Fort William Junction

Location type


Names and dates

Banavie Junction [1st] (1895-1901)
Mallaig Junction (1901-1995)
Fort William Junction (1995-)

Opened on the West Highland Railway.

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.


This is the junction between the Glasgow to Fort William line and the Mallaig Extension Railway (originally the Banavie Branch of the West Highland Railway).

A signal box remains open here, one which has seen its name change twice. The box is in the 'V' of the original junction (Mallaig line to north and Glasgow Queen Street line to south). However it is surrounded by lines as the approach to Fort William Junction Yard starts from the Glasgow line and runs parallel to, and then joins, the Mallaig line.

Note by John McGregor:
The first sidings in the Junction 'V' were early additions, together with urgent alterations at the old fort yard and the south side (loading bank) loop there. Besides putting in more sidings for WW2 traffic, the LNER had two (three?) of then looped up. In the 1950s, summer coaching stock/local holiday excursion stock was stabled there, taken to and fro by the duty pilot, which used the looped lines to run round. Engines stabling/picking up ballast trains may have done so too, sometimes. I'm not 100% sure when the Junction loop was first installed. I don’t have a copy of Major Marindin's inspection of the Banavie branch in 1895.

Major Pringle's 1901 inspection of the Mallaig line doesn’t mention it (I think) so I assume it was there already.




06/05/1896[West Highland Railway]
De-railment at Banavie Junction [1st] (now Fort William Junction).


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