Larbert Railway Station


Larbert Station
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Larbert Station

Larbert Railway Station (Gael: Leth-Pheairt), like many, was once more significant than it is today. It opened in 1848 beneath a bridge which carries Main Street over the new Scottish Central Railway, and comprised two platforms and several sidings. The railway was eventually to bring the Falkirk Cattle Trysts to an end, allowing beasts to be brought to the towns and cities of the central belt much more easily than had been possible before. These trysts had been held to the east of Larbert from 1785.

Operated by ScotRail, Larbert Railway Station is staffed part-time and is used by 658,040 passengers per annum (2009-10). Train services link Dunblane with Edinburgh and Glasgow. Larbert is preceded by Stirling Station, 8 miles (13 km) north northwest, and followed by Camelon (1¼ miles / 2 km to the south southeast) on the Edinburgh Line and by Croy (9½ miles / 15 km to the west southwest) on the Glasgow Line.

The station benefitted from a £850,000 facelift in 2007 and a £4 million training centre was opened here by Network Rail in 2008. This is the principal training facility for railway maintenance staff in Scotland and includes more than 200m (656 feet) of track and signals for demonstration purposes.

A plaque in the station commemorates the 215 officers and men of the Royal Scots killed in the Quintinshill Rail Disaster of 1915, who boarded the troop train at Larbert which carried them to their deaths.

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