RAILSCOT Logo
A History of Britain’s Railways
Search: 

Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway

Home Home   Mail me Contact

This page
Introduction
Local area
Chronology

Locations

This site
West Highland Railway

Other sites
ScotRail


Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway

This line is closed. It was built and operated by Balfour Beatty and Co. Ltd during the construction of the Aluminium Works in Fort William. The line ran from a sea-pier at Loch Linnhe to the factory site (the lower works) and then on along the track of the pipeline (the upper works) which was constructed to being water from Loch Treig and Loch Laggan to the power station within the works. The line was later re-built by British Aluminium and used for maintenance of the upper and lower works.

Survey To be entered
Engineers To be entered
Act To be entered
Contractors To be entered
Opened 1925
Closed 1977

Clickable map of the Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway.
Clickable Schematic of route [Key]

The "new" route of the line crossing over the West Highland Line to the south west of Mallaig Junction, view looking west.
The "new" route of the line crossing over the West Highland Line to the south west of Mallaig Junction, view looking west.

The route in Fort William ...

The original route of the line ran via "Base Camp" (where one of Balfour Beatty's works camps was based) it crossed both the main line of the West Highland Line and it's branch to Banavie (which was extended to Mallaig) on wooden tressle bridges. The line was re-routed via the bridge shown to the left.

Chronology 

Top 

Description of route

Top

From Fort William to Loch Treig and Loch Linnhe. In Fort William the line served a Pier and the Aluminium Works.

Above Spean Bridge

Trackbed, track still present, looking west to Fort William.
Trackbed, track still present, looking west to Fort William.
 

Top

Above Spean Bridge a short section of the line remains, although very overgrown and partly encroached on by peat. This was the site of a triangular junction for a speeder shed. The shed and triangular junction have gone. The section is bound by a level crossing with a dirt road to the west, and partly dismantled bridge to the east.

Bibliography 

Top 

The Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway by Patrick Howat, ISBN 0-905489-43-8.


Page created on 28/06/1999
Page last edited on: 23/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford