Mallaig Shed

Location type

Loco shed

Name and dates

Mallaig Shed (1901-1962)

Opened on the Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway).


This was a single road locomotive shed on the west (sea) side of Mallaig station, about in line with the end of the platform. It was approached from the south and had a turntable on its west side by the sea. A line extended from the south to the pier, running between the station and the locomotive shed.

Class 27s diesel locomotives began working the line in 1961 and by 1962 steam was officially withdrawn. The cost of bringing coal to Mallaig from the south bringing steam to an end earlier than on much of the railway network.

After the withdrawal of steam the shed survived, without track from about 1964, in various uses (eg to store fish boxes!) until the 1980s when a new road was brought into Mallaig from the south along the shoreline when it was demolished (in 1987).

Foundations, and some track, were found during ground works for a community centre in 2000.


Shed locomotive shed

Chronology Dates

  /  /1987Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
Mallaig station's screening wall, which protected passengers from the elements, removed. Mallaig Shed demolished. Both removed for road development.
  /05/2000Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway)
While erecting a community hall on the site of Mallaig Shed the foundations of the building, and some track, is found. The rail served oil tanks by the station are to be replaced by a new storage facility in the harbour.


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