Corpach: K1 No.62005 races away from Corpach with The Jacobite on a sunny
October morning.
John Gray 21/10/2016


Location type


Name and dates

Corpach (1901-)

Station code: CPA National Rail ScotRail
Where: Highland, Scotland
Opened on the Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway).
Open on the West Highland Line.


This is a single platform station. It is close to the basin of the Caledonian Canal and its Corpach Basin and the sea lock. Corpach retains its small timber station building, not typical of the line (the original building, typical of the Mallaig extension, burned down). The platform is on the north side of the line and there is a barrier protected level crossing to its west.

A long ballast siding ran from east of the station to terminate north east of the station. Ballast was delivered by road to the Corpach siding, the Fort William pilot tripping to the siding.

Directly west of the station is a level crossing. Signals for this were controlled by a small gate box at the west end of the station and south side of the line, closed when the crossing became an automatic open crossing in 1982. Continuing west the line is so close to Loch Eil that the embankment is protected by a sea wall. Going further west by the loch there are many more of these sea walls.

Tomonie Signal Box was to the east and beyond that is the Banavie Swing Bridge and Banavie station.

To the west was Annat Signal Box and the line runs west on the north bank of Loch Eil to Loch Eil Outward Bound.

1.3 miles from Banavie Junction [2nd].




Gaelic name: A^ Chorpaich

Nearby stations
Banavie Pier
Fort William
Fort William [1st]
Loch Eil Outward Bound
Spean Bridge
Invergloy Platform
Ballachulish Ferry
Roy Bridge
Ballachulish (Glencoe)
Lech-a-vuie Platform
Corpach Basin
Annat Sidings
Annat Signal Box
Annat Pulp Mill Ground Frame
Banavie Swing Bridge
Kilmallie Mill
Neptune^s Staircase
Banavie Junction [2nd]
Camus-na-ha Sidings
Corpach Beacon
Corpach Pier
Tomonie Signal Box
Fort William Aluminium Pier
Fort William [Fort]
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Corpach as a terminus

Corpach was used as a terminus for one train a day from Fort Augustus, the 2.40pm (*). It was slightly tortuous, the train reversed at Spean Bridge and Fort William [1st] on its journey.

* 24 hour clock use was not adopted until 1965.

Chronology Dates

  /  /1822Caledonian Canal
Canal opened from Corpach (Loch Linnhe on the West Coast) to Clachnaharry (Beauly Firth, East Coast).
21/01/1897West Highland Railway Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
First sod of Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway) cut at Corpach by Lady Margaret Cameron of Lochiel.
01/04/1901Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
Line opened from Banavie (Banavie Junction [2nd]), over the Caledonian Canal and on through Banavie, Corpach, Locheilside, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Beasdale, Arisaig and Morar to Mallaig, extending the West Highland Railway to the western seaboard. There was no official opening ceremony.
  /  /1966West Highland Railway Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
The Scottish Pulp and Paper Mills open at Corpach leading to a great increase in traffic for the line at a time when it is under threat.
09/06/1980West Highland Railway Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
Final timber train leaves Crianlarich Lower for the Scottish Pulp and Paper Mills, Corpach.
  /10/1980West Highland Railway Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
As the Pulp Mill at Scottish Pulp and Paper Mills, Corpach, closes much traffic is lost.

News items

18/07/2021The curious tale of how the 'Corpach Wreck' became a Lochaber landmark [Herald Scotland]
14/10/2020Car crashes onto line near Fort William causing disruption to rail services [Press and Journal]


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