Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway

Introduction

This railway is still open. This railway runs between Balloch and Bowling via Dumbarton Central. A long section of the line from Dumbarton East Junction to Bowling is closed.

The company is known by a number of different names and the name and spellings used in the 1846 Act are used here. Not all the authorised lines were built, the line failed to reach Helensburgh and Glasgow.

This confusion is due to the modern standardised spellings; Dumbarton (the town) and Dunbartonshire (the district). Further the word Junction is sometimes omitted. This is compounded by the leading railway author and historian John Thomas varying the name of the line between his various books. As a result the company known by many names including: the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Railway, the Caledonian and Dunbartonshire Junction Railway, the West Dunbartonshire Railway and the Dunbartonshire Railway.



Dates

  /  /1846Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Act receives Royal assent. The Act included provision for the Caledonian Railway to purchase the line (although this did not happen a portion through Dumbarton station did end up being partly Caledonian owned).
  /  /1846Bowling Harbour
Authorisation to expand the harbour in anticipation of the opening of the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway.
  /  /1847Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Deviation from original route and branches authorised.
15/07/1850Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Opened from Balloch [1st] via Dumbarton to Bowling on the River Clyde, and beside the Forth and Clyde Canal. Steamers ran in connection with the line on Loch Lomond and the River Clyde. A turntable is installed to the north west of the Balloch [1st] station.
  /  /1858Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Balloch [1st] turntable replaced.
14/08/1862Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway absorbed by Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
  /  /1892Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Cordale Works Branch authorised.
  /  /1895Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Balloch [1st] turntable replaced for impending joint ownership of line for larger Caledonian Railway locomotives.
01/10/1896Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
The North British Railway is obliged to put its Dumbarton Central to Balloch Pier line into joint ownership with the Caledonian Railway to stop the Caledonian Railway from building a second railway (the proposed Dumbarton, Jamestown and Loch Lomond Railway) from Dumbarton to Balloch. The North British Railway now has to pay access charges for its section between Dalreoch Junction and Dumbarton East Junction. The Caledonian Railway is, from this date, admitted to the Balloch line.
30/12/1907Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Agreement to lift the toll to the North British Railway at Dalreoch from 15/05/1911.
15/05/1922Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Lifting of toll for North British Railway between Dalreoch Junction and Dumbarton East Junction.
  /  /1938Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Balloch [1st] turntable replaced with a 60ft.
25/04/1960Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Dumbarton (East Junction) to Bowling (Dunglass Junction) closed to all traffic
28/09/1986Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Balloch Pier closed to passengers. The electric catenary was used to electrify the Sunnyside Junction to Whifflet South Junction line.
24/04/1988Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Balloch station opened, replacing Balloch Central. Balloch signal box, level crossing and the remaining single track to Balloch Central taken out of use.
  /06/1999Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
completion of repair of Dumbarton Central^s canopies after storm damage. Barriers erected to block off former eastbound platform.
19/06/1999Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Renton station booking office closed.
20/05/2011Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway
Bridge strike results in bus losing its top deck at Dumbarton Central.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Bowling to Balloch

This timber steamer pier is now completely derelict. It was to the west of the Bowling Harbour wall outside the harbour itself. It was both a passenger and goods pier.
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Kilgarth, an Admiralty salvage vessel (pennant no A232), seen at Frisky Wharf in 1987. The vessel was broken up here in 1993. This steamer pier was ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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This is a two platform station in the south of Bowling at at the north west end of Bowling Harbour.
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Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
320305 and 320417 arrive at Bowling with the 1525 hrs service to Motherwell on 02 June 2019. ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2019
The combined 1010 hrs from Mallaig and the 1211 hrs from Oban pass Bowling on 02 June 2019 heading to Glasgow Queen Street. 156457 was the leading ...
John McIntyre 02/06/2019
334034 passes Bowling at speed on its way east with a service from Helensburgh on 27 April 2013. ...
John McIntyre 27/04/2013
156 449 passes Bowling station with a West Highlands-Glasgow train. Arnott Youngs works to left. ...
Ewan Crawford //1990
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This oil terminal was west of Bowling, just west of Dunglass Castle. The site had several jetties, oil storage tanks stretching east from the jetties east to Bowling Shipyard along the shoreline (south of the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway, further tanks between the C&DR and the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, tanks on the hillside above, over the A82, ...

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View from the embankment of the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway looking east over the now lifted tracks of the Bowling Oil Terminal. ...
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This goods yard was at the end of a long siding from Dumbuck Signal Box, which predated it. The line was on the north side of the line and approached via a reversing spur from the eastbound line. The yard was just south of Milton and finished with a loading bank and sidings.
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Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, Dumbuck siding. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 13/04/2007
Caledonian Railway Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire line, with Dumbuck siding going off to the left. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 13/04/2007
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This signal box was on the south side of the line just east of the Glasgow Road overbridge and west of the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway overbridge.
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V3 67632 passing Dumbuck on 12 April 1958 with an up Helensburgh train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 12/04/1958
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This junction was directly east of Dumbarton Central station. It was formed in 1896. Here the former Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway of 1850 (now owned by the North British Railway) was met by the newly opened Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway.
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Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Closed NB line in Dumbarton; looking east by the bonded warehouse east of Dumbarton Central. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway. Bridge over Greenhead Road, Dumbarton. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 10/11/2009
Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Line. Route now through bonded warehouses, Dumbarton, lookng east. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 10/11/2009
V3 67625 photographed at Dumbarton East Junction on 12 April 1958 at the head of a Helensburgh - Bridgeton train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 12/04/1958
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This is a three platform station on the Helensburgh, Balloch and West Highland Railway lines.
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334038 leaves Dumbarton Central heading (non stop) for Helensburgh Central on 17th July 2018.
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Beth Crawford 17/07/2018
MSP Jackie Baillie and Provost William Hendrie prepare to cut a red tape to open the Armed Forces Veterans^ Association Heritage Centre with an ...
Ewan Crawford 27/04/2018
320313 waits in platform 2 at Dumbarton Central as in the distance 318252 returns from Dalreoch ^bang road^ to enter platform 3 during a period of ...
John McIntyre 07/09/2019
Up on the roof; in the background workmen are repairing the roof of the westbound platforms building. ...
Beth Crawford 11/04/2019
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This ship engine works was located by the River Leven on either side of the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway immediately east of Leven Viaduct [Dumbarton] and west of Dumbarton Central.
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This is a double track girder viaduct over the River Leven between Dalreoch, to the west, and Dumbarton Central, to the east. There are five girders.
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Eastbound 303 crossing the Leven Viaduct. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Westbound train crosses Leven Viaduct. Right hand side of photograph spoiled by double exposure ... very cheap camera. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
A 311 heads west over the River Leven. ...
Ewan Crawford //1990
A mixed livery train crossing the River Leven viewed from the Dumbarton bank. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/06/2016
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This is a double track junction to the immediate west of Dalreoch station.
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Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
334017 takes the Helensburgh line at Dalreoch Junction. ...
Beth Crawford 25/05/2017
A 6-car 320 combination approaching Dalreoch Junction off the Helensburgh line on 9 September 2007 with a morning service to Airdrie. View west from ...
John Furnevel 09/09/2007
Heading for Balloch at Dalreoch Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford 04/11/2006
Taking the Balloch route at Dalreoch Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
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Dalreoch is a two platform station with the junction between the Balloch branch and the Helensburgh line immediately to its west. The station has two car parks and a staffed station building. To the east is the Leven Viaduct and Dumbarton Central.
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Eastbound 334 train pulls into Dalreoch. ...
Beth Crawford 18/05/2017
334 heads into the setting sun at Dalreoch. ...
Beth Crawford 18/05/2017
334030 calls at Dalreoch with a service to Helensburgh Central on 22 November 2011. ...
John McIntyre 22/11/2011
New high tech bike rack / sculpture at Dalreoch. ...
Beth Crawford 18/05/2017
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This forge was located north of Dalreoch station and east of the Balloch branch. Opened 1855.
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This box was a little north of Dalreoch Junction and south of Renton. A headshunt made a trailing connection on the west side to the northbound line. By reversal Dalreoch Quarry could be reached by a short line which passed under the main road to the west. The box was on the west side, just south of a road overbridge.
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This was the junction for a goods branch serving Dalquhurn Printworks and Cordale Works. This junction was between Dalreoch (to the south) and Renton (to the north). The goods line ran north following the River Leven, to the east of Renton.
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This is a single platform station, the platform being the former southbound platform. The British Railways built station building still stands, no longer in railway use.
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Southbound train leaves Renton station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
The station building at Renton on 9 September 2007, looking west along Station Street. ...
John Furnevel 09/09/2007
Balloch bound at Renton. Disused platform to right. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Looking south along the single line towards Dalreoch Junction on Sunday 9 September 2007 from the platform at Renton. ...
John Furnevel 09/09/2007
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This dye works was on the east bank of the River Leven by Bonhill.
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This is a single platform station. There is a modern building on the platform. With road improvements, planners have placed the station in the middle of a large roundabout. There is a car park.
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A Balloch service calls at Alexandria on 01 September 2018 in this view northwards along the remaining platform. ...
John McIntyre 01/09/2018
Alexandria looking south. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Detail of pipe bridge across the Leven for dyeworks. ...
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Rear view of 320 311 as it pulls out of Alexandria on 1 April 2009 with the last leg of a service to Balloch. ...
David Panton 01/04/2009
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This factory was built for the Argyll Motor Company. A very fine set of offices formed a frontage onto North Main Street behind which was the factory itself. It is this frontage which remains today.
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This signal box was between Forth and Clyde Junction [Balloch], Balloch, (to the north) and Alexandria station to the south.
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This was a double track junction between the existing Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway of 1850 and the later Forth and Clyde Junction Railway of 1856. The junction was south of Balloch Central and today^s Balloch station.
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Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
334033 passes the site of Forth and Clyde Junction as it approaches the bridge carrying the A811 over the railway, a short distance from the present ...
John McIntyre 01/09/2018
Fairburn tank 42126 runs south past Forth and Clyde Junction shortly after setting out from Balloch on 9 July 1957 with a train for Rutherglen. See ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/07/1957
Standard 2-6-4T 80006 passing Forth and Clyde Junction on 9 July 1957 with a Rutherglen - Balloch train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/07/1957
View south from Balloch in July 1957 over Forth and Clyde Junction. [Ref query 4349] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 09/07/1957
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This is a single platform station - the platform occupying what was the down track before it was lifted. The station is south of Balloch Road which was formerly crossed by a level crossing to reach Balloch Central.
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Standing next to the buffers and looking south along the platform at Balloch as 334033 waits to set off back towards Glasgow on 01 September 2018. ...
John McIntyre 01/09/2018
The old SPT livery is still around, though it has an increasingly retro look. The driver of 318 261 climbs aboard to take a train back to Airdrie, ...
David Panton 08/10/2016
An arrival at Balloch. View looks north to Loch Lomond. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/11/2019
318 265 reaches journey^s end at Balloch on 08/10/2016. The green notice attached to the fence is for the Samaritans. Comment is superfluous. ...
David Panton 08/10/2016
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This was a two platform station to the north of the level crossing over Balloch Road. The station building still stands. This was the main station in Balloch, Balloch Pier was to the north. Balloch, to the south of the level crossing, replaced this station.
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This was a minimal shed. Facilities were spread out around the Balloch stations. The shed building had a single covered road and water tank. It was located to the immediate west of Balloch Central and was approached from the north. The turntable was further north (half way to Balloch Pier) on the west side of the line, the brick-lined pit surviving into the 1980s. The coaling bench was on ...

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This was the factory of the British Silk Dyeing Company located west of Balloch Central on the north side of Balloch Road. It was served by a siding from the turntable line south of Balloch Pier station. Approach was from the north with the single track long siding running south and then west to serve the north of the factory site. At the buffer end was a short loop.
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This was a two platform station, an island platform with a long face which ran onto the pier and a shorter bay platform on the west side. Passenger steamers called on the west side of the pier.
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The winch engine and cable drum at Balloch Pier, used for hauling lake steamers onto the slipway for maintenance. Seen during an Open Day in 2016 with ...
Colin Miller 11/06/2016
The engine room on board the Maid of the Loch in April 2017. According to a recent News Item, the public will be able to view the engines at work ...
John McIntyre 27/04/2017
A postcard view of the PS Princess May alongside Balloch Pier. The pier was rebuilt several times, this incarnation being partly timber. Trains ...
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MV Silver Marlin enters the River Leven to return to her mooring by Balloch Road bridge in November 2019. Distantly on the left is the east side ...
Ewan Crawford 26/11/2019
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Dumbarton Goods Branch

This junction was directly east of Dumbarton Central station. It was formed in 1896. Here the former Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway of 1850 (now owned by the North British Railway) was met by the newly opened Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway.
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Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway
Closed NB line in Dumbarton; looking east by the bonded warehouse east of Dumbarton Central. ...
Ewan Crawford //1987
Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway. Bridge over Greenhead Road, Dumbarton. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 10/11/2009
Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway Line. Route now through bonded warehouses, Dumbarton, lookng east. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 10/11/2009
V3 67625 photographed at Dumbarton East Junction on 12 April 1958 at the head of a Helensburgh - Bridgeton train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 12/04/1958
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This goods yard was to the south of Dumbarton Central. It was approached from Dumbarton East Junction. There was direct access for trains from the east and a reversing spur for trains from the west. A westbound goods loop ran from Dumbarton East Junction to the south end of Dumbarton East station. The goods yard was opened by the [[Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian ...

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This was the Denny Shipyard, located on the east bank of a bend of the River Leven in Dumbarton.
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Cordale Branch

This was the junction for a goods branch serving Dalquhurn Printworks and Cordale Works. This junction was between Dalreoch (to the south) and Renton (to the north). The goods line ran north following the River Leven, to the east of Renton.
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This bleachworks was located by Dalquhurn Point on the west bank of the River Leven where washed cloth could be laid out on the level ground to bleach in sunlight.
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