Edinburgh-Dunblane Line

(Edinburgh-Dunblane Railway Line)

A commuter rail link in E Central Scotland, the Edinburgh-Dunblane Line extends to 41½ miles / 66.8 km in length and includes eleven stations. The line begins as the East Coast Main Line, shares the mainline Edinburgh-Glasgow route to Polmont and continues as the central section of the Glasgow-Perth Line. The section between Falkirk Grahamston and Larbert Junction is shared with the Cumbernauld Line.

There is a branch from Stirling to Alloa, but this is only used by freight and passenger services from Glasgow. There is also a branch to Grangemouth, but this is presently used only by freight, Grangemouth having lost its passenger service in 1968. The line was electrified in 2018 and the service frequency improved from hourly to half-hourly. Journey times from Edinburgh to Dunblane now average 54 minutes.

The core of the line opened in 1850 as the Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway, built to provide access to the Scottish Central Railway, and their route to Perth, for the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Company. The eastern section was the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, which has opened in 1842, while the Scottish Central Railway provided the section from Larbert Junction to Dunblane that began service in 1848 but amalgamated with the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway's arch rival, the Caledonian Railway, in 1865.

The eleven stations are Edinburgh Waverley, Haymarket, Edinburgh Park, Linlithgow, Polmont, Falkirk Grahamston, Camelon, Larbert, Stirling, Bridge of Allan and Dunblane.

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