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Connel Ferry

Opened: 1st July, 1880.

Connel Ferry station is 27¾ miles from Ballachulish. This was the junction for the Ballachulish branch. The station had 5 platforms; three through platforms and two bay platforms (one at each end). Here trains for Ballachulish, which normally came from Oban, reversed (the locomotive being changed from one end to the other) and ran over the Connel Bridge to North Connel and Ballachulish. The line to Ballachulish was a branch of the Callander and Oban Railway.

Services

Commencing 24th August, 1903:

8.30am to Ballachulish arr. 10.7am
10.3am to Ballachulish arr. 11.40am
11.42am to Ballachulish arr. 1.19pm
4.38pm to Ballachulish arr. 6.15pm
8.50pm to Ballachulish arr. 10.27pm

Summer 1947:

Monday to Friday
8.45am to Ballachulish arr. 9.47am
12.27pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.29pm
5.15pm to Ballachulish arr. 6.17pm

8.31am to Oban arr. 8.55am
11.52am to Oban arr. 12.27pm
5.2pm to Oban arr. 5.36pm

Saturday
8.45am to Ballachulish arr. 9.47am
12.27pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.29pm
9.15pm to Ballachulish arr. 10.17pm

8.31am to Oban arr. 8.55am
11.52am to Oban arr. 12.27pm
4.52pm to Oban arr. 5.36pm


LMSR-built 431 Class (LMSR Class 2P) 0-4-4T No. 55263 approaches Connel Ferry with a train from Ballachulish, circa 1960. [M. Ware]
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Creagan

Opened: 24th August, 1903.
Closed: 25th May, 1953.
Reopened: 24th August, 1953.
Closed: 28th March, 1966.

Creagan station was 10 miles from Connel Ferry and 17¾ miles from Ballachulish. This station had an island platform. The platform and station building remain, along with the original fencing, loading bank and part of the water tower. The loop at the station was lifted before closure. By the late 1980s the station site was very overgrown but more recently the scrub has been removed and there is a caravan park here.

Services

Commencing 24th August, 1903:

9.4am to Ballachulish arr. 10.7am
10.37am to Ballachulish arr. 11.40am
12.16pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.19pm
5.12pm to Ballachulish arr. 6.15pm
9.24pm to Ballachulish arr. 10.27pm

7.23am to Oban arr. 8.45am
10.38am to Oban arr. 11.55am
12.15pm to Oban arr. 1.14pm
3.53pm to Oban arr. 4.52pm
5.35pm to Oban arr. 6.30pm

Summer 1947:

Monday to Friday

9.9am to Ballachulish arr. 9.47am
12.51pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.29pm
5.39pm to Ballachulish arr. 6.17pm

8.8am to Oban arr. 8.55am
11.28am to Oban arr. 12.27am
4.38pm to Oban arr. 5.36pm

Saturday

9.9am to Ballachulish arr. 9.47am
12.51pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.29pm
9.39pm to Ballachulish arr. 10.17pm

8.8am to Oban arr. 8.55am
11.28am to Oban arr. 12.27am
4.28pm to Oban arr. 5.36pm


The island platform at Creagan station, viewed towards Connel Ferry in August 1965. [A. Muckley]

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Duror

Opened: 24th August, 1903.
Closed: 25th May, 1953.
Reopened: 24th August, 1953.
Closed: 28th March, 1966.

Duror station was 19 miles from Connel Ferry and 8¾ miles from Ballachulish. This was a two-platform station but the passing loop was lifted before closure of the line. The station building is now in use as a private residence.

Services

Commencing 24th August, 1903

9.35am to Ballachulish arr. 10.7am
11.8am to Ballachulish arr. 11.40am
12.47pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.19pm
4.43pm to Ballachulish arr. 6.15pm
9.55pm to Ballachulish arr. 10.27pm

6.52am to Oban arr. 8.45am
10.2am to Oban arr.11.55am
11.35am to Oban arr. 1.14pm
3.22pm to Oban arr. 4.52pm
5.2pm to Oban arr. 6.30pm

Summer 1947

Monday to Friday

9.27am to Ballachulish arr. 9.47am
1.9pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.29pm
5.57pm to Ballachulish arr. 6.17pm

7.50am to Oban arr. 8.55am
11.10am to Oban arr. 12.27pm
4.20pm to Oban arr. 5.36pm

Saturday

9.27am to Ballachulish arr. 9.47am
1.9pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.29pm
9.57pm to Ballachulish arr. 10.17pm

7.50am to Oban arr. 8.55am
11.10am to Oban arr. 12.27pm
4.10pm to Oban arr. 5.36pm


View towards Ballachulish at Duror station in August 1965. [A. Muckley]
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Benderloch

Opened: 24th August, 1903.
Closed: 25th May, 1953.
Reopened: 24th August, 1953.
Closed: 28th March, 1966.

Benderloch Station served the village of Benderloch, on the north-east shore of Ardmucknish Bay in Argyll and Bute. It was situated 3 miles from Connel Ferry and 24¾ miles from Ballachulish, and opened on 24th August, 1903. The station was laid out with two platforms, one on either side of a crossing loop, and there were sidings on both sides of the line. Throughout its existence, the Ballachulish Branch was worked by the electric token system. Benderloch Signal Box was located on the 'up' platform, on the east side of the railway. It had 24 levers. The station closed in 1966, along with the entire line from Connel Ferry to Ballachulish. The site has been landscaped and only a small part of one of the platforms can be found amongst the grit of a car park.

Services

Commencing 24th August, 1903:

8.41am to Ballachulish arr. 10.7am
10.14am to Ballachulish arr. 11.40am
11.53am to Ballachulish arr. 1.19pm
4.49pm to Ballachulish arr. 6.15pm
9.1pm to Ballachulish arr. 10.27pm

7.46am to Oban arr. 8.45am
11.3am to Oban arr. 11.55am
12.38pm to Oban arr. 1.14pm
4.16pm to Oban arr. 4.52pm
5.58pm to Oban arr. 6.30pm

Summer 1947

Monday to Friday
8.53am to Ballachulish arr. 9.47am
12.35pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.29pm
5.23pm to Ballachulish arr. 6.17pm

8.22am to Oban arr. 8.55am
11.42am to Oban arr. 12.27am
4.52pm to Oban arr. 5.36pm

Saturday
8.53am to Ballachulish arr. 9.47am
12.35pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.29pm
9.23pm to Ballachulish arr. 10.17pm

8.22am to Oban arr. 8.55am
11.42am to Oban arr. 12.27am
4.42pm to Oban arr. 5.36pm


Ex-Caledonian Railway 19 Class (LMSR Class 2P) 0-4-4T No. 55124 leaves Benderloch Station with the 4.55pm Oban to Ballachulish train on 19th May, 1961. [Michael Mensing]

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Creran Viaduct

A short distance from Creagan station was Creran Viaduct, which carried the Ballachulish Branch over the narrowest point of Loch Creran. This viaduct remained in use by pedestrians for many years after closure of the railway as there had been an official footpath alongside the track. Around 1999, the bridge decking was removed and the piers renovated, and a girder road bridge was installed to carry the A828 road over the loch. This reduced the distance by road from Ballachulish to Oban, the road formerly having followed Loch Creran inland.


Headed by Birmingham RCW Type 2 (Class 27) No. D5349, the 12.35 Connel Ferry to Ballachulish train passes over Loch Creran on the Creran Viaduct. Loch Creran is a sea loch branching from Loch Linnhe. [C. Bowman]

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Ballachulish Ferry

Opened: 24th August, 1903.
Closed: 28th March, 1966.

Ballachulish Ferry Station was situated on the south shore of Loch Leven at South Ballachulish in the West Highlands of Scotland. The station was opened by the Callander & Oban Railway on 24th August, 1903. It had one platform, on the north side of the line. Ballachulish Ferry Station closed in 1966, along with the rest of the Ballachulish Branch.


Scruffy Birmingham RCW Type 2 (Class 27) No. D5363 stands at Ballachulish Ferry Station with the 12.35 Connel Ferry to Ballachulish train on 15th July, 1965. [Michael Mensing]
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Appin

Opened: 24th August, 1903. Closed: 25th May, 1953. Reopened: 24th August, 1953. Closed: 28th March, 1966.

Appin Station was situated 13¼ miles from Connel Ferry and 14½ miles from Ballachulish, and it served the villages of Appin and Port Appin, close to the Sound of Shuna on the east shore of Loch Linnhe near Portnacroish in Argyll & Bute. The station opened on 24th August, 1903, as part of the Ballachulish Branch of the Callander & Oban Railway. It was laid out with two platforms, one on either side of a crossing loop, and had a large station building. There were sidings on both sides of the line, and a camping coach was located at the station.

From its opening, the Ballachulish Branch was worked by the electric token system. Appin signal box was located on the 'down' platform, on the west side of the railway. It had 24 levers.

The concrete platforms remain, with mud where the former trackbed was.

Services

Commencing 24th August, 1903:

7.11am to Oban arr. 8.45am
10.21am to Oban arr. 11.55am
11.55am to Oban arr. 1.14pm
3.41pm to Oban arr. 4.52pm
5.23pm to Oban arr. 6.30pm

9.16am to Ballachulish arr. 10.7am
10.49am to Ballachulish arr. 11.40am
12.28pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.19pm
5.24pm to Ballachulish arr. 6.15pm
9.36pm to Ballachulish arr. 10.27pm

Summer 1947:

Monday to Friday

9.16am to Ballachulish arr. 9.47am
12.58pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.29pm
5.46pm to Ballachulish arr. 6.17pm

8.1am to Oban arr. 8.55am
11.21am to Oban arr. 12.27pm
4.31pm to Oban arr. 5.36pm

Saturday

9.16am to Ballachulish arr. 9.47am
12.58pm to Ballachulish arr. 1.29pm
9.46pm to Ballachulish arr. 10.17pm

8.1am to Oban arr. 8.55am
11.21am to Oban arr. 12.27pm
4.21pm to Oban arr. 5.36pm


A Ballachulish-bound goods train waits for the road at Appin station, 6th July, 1956. [Dr E.M. Patterson]

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Connel Ferry Bridge

The Connel Ferry bridge is the second-largest cantilever bridge in the world. Beneath the bridge are the Falls of Lora, a tidal phenomenon caused Loch Etive meeting the sea in a narrow channel with a sudden change in depth. A standing wave occurs here when the tide is running at its fastest. A charabanc which formerly operated between Clarkston (on the East Kilbride Line) and Eaglesham was converted to run on rails and operated a service over the bridge for a few years. For a time the railway ran a car-carrying service over the bridge and a ramp was built at each end for loading cars. The ramp at the south end remains. The bridge is now used by road traffic only. There is a single lane across the bridge with a one-way system controlled by traffic lights.


A view of the gatehouse and traffic-control arrangements at the southern end of the Connel Bridge on 15th November, 1953. In addition to being closed to road traffic when a train passed over the bridge, road traffic was permitted to cross in one direction at a time only. [Ian Allan Library]

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