Connel Ferry

Location type

Station


Name and dates

Connel Ferry (1880-)

Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.

Opened on the Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway).

Open on the West Highland Line.


Description

This is a single platform station with a shelter. At the east end of the station is a goods loop and oil siding (both out of use).

The original station here was a two platform station with passing loop.

On the opening of the Ballachulish Branch this became a five platform station. An island platform (the former down platform with a new face opened to the south) became the platforms for Oban, the former up platform and a bay platform at the west end became the platforms for Ballachulish and a bay platform at the east end was a loading bank for cars crossing the Connel Ferry Bridge. Alterations led to a second double track bridge being erected alongside the single track bridge at the west end of the station. The older bridge was then used for the branch and new bridge for the approach to the new island platform.

In 1940 the substantial Achaleven Sidings were laid out for wartime use at on the south side of the station, accessed from the west controlled by the west signal box. These sidings were lifted after the war.

The Callander route closed in 1965, branch closed in 1966 and, with the reduction in traffic, the line was singled here in 1967 with the closure of the east and west signal boxes. The single track was realigned through the station to serve the branch platform, originally the up platform. A ground frame operated loop for the oil siding, the former goods yard, was installed at the east end of the station. Although the oil depot is still in operation it is an entirely road based operation.

08/05/2018

Tags

Station junction oil depot

External links

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





Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

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

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 & Oban Railway Through Time

Callander and Oban Railway (Library of Railway History)

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

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 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)

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

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)