoch Junction was singled in 1986 and thereafter all trains use the former southbound platform up until closure.[3]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Alexandria   CR & NBR
Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway
  Balloch Pier

Closure[edit]

The station was closed on 23 April 1988 and was replaced by Balloch station, situated immediately south of the level crossing.[1][4] This relocation allowed the level crossing to be closed.[5] Today the station building has been converted into the Tourist Information Centre. A section of platform survives behind the building.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Butt (1995), page 24
  2. ^ a b Casserley (1968)
  3. ^ "Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway" Crawford, Ewan Railscot; Retrieved 21 July 2016
  4. ^ N/A (1984). "Strathclyde: the Review after the strike". In: Modern Railways, Vol. 42, No. 445, December 1985, Pages 650-651.
  5. ^ N/A (1988). "News & Notes: Balloch rebuilt". In: Railway Magazine, Vol. 134, No. 1049, September 1988, Page 556.

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