Glasgow-Perth Line

(Glasgow-Perth Railway Line)

Railway Station, Dunblane
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Railway Station, Dunblane

The Glasgow-Perth Line connects Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station with Perth via Stirling, with passenger services continuing on to Inverness or Dundee and Aberdeen. It skirts to the east of the Kilsyth Hills and crosses into the Forth Valley, through the Ochil Hills to Strath Earn and finally cuts through the eastern section of the Gask Ridge to Strath Tay. The combination of this line and the Dundee and Perth Railway are often designated as the Glasgow-Dundee Line.

The line is 62¾ miles (101 km) in length and the fastest journey time from Glasgow to Perth is 57 minutes. Its first section, as far as Greenhill Junction, is the Glasgow-Edinburgh Line, which began passenger services in 1842, but its core is the former Scottish Central Railway, which opened six years later.

Notable features of the line are the Queen Street Tunnel, the Castlecary Viaduct, the Caledonian Railway Bridge at Stirling, the Kippenross Tunnel, the Barbush Viaduct, the Earn Viaduct and the Moncrieffe Tunnel.

There is a branch to Alloa and services taking that branch are sometimes referred to as running on the Croy Line, but this follows the same route and stops at the same stations as this line as far as Stirling. At Hilton Junction, just before Perth, this line is joined by a branch of the East Coast Main Line.

There are ten stations; namely Glasgow Queen Street, Bishopbriggs, Lenzie, Croy, Larbert, Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Gleneagles and Perth. The busiest station is Glasgow Queen Street, while the least busy is Gleneagles, with just 0.4% of the traffic of the former. There were once additional stations at Dullatur, Castlecary (which both closed in 1967), and then Plean, Bannockburn, Kinbuck, Greenloaning, Carsebreck, Blackford, Auchterarder, Dunning, Forteviot and Forgandenny, which all closed between 1950 and 1956.

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