Dunblane railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Bhlàthain|
Dunblane railway station, looking south towards Bridge of Allan
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Scottish Central Railway and Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway|
|22 May 1848||Opened|
|Listing grade||Category C|
|Added to list||17 October 2002|
|National Rail – UK 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 and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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.)
- 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
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.
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||Following station|
|Bridge of Allan||Abellio ScotRail
|Bridge of Allan||Abellio ScotRail
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
|Stirling||London North Eastern Railway
East Coast Main Line
|Bridge of Allan
Line and station open
|Scottish Central Railway
Line open; station closed
|Terminus||Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
Line and station closed
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.
Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway
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).
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.
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- Railscot - Scottish Central Railway Railscot; Retrieved 2014-01-28
- Dunblane station's new £3m footbridge opens for Ryder Cup Network Rail 23 September 2014
- "New ridge at Bridge of Dun". Retrieved 3 March 2019.
- GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16, Table 230 (Network Rail)
- GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16, Table 229 (Network Rail)
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