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Third prize for most enhanced railway station in National Community Rail Awards 2015

Graham and Liz are delighted to have been awarded third prize in the Most Enhanced Station Building category at the National Community Rail Awards 2015 for the Restoration of Dalmally Railway Station.
It was a great event, with so many inspiring railway projects. Proud to be part of such a strong Scottish contingent.
Our grateful thanks go to John Yellowlees for his unfailing support.

Seeking employees at the station

Now that we have found most of the Station Masters, we are seeking more of the people the other people who worked around the station.
Can you help?

1877 – 1881
Station Master :
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess

1881-1890’s
Station master William Thornton
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess

1890’s-1914
Station master George Dawson
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :
1914-1915
Station master Thomas D Burns
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :
1920-1931
Station master Peter Gow
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :

1931-1943
Station master John Walker
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :
Fraser stationmaster - Jock McColl signals - Margaret clerkess
1943-1949
Station master Ian McBean
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :

1949-1950 station house vacant
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :

1950-1952
Station master George G Castel
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :

1952 Station house empty
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :

1952-1959
Station master Frank Fraser
Porter –
Signalman : Jock McCall, Walter Campbell and Bert Barnet
Clerkess : Firstly Jessie Carter then Margaret McDougal from railway cottage- (father Maurice worked on the railway too)

1959-1963
Station master Mr McDonald (his son was called Hector, and he had a wee dog called Nippy
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :

1963-1969
Station master Donald Cooke
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :

1969-1979
who was station master
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :

Bert Barnett was he signal man/porter?
What years was he in Dalmally Station?

1979-1983
Station master Frances Eadie
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :

1983-1988
Porter :
Signalman :
Clerkess :

Dalmally Station Pottery

Wow what a find …these treasures were brought to the station by a lovely local couple who discovered this pottery in the riverside.
We know the cafe always existed at the station in its heydays but didn’t know they had their own pottery.
Can any one help us date it or have photos of what the complete cups may have looked like?

William Thornton, Station Master

William Thornton was born in Kirriemuir in 1857 at Garlowbank Farm, Kirriemuir, to James Thornton, an agricultural labourer, and Jane Hay.
A few years later they moved to their own small 6 acre farm (1861 census)

James Thornton, 36, born Tannadice, Forfarshire
Janet Thornton 35, born Airlie, Forfarshire
Margaret Thornton 9
John Thornton 7
James Thornton 6
William Thornton 4
David Thornton 2
Parish: Kirriemuir; ED: 4; Page: 30; Line: 11;

William Married Helen Menzies in Perth on the 25th December 1879, when he is described as a Railway Clerk.
Sometime in the next year he is promoted to Station Master, and moves to Dalmally Station.
On the 24th of September their first daughter, Jane Robertson Thornton, is born, (is this the first new life at Dalmally?)

On the 21st of September 1882 William Thornton was born at the station.

On the 3rd of February 1884 Flora MacGregor Thornton was born at Station Cottages, (why had the family moved out of the Station building?

The Valuation Roll of 1885 showed that William Thornton was a tenant of the Oban and Callander Railway Company and paid an annual rental of 4 pounds and 11 shillings.

On the 10th November 1886 Nelly Patullo Thornton was born, at Station Cottage.

and the family grew again when Janet Hay Thornton was born 15 September 1889, at Station cottage

In 1891 the family were recorded living in one of the Railway cottages, (the second one from the Post Office)

Now.. something happened in the next couple of years, because by 1893 the Thorntons were no longer living at Dalmally; their daughter Margaret Menzies Thornton is born in Maryhill and on the Valuation Roll of 1895 the station master is George Dawson.
In 1899 twins Katharine Patullo and Adeline Hay were born.
In 1901 the Thorntons are in 24 Campbell Street, Maryhill, where William is a Railway Clerk again

William Thornton 44, Railway Clerk
Helen Thornton 44
Jane Thornton 20
William Thornton 18
Flora Thornton 17
Nelly Thornton 14
Janet Thornton 11
Margaret Thornton 8
Katherine Thornton 3
Adaline Thornton 3
Parish: Maryhill; ED: 57; Page: 12; Line: 23; Roll: CSSCT1901_242.

National Archives of Scotland

National Archives of Scotland

Reference Title Date Access status
RHP99246/13 Plan no. 13 c 1870 This record is Open.
RHP99250/4 Cross sections sheet no. 4 May 1880 This record is Open.
RHP99252 Plan of proposed Tyndrum Station, Callander and Oban Railway: Dalmally Contract c 1873 This record is Open.
RHP99253 Plan of proposed Dalmally Station, Callander and Oban Railway: Dalmally Contract c 1873 This record is Open.
RHP99254 Architectural drawing of station waiting shed at Tyndrum Station, Callander and Oban Railway: Dalmally Contract 1869-1877 This record is Open.

RHP99255 Architectural drawing of engine shed at Tyndrum Station, Callander and Oban Railway: Dalmally Contract 1870-c 1877 This record is Open.
RHP99256 Architectural drawing of proposed booking office at Dalmally Station, Callander and Oban Railway 1875 This record is Open.
RHP99257 Architectural drawing of engine shed at Dalmally Station, Callander and Oban Railway 1876 This record is Open.
RHP99269 Architectural drawing of details, Callander and Oban Railway: Dalmally Contract 1875 This record is Open.
RHP99273/1 Gradient profile c 1870 This record is Open.


 

Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RHP99257
Title Architectural drawing of engine shed at Dalmally Station, Callander and Oban Railway
Dates 1876
Access status Open
Location On site (Sighthill)
Description ‘Callander and Oban Railway. Drawing of engine shed at Dalmally Station.’ Engineers: B & E Blyth, 135 George Street, Edinburgh.
[1:60] 1 in = 5 ft. 560 x 780 mm.
Side and end elevations, plan and section. Coloured. Measurements given.
Level File
Extent 1 plan, rolled
Related material GD343
Archival history Blyth & Blyth, Civil Engineers (GD343)
Associated places
PL729 Glenorchy and Inishail, Argyll, Scotland

RHP99273 Plans of the Callander and Oban Railway c 1870


 

Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RHP99273/3
Title Gradient profile
Dates c 1870
Access status Open
Location On site (Sighthill)
Description ‘Callander and Oban Railway. Section from Tyndrum to Dalmally no. 3.’ Unattributed.
[1:10800] 1 in = 900 ft; and [1:1200] 1 in = 100 ft. 440 x 1960 mm.
Gradient profile of line from 34 1/2 miles (near new Tyndrum Station) to 47 miles (at Dalmally Station).
Level Item
Extent 1 plan, rolled


 

Reference Title Date
RHP99273 Plans of the Callander and Oban Railway c 1870
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RHP99273/1
Title Gradient profile
Dates c 1870
Access status Open
Location On site (Sighthill)
Description ‘Callander and Oban Railway. Section from Callander to Dalmally no. 1.’ Unattributed.
[1:10800] 1 in = 900 ft; and [1:1200] 1 in = 100 ft. 425 x 2540 mm.
Gradient profile of line from 0 miles (at Callander Station) to 18 1/4 miles (near Killin Station). Positions of Strathyre Station and Lochearnhead Station noted.

Missing from 0 miles to 2 1/2 miles.
Level Item
Extent 1 plan, rolled


 

Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RHP124941
Title Hand coloured drawing showing elevation, plan and section of Bridge No 18 over road to Dalmally Station near Peg 825 to be built under Tyndrum Contract.

(Callander and Oban Railway)
Dates 1868
Access status Open
Location On site (Sighthill)
Description Engineer: B E Blyth, Edinburgh
(5866)
Level File


 

Reference Title Date
GD1 Miscellaneous small collections of family, business and other papers
GD1/858 Photograph of Inveraray, Dalmally and Loch Awe Motor Company charabanc 1913-1914
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference GD1/858/1
Title Photograph of Commer charabanc no. SB519.
Dates 1913-1914
Access status Open
Location On site
Description It is believed that this vehicle was used by the Inveraray, Dalmally and Loch Awe Motor Company, associated with the Caledonian Railway Company, to provide a connection between Inveraray, the Loch Awe Hotel and Dalmally station as part of the Caledonian’s ‘Bens, Glens and Lochs’ circular tour operated in the summers of 1913-1914.

Level Item
Related material See NAS, ref: BR/CAL/4/158, pp 18 and 30.


 

Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RHP18675
Title Plan of Dalmally Station [Caledonian Railway].
Dates 1909
Access status Open
Location On site (Sighthill)
Description No engineer
Level File


 

Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RHP18674
Title Plan of Dalmally Station [Caledonian Railway].
Dates 1909
Access status Open
Location On site (Sighthill)
Description No engineer
Level File


 

Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RHP99224
Title Plan of proposed Dalmally Station, Callander and Oban Railway
Dates 1866
Access status Open
Location On site (Sighthill)
Description ‘Callander and Oban Railway. Plan and sections of Dalmally Station ground.’ Engineers: B & E Blyth, 135 George Street, Edinburgh.
[1:480] 1 in = 40 ft; and [1:240] 1 in = 20 ft. 545 x 2440 mm.
Railway plan from Peg 825 to Peg 828 showing layout of track and station buildings, with sections. Sites of proposed booking office, goods shed, cattle pens and police office noted. Marked ‘Cancelled’ in pencil. Annotated in red ink and pencil. Coloured. Measurements given. Linen backing.

Level File
Extent 1 plan, rolled


 

Reference Title Date
RHP99250 Plans of proposed Callander and Oban Railway: Dalmally Contract May 1880
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RHP99250/4
Title Cross sections sheet no. 4
Dates May 1880
Access status Open
Location On site (Sighthill)
Description ‘C[allander] and O[ban] R[ailwa]y. Dalmally Contract. Cross sections of cutting and side cutting from Tyndrum to Dalmally. Sheet no. 4.’

Unattributed.
[1:360] 1 in = 30 ft. 520 x 1935 mm.
Cross sections from near Peg 200 to Dalmally Station. Annotated in black and red ink. Measurements given.
Level Item
Extent 1 plan, rolled


 

Reference Title Date
RHP99246 Plans of proposed Dalmally Extension, Callander and Oban Railway c 1870
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RHP99246/13
Title Plan no. 13
Dates c 1870
Access status Open
Location On site (Sighthill)
Description ‘No. 13.’ Unattributed.
[1:2500]. 530 x 765 mm.
Tracing plan from RHP99188/8 and RHP99188/7, showing line [from Peg 817 to Peg 410]. Marked to show land required and site of proposed Dalmally Station. Upper Kinacreckin (Kilnachreachan), Gorskinraad and Barachastlan noted. Coloured. Tracing paper on linen backing.

Level Item
Extent 1 plan, rolled


 

Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RHP99256
Title Architectural drawing of proposed booking office at Dalmally Station, Callander and Oban Railway
Dates 1875
Access status Open
Location On site (Sighthill)
Description ‘Callander and Oban Railway. Plan of proposed booking office etc. at Dalmally.’ Engineers: B & E Blyth, 135 George Street, Edinburgh.
[1:48] 1 in = 4 ft. 780 x 560 mm.
Front and back elevations, plan and sections of station building containing booking office, luggage room, waiting room, ladies waiting room, and toilets.

Coloured. Measurements given.
Level File
Extent 1 plan, rolled


 

Reference Title Date
RHP38311 Railway line diagrams of L.M.S. Railway, Northern Section 1921-1937
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RHP38311/15
Title L.M.S. Railway, Northern Section: Gradient profiles, stations etc.
Dates 1931
Access status Open
Location Information not available
Description Drawn at L.M.S. Chief General Superintendent’s Office, Derby.
Balquhidder Junction Station to Oban Station [Callander and Oban Railway] with Balquhidder Station, Killin Junction Station, Crianlarich Junction Station,

Dalmally Station, Connel Ferry Station and Oban Station.
Level File


 

Reference Title Date Access status
RHP99273/2 Gradient profile c 1870 This record is Open.
RHP99273/3 Gradient profile c 1870 This record is Open.
RHP124941 Hand coloured drawing showing elevation, plan and section of Bridge No 18 over road to Dalmally Station near Peg 825 to be built under Tyndrum

Contract. (Callander and Oban Railway) 1868 This record is Open.