Dunblane railway station

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Dunblane National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Bhlàthain[1]
Dunblane railway station from near the footbridge. View south of platforms 1 to 3.jpg
Dunblane railway station, looking south towards Bridge of Allan
Location
PlaceDunblane
Local authorityStirling
Coordinates56°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 referenceNN780009
Operations
Station codeDBL
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms3
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.509 million
2014/15Increase 0.534 million
2015/16Increase 0.539 million
2016/17Decrease 0.519 million
2017/18Increase 0.553 million
History
Original companyScottish Central Railway and Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
Post-groupingLMSR
22 May 1848Opened
Listed status
Listing gradeCategory C
Entry numberLB48964[2]
Added to list17 October 2002
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dunblane from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
The old pedestrian footbridge (replaced 2014)
Southbound train in Strathclyde Partnership for Transport colours

Dunblane railway station serves the town of Dunblane in central Scotland. It is located on the former Scottish Central Railway, between Stirling and Perth and opened with the line in 1848.[3]

Facilities[edit]

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 and 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. As part of the now completed electrification, the semaphore signals formerly operated by the signal box are being replaced with single aspect electrical signals.

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 to the East
  • Parking to the west in the former goods sidings area in conjunction with Tesco parking
  • Help point

In September 2014, a new footbridge opened with imoroved accessability, and the original footbridge removed.[4] The listed footbridge was re-erected at the heritage Bridge of Dun railway station.[5]

Services[edit]

The train operating company that serves Dunblane station is Abellio 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.[6]

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.[7]

On Sundays, there is a local hourly service to Edinburgh and hourly calls each way by the Aberdeen to Glasgow service, along with three Inverness to Glasgow (and vice versa) services. The southbound London North Eastern Railway service between Inverness and London King's Cross also stops here.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bridge of Allan   Abellio ScotRail
Edinburgh–Dunblane Line
  Gleneagles
Bridge of Allan   Abellio ScotRail
Croy Line
  Terminus
Stirling   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Gleneagles
Stirling   London North Eastern Railway
East Coast Main Line
  Gleneagles
  Historical railways  
Bridge of Allan
Line and station open
  Scottish Central Railway
Caledonian Railway
  Kinbuck
Line open; station closed
Terminus   Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Caledonian Railway
  Doune
Line and station closed

Train types[edit]

Abellio ScotRail trains serving Dunblane are made up of a variety of types, including DMUs, EMUs and ex-GWR 4 & 5 four carriage HST sets. DMUs consist mainly of Class 158 and Class 170 sets, with some services still operated by a Class 156. EMUs are made up of Class 385s and the occasional Class 380.

The Serco Caledonian Sleeper service from Inverness to London Euston, which is a class 67 or 73 loco hauled rake of Mk2 and Mk3 coaches.

The London North Eastern Railway that stops here once a day is operated by 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).[8]

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

A short section of (unelectrified) track remains on the branch, and is used for storing track maintenance machines, or sometimes even a DMU. As of April 2019, it is now planned to have this stub electrified in the coming weeks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  2. ^ "STATION ROAD, DUNBLANE RAILWAY STATION INCLUDING ORIGINAL FOOTBRIDGE". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. ^ Railscot - Scottish Central Railway Railscot; Retrieved 2014-01-28
  4. ^ Dunblane station's new £3m footbridge opens for Ryder Cup Network Rail 23 September 2014
  5. ^ "New ridge at Bridge of Dun". Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  6. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16, Table 230 (Network Rail)
  7. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16, Table 229 (Network Rail)
  8. ^ Railscot Chronology - Dunblane, Doune & Callander Railway Railscot; Retrieved 2014-01-28
  • 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 978-1-85260-508-7. 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 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.

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