Balquhidder railway station

Balquhidder railway station

Infobox UK disused station
name = Balquhidder

caption =
original = Callander and Oban Railway
pregroup = Callander and Oban Railway operated by Caledonian Railway
locale = Lochearnhead
borough = Stirling (district)
years = 1 June 1870
events = Opened as Lochearnhead
years1 = 1 July 1904
events1 = Renamed as Balquhidder
years2 = 18 December 1904
events2 = Station relocated south of original site
years3 = 27 September 1965
events3 = Effective closure date
years4 = 5 November 1965
events4 = Official closure date
platforms = 3

Balquhidder was a railway station around two miles south of Lochearnhead, Stirling (district). It was the where the Callander and Oban Railway was joined by the Comrie, St Fillans & Lochearnhead Railway from Crieff.


Opening and development

When opened as part of the Callander and Oban Railway on 1 June 1870, Balquhidder station was called Lochearnhead. The station was laid out with two platforms, one on either side of a crossing loop. There were sidings on the east side of the station. The station was renamed as Balquhidder on 1 July 1904.

Balquhidder station was relocated slightly further south on 18 December 1904 in preparation for it becoming a junction with the Comrie, St Fillans & Lochearnhead Railway. Upon the opening of the junction on 1 May 1905, the station boasted two signal boxes and an engine shed.


When the line to Crieff closed on 1 October 1951, the station ceased to be a junction.

The crossing loop was taken out of use on 21 March 1965.

This station was closed with the Callander and Oban line on 27 September 1965, six weeks before the scheduled closure on 5 November 1965 due to a landslide in Glen Ogle.

Current status

The site is now a holiday park with log cabins, caravans, camping etc. Recently the station steps were repainted and repairs were undertaken to the crumbling wall of the remains of the waiting room. The pedestrian tunnel can still be accessed though is blocked half way through. Across the road, the old post office is now the site of the Golden Larches Restaurant.


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