Arrochar and Tarbet railway station

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Arrochar & Tarbet National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: An t-Archar & An Tairbeart
Arrochar & Tarbet
View of platform, looking north
Location
Place Arrochar & Tarbet
Local authority Argyll and Bute
Coordinates 56°12′12″N 4°43′24″W / 56.2033°N 4.7232°W / 56.2033; -4.7232Coordinates: 56°12′12″N 4°43′24″W / 56.2033°N 4.7232°W / 56.2033; -4.7232
Grid reference NN311045
Operations
Station code ART
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 7,998
2005/06 Increase 9,171
2006/07 Increase 10,067
2007/08 Decrease 9,569
2008/09 Increase 13,958
2009/10 Decrease 9,012
2010/11 Decrease 8,784
2011/12 Increase 9,520
2012/13 Decrease 9,232
History
Original company West Highland Railway
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping LNER
7 August 1894 Opened[1]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Arrochar & Tarbet from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Arrochar and Tarbet railway station is a railway station on the West Highland Line in Scotland. It stands between the villages of Arrochar and Tarbet.

History[edit]

Opened to passengers on 7 August 1894 by the West Highland Railway, then run by the North British Railway, it became part of the London and North Eastern Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by ScotRail until the Privatisation of British Rail.

The station was laid out with a crossing loop and an island platform. The sidings on the east side of the station are presently used for loading timber.

When the platform was extended southwards, the redundant signal box was relocated slightly further north for use as a waiting room. In 2000, a replica of the signal box was built in the centre of the island platform, after the station building had to be demolished due to subsidence.

Signalling[edit]

From the time of its opening in 1894, the West Highland Railway was worked throughout by the electric token system. Arrochar & Tarbet signal box, which had 17 levers, was situated on the island platform.

The semaphore signals were removed on 19 January 1986 in preparation for the introduction of Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB). The RETB, which is controlled from a Signalling Centre at Banavie railway station, was commissioned between Helensburgh Upper and Upper Tyndrum on 27 March 1988.

After the signal box closed, the lever frame was removed for re-use on the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway.

The Train Protection & Warning System was installed in 2003.

Services[edit]

Mondays to Saturdays, there are three services to Oban and Mallaig and one service to Fort William (Highland Caledonian Sleeper) northbound. Southbound, there are four services to Glasgow Queen Street (three on Saturdays) and one service to London Euston (Highland Caledonian Sleeper does not run on Saturday). On Sundays, there is just one train northbound to Oban and Mallaig and two trains southbound to Glasgow Queen Street and London Euston.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Garelochhead   First ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Ardlui
Garelochhead   First ScotRail
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Crianlarich
or
Ardlui
(request stop)
Historical railways
Glen Douglas
Line open; Station closed
  West Highland Railway
North British Railway
  Ardlui
Line and Station open

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Butt (1995), page 19

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