Bridge of Orchy
Bridge of Orchy Station is a stereotypical West Highland Line 'Swiss chalet' style building located on a central platform with pedestrian access under the railway and up a flight of steps to the platform. In the picture below the building is finished attractively in the typical West Highland green and cream scheme. The building is currently in use as a successful bunkhouse and has a smart well kept appearance.
Bridge of Orchy Station, 23rd December 2009.
|Southbound 10.10 ex Mallaig train enters Bridge of Orchy Station (1303hrs) on 11th October 2014.||Just south of Bridge of Orchy is Auch Glen. In this winter scene a southbound train has just left Bridge of Orchy. It can be seen in the distance passing the foot of Ben Dorain.|
Bridge of Orchy (Drochaid Urchaidh) is a small settlement with notable hotel, bar/restaurant and bunkhouse at the head of Glen Orchy. It is on the West Highland Way long distance footpath, and is the starting point for climbing the Munros Beinn an Dothaidh and Beinn Dorain.
The picture above shows Ben Dorain with a north bound service train passing into the great Auch Horseshoe Bend with its two lattice girder viaducts. Bridge of Orchy sits close to the foot of Ben Dorain just beside its southern flank (left side as picture is viewed.)
|The Two Viaducts; Great Horse Shoe Curve at Auch, with Black 5, 45407 heading a special charter, October 2013. Click to enlarge.|
The picture below shows a Fort William & Mallaig train passing Loch Tulla, 1 mile from Bridge of Orchy Station. The mountains behind form what is named the 'Black Mount' and on the right, the Clachlet (Clach Leathad which means stoney slope) which is close to the Glen Coe Skiing development on Meall a' Bhuiridh - Hill of the roaring - which is named after the roaring of the red deer stags in the autumn rut.
Shortly after the line passes the end of Loch Tulla it branches away from all public roads. For the next 30 miles, with the exception of the long single track road from Pitlochry which terminates at Rannoch Station, and the unsurfaced private estate road at Corrour, the line crosses the wilderness of Rannoch Moor far from human habitation. Half way between Bridge of Orchy and Rannoch Stations there is a passing loop at Gorton. Although not unusual in other parts of the world, there is nowhere in Britain where train travellers can experience a true sense of passing through an uninhabited wilderness. The sense of wildness is maintained until the line reaches the end of Loch Treig at Fersit and Tulloch Station. The crossing excites those with an adventuress spirit whether on a sunny summer day, a day of hanging grey mist, or a brilliant snow covered winter day.
Glasgow - Fort William & Mallaig 156 DMU passing near Milepost 56 between Achallader Wood and Gorton.
|21.50, 9th July 2013, as the setting sun makes for a glowing backdrop to Ben Dorain, the Fort William to London Caledonian Sleeper nears the County March summit on the long climb from Bridge of Orchy.||27th October 2012, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society charter charges up the long 1:50 gradient to County March summit, powered by Black 5s 44871 & 45407.|