Falkirk High railway station

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Falkirk High National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Bràighe na h-Eaglaise Brice[1]
2017 at Falkirk High - platform 1.JPG
Location
PlaceFalkirk
Local authorityFalkirk
Coordinates55°59′30″N 3°47′33″W / 55.9917°N 3.7924°W / 55.9917; -3.7924Coordinates: 55°59′30″N 3°47′33″W / 55.9917°N 3.7924°W / 55.9917; -3.7924
Grid referenceNS882791
Operations
Station codeFKK
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.998 million
– Interchange Decrease 4,890
2014/15Decrease 0.901 million
– Interchange Increase 5,220
2015/16Decrease 0.870 million
– Interchange Increase 5,348
2016/17Decrease 0.847 million
– Interchange Increase 8,682
2017/18Increase 0.872 million
– Interchange Decrease 7,225
History
Original companyEdinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Pre-groupingNorth British Railway
Post-groupingLNER
21 February 1842Opened as Falkirk[2]
1 February 1903Renamed as Falkirk High[2][3]
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Falkirk High from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Falkirk High railway station is one of the railway stations serving the town of Falkirk in Scotland. It is on the Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk Line and situated on the southern edge of the town, close to the Union Canal.

History[edit]

The station was opened as Falkirk with the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway on 21 February 1842.[2] Edinburgh-bound services initially terminated at Haymarket, but were subsequently extended to the North British Railway's station at Edinburgh Waverley in 1846.[4] The NBR took over operations in 1865 when it absorbed the E&GR, with the London and North Eastern Railway succeeding it at the 1923 Grouping.

In 1903, the station was renamed as Falkirk High recognising it being one of several stations in the town (the others being Falkirk Grahamston and Camelon on the Polmont to Larbert/Greenhill loop line) and its location above the town.[3]

Services[edit]

Falkirk High station is open (and staffed) seven days per week; at off-peak times eight trains per hour stop, four for Glasgow via Croy and four for Edinburgh via Polmont and Linlithgow. This drops to every half-hour each way in the evenings.

Journey times to Edinburgh vary from 27 minutes to 38 minutes depending on stopping stations and time of day; to Glasgow the journey time is between 18 and 26 minutes.

On Sundays there is a half-hourly service in each direction.[5]

Train services are provided by Abellio ScotRail.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Croy   Abellio ScotRail
Glasgow-Edinburgh Line
  Polmont
  Historical railways  
Bonnybridge High
Station closed; line open
  Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
North British Railway
  Polmont
Station and line open

Statue[edit]

Falkirk High station is home to the metal sculpture of "Antonine the Legendary Engine" by George Wyllie. This sculpture is of sufficient importance to be listed and protected by the Railway Heritage Committee.[6]

Trivia[edit]

The station is mentioned in the song "Loneliness Shines" by Malcolm Middleton, in which he calls it his "favourite place".[7]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ a b c Butt (1995), p. 93
  3. ^ a b Butt (1995), p. 94
  4. ^ and Glasgow Railway Railscot Chronology - Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway Railscot; Retrieved 2014-01-29
  5. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May 2016 Edition, Table 228
  6. ^ "Railway Heritage Committee List of Designations, Undertakings, and Disposals (as at 12th August 2011)". Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Malcolm Middleton: Into the Woods Lyrics". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2011.{

Sources[edit]

  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  • 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.