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Callander and Oban Railway

This line is partly open. The railway provides a service between Crianlarich and Oban. ScotRail provides a service on this line. The line ran between Callander and Glenoglehead Crossing (then called Killin station) until sufficient funds were found to extend it to Tyndrum. At Tyndrum there was a short continuation to Lead mines. Finally enough money was raised to take the line on to Oban. The line is signalled by RETB and controlled from Banavie, near Fort William.

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Description of route

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From Callander to Oban.

Dreadnought Junction

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This was the start of the railway. It joined here to the Dunblane, Doune and Callander Railway and left the original Callander station on a short branch. It was turned into a goods yard. There was a locomotive shed here.

Callander (New)

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This station was built for the new line running west from here. The original station was closed and converted into a goods yard. The station here had five platforms - two bay at the south end, one bay at the north end and two through platforms. The site is now a carpark. The station was also known as Callander (Dreadnought) after a nearby hotel.

St. Brides Crossing

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This crossing closed at an early date.

Craig na Cailleach

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This was a timber platform which served a group of neaby railwaymen's houses. There were rockfall protection signals here.

Strathyre

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This station had two platforms. There was a granite heron statue located here. The site is now occupied by houses.

Kingshouse

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This was a timber platform.

Balquhidder Junction

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This was the junction for the Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway. There was a locomotive shed here for that line. The station had three platforms. Today the location is a campsite. Part of the entrance subway remains built in glazed white bricks.

Glenoglehead Crossing

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This was the original western terminus of the line. From here coachs ran on to Killin, Oban and point in between. This station was closed when the line was extended west to Tyndrum. It was retained as a passing place.

The platforms and some buildings remain here to this day.

Killin Junction

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This was the junction for the Killin Railway. The station was quite large having three platforms.

Luib

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This location is now a campsite. Although much of the station has gone, short sections of the platforms and the locomotive watertank remain.

Crianlarich (Lower)

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This station was retained as a timber loading point. It was recently removed.

Crianlarich Lower Junction

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Today freight trains and sprinters join the West Highland Railway to continue their journey to Glasgow. The line to the left in the picture formerly ran to Dunblane via Callander. More recently it ran as far as the timber loading depot at Crianlarich Lower. The line on the left is now a short siding used for stabling trains overnight and for maintenance trains.

Tyndrum Lower

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This station is open. Only one platform is in use, the other has been demolished.

Glenlochy Crossing

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This crossing has closed.

Dalmally

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This station is open. The station has two platforms and a signalbox. There is a glazed canopy over the platform. There was a single road locomotive shed here behind the westbound platform. It was approached from the west.

Loch Awe

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This station is open. Only one platform is in use.

Falls of Cruachan

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This halt is in use in the summer only. It serves the nearby Hydro-electric scheme which has a visitors centre.

Awe Crossing

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This loop has closed. The signalbox/house associated with it has been demolished. To the west of here the line has the famous "Anderson's piano". This is a series of wires uphill from the line which, if broken by a falling boulder which could land on the line, drop signals to danger.

Crunachy Siding

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This siding was laid in during 1923 and taken out of use in 1946. A concrete loading bank still remains at this point on the north side of the line.

Taynuilt

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This station is open. The timber station bulding was recently burnt down, but the signalbox which was formerly located at the west of the station is in use as the waiting room.

Achnacloich

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This station is closed. The platform and station building remain here along with the stationmaster's house and ganger's house. The nearby pier is now in private use.

Connel Ferry

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This was a large station. Today it has been reduced to a single platform. Formerly the station had a main platform (with a bay platform at both ends) and an island platform with two faces. There were signalboxes at either end and a large signal gantry at the west end. This was the east facing junction for the Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway). Today a goods siding, for oil, remains at the east end of the station.

Glencruitten Crossing  

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This passing loop is closed. The crossing was controlled by a signalbox/house. The building was a house with levers and other instruments on its first floor. The house still stands today.

Oban

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This is the terminus of the line. The large glass-canopied station here has been demolished and only the two platforms which were outside the glazed area retained (known as the "suburban platforms"(!) these were built in association with the opening of the Ballachullish Branch).

The station had two goods yard. One on the pierhead, complete with a goods shed and a second higher up and further south known as the town goods station. There was a locomotive shed at the town goods yard. There was a ticket platform nearby on the approach to the station.

The original signalbox at the station was located immediately to the south of the road overbridge to the south of the station. It was replaced during the re-modelling with a large signalbox to the north of the road overbridge (the box can seen in the third photograph). There is no signalbox at Oban today.

Ferries operate from Oban to a number of locations, including Craignure where the Isle of Mull Railway was located.


Page created on 01/05/1997
Page last edited on: 24/12/2013
Contact: Ewan Crawford