Located 27-route-miles west of Edinburgh Waverley, in the district of Falkirk, this modern station will reach thirty years of age in 2024. This is Camelon’s second station; the first comprised a single island platform, located about 970-yards east of Carmuirs East Junction. Of the latter, this is where lines to Perth (via Stirling) and Glasgow diverge. This station was originally scheduled to close on 6th June 1966, along with Elliot Junction, Easthaven, and West Ferry (ref: The Scotsman, 2nd February 1966). However, a brief reprieve was granted; formal consent for withdrawal of passenger services was given by the then Minister of Transport in July 1967, with closure scheduled for 4th September of that year (ref: The Scotsman, 29th July 1967).
Today’s Camelon was procured as part of the local authority’s policy of the early 1990s to encourage people out of their cars and onto public transport. The station was provided at a cost of £900,000 (about £1,950,000 at 2022 prices), funding having been provided by the Central Regional Council of Scotland (ref: The Railway Magazine, December 1994). The formal opening ceremony took place on 4th October 1994; the then Director of ScotRail, Chris Green, was in attendance, as was the Director of Railtrack Scotland, Paul Prescott, Central Regional Council Convener Anne Wallace, and Class 150 No. 150260. (ref: The Railway Magazine, December 1994). At the time, the outlook for the station was optimistic, for it was a thirty minute journey time from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and fifteen minutes from Stirling. Camelon was the fiftieth station opened by ScotRail in a ten year period, and the fifty-first was scheduled to be in the following year at Grangemouth.
Two platforms — fabricated from grey blocks — were provided either side of the double track at Camelon, about 130-yards west of the site that closed in 1967. Each was host to a single pitched-roof glazed waiting shelter and lined at their rears by metal railings. A footbridge linked the platforms, this being equipped with long ramps for wheelchair uses, in addition to staircases.
As part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), work to electrify the line through Falkirk Grahamston and Camelon stations on the 25 kV AC system began in November 2016. The overhead wires from Greenhill Junction, Polmont Junction and Grangemouth Junction to Larbert Junction went live on 1st May 2018, paving the way for the existing diesel service between Falkirk Grahamston and Glasgow Queen Street to be replaced by electric traction (ref: Modern Railways, 24th May 2018).
An eastward view from the footbridge shows Class 60 No. 60082 passing light engine towards Carmuirs East Junction, when the station was less than a year old. In the fork of the diverging tracks in the background is the former site of the station closed in 1967.
© David Glasspool Collection
Class 60 No. 60063, still wearing the 1994 livery and logo of freight company “Transrail” (created in the run-up to privatisation), passes eastbound with what are thought to be empty road fuel tankers heading back to Grangemouth refinery.
© David Glasspool Collection