Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway)

Introduction

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.






Locations along the line

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.
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Ex-CR Class 2P 0-4-4T 55124 at Connel Ferry on 1720 train for Ballachulish in 1960.
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David Murray-Smith 20/03/1960
55260 with the Ballachulish branch train at Connel Ferry in September 1961. ...
David Stewart 09/09/1961
The first train of the day for Oban, formed by Corkerhill Sprinter 156467, pulls in to a deserted Connel Ferry station, where the track has recently ...
Mark Bartlett 27/03/2009
Overview of Connel Ferry station from the east showing the out of use oil siding at the east end of the station. The oil depot remains in use. ...
Ewan Crawford 10/06/2013

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.
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A view east to the Connel Ferry Bridge from the approach to Dunnstaffnage Castle, North of Oban. ...
Bruce McCartney 17/11/2018
The Connel Bridge looking towards Loch Etive in February 2009. ...
Norman Bews /02/2009
Looking west at the Connel Ferry Viaduct. ...
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Connel Ferry bridge, in the early morning, from the east, June 2010. ...
Colin Miller 29/06/2010

This was a timber built short single platform, with shelter, at the north end of the Connel Ferry Bridge. ...

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Leaving North Connel northbound having just crossed the Connel Ferry Viaduct on a train to Ballachulish in 1961. ...
David Murray-Smith 20/03/1961
The bridge at Connel Ferry viewed from the north side. July 1997. ...
John Gray /07/1997
The bridge at North Connel that once carried the Ballachulish branch, seen in October 1987. ...
Colin Miller /10/1987
The access path from the road to the former North Connel station on the Ballachulish branch in October 1987 with typical iron railings still in ...
Colin Miller /10/1987

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.
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An overgrown gate and a small piece of platform is all the remains I could find of Benderloch Station on 10 July 2013, although beyond the platform ...
John Gray 10/07/2013
Looking north at Benderloch. ...
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View south towards Connel Ferry through Benderloch station in September 1961. The Ballachulish branch closed completely 5 years later. ...
David Stewart 09/09/1961
Looking south at Benderloch. ...
Ewan Crawford //

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.
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In this summer of 1998 view the remains of the disassembled deck of Creagan bridge are being cut on the shoreline at Barcaldine, prior to ...
Clive Meredith //1998
Work underway on Creagan Viaduct in 1998 to convert the bridge from rail to road use. Two of the three supports were completely dismantled and rebuilt ...
Colin Miller //1998
The south end of the Creagan Viaduct in May 1997 [see image 47076]. ...
Colin McDonald /05/1997
Looking north over Loch Creran in 1997, spanned by the Creagan Viaduct, which carried the Ballachulish branch until closure in 1966. The structure was ...
Colin McDonald //1997

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.
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Entrance to Creagan station, 2005. ...
John Furnevel /09/2005
Remains of the water tower at north end of Creagan station in September 2005. Loch Creran lies beyond. ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2005
Running in board at the west end of the platform at the former Creagan station on the Ballachulish branch in June 2012. Photographed from the adjacent ...
David Pesterfield 19/06/2012
McIntosh ex-Caledonian 2P 0-4-4-T no 55260 takes on water at the north end of Creagan station on Saturday 9 September 1961 during a stop on its ...
David Stewart 09/09/1961

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 ...

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Gap for the signal box rodding and wires in the northbound platform at Appin station on the Ballachulish branch in 2010. [See image 29772] ...
Colin Miller 28/06/2010
It wasn't just the Mallaig Extension that used concrete for its major structures as this bridge that carried the Ballachulish branch near Appin shows. ...
Malcolm Chattwood 26/02/2011
Appin station, November 2007. ...
Alasdair Mulhern 14/11/2007
Station remains at Appin, photographed on 28 June 2010. View looking north towards Ballachulish. Note the cycle path constructed recently along the ...
Colin Miller 28/06/2010

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.
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Duror station building. ...
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John Chalmers, stationmaster of Duror, circa 1923. ...
Les Hewitt Collection //1923
Both the platforms at Duror station remain intact. Restored and converted station building behind me. ...
Alasdair Mulhern 14/11/2007
Duror station (Ballachulish Branch). C.R. 0.4.4T 55196. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/07/1950

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.)
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The water tank at Kentallen is located some distance from the former station across the road on the hillside above the A828. ...
Ewan Crawford 10/06/2013
Enamel wall sign at the site of the former station at Kentallen on the Ballachulish branch in October 2006.
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Colin Miller /10/2006
The south end of the former Kentallen station in September 2005, with holiday homes occupying much of the site. ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2005
Interior of what was then the 'Holly Tree Hotel' showing what was formerly the outside of the up platform building to the left. The tracks were to the ...
Ewan Crawford //1996

This was a single platform station west of Ballachulish. The station was around half a mile south of the ferry slip.
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View over Ballachulish Ferry and up Loch Leven. The ferry is midway across to North Ballachulish and the railway can be seen on the right running to ...
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Old bridge on the former Ballachulish branch to the west of the site of Ballachulish Ferry station behind the golf course. Photographed in May 2009. ...
Tony White /05/2009
The platform at the former Ballachulish Ferry station (closed March 1966) is still in surprisingly good condition, with the trackbed for several miles ...
Tony White /05/2009
The platform at Ballachulish Ferry in September 2007 looking east towards Ballachulish terminus. ...
Alasdair Mulhern 04/09/2007



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.
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