Gorton

Gorton is not a station on the line and never was available for public use. It is situated half way between Bridge of Orchy and Rannoch Stations. It is a remote location with a passing loop which originally housed a signal box and accommodation for the signal man and his…

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Garelochhead

Garelochhead (Cean a’ Ghearrloch) is located at the head of the Gare Loch which is connected to the Firth of Clyde between the Roseneath peninsula and the town of Helensburgh. The Gare Loch has had a long history of involvement with the navy and is currently the the UK’s nuclear…

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Helensburgh Upper

Helensburgh Upper

t is off course even more convenient to do the transfer at Glasgow Queen Street if a stop over at Helensburgh is not contemplated. Helensburgh Upper is the first station on the West Highland Line after it diverges from the electrified Glasgow suburban rail network. The Station has a very…

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Arrochar and Tarbet

Click here Arrochar and Tarbet station is midway between the villages of Tarbet (an Tairbeart), on Loch Lomond, and Arrochar on Loch Long.  Tarbet is on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest freshwater loch by surface area. On the other side of the loch lies Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly…

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Tyndrum Lower

Tyndrum (Taigh an Droma) Tyndrum is a small village which has developed as a popular tourist stop because of its strategic position where the road to Oban branches off the A82 Glasgow to Inverness trunk road. It is also unusual, for such a small community, to be provided with two…

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Upper Tyndrum

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Upper Tyndrum station is an unstaffed halt on the Glasgow-Fort William line high above the village. (It was renamed from “Tyndrum Upper” to avoid confusion with “Tyndrum Lower” station on the Oban line). In the above picture, taken in 2009, the station, a standard West Highland Line ‘Swiss Chalet’ style building, retains the…

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Mallaig

Mallaig is the ferry port to Skye and the terminus of the West  Highland line extension, opened in 1901, and is situated on a rocky hillside beside the Sound of Sleat, with views across the sea to Skye and the Small Islands. It is a fishing village and the ferry…

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Morar

      Morar is famous for its white sandy beaches – ‘The Silver Sands of Morar’. Morar Station’s rail approach is made by crossing the A830 Fort William to Mallaig road. The level crossing signs can be viewed in the above picture. Immediately across from the station is the…

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Arisaig

  Arisaig is Britain’s most westerly station. A summer ferry service sails daily from the marina to the Small Islands of Eigg, Rum and Muck. There is a hotel with restaurant/bar, a shop, a post office and a cafe in the village. Arisaig Bay, Loch na Ceall, is a beautiful location much favoured as…

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Beasdale

Beasdale is a request stop that was originally a private halt built to serve the nearby Arisaig House.  Its former station building is no longer in railway use but is maintained as a holiday home. Beasdale marks a reprieve for locomotives (particularly for driver and fireman in the days of…

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