Helensburgh Central railway station

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Helensburgh Central National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Baile Eilidh Meadhain[1]
Helensburgh Central station 2012.jpg
Local authorityArgyll and Bute
Coordinates56°00′14″N 4°43′53″W / 56.0038°N 4.7315°W / 56.0038; -4.7315Coordinates: 56°00′14″N 4°43′53″W / 56.0038°N 4.7315°W / 56.0038; -4.7315
Grid referenceNS297823
Station codeHLC
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms3
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.826 million
2014/15Increase 0.843 million
2015/16Decrease 0.811 million
2016/17Decrease 0.765 million
2017/18Increase 0.774 million
Passenger Transport Executive
Original companyGlasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Pre-groupingNorth British Railway
28 May 1858Opened as Helensburgh
8 June 1953Renamed Helensburgh Central
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Helensburgh Central from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Helensburgh Central railway station (Scottish Gaelic: Baile Eilidh Meadhain) serves the town of Helensburgh on the north shore of the Firth of Clyde, near Glasgow, Scotland. The station is a terminus on the North Clyde Line, 24 miles (38 km) north west of Glasgow Queen Street railway station. Passenger services are operated by Abellio ScotRail on behalf of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

The station is Helensburgh's main railway station, the other being the much smaller Helensburgh Upper on the West Highland Line.


The station was opened in 1858 (as Helensburgh), as the terminus of the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway and is located in the centre of the town.[2] The GD&HR was taken over by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway company in 1862, which in turn was absorbed by the North British Railway three years later. The entire station building and platforms were rebuilt in 1897 to the design of James Carswell.[3]

The route became part of the London and North Eastern Railway at the 1923 Grouping and then the Scottish Region of British Railways at nationalisation on 1 January 1948. It was given its current name in June 1953, with electric operation beginning in November 1960 as part of the North Clyde modernisation scheme.

Three of the four original platforms at the station remain in use, though the old engine shed and signal box have both been closed, the latter in 1989, when the entire North Clyde network came under the control of Yoker signalling centre. The line from Craigendoran Junction had previously been singled in 1984.[4]


Services at this station are provided by Class 320, Class 334 and the occasional Class 318 electric multiple units.

2006/07 service pattern[edit]

There are two services per hour Monday-Sunday, with trains running to Glasgow Queen Street and the 1989 Drumgelloch station in North Lanarkshire. There were additional trains in both the morning and evening peaks.

Winter 2009/10[edit]

  • 2tph to Drumgelloch (1989). From May 2010 services only ran as far as Airdrie.

Winter 2010/10 (interim timetable from 12 December 2010)[edit]

As a result of delays with commissioning of the Class 380 trains, insufficient Class 334 trains for the full service have been available for introduction of intended timetable from 12 December 2010.[5]

Monday to Friday
  • 1tph to Edinburgh Waverley
  • 1tph to Airdrie
Saturday and Sunday
  • 2tph Helensburgh Central to Edinburgh Waverley

Winter 2010/11 (Full service from 12 December 2010)[edit]

Following the opening of the line between Airdrie and Bathgate, the service is combined with Edinburgh to Bathgate service, the complete service when sufficient rolling stock is available is two trains per hour to Edinburgh Waverley (Monday to Sunday)[6]

Spring 2016[edit]

The December 2015 timetable consists of a basic half-hourly service to/from Edinburgh Waverley via Dalmuir, Partick, Queen Streen L.L and Airdrie. On weekdays & Saturdays, these run limited stop south of Dumbarton East through to Queen Street then call at all stations east of there. On Sundays they serve all stations via Singer.[7]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Craigendoran   Abellio ScotRail
North Clyde Line
  Historical railways  
Line and Station open
  Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
North British Railway
A Class 334 ready to start its journey to Edinburgh



  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. ^ Railscot - Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway, Railscot. Retrieved 27 January 2014
  3. ^ http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=100260
  4. ^ Helensburgh Central Station in 1987, Railscot. Retrieved 27 January 2014
  5. ^ "We've added something new to Central Scotland". Archived from the original on 11 January 2011.
  6. ^ "National Rail Timetable 226; December 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  7. ^ GB NRT May 2016, Table 226 (Network Rail)


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