Helensburgh Upper railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Baile Eilidh Ard|
Helensburgh Upper station
|Local authority||Argyll and Bute|
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
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|Original company||West Highland Railway|
|Pre-grouping||North British Railway|
|7 August 1894||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 Helensburgh Upper from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Helensburgh Upper railway station serves the town of Helensburgh, Scotland, on the north shore of the Firth of Clyde to the west of Glasgow. It is located in a residential area uphill from the town centre and is by far the smaller of the town's three stations.
The station opened in 1894.
Originally built with an island platform in a cutting, the Up platform was taken out of use in 1968 although the station building remained in use for another few years. Until the 1960s, the station was served by a local shuttle service between Craigendoran and Arrochar & Tarbet in addition to main line trains to Fort William & Mallaig. Latterly operated by a Wickham diesel railbus, it fell victim to the Beeching Axe in 1964.
The station is within a short walk of the Hill House, built by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and now preserved by the National Trust for Scotland. By using Helensburgh Upper station to visit the Hill House, visitors can avoid the walk uphill from Helensburgh Central railway station. However, Helensburgh Upper has an infrequent train service compared with that available to and from Helensburgh Central.
Unlike Helensburgh Central, Helensburgh Upper gets a less frequent service - trains from here are however quicker than those from Central (as they run express from Dumbarton Central). On Monday to Saturdays, there are 6 trains per day each way, 3 to Oban only, 3 to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig (combined portions) and 6 to Glasgow Queen Street (High Level). On Sundays there are 3 trains to Glasgow and three in the opposite direction - one to Oban and two combined Oban/Mallaig trains in the summer, 2 Oban & one combined service in winter. The station is also served by the Caledonian Sleeper between London Euston and Fort William via Queen Street Low Level and Edinburgh Waverley six days per week (no service southbound on Saturday night or northbound on a Sunday morning).
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Dumbarton Central||Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
|Dumbarton Central||Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
Line open; Station closed
|North British Railway
West Highland Railway
Line open; Station closed
On 27 March 1988, Helensburgh Upper became the southern extremity of the Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) signalling on the West Highland Line. A two-aspect colour light signal installed at the east end of the platform controls entry into the Craigendoran signal box (since superseded by Yoker IECC) Track Circuit Block signalling area. The RETB system was installed by British Rail.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Helensburgh Upper railway station.|
- 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.
- RAILSCOT on the West Highland Railway