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Written by George Drummond - 13 Feb 2005
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Location notes
This station is approximately 15 miles West of Glasgow, approximately 7 miles from Helensburgh.
Railway type and traffic
Dumbarton Central has 4 lines, 3 of which are electric it also has some disused sidings which are non OHLE.
There is an frequent service to Glasgow Queen Street/Drumgelloch/Airdrie and also a service to Helensburgh Central/Balloch and The West Highland Line.
156s runing on the West Highland Line stop at Dumbarton Central, also 320s and 334s. Also the odd 318s work the Motherwell - Balloch Services Via Glasgow Central on a Sunday.

The Jacobite also passes when going up to the West Highland Line and DB Schenker 66s work there nightly Alcan service.
Dumbarton Central is a well lighted station with CCTV and also a booking office opened when trains are running.
Avoid wearing Rangers/Celtic tops at the weekends especially when either of the old firm are playing. Dumbarton Central tends to be a very busy station when either Rangers or Celtic are playing.
Road directions
Dumbarton Central is on the A82. If coming from Paisley etc, Go over the Erskine Bridge and follow signs to Craignlarch/A82 until you get to traffic lights near the West Dumbartonshire Council offices. Go Straight on until you come to a roundabout, take 1st Left and go straight down were you will see the Meadow Centre Leisure Pool. Dumbarton Central is right in front of this.

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Dumbarton Central map co-ordinates
There are no parking facilities at Dumbarton Central. However parking is available at the near Town Centre. Or there is limited spaces at Tell Training which is usually full during the day. The Leisure Centre also provides a few limited spaces.
Public transport
From Glasgow Queen Street low level take a train to Helensburgh Central or Balloch Service which will take you to Dumbarton Central.
First also provides a regular bus service to Dumbarton from Glasgow. Either the 204 or 205 to Balloch.

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The local town centre is a 10 minute walk or there is a pub across the road from the station which serves a daily lunch time meal which is quite nice and reasonably priced. The town centre offers variety including Chip Shop, Greggs etc.
The Abbortsford Hotel/Dumbuck Hotel is close, but it is nearer to Dumbarton East Station.
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Dumbarton Central

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Photographic notes
The light generally comes from the west. Generally around 10am - 1pm is the best time.
The best place to take photos or videos is from platform 1. This provides a good place to take photos coming from Helensburgh, West Highland Line or Balloch. Also from Glasgow/Airdrie/Drumgelloch.

General views - All photographs © George Drummond unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 1 - Looking east

Looking towards Glasgow as a Drumgelloch via Singer Service stops at platform 1

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

A 156 stops at Dumbarton Central coming from the West Highland Line. The only DMU that stops/passes at Dumbarton Central.

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