Dunkeld & Birnam railway station

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Dunkeld & Birnam National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Chailleann & Braonan[1]
Dunkeld & Birnam station geograph-3870417-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Location
Place Dunkeld
Local authority Perth and Kinross
Coordinates 56°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 reference NO030416
Operations
Station code DKD
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 27,862
2013/14 Increase 29,924
2014/15 Increase 31,050
2015/16 Increase 32,022
2016/17 Increase 32,878
History
1856 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dunkeld & Birnam from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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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.[2]

History[edit]

The station opened in April 1856, as the terminus of the Perth and Dunkeld Railway from Stanley Junction (on the Scottish Midland Junction Railway). 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).[3]

From 1863 to 1896 the station master was John Kinnaird.[4]

Services[edit]

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.[5]

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
East Coast Main Line
  Pitlochry
Perth   Abellio ScotRail
Highland Line
  Pitlochry
Perth   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Pitlochry
  Historical railways  
Rohallion
Line open; station closed
  Highland Railway
Left arrow Perth and Dunkeld Railway
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway Right arrow
  Dalguise
Line open; station closed

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

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. ^ Brailsford 2017, map 19A.
  3. ^ "Railscot - Perth and Dunkeld Railway" Crawford, Ewan; Railbrit.co.uk; Retrieved 11 August 2016
  4. ^ "Retirement of Dunkeld Stationmaster". Dundee Advertiser. Scotland. 17 December 1896. Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ Table 229 National Rail timetable, May 2016