Philpstoun railway station

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Philpstoun
Location
Place Philpstoun
Area West Lothian
Coordinates 55°58′38″N 3°30′58″W / 55.9773°N 3.5161°W / 55.9773; -3.5161Coordinates: 55°58′38″N 3°30′58″W / 55.9773°N 3.5161°W / 55.9773; -3.5161
Operations
Original company Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping LNER
Platforms 2
History
21 February 1842 Opened[1]
18 June 1951 Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Philpstoun railway station was a railway station in the village of Philpstoun, to the east of Linlithgow in West Lothian, Scotland. It was located on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.

History[edit]

Philpstoun station was opened by the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway on 21 February 1842.[1] It was closed on 18 June 1951 [1] by British Railways.

The area around Philpstoun, in common with others in West Lothian, was an extremeley busy centre for shale mining and petroleum manufacturing for almost a century, and this was reflected in the railways around Philpstoun. The station itself was situated in a deep cutting, and had two platforms. Immediately to the west, a facing junction, with crossovers and a looping facilities connected to a set of exchange sidings at Westfield, and these ran into Philpstoun No 1 shale mine. Extensive sidings connected within the facility, and a short branch ran just west of the (still extant) shale bings, crossing the canal, and continuing past Easter Pardovan in a southerly direction to serve a shale pit at Ochiltree (just north west of Threemiletown). A tramway ran in the same direction on the eastern flank of the bings. A trailing siding left the main up line near Pardovan, this was known as Pardovan siding and originally served a quarry.

Further west, a line branched from the down main via a trailing junction and ran adjacent to the mainline for some 500 yards before swinging south west, passing Champfleurie, before swinging south to serve oil works and a shale mine between Bridgend and Wester Ochiltree.

The course of these lines can be seen on Sheet 32 (Ordnance Survey Maps One-inch "Third" edition, Scotland, 1903–1912)[2] on the National Library of Scotland digital library (Maps).[3]

Services[edit]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Winchburgh
Line open; station closed
  North British Railway
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
  Linlithgow
Line and Station open
Dalmeny
Line and Station open
  North British Railway
Forth Bridge connecting lines
 

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