Glen Ogle Rockfall

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Glen Ogle Rockfall

Opened on the Callander and Oban Railway.

Description

A landslide which had occurred in the very early hours of the morning in Glen Ogle was discovered on Monday the 27th of September 1965. The site was south of the Glen Ogle Viaduct on a section where rockfalls had occurred many times over the life of the railway. Trains that day were cancelled and redirected.

The line had been scheduled to close between Dunblane and Crianlarich Lower Junction on the 1st of November.

Costs of repair led to the early closure of the line. After the 1st of November Oban trains departed from Glasgow Queen Street High Level running north via Garelochhead where previously these had departed Buchanan Street and run north via Callander (Dreadnought). In addition the Killin [2nd] branch closed.

This was a great loss, it was a beautiful line serving many communities which today would enjoy a rail service. However at the time traffic originating between Dunblane and Crianlarich Lower was scant, bus competition having taken much of the passenger traffic from Callander (the bus route was shorter). So even this eastern portion, Callander to Dunblane which was uneffected by the rockfall, closed. How particularly galling that the site of Callander station is a car and bus park!

Unlike other lines which were replaced by bus routes the portion between Lix Toll (downhill from Killin Junction) and Crianlarich Lower did not have a regular scheduled bus service. Special dispensation had been granted for the planned closure in November. However, the only former station completely unserved was Luib.

The site of the rockfall can still be seen, the trackbed is now a footpath.

It is interesting to note that there have been no further rockfalls since 1965. The trackbed remains intact and, indeed, the fall has been partly cleared.

Tags

Rockfall footpath closure



Dates

27/09/1965Callander and Oban Railway
Landslide in Glen Ogle; line closed between Callander and Crianlarich. (Glen Ogle Rockfall).
28/09/1965Callander and Oban Railway
Due to the extent of the Glen Ogle Rockfall, Crianlarich Lower (excluded) to Callander closed to all traffic.

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)