Achaleven Sidings

Location type

Place

Name and dates

Achaleven Sidings (1940-1948)

Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.

Description

This was an extensive set of Wartime sidings laid out at Connel Ferry station in 1940 for the Admiralty. The sidings ran south east from the west end of the station, making a trailing connection by the west box.

This group of parallel single end sidings had ramps at the buffers.

The sidings, and those at St Brides Crossing, were laid for the Admiralty as a backup to the sidings and facilities added to the Kyle of Lochalsh line. A minefield was laid in the Second World War between Scotland and Iceland with the mines being taken to Kyle of Lochalsh and onwards by sea. As an emergency precaution the Callander and Oban Railway route was prepared as a backup.

The sidings were used for a variety of purposes. There was a ship repair depot at Dunstaffnage, from around 1942, and Connel Airfield was just to the north.

The sidings were lifted in 1948. The portion near Connel Ferry station has been built over, but much remains, although overgrown.

Tags

Sidings Second World War Admiralty

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Books


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

Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Routes 3: Stirling to Crianlarich - DVD - Oakwood Press

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

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

Iron Road to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourist Guide to the West Highland Lines

Iron Roads to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourists Souvenir Guide to the West Highland Lines

Oban 1898: Argyllshire Sheet 98.07 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Argyllshire)

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

Scottish Central Railway (Oakwood Library of Railway History)

The Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

The Caledonian, Scotland's Imperial Railway: A History

Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways (Local History Series)

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)