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Balloch Central railway station was the main railway station serving the town of Balloch in Scotland. It was opened on 15 July 1850[1] by the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway.[2]

Balloch Central
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Balloch Central in 1961
Location
PlaceBalloch
AreaWest Dunbartonshire
Coordinates56°00′14″N 4°35′01″W / 56.00383°N 4.58355°W / 56.00383; -4.58355Coordinates: 56°00′14″N 4°35′01″W / 56.00383°N 4.58355°W / 56.00383; -4.58355
Operations
LineNorth Clyde Line
Original companyCaledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway & North British Railway
Post-groupingLMS & LNER
Platforms2
History
15 July 1850Opened as Balloch D&B[1]
30 June 1952Renamed Balloch Central[1]
23 April 1988Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z

Contents

OperationsEdit

For most of its passenger services, it was the terminal station. A few services, connecting with the steamer services to Tarbet and Inversnaid, continued to Balloch Pier.[2] This pattern of service continued after electrification of the line in the 1960s. Between 1856 and 1934, it was served also by trains to/from Stirling over the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway. The main line from just north of Dalreoch Junction was singled in 1986 and thereafter all trains used the former southbound platform up until closure.[3]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Alexandria   CR & NBR
Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway
  Balloch Pier

ClosureEdit

The station was closed on 23 April 1988 and was replaced by Balloch station, situated immediately south of the level crossing.[1][4] This relocation allowed the level crossing to be closed.[5] Today the station building has been converted into a tourist information centre. A section of platform survives behind the building.

 
The tourist information centre that sits on the site of the station

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Butt (1995), page 24
  2. ^ a b Casserley (1968)
  3. ^ "Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway" Crawford, Ewan Railscot; Retrieved 21 July 2016
  4. ^ N/A (1984). "Strathclyde: the Review after the strike". In: Modern Railways, Vol. 42, No. 445, December 1985, Pages 650-651.
  5. ^ N/A (1988). "News & Notes: Balloch rebuilt". In: Railway Magazine, Vol. 134, No. 1049, September 1988, Page 556.

SourcesEdit

  • 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.
  • Casserley, H. C. (1968). Britain's Joint Lines. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0024-7.
  • 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.
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Balloch Central railway station at Wikimedia Commons