Craigendoran Junction

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Craigendoran Junction (1894-)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the West Highland Railway.
Opened on the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway.
Opened on the Craigendoran Pier Deviation.


The pier platform lines bet the Helensburgh line east of Craigendoran station. This was remodelled in 1894 into a junction proper when the West Highland Railway opened. This was a double track junction, the West Highland becoming single track north of Craigendoran Upper station.

Additional loops and Craigendoran West Yard and Craigendoran East Yard were established in the Second World War. These, and the marshalling Yard at Ardmore Yard, operated in conjunction with the new Faslane Military Port and other military developments further north.

The junction was resignalled in 1960 in preparation for electrification.

The junction was remodelled and a new panel box opened (1984), and now the single track Helensburgh line meets the single track West Highland and travel east together as a single line before splitting into a conventional double track line - except that there is a loop on the West Highland part of the junction which allows a train, to stand clear of fouling the junction while either awaiting a late running service from the West Highland or for pausing on the way south.




03/08/1894West Highland Railway
Opened from Craigendoran Junction to Fort William [1st].


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