Kentallen

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Kentallen (1903-1966)

Opened on the Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway).

Description

This was a two platform station alongside a pier from which interconnecting steamers operated. The main station building was on the southbound platform and still stands in much extended form. There was a smaller shelter on the northbound platform. (The building at Duror shows a less altered version of how the main station building looked.)

There was a goods yard at the north end, on the east side of the line. The signal box opened with the line and closed with it.

The station closed in 1966.

Since closure the station has become the Holly Tree Hotel . Many period features are retained, many related documents are displayed inside and the early art deco influences on the architecture can still be seen.

The southern portion of the platforms have wooden lodges built over the infilled trackbed, some platform edges can be found. Loading banks can be found in the car park. The pier survives, in cut back form.

To the south of the station site, and across the road, are railway cottages and the former water tank.

Tags

Station pier steamers

External links

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




Nearby stations
Ballachulish Ferry
Duror
Ballachulish (Glencoe)
Creagan
Appin
Barcaldine Halt
Fort William [1st]
Fort William
Corpach
Loch Eil Outward Bound
Locheilside
Banavie
Banavie Pier
Benderloch
Ach-na-Cloich
Ardsheal Quarry Siding
Ardsheal Quarry
Lag-na-Ha Quarry
Lag-na-Ha Quarry
Lag-na-Ha Quarry Siding
Auchindarroch Siding
Corran Ferry
Tourist/other
Kentallen Pier
Ballachulish Pier
Beinn a'Bheithir - Sgorr Dhonuill
Sgorr Dearg
Corran Lighthouse
Nether Lochaber Slip
Ardgour Slip
Ballachulish St John's Church
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.


Dates

  /  /1901Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway)
Pier at Leitir Mhor authorised. (This was Kentallen Pier alongside Kentallen station.)
24/08/1903Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway)
Line opened to passengers and goods. Stations opened at Benderloch, Creagan, Appin, Duror, Kentallen, Ballachulish Ferry, Ballachulish. For the opening Connel Ferry and Oban stations were rebuilt. Two large bridges were required Connel Ferry Bridge and Creagan Viaduct.

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

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

The Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

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