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Early Helensburgh Station1269 viewsAn 1875 picture of Helensburgh Station in East Princes Street, built in 1856, which came into use when the railway reached Helensburgh in 1858. On the left is the Municipal Buildings.
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Helensburgh Upper Station1202 viewsA view of Helensburgh Upper Station in its heyday. A very deep cutting was excavated for the station on the West Highland Railway, which opened to traffic in 1894. Like all the local upper stations except Rhu, it was originally designed to look like a Swiss chalet, and it had its own coalyard to east of Sinclair Street where the Maclachlan Road flats are now. Image date unknown.
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Helensburgh Upper Station1134 viewsA view of Helensburgh Upper in its heyday, looking east towards the Sinclair Street bridge. Photograph taken in July 1959.
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Helensburgh Central925 viewsHelensburgh Central Station, photographed on August 23 1973.
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759 viewsThe North British Railway's D50 Class, 4-4-0T No. 496, Helensburgh, pictured in 1910. It was built for passenger services on the Glasgow-Helensburgh line by Neilson & Co in 1879.
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Engines at Helensburgh1128 viewsThree V1 engines — 67628, 67655 and 67616 — are pictured at the Helensburgh shed, circa 1960. Several engines were based at Helensburgh although they were nominally allocated to Parkhead. Of Gresley design and introduced in 1930, engines in this class weighed 84 tons.
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Helensburgh Upper Station1040 viewsA view of Helensburgh Upper Station from the west. A very deep cutting was excavated for the station on the West Highland Railway, which opened to traffic in 1894. Like all the local upper stations except Rhu, it was originally designed to look like a Swiss chalet, and it had its own coalyard to east of Sinclair Street where the Maclachlan Road flats are now. Image circa 1960; copyright D.K.Jones Collection.
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Leaf-clearing train881 viewsA view from the Sinclair Street railway bridge in Helensburgh looking east as a leaf-clearing train climbs the hill from Craigendoran. These trains runs every autumn to blast leaves clear of the railway line to increase the adhesion of trains to the track. Image taken on November 2 2011 and supplied by Stewart Noble.
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LNER rail advert868 viewsThis postcard-size LNER railway advertisement for Helensburgh was the work of artist Frank H.Mason. It says that a Guide can be obtained free from LNER offices and agencies and from the secretary of the Merchants Association in Helensburgh. Date unknown.
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LNER train at Helensburgh Upper957 viewsA LNER passenger train on the West Highland Line waits at Helensburgh Upper Station before completing its journey to Glasgow. The engine's number is 221 and its name was Glen Orchy. It had a 4-4-0 arrangement. Image circa 1928.
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Houseboats at Luss760 viewsHouseboats moored opposite Aldochlay, near Luss, on Loch Lomond. Image date unknown.
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The Northern Belle1075 viewsA special excursion with a steam locomotive emblazoned with the name The Northern Belle waits at the pier platform at Craigendoran Station for passengers to alight from steamers. It was a week-long luxury round Britain excursion first introduced in 1933 by the London and North Eastern Railway using Pullman coaches, run four time each summer until the outbreak of World War Two. Image date unknown.
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