Falls of Cruachan railway station

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Falls of Cruachan National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Easa Chruachain
Falls of Cruachan
Location
Place Ben Cruachan
Local authority Argyll and Bute
Coordinates 56°23′38″N 5°06′45″W / 56.3940°N 5.1126°W / 56.3940; -5.1126Coordinates: 56°23′38″N 5°06′45″W / 56.3940°N 5.1126°W / 56.3940; -5.1126
Grid reference NN079267
Operations
Station code FOC
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   124
2005/06 Decrease 108
2006/07 Increase 154
2007/08 Increase 160
2008/09 Increase 234
2009/10 Decrease 204
2010/11 Decrease 200
2011/12 Increase 260
2012/13 Decrease 244
History
Original company Callander and Oban Railway
Pre-grouping Callander and Oban Railway operated by Caledonian Railway
1 October 1893 Opened
1 November 1965 Closed
20 June 1988 Re-opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Falls of Cruachan from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Falls of Cruachan railway station is a railway station located at the foot of Ben Cruachan in Scotland. This station is on the Oban branch of the West Highland Line, originally part of the Callander and Oban Railway.

Services[edit]

Services are operated by First ScotRail.

The station is a request stop, used mainly by hikers during the warmer months who walk past the falls to climb Ben Cruachan. It is open only during the summer months, during a period formerly associated with the summer timetable, prior to the timetable change date moving from September to December. The Cruachan Dam hydro-electric power station is nearby.

History[edit]

The station opened on 1 October 1893 with a single platform on the south side of the line. Although it was closed on 1 November 1965, it re-opened on 20 June 1988.

Falls of Cruachan station was reopened in 1988 by BR's West Highland Area Business Group for just £10,000 – achieved by collecting ‘dumped’ concrete sleepers from the lineside all over the Highlands and having them stacked at the site of the old station here. They were topped by slabs and BR's Business Manager Highland Callum MacLeod persuaded the then Strathclyde Regional Council to rebuild the footpath down to the A85 and to install a pavement from there to the Ben Cruachan Visitors Centre about 300 yards away. There is no station lighting so trains call (by request) during daylight hours only. Col. Dalziel, retiring as Chairman of the Scottish TUCC, performed the opening ceremony. Some years later, a shelter and better signing were added to the halt.

Signalling[edit]

Although Falls of Cruachan station has never had any signalling directly associated with it, its platform falls within the four mile stretch of railway that is protected by the Pass of Brander stone signals.

Accidents[edit]

On 6 June 2010, a two carriage train from Glasgow to Oban derailed near Falls of Cruachan station. The train derailed shortly before 8.53pm and was left balanced precariously on a 15-metre embankment. There was briefly a minor fire. Sixty passengers had been on board the train, but all were safely evacuated down the line to the station with no major injuries.[1][2][3] Nine people were injured. The train hit a rock on the line.

References[edit]

  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Fryer, Charles (1989). The Callander and Oban Railway. Oxford: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-8536-1377-X. OCLC 21870958. 
  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/10251545.stm
  2. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/06/06/train-derailment-in-scotland-leaves-carriages-precariously-balanced-over-a-15-metre-embankment-115875-22315381/
  3. ^ http://news.stv.tv/scotland/west-central/181424-derailed-train-from-glasgow-to-oban-balanced-over-embankment/
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Loch Awe   First ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Taynuilt
Historical railways
Loch Awe
Line and Station open
  Callander and Oban Railway
Operated by Caledonian Railway
  Taynuilt
Line and Station open