Garelochhead (Cean a' Ghearrloch) lies at the head of the Gareloch. The Clyde submarine base at Faslane, the home of the UK's nuclear submarine fleet, is located on the Gareloch on the south approach to Garelochhead. The railway station is situated on the outskirts high above the town.
The station is built in the traditional West Highland line 'Swiss chalet' style on an island platform. The line in the picture was the original down line, however following the replacement of the original semaphore signalling with radio electronic tablet block line control, the running order was changed to RH working. The line in view is now the Up line to Glasgow. The Station fabric is being maintained and the view shows the building recently finished in the ScotRail corporate livery. Perhaps controversial since the original cream and green colour scheme dates back to the original North British colours.
Unfortunately the building is currently unoccupied despite ScotRail's attempts to find an organisation that could make good use of the accommodation. The distance from the town and the long access climb are not helpful.
The 12.21 ex Glasgow Queen Street, Oban, Fort William and Mallaig train sits at Garelochhead station at 13.21 on Friday 10th October 2014. The view south includes the redundant, and typical, West Highland platform signal box. The main station lies beyond. The scenery around Garelochhead and the nearby Roseneath peninsula is very attractive with its mixture of rugged hills and sheltered lochside views, moored yachts and Victorian villas. However the presence of the Submarine base and the relative closeness of the Royal Naval Armanent Depot at Couplort means that the area is not exactly a rural idyll. An idea of the area can be appreciated by taking in the view west, over the town and loch. Click on the small image to view.
The train below has just passed Whislefield, close to where Loch Goil meets Loch Long, one mile north of Garelochhead on the long stretch to the next stop at Arrochar & Tarbet Station. The views are especially fine since the train travels on the line high above Loch Long. Visitors are advised to travel in the winter or early spring since the lineside is heavily wooded and when the trees are in leaf much of the scenery is obscured by a 'Tunnel of Trees'.