Spean Bridge

Spean Bridge

Location type


Name and dates

Spean Bridge (1894-)

Opened on the Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway.

Opened on the West Highland Railway.

Open on the West Highland Line.


This is a two platform station with a passing loop. The main station building on the eastbound platform (for the south), altered at the road side, remains standing. There is a disused signal box ('C' listed) dating from 1949.

A goods yard, now in use for permanent way purposes, remains. This is at the east end of the station, north of the line and serves a goods bank. It is reached by reversal.

The station was originally a two platform station but a bay platform was added on the west side with the opening of the Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway in 1903. The part of the branch closest to the station was double track and a complicated double track junction was installed leading to the bay platform (and its loop) and the west end of the mainline station loop. In addition Spean Bridge Shed was opened for the branch trains. To control the complicated junction a signal box, 'Spean Bridge Junction', was added in 1901 (two years before opening to enable the construction). The existing station signal box was also replaced to which the junction box was subservient. The two lines ran west almost together for a short distance before the branch turned north west.

The junction was later greatly simplified in 1921 and the box closed. The station box took over the junction.

The branch closed to passengers in 1933. It remained open for goods until 1946, when closed by the London and North Eastern Railway. With this came a further re-signalling. A temporary box was used until the permanent box was ready in 1949. It is this which still stands.

A portion of the southern end of the branch was retained for many years. This ran nearly as far as the Spean Viaduct [IFA], terminating close to the A82, and was used to store wagons. The A82 was realigned but the remains of its former bridge over the branch can be found.

The signal box closed in 1986. Spean Bridge Shed was in use as a works building in the 1990s but has been demolished.

The edge of the bay platform can still be traced. The station building for the branch company, a timber building on the west side of the road overbridge, existed until the late 1980s.

The main station building is now a restaurant. Old Station Restaurant Spean Bridge


Station junction

External links

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


All Stations to Mallaig!: West Highland Line Since Nationalisation
Argyll and the Highlands Last Days of Steam

Argyll and the Highlands' Lost Railways

Ben Nevis and Fort William, The Mamores and The Grey Corries, Kinlochleven and Spean Bridge (OS Explorer Map)

Forgotten Railways: Scotland

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

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

Mountain Moor and Loch on the Route of the West Highland Railway

On West Highland Lines

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Road To The Isles Dvd: Part One The West Highland Line Between Crianlarich to Fort William, From the Drivers Cab Of A Class 37, With The Caledonian Sleeper
The Mallaig Railway: The West Highland Extension 1897-1901 (RCAHMS Broadsheet)
The New Railway: The Earliest Years of the West Highland Line

The Story of the West Highland

The Story of the West Highland: The 1940s LNER Guide to the Line

The West Highland Railway

The West Highland Railway (Railways of the Scottish Highlands)

The West Highland Railway 120 Years

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

Victorian Travel on the West Highland Line: By Mountain, Moor and Loch in 1894

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)

West Highland Line: Great Railway Journeys Through Time

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West Highland Railway: Plans, Poltics and People