Loan Crossing

Location type


Names and dates

Luib Relief Siding (1914-1918)
Loan Crossing (1918-1922)

Opened on the Dingwall and Skye Railway.


A relief siding was installed here in 1914 to assist with taking large loads up the Glencarron Bank. Long trains would be taken up in portions which were deposited here and then assembled into a single train for taking on to Achnasheen. The location was 2 3/4 miles east of Luib Summit, a little west of Loch Sgamhain. The siding was on the north side of the line, approached from the higher ground to the east by reversal.

In 1918 the location became a passing loop. The relief siding was taken out to allow a loop line to be laid on the north side of the railway. A new relief siding was laid on the south side of the line - as before it was approached from the east. The location was renamed Loan Crossing. This was a more appropriate name, Loan croft is just to the north.

A signal box opened in 1918. It was a brick building.

The crossing was installed during the Great War when the line was entirely taken over by the Admiralty to transfer dis-assembled mine parts manufactured in the United States which were landed at Kyle of Lochalsh and taken east to US Naval Base 17 at Dalmore Distillery near Alness.

The crossing was bought by the Highland Railway after the war and the relief siding was retained.

The crossing closed around 1922. The signal box's base was retained as a gangers' hut after closure.


Crossing relief siding mines Great War 08/11/2019


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