Tyndrum [1st]

Location type


Name and dates

Tyndrum [1st] (1873-1877)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Where: Stirling
Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.


This was the terminus at Tyndrum of the extension of the Callander and Oban Railway west from Killin [1st].


The station had a single platform, on the north side, goods sidings just to the south. The Callander and Oban Railway moved the engine shed and turntable here from Killin [1st] which was the terminus until the 1873 extension to Tyndrum. These were located to the south of the goods yard. There was a signal box [1st] at the east end.

With the opening of the railway, a nearby lead mines tramway was modified to run to the station, rather than the Glengarry Lead Smelter which was just to the east (the site of this can still be seen where vegetation does not grow).

Clifton, just to the north of the station, was where the roads to Oban and Fort William divided making the location for the terminus ideal, pending extension further west to Oban. With the opening coaches, connecting with the trains, even ran west to Dalmally and then on to Ardrishaig to meet with the steamer and canal boat services, these extending to locations such as Crinan, Oban, Port Appin, Ballachulish, the Corran Ferry and Fort William.

Extension to Dalmally

This station became the goods yard for its replacement, built just to the south, on extension of the line to Dalmally in 1877. A new signal box [2nd] was provided at Tyndrum Goods Junction to control access to the goods yard and replacement station. This was replaced in 1891 [3rd] by a box better placed for a view of the station.

The line was not extended west from the station as it was not on a suitable approach to the summit just to the west. Instead the new line was at a higher level allowing a better angle of approach to the climb.

Later history

The goods yard site remained in use for goods until 1966.

In recent years a pair of houses have been erected on the site of the original passenger terminus but a loading bank remains intact in the former goods yard, now a campsite with wooden huts. Tyndrum by the way

Tyndrum Lower remains open.


Terminus Station

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Routes 3: Stirling to Crianlarich - DVD - Oakwood Press

Callander & Oban Railway Through Time

Callander and Oban Railway (Library of Railway History)

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

Iron Road to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourist Guide to the West Highland Lines

Iron Roads to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourists Souvenir Guide to the West Highland Lines

Oban 1898: Argyllshire Sheet 98.07 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Argyllshire)

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

Scottish Central Railway (Oakwood Library of Railway History)

The Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

The Caledonian, Scotland's Imperial Railway: A History

Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways (Local History Series)

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)