Dalmuir railway station

Dalmuir railway station is a railway station serving the Dalmuir area of Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. It is a large, five platform interchange between the Argyle Line, North Clyde Line and West Highland Line.

Dalmuir

Scottish Gaelic: An Dail Mhòr[1]
National Rail
Dalmuir 318250.jpg
The Yoker route platforms
General information
LocationDalmuir, West Dunbartonshire
Scotland
Coordinates55°54′43″N 4°25′37″W / 55.9120°N 4.4270°W / 55.9120; -4.4270Coordinates: 55°54′43″N 4°25′37″W / 55.9120°N 4.4270°W / 55.9120; -4.4270
Grid referenceNS484714
Managed byScotRail
Transit authoritySPT
Platforms5
Other information
Station codeDMR
History
Original companyGlasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway & Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
Pre-groupingNorth British Railway
Post-groupingLNER
Key dates
1858original station opened
1897new station opened
1952renamed Dalmuir Park
1973reverted to Dalmuir
Passengers
2016/17Increase 0.961 million
 Interchange Increase 0.120 million
2017/18Decrease 0.921 million
 Interchange Decrease 42,309
2018/19Increase 0.923 million
 Interchange Decrease 40,724
2019/20Decrease 0.916 million
 Interchange Decrease 37,573
2020/21Decrease 0.128 million
 Interchange Decrease 10,199
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

The station is very close to the Dalmuir drop lock on the Forth and Clyde Canal.

HistoryEdit

The original two platform station located on Park Road, was the first stop after Maryhill Park on the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway opened in May 1858.[citation needed] The station was relocated to its current location in 1897 by the North British Railway and enlarged to four platforms to accommodate the extension of the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway from Clydebank - the new line met the older one via Drumchapel immediately west of the original platforms at Dalmuir Park Junction after passing beneath the former GD&HR line a few yards to the east.[citation needed] The station was known as Dalmuir Park between 1952 and 1973[2] A fifth platform was added as part of the Argyle Line expansion in 1979.

Station layoutEdit

There are four through platforms, two on the Yoker branch & two on the Singer branch along with a terminal bay platform from the Yoker branch constructed as part of the Argyle Line improvement works in 1979 under British Rail. Trains terminating from the Singer branch reverse in a turnback siding to the west of the station just past the junction. The two inner platforms link up at the north end of the station, where there were formerly two footbridges - one spanning each pair of lines. However these were dismantled in 2010 after being replaced by a new, fully disability-accessible bridge fitted with three lifts that links all five platforms. The other station buildings are Portakabin-type structures erected in the early 1980s to replace the original stone ones.

ServicesEdit

 
View from Duntocher Road

Passenger services are provided by ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper. As befits a junction station with two alternative routes to the city and access to both main stations there (Glasgow Queen Street Low Level and Glasgow Central (Low Level)) there are a wide range of destinations available. Northbound, there are 2 trains per hour each to both Balloch and Helensburgh Central via Dumbarton Central, plus a further 2tph that terminate at the latter. Generally services to Helensburgh & Balloch are nonstop to Dumbarton East, with the intermediate stations served by the Dumbarton Central terminating trains.

South/eastbound services are 2tph each to Cumbernauld via Yoker, Airdrie via Singer and Edinburgh Waverley (since December 2010), all via Queen Street LL; and 2tph each to Larkhall via Singer and Whifflet via Yoker (of which 1tph extends to Motherwell), all via Central LL and the Argyle Line. Arrivals from the Argyle line however, are from Motherwell via Hamilton and Yoker (of which 1tph is from Cumbernauld via Coatbridge Central) and from Whifflet via Carmyle and Singer (of which 1tph is from Motherwell) rather than Larkhall. Following a major timetable recast in December 2014, through workings from here over the Argyle Line no longer directly serve stations via Bellshill to Lanark as they did previously, though connections are available by changing at Cambuslang.

On Sundays there is a simplified pattern in operation - Helensburgh to Edinburgh via Singer and Queen St, and Balloch via Yoker and Central LL to either Larkhall or Motherwell via Whifflet (hourly by each route).[3]

In addition the station is the first (or last) stop for West Highland Line services from Queen Street High Level to Oban and Mallaig via Fort William however there is one train per day from Oban which doesn't call here and passes through.[4] The Highland Sleeper service also calls in each direction daily (except Saturday nights southbound and Sunday mornings northbound), giving the station a direct link to/from London Euston via the West Coast Main Line.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Singer   ScotRail
Argyle Line
  Terminus
Clydebank    
Singer   ScotRail
North Clyde Line
  Kilpatrick
Clydebank    
Glasgow Queen Street (High Level)   ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Dumbarton Central
Glasgow Queen Street (Low Level)   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Dumbarton Central
  Historical railways  
Singer
Line and station open
  North British Railway
Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
  Kilpatrick
Line and station open
Singer Works
Line partially open; station closed
   
Clydebank
Line and station open
  North British Railway
Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway
  Terminus

NotesEdit

  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. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ GB NRT May 2016, Tables 225 & 226
  4. ^ GB NRT May 2016, Table 227 (Network Rail)

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  • [1] Video footage of Dalmuir railway station.