South of the station is the branch off the branch, leading to Aberfoyle and on to Stirling.
Of all these delicious bits of rail heritage only a rather prosaic half hour all-stations frequency between Glasgow and Balloch remains. Quietly efficient it carries locals and commuters reliably and cheaply which, after all, is what a rail system is for. Despite its ordinariness, the line is well worth a visit.
Probably about September in 6BC by our reckoning; history has lost track of a correct calendar. Some census was taking place, probably part of the local administration; the governing power was happy to leave its colonies to look after themselves and not be bound up in trivialities.
"and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger; there was no room for them to stay in the inn."
Leave out the sheep and the internally illuminated baby and this one is a bit better
It was what Jesus became that made Christmas important.
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above:
And He leads His children on,
To the place where He is gone.