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Local area 


This line is in the Highlands. Other than the village at Killin there is very little population along the course of the line. Loch Tay is a long ribbon loch which runs north east to Aberfeldy.



The line was built after the Callander and Oban Railway as there was no convenient station for Killin, the station at Glenoglehead being some miles away and uphill. The line was not absorbed by the Caledonian Railway but survived to be merged with the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.

Description of route 


From Killin Junction to Loch Tay.

Killin Junction


The Killin Railway joined the Callander and Oban Railway at a west facing junction station. Trains ran from Loch Tay and Killin to Killin Junction to meet the services on the Dunblane to Oban line. The station was an exchange platform rather than a station for the local area.



This was a single platform station. This station did not possess a passing loop and, after closure of Loch Tay as a passenger station, passenger trains were gravity shunted while the locomotive took refuge in the goods yard. There was a falling gradient from Killin Junction to Loch Tay and the goods yard was approached from the south. The site is now a car-park.

Loch Tay


This was a single platform station with a rounding loop. There was a line onto a small pier which also had a rounding loop. Boats operated from the Pier here, some running in connection with the Aberfeldy Branch of the Highland Railway. The station building is now a house.

Loch Tay Engine Shed


This was a short distance from Loch Tay station. The shed had a single road. The site of the shed is now a house. After closure of Loch Tay to passengers the shed here remained open for servicing the locomotives.

Page created on 11/03/1997
Page last edited on: 17/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford