John Speller's Web Pages Killin Railway

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When the Callander & Oban Railway was under construction between 1866 and 1880, there was a possibility of the line passing through Killin, but the desire to avoid building two expensive viaducts -- over the Dochart and Lochay Rivers -- led to the line skirting Killin 5 miles to the southwest. The Killin Railway was built privately by a group of local landowners, and as there was no necessity for the compulsory purchase of land or the need to raise capital, no Act was required to build the line. Under the Railway Constructional Facilities Act of 1864 a Board of Trade Certificate, issued in 1883, was all that was required. The line cost 20,785. The line opened to goods and passenger traffic on 13 March 1886, and was worked by the Caledonian Railway. The line was 5 miles 1 chain long and ran from Killin Junction on the Callander & Oban line via Killin to Loch Tay. The company remained nominally independent until the Grouping of 1923, when it passed to the LMS. Passenger service between Loch Tay and Killin was withdrawn on the outbreak of World War II on 11 September 1939 and was not reinstated after the War, although since the engine shed was at Loch Tay the line continued in use. It was intended to withdraw service from the rest of the branch on 1 November 1965 under the Beeching Axe, but following a landslide at Glen Ogle on the Oban line on 27 September 1965 the line closed six weeks early.
Map of the Killin Railway
Four-wheelers at Loch Tay station shortly after opening in around 1890. Image National Railway Museum and SSPL and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Universal (CC0) license.
Viaduct over the Dochart River on the Killin branch line. Image copyright Iain Lees and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Ex-Caledonian Railway McIntosh Class 2-P 0-4-4T No. 55322 with the Killin branch train at Killin Junction in 1958. Image copyright Flying Stag and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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