Fersit Halt

Location type

Station


Name and dates

Fersit Halt (1931-1934)

Opened on the West Highland Railway.


Description

This single platform halt was at the north end of Loch Treig. It was a workman's halt built during the construction of Loch Laggan Dam, just to the east, and associated tunnels. The dam is part of the scheme which provides the head of water for electricity generation at the Lochaber Aluminium Works in Fort William. There was a worker's camp at Fersit, cement shed, stores and machine shops.

Little remains of the halt, but there are piles of spoil and the aftermath of the construction to be found in the general area to the north of the road bridge over the railway on either side of the river.

During construction of the dam there was a temporary railway, the Treig-Laggan Railway, which extended the Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway from Loch Treig over the West Highland Railway to Laggan.

Sidings from the West Highland served the construction depot. The sidings were on the east side of the line, north of the road overbridge, and approached from the north. It was to the north of these that the narrow gauge line crossed over. There is a former railway cottage at the site, on the east side of the line.

There is the concrete base of a platform to the south of the road bridge at Fersit, on the west side of the line, which may have been the halt but it has also been described as being closer to the sidings.


Tags

Station halt dam

External links

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



Dates

01/08/1931West Highland Railway
Fersit Halt and branch opened, Loch Treig was to be converted into a reservoir to serve the smelter at Fort William.

Books

All Stations to Mallaig!: West Highland Line Since Nationalisation
Argyll and the Highlands Last Days of Steam

Argyll and the Highlands' Lost Railways

Ben Nevis and Fort William, The Mamores and The Grey Corries, Kinlochleven and Spean Bridge (OS Explorer Map)

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

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

Mountain Moor and Loch on the Route of the West Highland Railway

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

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The Mallaig Railway: The West Highland Extension 1897-1901 (RCAHMS Broadsheet)
The New Railway: The Earliest Years of the West Highland Line

The Story of the West Highland

The Story of the West Highland: The 1940s LNER Guide to the Line

The West Highland Railway

The West Highland Railway (Railways of the Scottish Highlands)

The West Highland Railway 120 Years

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

Victorian Travel on the West Highland Line: By Mountain, Moor and Loch in 1894

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)

West Highland Line: Great Railway Journeys Through Time

West Highland Railway
West Highland Railway (History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands v. 1): West Highland Railway v. 1
West Highland Railway: Plans, Poltics and People