The Friends were delighted to support the Callander Railway Festival over the weekend of 25-27 September, which marked 50 years since the closure of the raliway through Callander – the Callander & Oban line. Volunteers from our society had a trade stand present showcasing our work and selling various West Highland/Callander & Oban Line gifts. Specially-produced British Railways ‘Callander’ station totem magnets and stickers went down particularly well!
The Callander Railway Festival was a one-off event, held in various venues simultaneously around the popular Trossachs village. Amongst the various attractions were other railway society trade stands, a 5″ gauge miniature railway, model railways and vintage vehicle displays. Various old artefacts from the closed Dunblane-Crianlarich line were also showcased, including the final log book from Glenoglehead signal box which shows the details for passing trains up to the very last one on 27 September 1965. Not to mention an old gas lamp, a single line tablet from Dalmally to Taynuilt and the smokebox numberplate of now-scrapped ‘Black Five’ steam locomotive No. 44997.
This was a fantastic weekend helped by sunny and warm weather, and the Friends would like to thank the organisers for allowing us to be involved in it.