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.
Crianlarich and Callander.
Clickable Schematic of route
Description of route
From Callander to Oban.
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.
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
This crossing closed at an early date.
Craig na Cailleach
This was a timber platform which served a group
of neaby railwaymen's houses. There were rockfall protection signals here.
This station had two platforms. There was a
granite heron statue located here. The site is now occupied by houses.
This was a timber platform.
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.
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
The platforms and some buildings remain here
to this day.
This was the junction for the Killin
Railway. The station was quite large having three
This location is now a campsite. Although much
of the station has gone, short sections of the platforms and the locomotive
This station was retained as a timber loading
point. It was recently removed.
Crianlarich Lower Junction
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.
This station is open. Only one platform is
in use, the other has been demolished.
This crossing has closed.
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
This station is open. Only one platform is
Falls of Cruachan
This halt is in use in the summer only. It
serves the nearby Hydro-electric scheme which has a visitors centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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