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  • #36380
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    ,petermcprice
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    The other night flipping through the channels I came into the middle of a BBC programme “Railway Walks” about, amongst other closed lines, the Killin branch.

    When I lived up the road from Killin, at the Tirarthur bungalows, I travelled many times on what I knew as the puffer (I was 8 in 1952) and remember sticking my head out of the carriage window and getting an eyeful of smoke and hot cinders.

    Do I remember correctly seeing a photo of the railway on the site? I can’t find it today.
    Is it possible to walk to the old junction?

    Peter

    #37357
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    ,hamish snape
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    i was bornin 1952, just below the old junction was your house called braval,my mum gran and my brother and i traveled from there to killin all the time and my brother and i did the same thing Peter.
    Hamish.

    #37359
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    ,Dougie Gray
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    Nothing to do with the Puffer exactly but I do vividly recall drifting off to sleep in Granny Gray’s house at Balliechroisk as a wee lad imagining the sound of the Dochart was a train crossing the viaduct. I still have the occasional dream about it, usually when Drambuie’s on special offer at Tesco. :o)

    Hamish, Woolongong caught my eye. I don’t suppose you post on The Scotsman website as “weeshooie” do you?

    Cheers!

    #37363
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    ,AlexStewart
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    I remember many trips on the PUG as I knew it either on the footplate or in the guards van.
    This was when back in Killin on holiday between 1956 and 1960ish.
    The best trip was Friday nights when there were four trains to be met at the Killin Junction
    and the PUG stayed ther until the last one had left.
    I remember the railway staff and the station where the new turning and parking area is in
    Station Road.
    It is amazing the amount of railway items which can still be seen when walking along the old line.

    #37364
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    ,AlexStewart
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    I remember many trips on the PUG as I knew it either on the footplate or in the guards van.
    This was when back in Killin on holiday between 1956 and 1960ish.
    The best trip was Friday nights when there were four trains to be met at the Killin Junction
    and the PUG stayed there until the last one had left.
    I remember the railway staff and the station where the new turning and parking area is in
    Station Road.
    It is amazing the amount of railway items which can still be seen when walking along the old line.

    #37358
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    ,hamish snape
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    no,sorry Dougie its not me,i don’t post on the Scotsman. i’ll have to keep my eye open for it .does the guy come form wollongong then?. hamish.

    #37361
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    ,Zoro
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    I drove the “Puggie” a few times. Peter Richardson Senior was the driver at the time and he used to let me drive it from the Killin Station down to its ‘home’ at the Pier Shed..Mr. Richardson was my hero from then on!!
    I believe the whole family emigrated to Australia. I went to school with young Peter…I had some beautiful photographs of the last trip by “the Puggie” but lost them recently in a fire…I haven’t been down to the Pier for decades..has it changed? There was only a shed at the end of the track..another long white shed which was permanently locked and the pier itself..This was obviously during the early to mid sixties. I personally lived in Killin from 1956 to 1967..

    #37365
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    ,AlexStewart
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    The area at the pier which used to have the Station in now converted to a private house.
    The cottages above which were railway staff are also a single house now.
    There is no sign of what was the engine shed again a private house is on the site.
    The shed was demolished and I recall helping my late uncle Alastair MacKinnonand his crew
    to strip off the slates and wow was it a dirty job with years of smoke grime.
    Nothing stays the same all change but there is still some of the old pier left although
    underwater and a small replacement mooring pier in its place.

    #37360
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    ,Dougie Gray
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    Hi Hamish. He does indeed and is a good laugh when he gets going. Cheers mate.

    #37362
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    ,Zoro
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    Hello Peter – where are the Tirarthur Bungalows – I lived on Tirarthur Farm..?

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