Dunblane railway station
The now demolished pedestrian overpass
|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|
|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.|
|UK Railways portal|
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.
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
- Help point
In September 2014, a new footbridge opened with the original footbridge removed.
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 Virgin Trains East Coast service between Inverness and London Kings Cross also stops here.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Bridge of Allan||Abellio ScotRail
|Bridge of Allan||Abellio ScotRail
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
|Stirling||Virgin Trains East Coast
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 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.
The lines from both Edinburgh & Glasgow via Stirling are due to be electrified by 2018 as part of the modernisation work associated with the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme, which will see track layout changes and re-signalling work take place here.
Once this project is completed, a major timetable recast will follow - this will lead to reduced journey times to both main cities and a more frequent service to Perth & Dundee.
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 track remains on the branch, and is used for storing track maintenance machines, or sometimes even a DMU.
- Railscot - Scottish Central Railway Railscot; Retrieved 2014-01-28
- Dumblane station's new £3m footbridge opens for Ryder Cup Network Rail 23 September 2014
- GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16, Table 230 (Network Rail)
- GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16, Table 229 (Network Rail)
- "Electrification Programme"Transport Scotland; Retrieved 18 August 2016
- "‘Revolution In Rail’ To Bring New Services And Faster Trains"Evening Express news article 15 March 2016; Retrieved 18 August 2016
- Railscot Chronology - Dunblane, Doune & Callander Railway Railscot; Retrieved 2014-01-28
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dunblane railway station.|
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