Helensburgh Upper

Location type


Name and dates

Helensburgh Upper (1894-)

Station code: HLU National Rail ScotRail
Where: Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Opened on the West Highland Railway.
Opened on the Military Port Number 1 Railway.
Open on the West Highland Line.


This station is open. It is located in the north of Helensburgh, up above the town centre (better served by Helensburgh Central).

It was an island platform station with a typical West Highland Railway chalet style station building and, originally, a typical West Highland signal box.

Most island stations on the West Highland were approached by a subway, this one has a long covered ramp walkway which runs down to the platform. This is unique for this line.

There was a goods yard, Helensburgh Upper Goods, to the east of the station, on the north side of the line. It was accessed, by reversal, from the west.

The loop was greatly extended to the west during the Second World War. This was done by doubling the line to the west although the island platform was not extended. A new signal box was required in 1941.

The up platform track was lifted in 1968 and box closed . The former trackbed has been raised to platform level. The station building has been demolished as has the replacement signal box, although its outline can be seen under the platform stone chippings.

A West Highland Railway style railway cottage is on the east side of Sinclair Street, on the north side of the line.


The Helensburgh Hill House is north of the station.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


Gaelic name: Baile Eilidh Àrd
Listing: C


07/08/1894West Highland Railway
Public opening from Fort William to Craigendoran. Stations opened at Craigendoran Upper, Helensburgh Upper, Row, Garelochhead, Arrochar and Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum [WHR], Bridge of Orchy, Gortan (private), Rannoch, Corrour (private), Inverlair, Roy Bridge, Spean Bridge and Fort William [1st].
21/12/1941West Highland Railway
New signal box and longer loop opened at Helensburgh Upper to help with Faslane traffic.
21/07/1968West Highland Railway
Glasgow bound track at Helensburgh Upper lifted and signal box closed.


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