Dunkeld & Birnam railway station

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Dunkeld & Birnam

Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Chailleann & Braonan[1]
National Rail
Dunkeld & Birnam station geograph-3870417-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
LocationDunkeld, Perth and Kinross
Coordinates56°33′25″N 3°34′42″W / 56.5569°N 3.5783°W / 56.5569; -3.5783Coordinates: 56°33′25″N 3°34′42″W / 56.5569°N 3.5783°W / 56.5569; -3.5783
Grid referenceNO030416
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Other information
Station codeDKD
Key dates
7 April 1856Opened
2015/16Increase 32,022
2016/17Increase 32,878
2017/18Increase 37,982
2018/19Decrease 36,930
2019/20Decrease 36,608
Listed Building – Category A
Designated05 October 1971
Reference no.LB11139[2]
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Dunkeld & Birnam railway station serves the towns of Dunkeld and Birnam in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It is located on the Highland Main Line, 15 miles 31 chains (24.8 km) north of Perth and is the first stop on the line north of there. It has a passing loop 28 chains (560 m) long, flanked by two platforms. Platform 1 on the up (southbound) line can accommodate trains having twelve coaches, but platform 2 on the down (northbound) line can only hold ten.[3] When no crossing is to be made, northbound trains are usually routed through platform 1 which is signalled for bi-directional running.


The station opened on 7 April 1856, as the terminus of the Perth and Dunkeld Railway from Stanley Junction (on the Scottish Midland Junction Railway).[4][5] Seven years later, it became a through station when the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway opened its line to Inverness via Pitlochry and Forres (the I&PJR had taken over the Perth & Dunkeld company that year - prior to this, the SMJR had worked the line).[6][7]

From 1863 to 1896 the station master was John Kinnaird.[8]

The station was host to a LMS caravan in 1935 and 1936 followed by two caravans from 1937 to 1939.[9]

The station was the last in Scotland to be lit by gas lights, these not being replaced by electric versions until the early 1980s. Although the trackbed has been raised following reballasting over the years, the platforms have not had similar treatment and are all considerably sub-standard in height. A couple of 'boxes' have been placed on both platforms to assist passengers to climb into the trains but, because the station is unstaffed, no assistance is available to move these aids into an appropriate position whenever a train arrives.


There are 8 departures to Inverness and 11 to Perth each weekday, with trains to the south going to either Glasgow Queen Street or Edinburgh Waverley.[10]

On Sundays only, the London North Eastern Railway "Highland Chieftain" service calls southbound only en route to London King's Cross; there are 4 trains per day to Inverness and 4 trains per day to Edinburgh Waverley in total.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Perth   London North Eastern Railway
Sunday, Southbound Only
East Coast Main Line
Perth   Abellio ScotRail
Highland Line
Perth   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Historical railways  
Line open; station closed
  Highland Railway
Left arrow Perth and Dunkeld Railway
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway Right arrow
Line open; station closed

Services are provided by Abellio ScotRail, Caledonian Sleeper and London North Eastern Railway.


  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Dunkeld and Birnam Station including footbridge (LB11139)". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  3. ^ Brailsford 2017, map 19A.
  4. ^ Quick 2019, p. 352.
  5. ^ Thomas & Turnock 1989, p. 112.
  6. ^ Grant 2017, p. 279.
  7. ^ Crawford, Ewan. "Railscot - Perth and Dunkeld Railway". Railscot. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Retirement of Dunkeld Stationmaster". Dundee Advertiser. Scotland. 17 December 1896. Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ McRae 1997, p. 22.
  10. ^ Table 229 National Rail timetable, May 2016


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  • Grant, Donald J. (2017). Directory of the Railway Companies of Great Britain (1st ed.). Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire: Troubador Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-78803-768-6.
  • McRae, Andrew (1997). British Railway Camping Coach Holidays: The 1930s & British Railways (London Midland Region). Scenes from the Past: 30 (Part One). Foxline. ISBN 1-870119-48-7.
  • Quick, Michael (2019) [2001]. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (PDF) (5th ed.). Railway and Canal Historical Society.
  • Thomas, John; Turnock, David (1989). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain. 15 The North of Scotland (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 0-946537-03-8.