This line is closed. The line ran from Connel Ferry to Ballachulish and was built to carry slate away from the Ballachulish Quarries and delivery bauxite to the Kinlochleven Aluminium Works - although this was taken on by sea and later road. Today the nearest station is at Connel Ferry.
|07/08/1896||Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway)|
Callander and Oban Railway (Ballachulish Extension) Act passed. (Alternative date 1/4/1896).
|14/06/1965||Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway)|
Ballachulish (Glencoe) to Connel Ferry closed to freight.
|26/03/1966||Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway)|
Line closed completely between Connel Ferry and Ballachulish. (Alternative date 1/3/1966).
These locations are along the line.
This is a single platform station with a shelter. There is a car park on the north side of the station. At the east end of the station is a goods loop and oil siding (both out of use). The station was once far larger and a junction.
Also known as Connel Ferry Viaduct. Bridge is used rather than viaduct as the structure has a long span crossing Loch Etive, and the Falls of Lora, and is not a series of similarly sized arches. The bridge is 'B' listed. The metalwork is painted light grey, the approach arches are granite.
This was a timber built short single platform, with shelter, at the north end of the Connel Ferry Bridge. ...More details
This was a two platform station. The station had a large two storey station building, typical of the line, on the southbound platform and a large size signal box, also typical of the line. An example of the main building still stands in largely unmodified form at Duror. The southbound line was the faster line, the northbound curving off at each end to form the loop.
This was a short single platform in timber. There was also a goods siding here, approached from the south and on the east (landward) side of the line.
This was an island platform station, which bore a strong resemblance to stations on the West Highland Railway. Access was by a subway. The northbound platform was built on a straight alignment, to allow fast running of non-stop trains, and the southbound curved.
This was a two platform station with a passing loop and goods yard to the west. There was a two storey station building on the southbound platform, of a style which survives largely unaltered at [[Duror],] and a large signal box which was typical of the line. The southbound line was the faster line, the northbound curving off at each end to form the loop. At the south end, on the east side of the ...More details
This former two platform station survives as a house, the platforms being the garden. The station building is almost unaltered from the railway period, with some additions. The platforms survive. It is the most intact station surviving on the former line. A number of railway cottages also remain nearby making this an unusually well preserved location.
This was a two platform station alongside a pier from which interconnecting steamers operated. The main station building was on the southbound platform and still stands in much extended form. There was a smaller shelter on the northbound platform. (The building at Duror shows a less altered version of how the main station building looked.)
This was a single platform station west of Ballachulish. The station was around half a mile south of the ferry slip.
This was a two platform terminus opened at East Laroch next to the Ballachulish Slate Quarries and their tramways. Unusually a house which predated the station ended up on the platform and now, with the station gone, still stands. The Ballachulish Medical Practise is based in the former station building.
A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)
Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line
Callander & Oban Railway Through Time
Callander and Oban Railway (Library of Railway History)
History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4
The Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line
Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways (Local History Series)