Craig-na-Cailleach Platform

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Craig-na-Cailleach Platform (1870-1965)

Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.

Description

This platform was for the use of railway staff and their families. It was a single platform built in timber alongside Rock Cottage. The platform was on the west side of the line.

In 1892 a pair of stone signals, like those installed in 1882 in the Pass of Brander alongside Loch Awe, were brought into use. The theory was that a falling rock would break the lineside wires (boulder screen), west side of the line, and the signals would show danger. A bell would sound in the surfaceman's cottage, Rock Cottage. These signals were north of the platform and protected the line from rocks falling from Creag na Comh-sheilg. The southern signal was just north of the platform and the northern one at Roinn Ghainmheach.

Nothing remains of the platform, save a hint of earthworks and the approach path.

At least one signal stump remains.

To the south was St Brides Crossing and to the north Strathyre station.

Tags

Platform stone signals

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
05/02/2018


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)